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Hello everyone, I'm new to custom computer building in general, and I would like to learn more about overclocking. What I have gathered so far is that when you OC anything, the lifespan will be reduced. There will be an increased heat/power usage. This is all, though.

Now, will the lifespan be reduced no matter what? For example, if you overclock a processor from 2.2 GHz to 2.3 GHz, will the lifespan be affected at all? To me, it seems that the life would not be influenced, so long as nothing else changed drastically (i.e., temperature remained the same, power useage increase was minimal).
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Well how ever small the overclock is it will still shorten the life of the CPU as you are pushing the CPU past its actuall limits.
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My mainboard came with an overclocking tool, and i put my AMD to 2.31 from 2.25, which i dont think will cause anyharm, especially with cooling as i just run the heatsink fan at full speed, but to be honest the difference after overclocking is minimal, made huge changes when i overclocked my GC though
    
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Originally Posted by Patrice Mersault
Hello everyone, I'm new to custom computer building in general, and I would like to learn more about overclocking. What I have gathered so far is that when you OC anything, the lifespan will be reduced. There will be an increased heat/power usage. This is all, though.

Now, will the lifespan be reduced no matter what? For example, if you overclock a processor from 2.2 GHz to 2.3 GHz, will the lifespan be affected at all? To me, it seems that the life would not be influenced, so long as nothing else changed drastically (i.e., temperature remained the same, power useage increase was minimal).
What you should also consider is the fact that the lifespan of your parts is far longer than their actual usage will be. If a cpu is designed to run 10 years, but is so outdated in 5 that it's relatively useless, does it really matter if you shortened the lifespan 20%? The main thing that causes shorter lifespan isn't necessarily clock speed....I'd say it's more voltage and heat related. Overclocking a cpu at stock voltage would have a minimal effect on it's longevity. A cpu and gpu both are outdated so fast that I look at overclocking as taking full advantage of my products before they get tossed in the dumpster.
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Well how ever small the overclock is it will still shorten the life of the CPU as you are pushing the CPU past its actuall limits.
In reality no, you arent. You are pushing cpu passed its limits specified by the company that it was made by.
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Originally Posted by Grizvok
In reality no, you arent. You are pushing cpu passed its limits specified by the company that it was made by.
Yes! It comes down to the individual chip in the end. OC'ing may shorten the cpu's life, it may not.
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post #7 of 32
Yes and No as long as the component is operated at a safe temperature the lifespan should be abuot the same but like sccr64472 said buy the time it dies its junk anyway.
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Basically, so long as you keep the temperature within a safe range, you're okay?

I know there is a way to monitor the temperature of units, but what about the voltage? Any way to do that?
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post #9 of 32
yes, there are many popular programs such as motherboard monitor 5 (mbm5), speedfan, and smart guardian. Google any of them to find a download.
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post #10 of 32
It all comes down to heat, if you keep them low you might lose between 5% to 10% depending one each chip, I have a lot of rigs and there overclocked some for years with no ill effects.
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