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Overclocking worth the extra investment?

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June 14, 2012 4:07:28 PM

Hello everyone, I am building my next pc right now and I'm having some major second thoughts. I used to to some OCing a while back and it's kinda fun and the extra performance is nice. But given that, like so many others, I'm on a limited budget I can't help but thinking the parts I selected are too expensive:

Intel Core i5 3570K
Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

These are a whooping €124 (Netherlands) more expensive than:

Intel Core i5 3450
Asrock H77M
stock cooler

and what do i gain? The ability to overclock. That goes against all my efforts to get the most bang for my buck, since games don't really need much CPU power (i3 runs BF3 just fine) and the same goes for most applications that I use.

Please tell me I'm wrong in some way lol.

These are my other parts by the way:
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Crucial M4 128GB
Corsair TX650 V2
Sapphire HD 7850
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Iiyama ProLite X2377HDS-B1
Antec Three Hundred Two

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June 14, 2012 7:49:34 PM

I see your point. It's mostly a personal choice. One could argue that,for instance, the Hyper 212 can be used for many CPU's so in the future you won't have to buy another cooler. The Z77 motherboard can be used for SLI/Crossfire so you could do it in the future. Personally I only take the overclocking parts if the budget allows it or if the price is close to the non overclocking parts.
Given the price difference in this case I would go for the cheaper alternative
June 22, 2012 2:35:59 PM

Best answer selected by Thomas_89.