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January 21, 2013


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quick question about overclocking and gaming computers.

scorpafied Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
ok so these are two things ive always stayed clear from but always been curious about. a good mate of mine who has always been great with computers. (built one of my older machines for me)

always warned me about gaming computers. he always said there rubbish. but never said why, i recall him saying those kind of expensive cases have crap air flow. and considering everything ive read any cpu that is overclocked you run the risk of it frying the motherboard if it gets to hot. and my room during summer remains at about 30-40 degreees celcius. so that aint good for something like that.

so i want to know is there any reason for me to fear gaming computers?
because ive always thought they look awesome and provide great specs for there price.

and is overclocking bad? does all gaming computers overclock there cpu? how do you figure out by looking at the specs if its overclocked?


thats a computer im browsing at the moment. your thoughts?

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PR-Imagery Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't buy that system if you want to overclock, it doesn't have a unlocked processor meaning overclocking is very limited.

You'd probably be better off building the system yourself especially with the high price of hardware in Australia. Building is not difficult or complicated at all; if you can put a key in a lock and power cord into a outlet, you can put a cpu in a socket, ram in a slot and connect a 6pin power cable to a graphics card.

As for overclocking, its not bad at all. Most cpus and gpus can run at considerably higher speeds then they are sold at, but not every chip is guaranteed to hit high clocks at reasonable voltages and temperatures which is why clock speeds are very generous. The main thing is ensuring you have sufficient cooling and don't go blinding upping voltages.

For building yourself, I'd go for specs close to that system you linked, but if all you're doing is gaming then I'd go for an i5-3570k instead the i7 and a motherboard like the ASRock Z77 Extreme4.
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So overclocking and cpu temps are more about your cooling solution. The airflow of a case is minimal, to not important at all. If you're using a liquid cooler like one from Kracken or Corsiar then you should be able to overclock with not trouble at all. When worrying about temps it's way more about cpu temperature than mobo temperature.

The term "gaming computers" is kinda vague. Yeah if you're buying from a company like hp or dell that don't really know what they're doing you're going to get some crap. But if you're smart about it and get a pc from a companty like maingear or velocity micro, then you know you're getting quality for your price point.

Also that one you're looking at is way too overpriced for the included hardware.
scorpafied Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
im looking at companies in melbourne selling prebuilt computers. if you know of anywere i could go to get a better deal please provide a website or an address.

ive found gaming setups tend to have the better hardware specs. i thought overclocking was the main thing that determined if the cpu was going to be really hot or not...?

im looking at getting a machine thats prebuilt because like you said they ensure quality. and to put it bluntly, i dont have enough knowledge to build a better machine then a company like velocity.
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
1. NCIX is a Canadian based company but ship internationally. They do a great job on assembly, and you can get a budget gaming machine for under $1000

2. CPUs get hot when then run, and run under load. Gaming doesn't require overclocking and the performance boost from it is minimal. I you're doing high res. image editing, video editing, and 3d render then overclocking will make more of a difference.

3. When it comes to building one yourself all you need to know how to do is a little minor research and when it comes to building you just need to follow directions. It's not as hard as it seems. After a quick search it looks like here's a site for down under pcs: [link]
airyie Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
About overclocking:
So, I believe when the chips are actually produced, the clock is initially set lower than the "max clock rate" or whatever. This low clock rate is considered safe for all the chips. So hypothetically you can overclock your machine. However, it is important to keep in mind, not all chips are created equal. Sometimes there are screw ups in parts of the wafer during production. So even with chips from the same batch, your mileage may vary.

I hope I'm remembering right....
Lytrigian Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My first thought about that machine is that it looks horribly overpriced. I'd be surprised if you couldn't do better buying similar components separately and assembling it yourself.

My overall impression is the opposite of yours. "Gaming rigs" tend to be priced at a premium in my experience.
pyrohmstr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Artist
The PC you linked isn't overclocked. Overclocking usually won't help much in games. Especially if you have a high-end processor to begin with (which that computer does). Overclocking can help older/lower end processors to stay useful at the cost of increased power draw. It's not a bad thing, but it does require some special considerations.

Gaming computers come with good and bad cases, it just depends. These days most power supplies have sleeved cables and airflow isn't as much of a problem. Actually, airflow is a more or less solved problem in desktop computers and aside from exotic, custom setups... you can make basically any case work just fine. A pre-built computer is going to work by default.

You can tell if it's overclocked like this (Intel i-3/5/7): If the processor model doesn't end with k, then it isn't overclocked. If it does end with k, look up the default freq on wikipedia and if they don't match it's overclocked :p or just read the description, it'll say.
scorpafied Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
thanks for the help.
Pakaku Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Buy the overclocked computer, then lower the voltage. Now you have the best of both worlds.

Or just build a PC :P
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