Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165064/what-is-overclocking-the-absolute-beginners-guide-to-understanding-how-geeks-speed-up-their-pcs/
Overclocking is the action of increasing a component’s clock rate, running it at a higher speed than it was designed to run. This is usually applies to the CPU or GPU, but other components can also be overclocked.
Gamers or enthusiasts that want their hardware to run as fast as possible may still want to overclock. However, even gamers will find that modern CPUs are so fast and games are so limited by graphics cards that overclocking doesn’t work the magic it used to.
excellent advice! Overclocking is now a hobby, before it was a way to get more for less. Now the bottleneck is elsewhere... as you stated!
if you do want to OC just for the heck of it, I can recommend www.hwbot.org community which sole focus is overclocking PC hardware!
I dont think jumping straight to watercooling for a beginner overclocker is a good idea. Its always best to learn on a more "stable" platform with a high end air cooler first. Once you've extracted what you can from air cooling, then investing in a custom water loop makes sense.
Jumping straight to water would probably end up costing much more for sub-par parts for a novice.
Hell, I still do the majority of my overclocking with beefy air coolers - nothing beats the convenience.
When I was in college my roomate was always trying to overclock his Intel 80486 tower PC. On one occassion he melted the die because we didn't hook the fan up right. Those were the days...
http://www.overclockers.com/how-tos has a nice collection of articles to get beginners started.
I don't know how many people actually overclock for speed improvements though, it seems like it's purely a hobby for die-hard enthusiasts.
Easiest way to start overclocking: get your old Android phone out, and buy SetCPU.
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