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Overclocking ..... how long it can run?

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Hey all again,

It has been long time since i posted here last time, all my 3 computers sounds working fine, and i stopped to try to make my two 2011 as fast as my Z77 rig, so i will focus now on using them normal and also thinking about overclock.

Well, i am not a good reader to understand about overclocking, so if it is about enhancing the performance somehow, then how long i can use that OC much enough for everyday use for long time? It will not affect my cooling system and CPU after a while? I feel i will go with OC only for 2 reasons, to have benchmarks records for here and there, secondly, to increase performance slightly for some tasks if needed.

Now, i read about 3 OCs, the CPU, the RAM and the GPU, so what each of them do when OCing? How good my PC can handle if i OC all of them at once? I heard a lot of stability issues and so i don't want to do something wrong with OC and then i can't fix things after it is too late, or let's say it another way, what is the limit of OC and when it is enough OC to go with? I better use OC for my need rather than i just want to break records to post here and there and damage something.

I hope to start slowly and straight forward steps for OC any component and then have the advantages under my control.
   
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How long an overclocked component will last varies from part to part, but most agree it's related to how much extra voltage you put through it and how hot it gets. More voltage and higher temps will shorten a parts life, by how much is anyone's guess though. For example, I have been running my 2500k at 4.5GHz about the last 2 years, and I know it's a safe overclock because I had to hardly up the voltage and temps are still magnificent.

As for what parts do what...

CPU: Will make all computer calculations faster.
RAM: Goes with CPU OC a bit, faster memory takes less time to process things.
GPU: Helps with video things like gaming.

That's all I can say for now, as I need to go, but I hope it helped.
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Originally Posted by 100cotton View Post

How long an overclocked component will last varies from part to part, but most agree it's related to how much extra voltage you put through it and how hot it gets. More voltage and higher temps will shorten a parts life, by how much is anyone's guess though. For example, I have been running my 2500k at 4.5GHz about the last 2 years, and I know it's a safe overclock because I had to hardly up the voltage and temps are still magnificent.

As for what parts do what...

CPU: Will make all computer calculations faster.
RAM: Goes with CPU OC a bit, faster memory takes less time to process things.
GPU: Helps with video things like gaming.

That's all I can say for now, as I need to go, but I hope it helped.

Thank you very much, you summarize everything needed.

Well, i said before on past another posts/threads that i will do mostly 4.2-4.5GHz OC, not planning to do more, maybe very few times more but i don't plan to go higher than those values for long time or many times, so good you said that it may put my rig in safe condition for long run.

About the Voltage and temp this is always the issue that stopping me to think or plan to do OC, because i live in very high humid and hot weather country, the summer will be gone almost after 1 month and so, but then we will have it again for long time as always, so my computer is always under heat if i don't turn on the Air Conditioner in my room.

Also about the voltage, i really have no clue at all about which or how much voltage i must use, how can i define which voltage to start with or which to use and why choose certain values of voltages depending on what factors?!!!

Your answer giving me a good starter idea about OC and what the three component do in OC, so then i can think about which OC i need to do when needed, but also how do i know that my rig build is good enough for certain OC or to which limit regardless of the temp and voltage, sure i will keep my eyes/mind on those two factors when i go OC, i appreciate your help and i am welcoming more replies or answers from others or you if there is something to add.
   
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When people first start OC'ing the cpu, it's usually best to take small steps. I started my 2500k at 4GHz, then bumped it up to 4.2, then 4.4, etc. You need to get familiar with your specific chip and find out voltages for certain clock speeds, and temps that come with that. Since I've had my 2500k, I just played with it for awhile and after a lot of trial and error, I've managed to carefully get it all the way to 5.356 GHz, as can be seen in my sig. It wasn't something I managed within a few hours of getting my chip, so be patient.

There is luck involved as well, also known as the silicon lottery. I managed to get a decent chip myself. My brother with the exact same chip and motherboard for example needs I think about 1.45 volts for 4.8GHz, and can't go any higher than that. In my case, I only need 1.36v for the same clock speed. As I said, lower voltage is better as it makes a chip last longer and run cooler.

To get started, here is what I would do. Go into the bios, and change only the multiplier, and keep the stock voltage. The stock multi should be 32, so just up it in 1 increments, and see how your computer runs. Keep an eye on the temps of the chip, I'd say don't let them go about about 75C. I would think you could get to about ~40 multi before you have stability issues, but it completely depends on your chip.
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Thanks, i give that i try later and see what i will get.
   
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