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I am not a big overclocker, but the speed that i am seeing on this board is making me salivate. The last comp that I did overclock was AMD 2600+ mobile chip. I overclocked that chip to 2.2ghz for approx 2 years, than it died on me. With that speed, the chip stayed around 40-50C. I have the chip in another board, it still works, but the mobo abit nf-7s died. Is it due to overclocking?

I am planning on getting 6550 and overclocking it. Since i don't game much i'll probably want this chip to last 3-4 years. So my question to you guys is if you overclock your chip but keep it at a decent temp, will the chip still die on you? And how many of you have overclocked chips that just stopped working after 1-2 years?
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Mine has lasted me about 2 years, and it is still pumpin. I bought my DFI to push it even more. Should arrive soon..
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I am not a big overclocker, but the speed that i am seeing on this board is making me salivate. The last comp that I did overclock was AMD 2600+ mobile chip. I overclocked that chip to 2.2ghz for approx 2 years, than it died on me. With that speed, the chip stayed around 40-50C. I have the chip in another board, it still works, but the mobo abit nf-7s died. Is it due to overclocking?

I am planning on getting 6550 and overclocking it. Since i don't game much i'll probably want this chip to last 3-4 years. So my question to you guys is if you overclock your chip but keep it at a decent temp, will the chip still die on you? And how many of you have overclocked chips that just stopped working after 1-2 years?
If you have adequate cooling, it should last forever.
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Even overclocked if the temps are fine the chip will last pretty much just as long as a stock chip.
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Its highly likely if you dont know what your doing. But if you take your time and do things right, then it should service you for many years.
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Overclocking your chip will still allow the chip to last years, beyond 5.
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post #7 of 12
Overclocking does shorten the length of the chip some, but if kept at the proper temperatures it will only take a year or two off the 10 year life span of the chip
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Your missing a big chunk of what causes cpu death the fastest.

Voltage will kill your cpu much faster than temps! It doesnt matter if your cpu temps are fine because your on water, phase, or whatever. If the vcore is way too high past the maximum rated voltage, it will die pretty quick. So be careful about raising vcore. If the overclock isnt successful and your vcore is already high, play with other settings first.

Beware the vcore!
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Do your research, find out what are safe temperatures and voltages for your parts and heed them.
    
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post #10 of 12
as the others have said, try and keep the temps down and don't overvolt anymore then nescessary and it should last for at least 5+ years probably more
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