When it comes to overclocking, the CPU is one of the best choices. It won’t have as significant an impact as a graphics card overclock, but a large enough performance bump could see you stretch out the lifespan of your processor for another year or two. Mid to high tier CPUs aren’t cheap, so if you can spread those upgrades out further at little to no extra cost, then it seems like a no brainer.
However, like any overclocking. it’s not without its perils. When messing around with overclocking, you’re going to be increasing voltages, which in turn means a bump in temperatures. This can have the adverse effect of shortening the life of your CPU, or frying it completely and rendering it useless. Don’t rush things and be careful, and you can help to eliminate the threat of this happening. [More]