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Hi, I am planning on buying a pentium 4 3.6ghz cpu and I will probably overclock it to somewhere around 3.9+. If I do this and I buy a watercooling system for it, does the life of the cpu decrease because of the overclocking? Or if you have a good cooling system should the life expectancy change at all? Same question for an AMD64 3700+, if i OC this cpu from 2.2 to 2.5+ with a watercooling system, does it shorten hte life? If so by how much?
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As long as you stay within the specifications for the CPU (voltage and thermal), overclocking will not have a large impact on CPU life. The normal life expectancies I've read for CPUs go far beyond the point where the technology becomes obsolete, so even if you knock a few years off of that, you'll be a few computers down the road before your current CPU is likely to wear out.
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Out of curiosity, how much you're going to pay for that 3.6ghz?

I was told by long time overclockers that a 10% increase on Vc is where things could start to shorten the life of the CPU, so I keep mine under that 10%. So I tend to use a 7% or less.

My 3.6ghz on air:


On water, it should easily do a 300fsb but somewhere in the 1.6Vc and 250fsb at 1.6Vc or less.
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I'm sorry Nasgul I'm sort of new to OC'ing, what does Vc mean? and I am also curious... where did you get that overclocking program that you have htat picture of? Or is it a program that came with your mobo? I'm pretty certain that I'm going to get a p4 3.6 so would you mind adding me so I can ask you questions and stuff while I OC it?
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Vc means Vcore. I think. And with water you could probably get that to 4.4-4.5, if you have good ram.
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3.9 is nothing for a good 660 cpu.4.0 without even raising vcore. 4.5+ with good cooling.
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actually i was planning on getting the p4 3.6 with 1mb L2 cache not the 660. Is 1mb L2 cache sufficient for all my gaming needs??
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P4-660 fsb240&DDR2 1:1 4.33Ghz stable (Windows startup & GFX applications shutdown)

P4-660 fsb233&DDR2 1:1 4.20Ghz stable (Windows startup & Gaming)
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