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Just trying to figure out what's the ideal percentage wise I should OC and still have the CPU and RAM last 4-5 years. I don't plan on building another system for quite some time, and I don't want to OC her to death before her time. Is 15% a fair amount or can she go higher yet? Again, I want and need her to last! Thanks all!
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if u want it to last as long as possible just dont overclock. LOL, jk. its impossible not to. but really i have no clue, sorry!
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Usually only by a few weeks. Depending on how high your overclocking... But technically, a CPU Chip is suppost to last you a lifetime. My p3 lasted me 10 years.. =p
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Heat is the Enemy of Components, as long as you can keep them close as possible to normal the longer they should last.
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Just trying to figure out what's the ideal percentage wise I should OC and still have the CPU and RAM last 4-5 years. I don't plan on building another system for quite some time, and I don't want to OC her to death before her time. Is 15% a fair amount or can she go higher yet? Again, I want and need her to last! Thanks all!
Speed doesn't hurt cpus, voltage and heat do. You should find that a cpu at stock voltage will last the same timeframe regardless of how far it's OC'd. The rough guesstimate according to the street is that an average cpu lasts 10 years. If you're reasonable with the voltage and keep it cool, any OC'd cpu should last far longer than 4 or 5 years.
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The cooler they run the longer they will generally last just dont go over ther reccomended temp specs
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As long as you keep the voltage under max and temp. under max, your CPU will live for a long, long time.

I have my CPU overclocked 1.2 Ghz currently w/ max load of 55*C in ambient temp. (Just as long as Mum doesn't turn the dang heater on). Voltage @ 1.465 which is way below max to my standards. (Max is 1.525). My CPU will last me a long time... long enough for me to get a new rig, that is.
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Yes, always monitor your temps. Keep it under 50C or just a little over and you should be fine. Just don't go running prime for 24hrs a week
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Yes, always monitor your temps. Keep it under 50C or just a little over and you should be fine. Just don't go running prime for 24hrs a week
lol i prime test every night when i go to sleep for 8 hours. so i run it (7 x 8) 56 hours a week. will this cause any issues with the CPU's longevity?
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post #10 of 20
Why the heck would you do that yasha?

Anyways, Maxima, for your CPU I would just keep the voltage under 1.550 (the Zalman 9500 cooler is pretty bad) and keep your load temps under 55c and your CPU should last you 7-8 years at least.
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