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Is it worth overclocking?

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Hi all,

reading posts it seems as thoguh many people have problems after they have undergone overclocking?

What are teh advantages of overclocking, and is it worth doing for an 'amatier'?

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Well sir look at it this way some people buy a car, drive it and never do anything to alter or customize it, others start tinkering immediately. I think it has to do with your own personal nature and predilections. If you enjoy messing about with computers, inevitably you are going to want more speed--you can either continuously upgrade the parts or you can try and get more performance from what you have.

I Overclocked my rig shortly after assembly. IMO the troubles I have had since then are all pretty much SW related--driver conflicts, stuff like that. I can't say that OCing my rig has caused any issues at this point--and that is about one year of continuous 24/7 operation.

Knowing the limits of your equipment is part of avoiding serious issues. Incrementally increasing the speed of your system until it becomes unstable and then backing down to a stable point is how you do that.

IMO OCing is pretty much what most topend gear is built to do. OCing has become almost mainstream lol.
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Depending on what you plan on doing with your system, overclocking can easily be the most cost-effective way to increase performance. For Gamers, overclocking can be a lifeline to extending the usable life oftheir hardware. As the quality and demands of new games increase, new hardware is produced that allows faster and higher quality execution of the games instructons. Overclocking can allow someone with older hardware to increase the performance of his existing system, allowing him to extend the time in between upgrades, and thus saving him money.

If you spend a decent amount of time researching overclocking in general, as well as specific info for whatever hardware you're thinking of overclocking, you can minimize any risks, and maximize your systems performance. The mistakes most people make (especially when first delving into overclocking), are

1 ) Expecting more out of their hardware then it's truly capable of.
2 ) Being impatient and overzealous - adding too much voltage, or pushing bus speeds too far, too fast, and in too large of steps.
3 ) Not taking the time to research the subject, and/or not asking experienced OCers for help and advice.

If you can avoid these things, Overclocking can be a great experience, and save you money if it's done smart.
    
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