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Is overclocking worth it on a $410 build?

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a b K Overclocking
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January 30, 2011 7:03:08 PM

CPU: $70
Cooling: $20
Mobo: $45
RAM: $50
GPU: $155
PSU: $70
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Total: $410

3dMark11 stock: P2812

3dMark11 unlocked and overclocked: P4343

Overclock performance scaling: 54%

Learning to overclock: priceless :D 



a b K Overclocking
a c 102 à CPUs
January 30, 2011 9:39:34 PM

Nice what speed did you get it to (mine does 3.7GHz 4 cores)?
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a b K Overclocking
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January 30, 2011 10:38:07 PM

3.6 core/2.6nb is the stable limit on this piece of junk cpu. Ran the HD 6850 at 1050/1225 for the benchmark.
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January 30, 2011 10:43:20 PM

Cheers to that !
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January 30, 2011 11:15:28 PM

I got 4 cores to 3.7GHz without working too hard--pretty lucky on that core for only paying $99 for it with the free Microcenter mobo. The whole build in an old case for $250 (no new graphics).

If you're gonna ask the question, "Is it worth it to O.C.?" The answer will always be "Yes" from these forums if you can get a stable improved clock rate at a reasonable voltage and heat output. Even a 5% OC is worth it. I asked myself that question when I baked my GeForce 7950GT back to life--and now I haven't an OC'd undead 7950GT for gaming at work at lunch.
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