I haven't heard anything about degradation. The elusive CPU degradation. I think it's common on Sandy but otherwise I never hear about it, especially with ivy.
I like to think that joining OCN has saved me a ton of money. I got an i7-3770K system for $500, per my sig, from basically watching the online deals, understanding what components I need. But more than saving money, I've gained a ton of performance. For $500 I might have a piece of crap laptop with barely any graphics card or some terrible dell. I'd say my system right now, 4.9ghz+ and 2400mhz ram, gtx 460, ssd, I mean that kind of performance just to buy would costs thousands of dollars. Plus I got a light in my case, i put in a window for literally the cost of the rubber trim which was less than a mcdonalds burger...
Some people overclock to reach extremes, some people like me do it to save money and get great value.
Depends what games you play but CPU is a huge part of minimum FPS, which for many games, is the most important value because it's basically how bad does your system get in the middle of an intense battle or firefight ot two clashing armies that you need to micro. It might seem okay on a crap system but when you play with higher fps you can feel you have a lot more control. Personally I play a cpu intensive game, and even a 3960x will stutter in big army clashes in sc2 (it'll still be playable but you are talking 15-35 minimum fps from low end to extremely high end), and on top of it I stream, so every 100mhz is noticeable to me.
I didn't stream before I overclocked, but overclocking let me play and stream on top. Why not stream every game you play, eventually you'll get a following, feedback, etc. You can maybe stream on weaker CPUs but overclocking makes a huge gain when it comes to streaming.
Edited by Belial - 3/2/13 at 9:25pm