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I built my first PC awhile back, and though it's working fantastic now, it didn't start out that way. I would get the computer working, tweak some overclock settings, torture test it, then come back to the computer being shut off, unable to turn back on no matter what I do. I went through three CPU replacements and two motherboards trying to find the issue (all these were paid for, just a hassle to install). It ended up being the motherboard that was the problem.

Now that my computer's working so well, I'm terrified to try and OC again. But I'm really big into emulators, especially Dolphin right now, and I could really use the performance boost in that area (I have an Intel Sandy-Bridge 2500K). So if I try OC'ing again, can I fry the motherboard, or was that just a one-time deal? I don't care about the CPU as much; if that breaks, it'll give me an excuse to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge i7.
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Yeah o/c U can fry the mobo when ocing. What mobo was this? Might just have been unlucky with mobo or U gave it to much volt without sufficient cooling. So basicly U bought 1 new mobo and after that it worked again right?
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You cannot "fry" your motherboard per se, but you can damage it or cause it to fail. If the NB (or in Sandy and IVY PCH) doesn't have proper cooling, it can cause the chip to die from heat or even warp the board under it. You can also have causes where you are drawing too much power for the voltage regulators to handle it and they go in a fiery blaze (literally). 

 

High quality motherboards and enthusiast grade boards will have no issue giving the processor power and keeping the major chipsets on the board cool. 

 
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Motherboards are hard to fry as they usually have some kind of safety cut off something like that. If you do put a massive voltage on things though, you can fry capacitors, or resisters.
    
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Yeah o/c U can fry the mobo when ocing. What mobo was this? Might just have been unlucky with mobo or U gave it to much volt without sufficient cooling. So basicly U bought 1 new mobo and after that it worked again right?
I don't remember the exact model of the original mobo, but it was an MSI one around $150. My new one is in my sig: an Asus Maximus IV Extreme - Rev3. As good of a board as that is, I would hope it wouldn't break on me. And I got a refund for my first board and used that money to buy the upgrade, so it wasn't a total outright buy.

Anyways, would you still recommend O/C'ing, even after the computer's history? I really don't want it to break down on me again, but I could really use the performance boost. Do you think that was a one-time thing?
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with an asus maximus, you'll have no trouble or problems (hopefully) with OCing. msi boards, to me, were always a bit sketchy for OCing.
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erm why dont you just buy a Wii and avoid any more damages?

Motherboards are always the most vulnerable to damage when overclocking.
cpus are very tough and can last for decades
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Quote:
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with an asus maximus, you'll have no trouble or problems (hopefully) with OCing. msi boards, to me, were always a bit sketchy for OCing.

MSI boards are beyond crap on the AMD platform. Not so much on Intel though smile.gif

@OP Motherboards are extremely picky with the chip you choose and need to be able to cope with it.

You really shouldn't have any problem with the Maximus.
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MSI boards are beyond crap on the AMD platform. Not so much on Intel though smile.gif
@OP Motherboards are extremely picky with the chip you choose and need to be able to cope with it.
You really shouldn't have any problem with the Maximus.
Alright, that's reassuring. I don't want to get 5.0GHz out of it by any means, I just want a little extra processing power to eliminate some of the random FPS drops I experience in emulators that detract from gameplay. Somewhere between 4.0 and 4.5GHz would be perfect.

Wish me luck!
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An easy fix is to add a fan to cool the VRM's and prolong it's life.

IMHO

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