Pros and cons of overclocking?

So i have an i5 2500k , asrock z77 pro 4 ,8 gb kinston hyper x 1600 mhz , gigabite hd7870 ,and i wanted to buy a cpu cooler , and i tought i could bui a h80i and overclock a little (4.3Ghz aprox) . i wanted to know the benefits of overclocking , and some help on overcloking my CPU using my motherboard, thanx in advance :D
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  1. Bladeseer said:
    So i have an i5 2500k , asrock z77 pro 4 ,8 gb kinston hyper x 1600 mhz , gigabite hd7870 ,and i wanted to buy a cpu cooler , and i tought i could bui a h80i and overclock a little (4.3Ghz aprox) . i wanted to know the benefits of overclocking , and some help on overcloking my CPU using my motherboard, thanx in advance :D


    Benefits? How about extra power for free. You should be able to get to 4.3 GHz with a standard intel cooler. You're not gonna fry anything if you just overclock slowly. Oh and do overclock your 7870. It is practically a crime to not overclock the 7000 series...
  2. I agree with CaptainTom. As long as you are careful overclocking is totally worth it. I have my 3570K @ 4.2GHz with a 212 EVO and I didn't have touch the voltage settings.
    Bump the multiplier by 1, boot into Windows, test with Prime95 or IntelBurnTest for a while. Lather, rinse, repeat. You can do damage when you start messing with the voltage, so look on google for overclocking guides if you really want to get to the high 4's or low 5's.
  3. ok thanx a lot for the info :D . btw my 7870 is overcloked :D.
  4. yeah shouldnt really need an h80 unless heavily overclocking it

    at 5ghz on my 2600k with an h80 :)
  5. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265056-29-2600k-2500k-overclocking-guide

    There is a nice guide for you.

    The only cons are you run the risk of putting cheaper component(RAM and mobo) under stress causing damage, this is rare.

    You minutely drop CPU life the more voltage you add.
  6. Pro's
    - More performance for free (unless you count the cooling, the premium on a K edition chip and Z77 board :D)

    Cons
    - Greater heat output and power consumption
    - If your overvolting a fair bit it can degrade the lifespan of the chip.
    - If you do something stupid like crank the voltage all the way up it can outright kill the chip.
    - If you do it wrong your system will be unstable.
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