Princess Garnet· From Love and Limerence
That's a huge generalization right there. My overclock needs very little voltage (1.2V). It won't damage the chip anytime soon, not even if five years I'd think (if it does, then it wouldn't had lasted any longer either way). My CPU is "only" overclocked 20% (although I did have it 33% overclocked at 4.5GHz for a while).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.
As Cid Highwind said, what I worry about most is the MCH temperatures. Mine has always run hot, right from day one. I even did the modification of removing the heatpipe and reapplying the stock paste with Arctic Silver 5, a method that was claimed to almost for sure lower temperatures by ~10C because ASUS uses paste that bad, but my temperatures... pretty much didn't move. I should had RMAd it from the start, but it wasn't terribly high, not just as low as others got, so that's not really a valid reason to.
As of late though, the MCH temperatures are up even more (used to be 45C to 50C, then 50C-55C, and now it's 55C, will go to ~60C load), as is almost my whole system basically (not counting the CPU, which ironically runs cooler than everything else in my system, save maybe any of the HDDs which it may be tied with), and I'm not quite sure why. The voltage is 1.39V (stock is 1.25, but it does not run stably at that even at stock frequency, it needs ~1.35V, so a .1V increase). It looks like I'll have to add that passive fan afterall, as well as putting that side door for my case with the fans back on (odd how it never raised temperatures after taking it off, but they're up now, so I wonder if it'll even help).