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I've gotten the impression that overclocking will reduce the lifespan of my CPU, but it seems that this only happens if you overvolt it?

If I squeeze as much as I can without overvolting it, will the lifespan still be reduced? (I don't really want to overvolt because I'm staying with the e6420 stock fan.. this is just something to give me another reason to not do it )

P.S. If somebody who overclocked an e6420 and kept the stock fan reads this (unless you have this info in your sig), how much did you manage and which motherboard and RAM did you have?

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post #2 of 13
Let's just say that a stock CPU runs for 10-15 years at 24/7... and then tell me, will you use this CPU in 20 years? (assuming you don't run it 24/7)
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post #3 of 13
Well remmber lifespan of a cpu is usualy 10 or more years not alot of us keep them for that long. Depends how much volts you use you might shave off 2-3 years. If you use volts and keep the temps low you should be ok.
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post #4 of 13
like the others said, CPUs are designed to run ~10 years, which is overkill anyway. even if you're running stock volts, overclocking will reduce its lifespan, but your CPU should still be terribly obsolete long before it dies anyway.
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post #5 of 13
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Hm, well no lol I won't use it then, but then I do tend to keep it on 24/7 ;p
I suppose it'll be ok if the temps aren't too high, but then what bothers me is that I've never overclocked before, so I don't really have an idea of how much it'll take off >.>

I also haven't managed to find anybody who overclocked the e6420 with a stock fan yet, so I'm a little worried :E
I suppose if I can't get much out of it with stock I'll go buy an Arctic Freezer..


With a little luck, I'll be getting everything tomorrow.. P5N-E is supposed to arrive then, but I'm a little doubting.. -.-

Can't wait to get everything installed and see how much I can push it :E
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the stock Intel heatsink/fans are great, if a little loud. and don't worry about your PC's lifespan if you're running stock volts. this is OC.net, where many of the members extreme OC their computers, then run them at 100% 24/7.

just make sure you do your reading, understand what you're doing before you start doing it. you can take your OC up in small increments and decide for yourself if the performance gain it noticeable. if you're a gamer, setting your FSB to 300 instead of the stock 266 will improve your gaming performance. if you don't game or do anything serious with your computer, the Conroes are already overkill at stock speeds.

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post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coma View Post
I do tend to keep it on 24/7
sorry for the double post, but my understand is that temperature fluctuations are much worse for your electronics than being on all the time. when you turn your computer off, many of the circuits drop their temps drastically and quickly. over time, the expanding and contracting of the metals from the temp changes can degrade your performance. leaving your computer on all the time will keep your temps steady, which could actually promote a longer lifespan.

HOWEVER, computers use electricity and leaving electrical appliances on while not in use is bad for our planet
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Quote:
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sorry for the double post, but my understand is that temperature fluctuations are much worse for your electronics than being on all the time. when you turn your computer off, many of the circuits drop their temps drastically and quickly. over time, the expanding and contracting of the metals from the temp changes can degrade your performance. leaving your computer on all the time will keep your temps steady, which could actually promote a longer lifespan.

HOWEVER, computers use electricity and leaving electrical appliances on while not in use is bad for our planet
Thanks This reassured me much more, and the smiley combined with that sentence gave me a laugh =)
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post #9 of 13
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Er, nevermind.
There's this great place in this board called the FAQs forum, which I didn't check My apologies!
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post #10 of 13
yeah look at how many pt3's there out there still running 24/7
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