Should you overclock a laptop?

I'm just curious on this since my friend has told me to never overclock my laptop even when the laptop has an overclock feature. Should you ever overclock a laptop? If you wish to get into specifics onto what kind of laptop is in question then it is a MSI GX660.

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

CPU Type
Intel Core i5-450M 2.4GHz

Memory Size

Hard Disk

Graphics Card
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Broadway XT

Video Memory
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  1. Considering I've had many laptops die due to heat induced failure or degradation of performance (typically at the 4 year mark) I would say you only only speeding up the demise of your laptop. I have one laptop that is 7 years old, but is starting to exhibit heat issues. The one that is still alive wasn't built with power in mind so it doesn't put out as much heat.
  2. Well it really depends how good the cooling system in your laptop is.

    Some laptops come with coolers that are more than capable of handling the cooling needs of the hardware inside it so it leaves a little headroom to play around with.

    On the other hand as Nordlead said, heat is the major killer with Laptops, and overclocking will only speed it up.

    It really depends if you want to take the risk.
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