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Should I overclock my CPU?

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So I have a i3-2130 3.4 GHz Dual Core, 6 GB RAM, and a XFX Radeon 7850 1 GB

I think my CPU could obviously be better, and I'm wondering if I should overclock it. What are the risks involved?

I'm aware that this particular CPU has a locked multiplier and I can only OC it by 105-107%, but I think that would at least give me the small boost I'm looking for.

The only thing that worries me is it's a gateway computer, so the mobo is made by Acer. I've always heard how crappy Gateways components are, so I just am curious what the risks are.

This is only a minor overclock so it may be ok, I also did replace the PSU with a much better one with enough power so that shouldn't be an issue, but everything else other than the GPU and PSU are stock gateway components which sucks.

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to answer me.
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the least consequence would be corrupting the data on your hard disk since the Bclk is tied into you SATA controllers, PCI (gpu) and RAM. the worse would be damaging your GPU, motherboard or RAM.

i would be very surprised if you got passed 103 on the Blck with a OEM motherboard but what OC you did get really would not be noticeable. i raised the Blck to 104.5 on an asus H67 and a i3-2120 and it didn't make any difference for me (148Mhz increase).
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Not worth any troubles it is going to entail. Raising the blck won't be worth any weight tbh. If you're looking for more CPU performance would really be processor replacement.
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Ok. Thanks to both of you.

I am thinking about just upgrading the CPU just not sure what my options are with the crappy OEM motherboard. I'll have to do some research.
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