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Would Ocing Break Anything?

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Ok, this may be a very stupid question to post on these forums but.. im a n00b to overclocking and i would just like to know if you OC would it make the life of whatever your OCing shorter? Im not talking about a really big OC, just maybe a small one like 2.0GHz to 2.2 or 2.4GHz or a 450-480mhz clock for GFX cards..

I know that if your going to OC, you have to make sure its stable and that the temps dont get too high, but if you OC, and temps and stability and no artifacting (on GFX cards), would it damage the hardware and lessen its life? Just wondering, thanks.

and sorry if i posted this in the wrong section of forums.
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I'm pretty sure it would. But then again I'm not sure if you would have that CPU or gfx card long enough to see it break or burn out based on just a small overclock.
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i've busted one of my ram sticks for not putting a divider on
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post #4 of 15
A small amount of OC, even a moderate amount of OC shouldn't hurt anything. What kills hardware is voltage and heat. If you're an extreme OCer, giving everything extra juice (voltage), then yes, the lifespan will be shortened. Just watch your temps!
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post #5 of 15
If you are Clued in you will find it harder to damage your PC components..Large overclocks may damage parts of your PC yes but a small oc most of the time causes no damage but any overclock does shorten the life of a component not by much though.. Check out some of our FAQS on overclocking mate.
post #6 of 15
It depends. If you have a cheap motherboard with bad cooling like me, even modest overclocks are bad ideas. I can't lock my AGP/PCI speeds, so overclocking my CPU causes those to go out of spec, causing the potential for damage.
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alrite thx, i think i'll do a bit of Ocing then my mobo has great Ocing in BIOS and im sure i have enough cooling for low temps.

also i have a pretty good PSU so then i guess its time to OC
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even if u oc alot. ur comp will be way oudated before it dies
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post #9 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by hanwinting
even if u oc alot. ur comp will be way oudated before it dies
Amen, lets say it halves the life of your cpu. Big deal to tell you the truth cpu's are made to last 10 years is the system is clean and taken care of. Who here will have the same main system in 5 years? A pc with tons of dust, never cleaned, and with crappy cooling will crap out faster than a well cooled oced rig with some tlc. I am prob right in saying that us overclockers care about the rig we built and its not like we are gonna let it die from not taking care of it Just my humble opinion. (Long day at work rant)
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post #10 of 15
very nice i agree 100% with ^ him.
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