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I'm an artist. I work a lot in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Maya and similar video editing programs.

However, I didn't find any good computers that weren't made specifically for gaming. So I found a gaming package that I configured to my needs with more RAM, a cheaper GPU, a better HDD and a SSD.

The processor is an i7 3770K. I haven't built a computer before, but I'm good with computers generally. So, it turned out that the CPU came with a stock fan, and I have bought a Corsair Cooling Hydro H40 that was a part of that package I configured.

Now, the problem is, I paid $64 for it, and there is no need to have this water cooler if I'm not going to OC. So should I return it and get the money back, or should I overclock. You know my needs as an artist.

How much can I expect to get out of it if I OC it SAFELY, without pushing any limits?
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I would say keep the Corsair- it will let you run your computer quieter and cooler than you would with that stock fan. With cooler temps, your CPU can run more efficiently. With it being quieter... um, there's one less distraction. thumb.gif
     
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I would say keep the Corsair- it will let you run your computer quieter and cooler than you would with that stock fan. With cooler temps, your CPU can run more efficiently. With it being quieter... um, there's one less distraction. thumb.gif

Hmm, so you say it will even be faster when it's cooler? Do you think it's safe to overclock it a bit, or is it unwise for my purpose?
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Hmm, so you say it will even be faster when it's cooler? Do you think it's safe to overclock it a bit, or is it unwise for my purpose?

It won't be faster, it will be more efficient, meaning that you will save on your electricity bill. Your chip will also last longer compared to those of us pushing 1.4v or more through our chips.

It's fine to overclock. The 3770k will go up to 4.5GHz as a 24/7 overclock easily. I will say that there are tradeoffs though. As I said above, more voltage decreases lifespan. This really isn't a concern for most as we just put a little more voltage in four or five years down the road. You'll also use a little more power, but it's only a couple watts normally.

I'd keep the H40, because a cool chip is a happy chip at any speed.
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I'd keep the H40, because a cool chip is a happy chip at any speed.

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It won't be faster, it will be more efficient, meaning that you will save on your electricity bill. Your chip will also last longer compared to those of us pushing 1.4v or more through our chips.

It's fine to overclock. The 3770k will go up to 4.5GHz as a 24/7 overclock easily. I will say that there are tradeoffs though. As I said above, more voltage decreases lifespan. This really isn't a concern for most as we just put a little more voltage in four or five years down the road. You'll also use a little more power, but it's only a couple watts normally.

I'd keep the H40, because a cool chip is a happy chip at any speed.

Thanks for the replies, both of you!

So you think I can safely OC it to for example 4.4GHz and have it last for 4-5 years? Then I'll just up the voltage until Prime95 doesn't report any errors?
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Thanks for the replies, both of you!

So you think I can safely OC it to for example 4.4GHz and have it last for 4-5 years? Then I'll just up the voltage until Prime95 doesn't report any errors?
You'll be able to hit 4.4GHz fine, and 4-5 years would be the minimum lifespan. I'd expect it to last well beyond that. Also, that's basically how it goes for basic overclocks like this. Set a goal, add a little vCore till it reaches that target.
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You could do what Linus did and overclock to 4.2*... rolleyes.gif

*Linus recently did a video where he OC'd an AMD chip and an Intel chip. Rage ensued... lolol
     
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