I have been inundated with reading articles on overclocking. They are mostly written for folks who have a decision made to either overclock (is it their motherboards? or )processors? or love to tinker with the bowels of their PC's
I am a few steps behind. Cannot find on this site a basic tutorial about who should be thinking about overcloscking their PC.
I have no interest in playing video games, will try and build my next PC and I want it with a motherboard that comes with integrated graphics and video.
My needs are of a different nature, I want a blazing fast power machine for general computing, watch and record TV online(dual tu tuner will be on) with fast web browsing , online chat and convenience items i.e Frontal panel USB 3.0 and eSata ports are a MUST. I have risk aversion when it comes to tinker with the architecture of my Desktop PC
be them the current one or the future ones. So with this in mind should i be needing OC at all? I will surely not try to manually OC, but if it is safe, i might consider getting a Mobo that has the Auto Click OC option.
So what could you guys offer as advice for a non gaming machine re the OC concept?
According to what you said above I think a small to moderate overclock would be fine. As you mentioned above, many motherboard makers offer auto overclocking software or built in firmware that will do it for you. This is a good place to start as you do not need any experience in overclocking to work these pieces of software. The benefit you would see is a decrease in loading time and extending the life of the computer for a bit longer. On the first question you asked, you generally overclock the CPU but when you want a more extreme overclock you will also have to OC the motherboard as well. I would also highly recommend an SSD. ( solid state drive) It would greatly increase boot times and application loading speeds as well as system stability.
Eh. it's not worth overclocking since webbrowsing and downloading videos isn't cpu intensive. keep ur warranty. if you want a blazing fast machine, get a SSD. Turn on your comp in less than 10 seconds.
Why OC: Superior performance boost
Why not OC: Degrades Hardware lifespan
Why you should Never OC at all: Uses too much power(2600k OC to 4.9GHz uses 200Watts+) which causes shutdown or other problem which should do no harm unless voltage too high lol...
For your use ie. "for general computing, watch and record TV online(dual tu tuner will be on) with fast web browsing , online chat", you should not even think about an hardware upgrade.
You have already much more than enough hardware to do your tasks.
I second all SSD suggestions tough.
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