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Is it even worth it to overclock?

#1BogePosted 9/13/2013 1:24:44 PM
You spend an extra $10-$20 for the unlocked CPU, another $30 or more for an aftermarket fan, and another, what, $50 for a good overclocking motherboard? That's not counting special thermal paste or a case with good cooling.

For the extra you spend to get good overclocking parts, wouldn't it just be better to go with stock pieces and spend that extra $100 on the CPU for the better instead?
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#2PyrotechnixxxPosted 9/13/2013 1:27:07 PM
It's not unheard of to get 25% boosts in performance, which is much better than what most upgrades offer. Also keep in mind that overclocking the multiplier gives more everyday horsepower than adding more cores, since games the use >4 threads are few in number.
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#3Boge(Topic Creator)Posted 9/13/2013 1:28:51 PM
This was just a quick search, so I'm not sure if there is other information out there...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Core_i5_3570K_and_i7_3770K_Comparison/7.html

An overclocked 3570k performs less than the 3770k stock.
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#4donbrifwayPosted 9/13/2013 1:31:46 PM
3770k is also $100 more.
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#5Snuckie7Posted 9/13/2013 1:34:10 PM
What if there was no better processor for single threaded performance when you bought yours?
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#6AsucaHayashiPosted 9/13/2013 1:34:29 PM
you only need to pay once for everything except the cpu though...
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#7Boge(Topic Creator)Posted 9/13/2013 1:34:49 PM
donbrifway posted...
3770k is also $100 more.


Exactly. So, do you actually get more for your $100 by buying parts for an overclock, or is it better to put that $100 towards the higher end part?
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#8SinisterSlayPosted 9/13/2013 1:36:31 PM
Boge posted...
donbrifway posted...
3770k is also $100 more.


Exactly. So, do you actually get more for your $100 by buying parts for an overclock, or is it better to put that $100 towards the higher end part?


I'd say no, because overclocking is a hassle :D
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#9steveboblarryPosted 9/13/2013 1:45:51 PM
SinisterSlay posted...
Boge posted...
donbrifway posted...
3770k is also $100 more.


Exactly. So, do you actually get more for your $100 by buying parts for an overclock, or is it better to put that $100 towards the higher end part?


I'd say no, because overclocking is a hassle :D


This, I just tried to up my i5-3570k@4ghz to 4.5ghz. and my mobo started wigging out on me my bios kept freezing and I kept getting bsod's. had to Push the cmos button, loaded the previous profile and its fine now.
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#10Boge(Topic Creator)Posted 9/13/2013 1:52:15 PM(edited)
SinisterSlay posted...
Boge posted...
donbrifway posted...
3770k is also $100 more.


Exactly. So, do you actually get more for your $100 by buying parts for an overclock, or is it better to put that $100 towards the higher end part?


I'd say no, because overclocking is a hassle :D


It actually wasn't for me this time. 3570k straight to 4.4ghz. Runs cool, no problems in 13 months. I didn't do anything but change the multiplier. One click and it was good.

I do agree though. I've had some issues in the past overclocking. Out of the 3 systems I've had built for overclocking, 1 was a complete drag...just wouldn't go. The other wasn't too bad, a 720be with the unlocked core@3.4ghz, had to up the voltage a click. Yeah, it can be troublesome, but kind of cool I guess that's why a lot of people do it, just for fun.

I'm just kind of wondering for performance if it's worth it. I guess it's more bang for your buck for gaming? Even then, I could save that $100 overclock money and put that towards a faster vid card too. That would probably give better performance in certain games than any CPU overclock would. I know it's all dependent, but overall, what do you think?
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