Potentially stupid question, but does a few degrees difference on stock air make much difference? Basically, I'm wondering if the fact that I keep my home at 65F, 5 to 10 degrees cooler than most people, gives me any additional leeway with cooling problems. Or do components get so hot that a few degrees F amounts to nothing?
If you have some heavy duty fans in your computer it could help. It could give you... a minor difference but i can't see it making much difference.
The whole problem with OC'ing anything major to the point where you see ANY gains in relation to gaming is just so not worth it for the majority of people. OC'ing is a niche area for people that just like to see the performance gain or those who do things like folding@home.
Oc'ing you have to remember some basic things.
Watch power consumption: It will go up and if you built your pc with minimal power in mind... watch out. Cheap power supplies fry due to the extra power needed and they tend to get hotter like everything else. They also don't usually keep steady power and can be issues for many OC's failing that a majority of the people that never OC before will never notice. Remember that this will always be the base for any system when you OC and Cheap supplies wreck parts when they go too.
Heat/Noise: Your pc will get hot, if you're in a computer room upstairs during the summer it will be unbearable for you and your computer, think it's hot when it's not OC'ed, magnify that. It will also get much more noisy. Unless you add a lot more slower moving fans the fans you do have will be moving faster and fans get significantly noisier the faster they get. note that heat ruins parts too, get too hot on your video card it locks up your os and fails, get too hot and it can cause damage, same goes for CPU except that usually is a little more obvious by turning your pc off.
Testing: Remember that your have to "prime" your computer, which means running it at 100% usuage for a certain amount of time to attain whether the OC itself is stable. It's no easy task when your computer may fail on one task you tested for but not another...
In the end, once you learn all this kind of stuff to look out for, how to OC and find out what parts work well and what do not, OC'ing is a breeze. But is it worth all this effort? Majority of people should say no because the time and effort it will take to squeeze out that 5FPS for gaming... you could have purchased multiple new computers/video cards for all the time you spent. In the end it's up to you, i just personally say anyone doing this strictly to get better response in gaming shouldn't bother. I am not trying to discourage you too, just trying to show you what an incredible waste of time it can be if you do it for the wrong reasons.
PS... before i forget, most people that OC, custom build their computer before hand with the right parts to do it properly. They have the right coolers, supplies, motherboards etc. A lot of these people do aftermarket cooling, whether that be high end air, liquid or phase(think of it like a fridge but only on a 1"x1" square). IF you plan on doing anything extensive it will require some modification unless you custom built your pc for this exact thing in mind... however you wouldn't be on zam asking... lol. Edited, Jun 28th 2010 6:39am by boriss