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This morning I lost my CPU overclocking v card to my i7 950. I think I'm just at like 3.45Ghz, nothing crazy. However, until I get enough money for a custom wc loop, or buy those damn clips for my old 775 thermaltake typhoon, I am currently stuck with the crap Intel stock cooler.

Will overclocking actually benefit me? Or will running a CPU intensive game/program actually just cause the processor to get really hot and possibly shut down my computer etc.
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Keep an eye on your temps, if they're below 75c, you're good.

If you can stay below 75c, any overclocking would benefit.
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Will overclocking actually benefit me? Or will running a CPU intensive game/program actually just cause the processor to get really hot and possibly shut down my computer etc.
Yes, and possibly. Intel chips can take heat a lot better than their AMD counterparts, but you definitely want to watch it. Do some stress testing with IBT on Maximum and see what you're hitting. Also arrange your case fans to maximize cooling.
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Temps don't really increase on a CPU without added voltage. Any overclocking you can achieve on the stock cooler will be beneficial. How beneficial will depend on how you're measuring the performance increases. As long as your temps are in check, push the chip as far as it will go.
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yes overclock will give you a boost as long as you watch the temps

an OC with high temps pretty much negates the point of the OC since the heat would lower performance.
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