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It seems to be widely accepted that overclocking any component will shorten its lifespan to a degree; however minuscule it may be. Is there anyone out there that can comment on this from experience? Perhaps someone still running a Prescott/Celeron from yesteryear? Someone still running an E6300, E6400, etc? Has anyone had a CPU or other hardware fail after months (or years) of faithful service?
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e6320 1.8 @ 3.2 for over a year easily. No problems at all.
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opty 165 1.8 @ 2.9 for almost 3 years and no probs....
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I built my newest system right when i joined overclock.net
<----- check join date at the side.
I started @3.2 with an unsuitable heatsink.
Bought my TRUE and raised the OC to 3.6

Overclocked q6600 2.4 -> 3.6

Overclocked for 12 months.
Still running strong flawlessly.
A beast this processor may be, but my chip has not been effected by my OC.

I assume this processor will still last me another 2-3 years before it craps out, if i take care of it.
As if i would a car or home.....
Preventative maintenance , and i will always keep an eye on voltage and temperatures.

I will probably upgrade and sell before then.
Edited by Arakasi - 12/20/08 at 12:55am
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Two years ago I have built an Athlon X2 4600 (90nm Manchester core) rig, I was able to clock it to 2.86ghz @1.55v when I first got it, then after a year or so I can only run at 2.83ghz stable. But the degredation seems to stabilized at that. Right now it's retired as my secondary rig and I can still get 2.81ghz @1.50v.
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The whole thing is now that intel/amd or whatever actually build the chips stronger and better... i.e. they wont die so quickly, however the entire thing is ofset by enthusiasts pumping insanity into their kit and then selling on when the next thing comes along (i.e. 3870 upgraded to 4870 or 6600 to 9550) thus getting rid of the entire problem!

With me i've got my tiny little E2140 oc'd to 2.4 and its slowly dying
    
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Thanks for posting guys. For helping my thoughts on this, I've handed out some +reps.

Basically the reason I'm asking is in relation to some of my experiences in the past. I know, especially in my early attempts that I fried some expensive hardware from overclocking. Matter of fact I sent a 780i to the grave midnight the night before I was due to hand over some important photos to a client of mine. That was an interesting 36 hrs.

There were also some stability problems with machines in the past. My main concern is having a PC that's reliable and working when I need it to with minimal fuss. To put it another way: if my mom's cheap Prescott-powered Dell can run like a top for over four years then I would expect my much, much more expensive hardware to have at LEAST that level of reliability.

I have known-stable settings (Prime 12+hrs) for my sig rig at 3.4 and 3.6 but I'm not sure it's worth it. The only thing that runs my Q9550 to its limit at 3.0 is H.264 encoding and the extra couple of minutes it takes at the lower clock rate doesn't bother me much.
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as long as you have a stable oc, the shortage in cpu life won't be so significant.
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Thanks for posting guys. For helping my thoughts on this, I've handed out some +reps.

Basically the reason I'm asking is in relation to some of my experiences in the past. I know, especially in my early attempts that I fried some expensive hardware from overclocking. Matter of fact I sent a 780i to the grave midnight the night before I was due to hand over some important photos to a client of mine. That was an interesting 36 hrs.

There were also some stability problems with machines in the past. My main concern is having a PC that's reliable and working when I need it to with minimal fuss. To put it another way: if my mom's cheap Prescott-powered Dell can run like a top for over four years then I would expect my much, much more expensive hardware to have at LEAST that level of reliability.

I have known-stable settings (Prime 12+hrs) for my sig rig at 3.4 and 3.6 but I'm not sure it's worth it. The only thing that runs my Q9550 to its limit at 3.0 is H.264 encoding and the extra couple of minutes it takes at the lower clock rate doesn't bother me much.

In all honesty, I had a similar experience to yours with my eVGA 680i A1 crashing when I was typing a term paper. But ever since I switched to the ASUS X38/X48 series, I have never had a catastrophic event, not even a BSOD outside of OCing attempts. My ASUS P5E, Maximus Extreme and now Rampage Formula have never failed me. Be confident in your board, it will run strong. I've been running my Q6600 24/7 at 3.8GHz with 1.44v vcore since day 1!
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