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post #1 of 8
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My question that came to my mind today:
Is it really worth overclocking your system and the CPU just for gaming?
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That question I asked myself today. And heres the backstory behind it:
Two months ago, my pc wouldnt start up like it used to. I then went into bios. In bios it said something about "overclocking faliure or due to wrong voltage" Which I found very odd.

Because 2 months before the oc failed acording to my BIOS, I had been running prime95 with small + large + blend.....12 hours each and 100% succes.


So today I found out I had been running 100% stock in my BIOS settings for the last two months. And you know what? I never noticed in my games. They all ran smooth as before. And after I returned the overclock (tested it out in resident evil 5) it gave maybe 5-10FPS boost. Nothing more. And than was with an increase of 1000MHz on the CPU and blck set to 200.


Ive now redone prime95 today with all the tests (on my old oc), and 100% succes (this time just 6 hours each). So maybe it was just a 1 out of 1000 issues my pc ran into.


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So the big question is: Is it really just complete overkill to overclock your pc, just for gaming?

Those who want my spec:
I5-760@3.8GHz.
Gigabyte P55-UD5
4gb g.skill 1600Mhz
Seasonic x-750w
Edited by wendigo4700 - 4/11/11 at 4:09pm
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post #2 of 8
Not entirely. If you have less-than-desirable parts than overclocking could help make some games more playable or allow for better graphical settings

Your pc is MORE than capable even at stock to play video games. I don't have my desktop overclocked unless I plan on doing something that would benefit from more mhz


TL,DR: Overclocking is fun, but not necessary
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post #3 of 8
I don't think it is overkill to overclock for gaming.

I don't have the game ,but, I hear Flight Simulator is a cpu hog.
Games like that favor high clocks, most of the time

And some other games do at times need speed, but not as much as Flight Sim.

You mentioned that your specs are 3.8GHz cpu.
Thats a good speed.

So yes , overclock ,,,,, you never know when you need it
post #4 of 8
depends on the system. I oc mine for 60Fps with as few dips as possible.
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post #5 of 8
I find quite the opposite. I overclock not for games at all, but instead for other applications like to speed up video encoding or file compression. For me raising clock speeds helps very little in terms of gaming. That may have something to do with the fact that my gpu is pretty weak by todays standards though.
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post #6 of 8
Ive always had to overclock to get better Frames/speeds....Sometimes I could even get up to 50 FPS more. You didnt mention your graphics card however?
    
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post #7 of 8
Depends on your system. Someone with a GPU bottleneck won't see a difference, someone with a CPU bottleneck will see a huge difference. If OC'ing wasn't needed then we'd never need to upgrade CPU's. Anyone who'd benefit from upgrading their CPU could instead OC their CPU to get better performance (although, depending on the CPU, it might not be enough). I got about 30% better performance when I OC'd my E8200 by 40% because it was bottlenecking the graphics card, but it still wasn't enough to achieve a GPU bottleneck. The i5 doesn't really care if it's at 4 or 5 GHz.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 4/16/11 at 5:51am
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post #8 of 8
In CPU dependent games an overlooked CPU can go a long way. Also it helps lessen any bottlenecks within a system.

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