What does Overclocking do?

Why do people Overclock and what does it even do? Also can overclocking ruin a Graphic's card due to in a higher intensification in heat?
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  1. overclocking is pushing the components to it limit, so someone can get the highest performance it can do and to save some money, because sometimes a components with slightly higher clock/speed could cost much more even though it is possible to get with overclocking. overclocking can decrease age of components, but as long as it is cooled well, it can last long enough. so as long as it is cooled well it should decrease the age so much
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  2. nvincent_08 said:
    overclocking is pushing the components to it limit, so someone can get the highest performance it can do and to save some money, because sometimes a components with slightly higher clock/speed could cost much more even though it is possible to get with overclocking. overclocking can decrease age of components, but as long as it is cooled well, it can last long enough. so as long as it is cooled well it should decrease the age so much


    So lets say if i was to overclock a CPU and/or a graphics card would they require air cooling or water cooling due to an over-intensification of heat gain?
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  3. SonnyNXiong said:
    nvincent_08 said:
    overclocking is pushing the components to it limit, so someone can get the highest performance it can do and to save some money, because sometimes a components with slightly higher clock/speed could cost much more even though it is possible to get with overclocking. overclocking can decrease age of components, but as long as it is cooled well, it can last long enough. so as long as it is cooled well it should decrease the age so much


    So lets say if i was to overclock a CPU and/or a graphics card would they require air cooling or water cooling due to an over-intensification of heat gain?


    depends, some cpu were so hot when overclocked, so it needs liquid cooling, some were fine with air cooler when overclocked. for graphics card, you dont really need to water cooled it, most 3rd party graphics card brand have their own heatsink design that should be able to handle overclock, even actually usually most 3rd party graphics card were factory overclocked, but each brand have different clock from others, some also have better cooling than other
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  4. Overclocking is basically making the part run faster than originally intended. So basically it's like taking a 100hp motor and changing a few setting to make it push out 150hp.

    Some issues though are:

    - Stability, you have to make sure it stable usually by stress testing.
    - Heat, it now runs fast and may produce more heat so the stock fans may not be able to keep it at safe temps so a new heatsink/fan may be in order to keep it under control.
    - Electricity, depending on how far you push your overclock you may end up increasing amount of electricity it uses to help make it stable. This increases the heat produced and decreases lifespan.
    - Lifespan, electricity and heat both kill parts faster and electricity by itself and the heat it generates

    As to if you need a new cooling setup for a given overclock it generally falls down to if your pushing it far enough that it increases the temps to warrant it. If you want a blanket answer it will be yes you want it. It will keep your parts cooler so they will last longer and allow you to achieve higher overclocks. You can also do what I have done in past when I overclocked my computer, achieve a good overclock before you have to increase the voltage significantly to help prolong the parts life and keep temps under control.
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