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Without overlooking, water cooling is a waste of money! That is what I think... maybe I am right, maybe I am wrong. I know if you overclock your CPU or GPU it will improve your PCs performance, but how. What I mean is that, suppose you used to run any game at high/ max settings (performance).. why would you still want to overclock your CPU or GPU?

Does overclocking means if you have AMD HD 7850 overclocked, it will perform same as an AMD 7970 or the GTX 680? if that is then why do people buy the 7970 but, not the 7850 and overclock it? again why is overclocking really necessarily to a gamer?

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I overclock because I can.

 

I overclock because it increases the value of what I purchased.

 

I overclock because it's fun.

 

I overclock because it increases performance even if my stock performance was already good enough.

 

I overclock because I have no reason not to.

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^ Pretty much sums it up.
It's personal choice.

1. It's a hobby, if you have a car that goes fast already and make it faster it's the same deal. Just because it does what you want it to, doesn't mean it can't do more.
2. I feel this is a common misconception, overclocking a lower end card doesn't suddenly make it the same performance as a newer card, this could be from many factors. In some situations it can be close, but it's usually within the same generation.
3. Overclocking is not necessary to a gamer, it's not necessary to anyone. As stated above, it's a personal choice.

Also, I'm really tired of seeing threads asking the point of overclocking on this site. This is overclock.net, we overclock and we don't need a reason...
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I smell Troll

 

Try giving him the benefit of the doubt instead of being rude and calling him a troll.

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vedaire please edit your comment before/if it gets edited by a mod. We don't call members names around here, even if you're only presuming.
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Without overlooking, water cooling is a waste of money! That is what I think... maybe I am right, maybe I am wrong. I know if you overclock your CPU or GPU it will improve your PCs performance, but how. What I mean is that, suppose you used to run any game at high/ max settings (performance).. why would you still want to overclock your CPU or GPU?

Does overclocking means if you have AMD HD 7850 overclocked, it will perform same as an AMD 7970 or the GTX 680? if that is then why do people buy the 7970 but, not the 7850 and overclock it? again why is overclocking really necessarily to a gamer?

I have ask 3 questions, remember

Why wouldn't you?

Probably not, but if all you can afford is a 7850, why not get some extra performance out of it? 100Mhz can be the difference between playable and not playable at max settings.
 
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You all mean, it's just for fun- overclocking!

Having a slow car on the street can be useless, especially in London, this is because of traffic which will let us slow down our fast cars (the traffic sets as the type of gaming you will be running).

Therefore, from my head, overclocking just make your PC special, but it's expensive to do so... because you will need proper fun, maybe a water cooler! So the question is, do I really have to spend extra money just to overclock my PC? mmm!
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Before it used to be buy the cheaper part example CPU and overclock it to the more expensive CPU. Just getting a better cooler was still a lot cheaper then the higher price CPU. Now its a bit different. We take those high end CPU and clock them to levels money cant buy. You can still apply the old method if you dont upgrade every time a better CPU comes out. For example you buy a Core i7 920 @ 2.66GHz when it came out. Thats a $350 CPU. Cheapest LGA 1366 CPU but still expensive to something like older gen Core 2 and Core 2 Quad. Now OC that CPU to 4.0-4.4GHz, It will be faster then 2600K, 3770K and as fast as 4770K if you leave the others @ Stock. SO this way you have a CPU as fast as a CPU from 3 generation ahead. Water Cooling is good to have those high overclocks with low noise. Most of the time it does not give you better OC but every time it give lower noise. Now when it comes to GPU if you buy a HD 7850 and HD 7970 they both can OC and HD 7970 will always be a lot faster then HD 7850. Even at stock more stock GPU cooler runs hot and loud and cant OC too much with voltage because of temps. Water cooling makes it so you can OC any cards and have a silent PC. Now to make things more worth it you want to water cool expensive cards like GTX670+ or HD 7950+ so the cost of the water cooling parts are not half of the GPU cost. For example take a HD 7850 and water cool it. It would cost same price as HD 7950 but never reach its performance. Usually you OC something like HD 7970 where no other card is faster then it.

Edit: As far as gaming goes is you have the latests part you dont really need to OC but even then you still need a fast CPU for certain games or if you want to get 120 fps or play @ 1440p + resolutions.
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