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Why do we overclock? (Intervention of an overclocker)

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by OzzmanFloyd120, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. OzzmanFloyd120


    Apr 3, 2008
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    I know we've had threads just like this before, but I had an epiphany today.
    I recently upgraded from a Phenom 9550 to a 9850BE and I started to kick myself in the ass after ordering it because there's no reason I should NEED to buy a new processor, the 9550 did everything I needed from it without any problems.
    I sat back and gave it some thought, though, and I realized that the reason I bought it is because I found the peak OC I can get out of my 9550 and that made me unhappy knowing I couldn't play with it any longer, now that I've found the wall on it it's not any use to me.
    As I sat back I've realized all of the hardware I've bought recently I've all bought for the same reason. "I can't tweak it anymore to find more performance gains."
    I've come to realize that I'm so blindly addicted to finding my hardware's absolute limit that I'm spending money I don't need to spend, and honestly I can't stop.
    Someone please tell me that I'm not the only one with this crazy addiction.
  2. Kursah

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    Overclocking is a huge addiction, I find entertainment in this arena trying to get the most of what I have on the budget I can provide to it...budget OC-ing is great, because in reality the cost of the PC can still be a good value, and the performance gained from overclocking can make it a great value, that can last under appropriate conditions if properly cared for.

    I agree that quite a few of my "upgrades" have been more for the purpose of overclocking to attain the higher or better than the performace of more expensive components. Overclocking rigs is kind of like the new age of tuning, it started with hot rods decades ago, and now-a-days there are many things that are tuned in a similar fasion, more cooling, more power, fine-tuning, pushing parts more, etc...

    You're far from the only one, but it's great places like this that help justify what many of us do and make it ok beyond the reality of spending more money than one necessarily should in such an area.

    10 Year Member at TPU

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