Originally Posted by nicolasl46
I understand where you coming from. I'm still running an old Pentium 4 2.4Ghz at 3Ghz for the last mmmmm 6-7 years. But lets not compare build quality then and now. The only reason that I went back to stock is because I don't really need an OC for gaming as my games are running just fine at stock speeds (maybe turbo boost makes a difference idk). But until I can build a custom water loop I think its staying stock. Sorry for your pain man
Originally Posted by KhaoticKomputing
I totally get what your saying WounderMutt, However with the speeds of CPU's like the i5 2500k, Most people don't need to overclock, with the exception of a few who will actually notice the speed boost (Media encoder's, folder's and stuff). A stock i5 2500k (or even a 955BE) is a pretty competent CPU at stock level's. Sometime's I think people forget about "adequate performance" and start only looking at the "pretty numbers" so to speak.. and I'm guilty lulz.
Yeah, sorry about the tirade, it was displaced anger...but to the point, I understand where both of you are coming from, and yes, Khaotic, the 2500k is a very competent CPU stock, I will never disagree with this. Frankly, you are both correct, for normal everyday use (MS Office stuff, web browsing, gaming) there is no need whatsoever
to OC a 2500k, they are amazingly quick right out of the box. Heck, when I bought mine it was my first new desktop in 6 years (yep, a P4 3.0GHz with HT!) and when I first started it up I was blown away! It is a beautiful chip, no argument at all. So I do understand running it stock, that is not, and never will be my argument.
Just don't state you are running stock to avoid degradation. Just come out and say it, "hey all I do on this rig is game (web browse, whatever) and I don't need a chip eating up power running at 4.5Ghz, so I knocked it back down to stock. I OCed it, saw what it could do and then dialed it back down." I get this, trust me, I understand, but just don't blame it on degradation, it makes people think this is a worse problem than it really is.
There are enough people (I was one myself) who are afraid to OC their chips because people will tell them "Oh, don't do it, it will kill your chip" and the fact of the matter is, as long as you take your time and you're not a monkey trying to do 1.9v and a 6.3GHz OC with the stock cooler [read the exaggeration], OCing is safe, fun and, when done right, a great way to get free power and speed out of your chip.
That's all I ask, don't propagate a fear that is, for all intents and purposes, unneeded. It scares people away from what we do here on OCN, which is help people get the most they can (for what they do) out of their machines.
[/argument]Edited by WonderMutt - 5/8/12 at 12:20pm