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Watercooling Pros:

- Better temps, especially custom loops, allowing you to OC further than air coolers.
- Looks nifty.
- Less noise overall.

Cons:

- Price
- More complicated to setup.


Overclocking Pros:

- Better performance. Even if you have the best consumer CPU, some games WILL benefit from overclocks, MMOs especially.
- It's fun!

Overclocking Cons:

- It may decrease lifespan if you push too much voltage (1.5v +) but even then it depends how long you keep your PC before upgrading... will a mild OC decrease lifespan? It may... from 10 to 9 years maybe? It's a non issue in 99% of the cases.
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post #122 of 169
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Originally Posted by DMHernandez View Post


Overclocking Cons:

- It may decrease lifespan if you push too much voltage (1.5v +) but even then it depends how long you keep your PC before upgrading... will a mild OC decrease lifespan? It may... from 10 to 9 years maybe? It's a non issue in 99% of the cases.

The trouble there is we don't even know how long the newer CPUs will last even if left at stock because not enough time has gone by yet. We don't even know if overclocking will even have a noticeable effect. Electron migration will happen at stock as well. As far as older CPUs go I know of multiple CPUs that are 10+ years old and have been OCed and over volted this whole time...running nearly 24/7 in some web and FTP servers. (Don't ask me why they are OC'ed...they sure don't need to be)

I've been working with computers since 2001 and I have yet to see a dead CPU...even that old 800MHz Pentium 3 that a friend and I tried to melt with voltage. All it did was kill the motherboard. The CPU was fine. I have seen a CPU killed by a bad mother board socket that caused a short(even in these cases the CPU was fine some times after cleaning the scorch marks off the bottom) and broken pins from some one dropping it...but those don't count when talking about CPU life span.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 3/26/13 at 8:17am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

The trouble there is we don't even know how long the newer CPUs will last even if left at stock because not enough time has gone by yet. We don't even know if overclocking will even have a noticeable effect. Electron migration will happen at stock as well. As far as older CPUs go I know of multiple CPUs that are 10+ years old and have been OCed and over volted this whole time...running nearly 24/7 in some web and FTP servers. (Don't ask me why they are OC'ed...they sure don't need to be)

I've been working with computers since 2001 and I have yet to see a dead CPU...even that old 800MHz Pentium 3 that a friend and I tried to melt with voltage. All it did was kill the motherboard. The CPU was fine. I have seen a CPU killed by a bad mother board socket that caused a short(even in these cases the CPU was fine some times after cleaning the scorch marks off the bottom) and broken pins from some one dropping it...but those don't count when talking about CPU life span.

I used to have a Q6600 and my missus has got it now. When i had it i did a slight OC on it but missus obv leaves it at stock. Going on 6 years old and still going as strong as it did when it was brand new smile.gif

Its like anything i suppose if you look after your stuff then it will last years smile.gif
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I was playing Devil's Advocate here, point was that even if it does decrease lifespan, it shouldn't be noticeable. I've seen AMD cpu's back in the day fried over a busted cooler, but that was before thermal protections were in place. My Pentium D died due to a bad intel motherboard (D945 GNT), so I agree... CPUs tend to last forever, however degradation still happens especially if you run higher voltage at higher temps 24/7.
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post #125 of 169
Quote:
Originally Posted by 21cage12 View Post

why would you want to overclock your CPU or GPU?


I have a better question, Why not?
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post #126 of 169
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I have a better question, Why not?

There are a lot more reason for why not than why...

  1. removes the warranty on your chip.
  2. increases the chance of your chip failing.
  3. introduces more potential system instability.
  4. requires some extra cost for 3rd party cooler and possibly a better case for airflow.
  5. increases the time needed for the system build to allow for tweaking and extra testing.,
  6. increases power consumption

could add more....
post #127 of 169
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Originally Posted by Mopar63 View Post

There are a lot more reason for why not than why...

  1. removes the warranty on your chip.
  2. increases the chance of your chip failing.
  3. introduces more potential system instability.
  4. requires some extra cost for 3rd party cooler and possibly a better case for airflow.
  5. increases the time needed for the system build to allow for tweaking and extra testing.,
  6. increases power consumption

could add more....
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7. You could save that time you used to overclock your... and search overclock.net and find out... WHY.
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I overclock for Folding.

The higher my clocks the faster I can fold the work units. The more work units I complete the more research is available. And the more points I get for Team Competition.
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I overclock to expand the life of the product (Odd right?) I have an Athlon XP 1600+ Thoroughbred which I overclocked to 2.4Ghz 9 years ago back in 2004 and it's still running along with an ATI HD2600XT and runs Windows 7 flawlessly. My sister is using it and enjoys it and hasn't had any issues with it.

As long as your using the proper cooling you avoid risk of causing any damage to your products. Laptops are more common to hard drive failures due to handling. The only other problem I had were capicators on my old iWill motherboard exploding. I'm sure my DFI Lanparty UT NF2 Ultra-B is almost at the stay of failing capicators.
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I overclock because i love the fact you can turn a £150 cpu into a 5ghz mean machine biggrin.gif

I l ove my 8350 i love the price more i love trying to push my chip to its limits. best i got so far on water is 5.2ghz

tell me thats not as good as using a cpu at stock biggrin.gif

Why have a punto when you can have ferrari!!!!

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