Cid Highwind· The Hunter
Not taking good care and dusting things off has a much higher risk of damaging components than the initial build. There's also a big difference between mild OC's, and those >50% OCs which require volt mods and heavy cooling. Current chips of Intel simply have a huge headroom and I doubt that the technical lifespan will come close to the economical one.To me:
Custom-built PC > Mac > prebuilt PCs > Overclocked PCs.
In terms of price/value/stability. And before anyone says you've got a 4GHz quad sitting on that desk, tell me if it's still surviving... 5 years from now.
To be honest, I'm more worried about my mobo's northbridge, as it has some simple passive cooling. I think this goes for most people who OC their stuff, as the CPU and GPU temps are the only things they look at.
Anyway, as long as your recent mac doesn't have an nVidia chip you should be fine I guess :heh: