Very good question. I don't think he really understands the process yet, but I could be wrong. I don't get it myself, and since I don't game, I don't understand the logic for pushing a system so hard you could burn it out. So, he's prepared for it, and he built the system to endure it, but I asked him to get a system that didn't require overclocking right away... something he could run and enjoy without it. I understand it could potentially do a whole lot of damage again, if you don't know what you're doing. If you know what you are doing you won't burn it out. I am running at 4.8 ghz and my CPU never gets past 52 Celsius on gaming load, 100% stable 24/7, everything seems to be much snappier at these speeds, minus load times, which I plan to get an SSD soon to fix that.