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What parts specifically does OCing put stress on?

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I know OCing can reduce the life of the CPU, and GPU if they are OCed. Does it also put stress on the mobo, RAM, or drives? Has anyone here noticed signifigant life reduction in any of these parts?
post #2 of 9
CPU, GPU, RAM, PSU, and maybe motherboard. Lifespan depends on your cooling and your stability.
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I am not truely sure if oc'ing puts a lot of stress on the mobo. It will on the RAM if you increase the voltage and/or raise the FSB.
Computer parts nowadays have a very long life span they will most likely become obsolete before they actually die. I have never noticed a signifigant life span reduction on any of my parts.
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i dont really think OCing anything would reduce its lifespan as long as its kept nice and cool and stable
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No, the only thing overclocking puts stress on is the item that is being overclocked. Otherwise everything is fine. However the lifespan shortages don't really matter anyway. Maybe a 3-4 Year decrease in lifespan, but thats about a total of 6-7 Years. In 6 to 7 years you could get 3 new PC's making the smallest ammount of money.
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The most your going to lose is about 3 to 5 percent on the life of the componants if you have good cooling and accepable voltage usage.
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if you keep it cool and stable, the life span of your cpu, gpu, and ram will not change (significantly). if you don't then it could, or it could just fry.
    
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post #8 of 9
I've got systems that are based off of ten-year-old hardware and weren't overclocked. Take my pentium system for example: normally a 166MHz chip, and I took it up to 200MHz on passive cooling (Micron made massive aluminum heatsinks that actually screwed on top of a bracket that mounted by sliding on to the CPU die). Also, being a member of the 68k mac community, I've known people who've overclocked their Mac IISi systems from day 1 (from 25 to 33MHz) and are running them eight years later. And those classic macs get hot.
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overclocking stressed the cpu, the ram, and the mobo with the fsb increases. the voltage increases stress the cpu specifically, and drastically affect the cpu temps. ram voltage affects the life of the ram, a lot, but it does help to increase it if you want more stability.

The northbridge controlls the interface between the cpu, ram and HDs, so any OCing with either of those three, will affect the resulting coordination of efforts on those parts of the system.

hope this helps!
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