QOTD: Do You Overclock Your PC?

There's no real shortage of processors and graphics cards these days. For every application and intent of building, there's a CPU and GPU that will fit your needs, and budget.

What's also equally apparent these days is that CPUs are very fast, relative to what was available just a few short years ago. This isn't to say that today's CPUs are significantly faster in clock frequency however--they're faster overall and significantly more efficient. Even Intel's Pentium 4 CPU was able to reach current CPU frequencies no problem.

When CPU clock frequencies were sub-gigahertz, overclocking brought in a significant boost in speed ratio. But today, with high frequency processors, overclocking doesn't nearly bring in as much, relatively. However, it must be said that getting more bang for your dollar is mainly what this is about, and squeezing every bit of performance from our components means a lot more than just the bottom line.

The question of the day is: Do you overclock your computers?

If you do, what kind of cooling do you use?

If you don't overclock, tell us why as well.

Check out pictures of some of the craziest systems Tom's Hardware saw around the net last weekend.

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  • smartel7070
    I have a Core2Duo E8400, stock 3.0ghz overclocked to 3.6ghz with a Xigmatech s1283 cpu cooler.

    I overclock because like it says I want to squeeze as much performance as I can from my hardware.

    I've been overclocking my CPU's since the Pentium 1 days.
  • Anonymous
    Yep, Trusty Windsor X2 5600 @ 3.1 Ghz ....been that way for as long as i can remember..... A little weak these days... but I still see no reason to shell out tons of cash for an elite rig anytime soon. Using a Zalman 9700 heatsink and 3 120mm fans in a relatively spacious case...
  • Anonymous
    I overclock to find out how far I can push the system and run benchmarks. Then I usually back off to find a good balance between a moderate overclock and low temperatures.

    An aftermarket heatsink/fan is a must. I tend to use hardware website reviews along with Newegg customer reviews in my decision regarding which HSF to purchase.

    CPU: Q6700
    Cooler: Tuniq Tower 120
    Motherboard: Asus P5E

    Maximum Overclock: 3.67GHz
    Normal Overclock: 3.0GHz
    Temps (normal OC) - Idle: Mid to Upper 30's Celcius | Load: Mid 40's Celcius