How dangerous is OCing?

So I was talking to a friend and he said OCing, particularly messing with voltages, can basically fry my entire PC... I'm not super tech savvy but I assumed that OCing was relatively safe even for beginners as long as I'm going for a pretty safe/easy OC. There is a video on youtube that basically goes through the BIOS settings of my exact mobo and processor to do a "safe" OC, but it does change voltages, if I basically copy what he did and just go through my bios and enter the same settings am I at risk or is my friend full of ****? Thanks.
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  1. Overclocking when done under the proper procedures, and stei-by-step, is perfectly safe and a lot of fun!

    Please read a few articles on OC from various forums until you have a good understanding of the process. Videos too will help. Then go ahead and do it gradually. Do not change too many variables at the same time.
  2. Overclocking is dangerous if you don't know what you are doing.

    Overclocking is never safe, I would only over clock your CPU if you have a good water cooler or aftermarket heatsink, don't use the stock cooler which came with the CPU, that is for people sticking to the base clock.

    Now I highly recommend to not copy the settings that you saw. I say this because every single CPU can perform differently when it comes to OCing, its basically a lottery where you could get a great Overclocking CPU or an awful. So don't copy the settings.

    Feel free to OC, but you will void the warranty so if it explodes, you've lost yo money.
  3. I started out the same as you are now. After reading some reviews for my particular hardware, and seeing the settings that the websites were settings I decided to start experimenting. Not before I purchased a good after market fan and a reliable power supply that could handle the extra load. Now it's been 5 or 6 years, and since my first endevours I have overclocked quite a bit of different hardware. As long as you follow some tutorials from reputable websites, such as Anandtech, Guru3d, Tom's Hardware, you should be fine. Just make sure to start off conservative, and once your comfortable enough you can start to push higher.

    Also, why are you considering overclocking? Do you need extra performance for some reason? If so you should list yor specs, and we can maybe provide you with some insight on if it is neccesary or not. Or are you just interested in learning how to do it?
  4. LOL at that guy :lol:

    With a general understanding of the procedures, your BIOS (read your motherboard manual!) and the proper (and easy!) ways to reset your CMOS, over-clocking is inherently safe.
  5. Best answer
    Overclocking with proper knowledge , good cooling and good components is safe.

    Take your time and research overclocking and enjoy the fun.
  6. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Overclocking with proper knowledge , good cooling and good components is safe.

    Take your time and research overclocking and enjoy the fun.

    Sometimes the simplest answer is the best. Very true in this case ^

    The biggest contributing factor to whether an OC is safe or results in damaging your components is knowledge.

    - Know what the limits of your parts are where voltage/current/temperature are concerned, such as max vCore, max temps, max chipset and RAM voltages
    - Know what parts support the overclocking features you need, such as LLC, FSB speed, manual RAM timings
    - Know what parts can support the voltage/current/temps you need, such as high amperage rails in a PSU or 8+2 power phase and chipset cooling on a motherboard VRU
    - Know the proper procedures for tweaking, testing settings, monitoring temps/volts, stability testing

    Never, ever, cheap out on PSU, Motherboard, cooling or RAM. These are the minimum core parts that need to be high quality, reliable and robust to withstand the electrical and thermal loads you'll be putting them under.
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