My overclocking history
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Subject: My overclocking history
Date: 4/18/2001 9:33:46 AM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Economies of OC'ing....Athlon of good 'ol PIV snail.... posted by
My 1st computer was a Gateway P150 that I ordered as soon as the P150/166 became available. I saved about $200 by getting the 150 instead of the 166. After I had it about 7 months, I found Tom's Hardware Guide and discovered I could overclock it to 166 with no more effort than changing a jumper.
Next I had a K6 266 I ran at 315. From there I got a P2 300 for about $230 and ran it at 504. A P2 450 at the time was at least $400. Next was a CuMine 500 that's currenlty running 750. Now I'm on a Duron 600 that cost me $60 and is running at 997 MHz.
It' definitely been worth it for me. Yes, I've spent more on high quality RAM, but I wouldn't compromise on RAM even if I wasn't overclocking. For most other components, it doesn't cost much more than some research to go for overclocking-friendly parts. Even a top quality OC'ing motherboard doesn't necessarily cost more than a top quality mobo that isn't a good overclocker.
I recently put about $130 into a water cooling system that will last me for the forseeable future. Probably excessive, but this is a hobby, and I had fun putting it together.
The hobby aspect really helps determine the worth. If you enjoy tweaking your system, go for it.
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