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I am considering buying a Opteron 165 over a 4400+ X2 and overclocking the hell out of it (put it around 2.6-2.8). If I do a overclock'd to 2.6-2.8, and ran that 24/7, how long do you think the Opteron will last?

The other option (the 4400+ X2) won't require as much of a voltage/fsb increase, so it should last longer right?

Any input on this would be greately appreciated in the choice between these processors.

Please note, both situations will be water-cooled if that makes a difference.

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Opty's are notably more resilient than the standard athlon 64 processor. The reason that you can push them harder. A server chip is ocnstantly under pressure so therefore has to be able to take that liking longer and at a higher speed. !^% is great and many people here will back me up. The 4400+ is just a awesome chip I wish i had myself. Wither way you cant loose at all.
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Its suprising how little extra vcore the optys need compared to A64's and X2's. So probably not, a server built opty 165 is strictly made for accuracy, stability and reliability, which make them very decent overclockers not just in the fact that they OC well but they dont take that much wear from it, and they run OC's darn stable. Go for the 165
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Heat is no good for most electrical equipment so there is your enemy. Over volting will increase heat so therefore the wear and tear will be increased. If you are only going to raise the vcore by a little amount it shouldn't make much of a difference to the life of the cpu. They last for years anyway, if you are worried about it then dont get too carried away and try and compete with others, enjoy what you have got, the little OC might not make much of a difference in performance anyway.
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The general rule of thumb for overclocking and CPU life expectancy is that, even with relatively high overclocks, the chip will generally last long enough for it to become obsolete in mid to high-end systems.

Most CPU's will run at stock speeds for 20 years or more without problems. They can do this because they have no moving parts and therefore do not wear out easily. At a modest o/c (say 10%) with no extra voltage involved a CPU (given sufficient cooling) will probably last for more or less the same amount of time as at stock speeds. With overclocks that involve a lot of additional voltage and relatively high speeds (say a 45%+ o/c) the life of the CPU could be as much as half (or less) of what you would expect it to be at stock speeds. So instead of getting 20 years out of the chip, you get 8 to 10 years... The reality is though, that most computer enthusiasts (and overclockers in particular) will upgrade their CPU at least every 5 years, within plenty of time before the chip dies.

So, yes, your chip will live a fast and short life if overclocked, but it's life-span will be long enough that you will have upgraded well before it kicks the proverbial bucket.

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Run fine at 2.65Ghz with 1.37V core
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