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    Does overclocking "damage" other parts?

    hello,

    I am looking at starting overclocking soon, and have a small question. As the FSB is part of the whole system, rather than just the CPU (I think anyway), does that mean overclocking by increasing the FSB affects not only the longevity of the CPU, but the longevity of other components aswell?

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    Re: Does overclocking "damage" other parts?

    Yep it does affec other parts.

    RAM is usually OK, epsecially if it's the stuff in your "My System". If you run the CPU and RAM 1:1 you will never overclock high enough to affect it.

    You also have a small cushion on your motherboard since it has a native 1333MHz FSB (333MHz) and the chip is 1066MHz (266MHz). So you get that for free as it were.

    Light overclocking, say 3.4GHz for the E6600 won't cause you many problems at all, it will still out live your expectations of it I'm sure.

    One thing to mention is.. during gaming my E6600 at 2.4 is little different to when it is running 3.6GHz.

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    Re: Does overclocking "damage" other parts?

    I think your PCI/PCI-E clocks are locked by default on your motherboard so altering the FSB should only effect the speeds of your CPU and RAM. As staffsMike said, it sounds like quite safe to overclock, especially with your 1066mhz RAM

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    Re: Does overclocking "damage" other parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    One thing to mention is.. during gaming my E6600 at 2.4 is little different to when it is running 3.6GHz.
    Do you see much difference say between 3.2 and 2.4 in windows startup?

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    Re: Does overclocking "damage" other parts?

    I'm on a fairly new install of XP 32bit, on a 320GB (dual platter) Western Digial KS (not AAKS) and the difference is very slight if there at all between the two clocks.

    Once in windows it is usable faster than you really click on anything you want. At both clocks there is a small delay (4 seconds maybe) around 15 seconds into windows being usuable (no idea what it is).

    On the whole there is little or no difference

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    Re: Does overclocking "damage" other parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by AD-15 View Post
    hello,

    I am looking at starting overclocking soon, and have a small question. As the FSB is part of the whole system, rather than just the CPU (I think anyway), does that mean overclocking by increasing the FSB affects not only the longevity of the CPU, but the longevity of other components aswell?

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    Unless you change any voltages, it won't affect the longevity of your components much. The main dangers when overclocking come from voltage migration due to high temps, or frying the chips with too much voltage. Unless you are planning to keep your CPU for 10 years or more I wouldn't worry about it. Just make sure you have adequate cooling and you'll be fine. Even raising voltages within known bounds is relatively safe, as long as you proceed slowly and sensibly.

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