Is it safe to Overclock your processor if so why or why not ?
what are the alternatives of speeding up your system without damaging your hardware ?
Links or any advice would help
Answer by Fuzz1000 · Jun 07, 2010 at 01:30 AM
Yes sorry what i meant to say in my question was is it safe to overclock a Stock 3ghz E8400 Intel Chip. Sorry if you were mislead bad wording on my part.
But thanks Blind Fury for mentioning that, and i will take your word for it.
Also i have 4 main fans running in my tower, if anyone was wondering.
Answer by Jambo310 · Jun 07, 2010 at 01:04 AM
Overclocking is making your hardware do something that it is not designed to do but it can do by pushing itself. So by definition it is not safe. The only alternative to overclocking for getting faster hardware is, unfortunately, buying faster hardware. Just because overclocking is not safe doesn't mean it is dangerous by the way, just want to clear that up. It might not be good for the hardware but as long as you keep it cool and don do anything stupid then you should be alright but you wont get the same life out of the overclocked hardware as you would the normal.
Answer by Blind Fury · Jun 07, 2010 at 01:19 AM
Well overclocking has its risks.
And yes you could break your computer in doing so.
But with that said although there is a risk involved, if you do it correctly the chances of breaking anything are very low.
A factor you have to be wary of is heat, if you don't have custom cooling I wouldn't overclock very far.
I am slightly confused at to what you are asking though, you said "Overclock Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3Ghz ? Safe ?".
An E8400 @ 3GHZ is stock though not overclocked so yes it is safe.
If you are wanting to overclock it to over 3GHz then I wouldn't go higher then 3.2GHz on a stock cooler depending on your temperatures.
You can monitor you temps using a program like "Core Temp".
If you need any further help, advise or questions, just reply.