I'm trying to decide on components for my new system and I am uncertain about overclocking and would appreciate some guidance.
I am the sort of person who would have no issues buying components and building a box myself (I have done this countless times) but I would pay for the 965 rather than the 920 and risk blowing it up by overclocking.
However, if it is overclocked by the pros at Scan I may think again... So, I have some questions.
Does overclocking shorten the life of the cpu or any other components ?
Does overclocking increase noise ?
Does overclocking increase the risk of the system failing ?
How much luck is involved here (i.e if two people order the same system would one overclock better than the other, or do they all overclock the same. I expect cpus come from batches of varying quality) ?
Anything else I should consider ?
I am not a gamer but I would like as much grunt as I can get. I plan to run several virtual machines on one big core i7 box to replace several physical boxes I currently have.