should i overclock?

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austin3118
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so im not sure if i should OC or not, with the $ difference from OC and not oc parts is nearly $400 so i dont want to go and waste $400 bucks if i really dont need it

non-OC parts list:

cooler master HAF 932 full tower case - computer case
AMD Phenom II X4 955 black edition - cpu
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB x2 - HDD
Lite-On IHAS424 Internal DVD Writer - dvd burner
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - ram
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W - psu
XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 - video card
stock amd cooler - cpu cooler

OC parts list -

cooler master HAF 932 full tower case - computer case
AMD Phenom II X4 955 black edition - cpu
MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD - Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB x2 - HDD
Lite-On IHAS424 Internal DVD Writer - dvd burner
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) - ram
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W - psu
XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 - video card
corsair h50 liquid cooler - cpu cooler

the only differences is the motherboard, ram, and cpu cooler, i was looking at this psu: http://tinyurl.com/yanqgea it's owned by xion which i have never heard of but it looks nice has tons of features but you tell me

im going to be surfing the web, playing gta iv, gta sa-mp, team fortress 2, crysis, and others but not for no more then 5 hours a day and less then 20 a week possible, im a very heavy multitasker, over 10 windows open that include: google chrome, limewire, itunes, microsoft office, paint just LOTS!!! and im probably going to have some gaming editing software so i can mod my games :KICK ASS and those programs are very large, like 2+ gigs, also do i need 1 HDD or 2 500gb or should i just get one 1 tb? also i seen good reviews on this cpu cooler, not water cooled but it has nearly the same results as the H50: Zalman CNPS8700 LED CPU Cooler , it only as a 1 year warrenty and has no "lifetime" which means it could probably die when ever but it's 10 bucks cheaper for the same results...... thoughts?

also im open to any opinions you guys have, im always looking for new stuff to add to this build, btw it's my first build ever and im 14 :)

austin3118
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i've heard people say overclocking isn't needed tho :l

Optix78
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Overclocking is more of a do-it-because-you-can thing plus I'm a budget builder and like to get the most for the least.

MagesticApe
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If you want to go faster and you can why not I plan on ocing my build as soon as I get it up and running

System Build in Progress:
CPU:Phenom II X4 955M (need to buy) Mobo:Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Ram: 2x2gb GSKILL Ripjaws 1333 Storage:Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm 32mb cache, 500GB 16mb cache, Asus DL DVD burner and a 500gb external Case:Antec 1200 PSU: Antec TP-750BlueCpu cooling: Cooler Master 212 plus also considering Ultra Chilltec Black (need to buy) Video Card:4870X2 (need to buy)

Skull Abyss Pro...
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I would choose to overclock, but if you do decide to overclock make sure you have some good cooling for your CPU and also have good case air flow

Skull Abyss

Dj Neta
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you can easily OC around for an extra 800MHz - 1GHz with the H50. just remember to add another fan intaking cold air into the radiator and using the stock one to exshust warm air.
i would get some a fan with more then 100CFM, take a look at this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185054
great fan, cheap, lots of great reviews!
btw, its not that noisey and it moves massive amounts of air!

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Zebben
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I'd go with overclocking if youre gonna buy the black edition, mostly because its unlocked and not overclocking that is a complete waste

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hitachi8
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well , a normal CPU overclock doesnt change anything ...
but an extreme one like a e5200 2.5 @ 4ghz make a difference .

well , overclock if you can but , dont burn your money only for Overclocking ... because in 1-3 year you PC gonna be an old power-less shit Anyway ...