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Why do you overclcok your computer components?

  • It's fun.

    Votes: 87 73.1%
  • I need a faster machine.

    Votes: 57 47.9%
  • I like to compete with others.

    Votes: 36 30.3%
  • I like to discuss and help in the forum.

    Votes: 49 41.2%
  • I can save some money.

    Votes: 60 50.4%

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Hello all!<br>
I'm a marketing student in Austria and I write my thesis about overclocking and case modding.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"><br>
My topic basically is online consumer innovation <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused"> and since you guys are excellent in increasing your machines performance through your own ideas, this fits perfect in my research! I got here after looking around for a couple of weeks in the web and checked this page out as one of the most informative in english. If you don't mind, I'd like to follow and document some of these interesting discussions... and I might have some questions since I wouldn't consider myself as an expert in computers at all... but anyway, this is fascinating, so keep on and keep being innovative!<br>
Servus!
 

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As The Duke says...<br><br><br>
HI and WELCOME <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Hi, and welcome to the forum. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!<br><br>
You'll have noticed that the forum has separate sections for different hardware parts/brands (CPU - Intel and AMD; Video cards - nVidia and ATI, RAM), and then a whole bunch of sections about other topics.<br><br>
I think, if you look for innovation and out-of-the-computercase ideas, the cooling sections would be interesting.<br>
Check this thread out for example: <a href="http://www.overclock.net/cooling-experiments/120239-atlantis-oil-pc.html" target="_blank">http://www.overclock.net/cooling-exp...is-oil-pc.html</a>
 

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Thanks a lot! This works fast as I can see, absoultely great. I love to read these kind of threads, if you come across any alike, don't hesitate to bring them on!
 

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Welcome welcome
 

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Thanks!<br />
Can I ask some general questions as concerning motivation etc. here or is there another Forum that fits better to stuff like that? I really would like to find out more about the why and so on. By the way, if it's cool, there might be an online survey coming up soon... that thing took me like 4 months to create it <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
 

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If you wanna ask questions...do it on a specific forum. If it's not about anything in particular, the AMD General, Intel General, Graphics card General, or Off Topic, are good places to start.
 

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Thanks! Well, in the beginning it's less about the technical stuff as I wrote - I try to get more into the motivational direction, to find out more about the process of innovation in online forums i.e. or like how you rate the quality of the output generated here in some discussions. It's a little confusing maybe but highly interesting. Maybe I should add that I don't have any intentions to suck out your creativity and sell any of the ideas found here; I'm doing serious research about consumer behaviour and try to generate some sort of creativity platform where innovative people are able to give their input; kind of like OSS. I'm sure that would be cool and since the Internet is more international than Coca Cola, I really appreciate any support from you guys here!<br />
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Actually I have one particular question: Do you think there is something like a "typical" overclocker career? As I mentioned, I wonder whether the motives for your activity change within the time or not...
 

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The most creative section is the case mod section I think<br />
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The build logs are where consumer behavior is important (selecting the right parts for a given budget). There are more of these types of threads in other sections.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Thanks! Well, in the beginning it's less about the technical stuff as I wrote - I try to get more into the motivational direction, to find out more about the process of innovation in online forums i.e. or like how you rate the quality of the output generated here in some discussions. It's a little confusing maybe but highly interesting. Maybe I should add that I don't have any intentions to suck out your creativity and sell any of the ideas found here; I'm doing serious research about consumer behaviour and try to generate some sort of creativity platform where innovative people are able to give their input; kind of like OSS. I'm sure that would be cool and since the Internet is more international than Coca Cola, I really appreciate any support from you guys here!</div>

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</div>motivation? because it's cool and fun and we like doing it. and because we get more bang for our buck(s). (lots of $$$)
 

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HI and WELCOME <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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Thanks - sorry, I've been out of town but still extremely interested.<br />
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@cgrado: Well, the motivation to get more for your money is something that consumer researchers do not seriously consider since they claim that it might not be the real motivation behind it. I think that it's one of the things among others that make modding or overclocking interesting and even gets some people started at all. So do you think that might be a reason, especially for kids, to get into this, i.e. by needing a higher clock rate for the latest ego-shooter yet can't afford the CPU/grapic card requiered? And then you start liking it, continue and even end up craving for new records? <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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@Chozart: The modding section is indeed extremely cool - I have seen some crazy stuff the last weeks and I really like it. <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /> The only thing is that modding is very much artistic, therefore it deprives itself in some way from rather purely economical parameters which more or less determine my research. Overclocking appears to be artistic (or virtuosic) too, yet very rational the same time. Therefore, my tutors are highly interested in overclocking which I might be forced to push a little more.<img src="/images/smilies/gunner2.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Gunner2" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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Anyway, this is a great research field and I hope I can post more questions!<br />
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However, if you come across any cool idea, let me know!
 

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I know that the reason i'm getting teh E6400 eventually is because my dad won't let me get anything more expensive and i can tell him that i will be able to make it run just as fast as the $1000 X6800.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">@Chozart: The modding section is indeed extremely cool - I have seen some crazy stuff the last weeks and I really like it. <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /> The only thing is that modding is very much artistic, therefore it deprives itself in some way from rather purely economical parameters which more or less determine my research. Overclocking appears to be artistic (or virtuosic) too, yet very rational the same time. Therefore, my tutors are highly interested in overclocking which I might be forced to push a little more.<img src="/images/smilies/gunner2.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Gunner2" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>Generally, I think, there are two types of overclockers:<br />
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The hold-nothing-back, go all out, with the most expensive hardware possible to achieve the best performance possible. On this forum, sdumper is an example, and world wide, the legendary k|ngp|n is an extreme overclocker of this kind, using liquid nitrogen as cooling and regularly trumping several benchmark world records. You can check his website here: <a href="http://overclockingpin.com/" target="_blank">http://overclockingpin.com/</a><br />
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The more modest, get the best performance out of cheap(er) hardware overclockers. This is the majority (for obvious bank account reasons). It's just cool for many of us to buy, say, a cheap <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103588" target="_blank">Opteron 165</a> for $159.99 and overclock it to way past the speed of an expensive <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103608" target="_blank">FX-60</a> that still goes for $595.00. It's the thrill of getting high performance out of a low- or medium-budget rig.<br />
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Obviously, this is a bit a black and white devision, since many of us are sort of inbetween, like myself. I did not get the most expensive stuff for my CPU, but my video cards were top-of-the-line when I purchased them (and I got two for a specific Crossfire set up).<br />
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Just move through the sections, and maybe start a thread yuorself asking why do people overclock?
 

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Sounds interesting! I knew it I could say, I mean it's rather logical since not anybody is able to afford the high-end equipment! Thanks a lot for your contributions - keep on, these comments are the best stuff for my thesis!
 

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Just check out the different sections of the forum.<br />
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You'll also notice that there is a strong brand loyalty among quite a few members. There are those who only buy AMD CPUs and stay away from Intel as far as possible, even when it's clear Intel has the upper hand. It happens the other way around, but not as often. The same happens with video cards, where there are strong nVidia and ATI camps (more nVidia than ATI). This is interesting also with the recent takeover of ATI by AMD.<br />
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This obviously brings us to what parts we tend to overclock mostly. Besides the CPU (and in connection the RAM), we often also overclock the Video card.<br />
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You should also discuss how there are those who overclock to actually improve performance in gaming and/or other applications. Those folks often have a somewhat slower computer, and overclocking will help them running certain applications (games) smoother or even at all. Since these folds need their computer, they often don't overclock to the extreme, but just enough to make their rig run better.<br />
The second category are those who overclock just for the fun of it, and here we find the record chasers and so on.
 

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If building a $3000 PC for 1/3 of the price isn't motivational then I'm confused <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
Actually, it's bigger than just that, the self satisfaction is just as important to me <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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And then there are those that overclock to fold faster.<img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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Personally, what I like most about overclocking is the instant gratification. You make a change, you get to see almost immediatly if it was a change for better or for worse (run afew benchmarks). Also, I enjoy pushing boundries, overclocking is a safe (relativly) way of doing this. Ofcourse, bragging rights amongst friends are always fun!<img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
 
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