Originally Posted by Smoblikat
I have a phenom 2 X4 B55BE overclocked to 4.0 and i have no real temp issues it stays withing 60C, and it takes me 1.55v to get it stable @ 4.0 (which is the max safe voltage) so would there be any point in OCing seeing as i cant overclock any more because ive hit the max safe voltage already and have no temp issues, also i might OC my GFX card but i dont have any heat issues with that either because i have the DCUII.
You can always go past max safe voltage to get better overclocks (sometimes, not guaranteed), you just risk shortening the lifespan of your CPU. Temps will also likely increase as well.
With how efficient processors and CPU coolers are getting, it almost doesn't make sense from a "power user" standpoint to overclock. Watercooling is for "hardcore overclockers" or people that want quiet in their computers (though I hear you can do that with air as well these days). I went watercooling because I'm a tinkerer, and I think it's a lot of fun as a hobby. I have my CPU on mild overclocks, but nothing that couldn't be done with a decent air cooler. I tried the H50 to "take a dip in the water," but I was hooked and am returning it asap, as I've already bought and installed a full custom setup. I like that the temps are lower, the fans are quieter, and hell, it's really cool. Mostly about the cool thing, though I've just ordered a waterblock for my GPU since its fan is actually the only loud thing left
Now with quiet fans on the radiator, everything under water, and an SSD, I finally have a quiet but still quite capable computer