Originally Posted by Compfreak
how long is short term?im upgrading in around 2months
A processor that is not overclocked usually has a life expectancy of ~8 - 10 years. This is averaged though.
It depends. There are no hard and fast answers. It depends on your CPU, how badly you kick it around, etc. Often the processor dies not die quickly, it just degenerates. It creates more errata which necessitate the OS ECC correction and this slows the system down. It begins to reboot more often when errata can not be corrected through the OS ECC and a STOP Hardware event is issued. Sometimes it just outright dies. Often when it is not treated too badly it will last for years without problems.
I have never had to pump more than 1.55V through a Venice to get 2.6V. Some need 1.6V though and a few 1.65. You can listen to someone who pumps 1.75V and try it also if you wish. I think you will find the HUGE majority do NOT though and there is a reason. For a couple of months it doesn't really matter at all. Are you going to sell it to someone after pumping 1.75V through it?
The reason I post this is that so others who do care about the life of their processor have more relevent material before they make informed choices rather than just reading that it is fine to drive 1.75 volts on air through a Venice.
What watercooling are you using? Some watercooling such as the BigWater does not really do much to bring a downward resistance to the effects I mentioned.