IF you use it mainly for gaming and you're happy with the performance you're getting then you would only be overclocking for the joy of it since you'll barely notice any difference unless you actually benchmark or record performance. Unless of course you like to encode a lot. Then you'll notice the difference.
But hey you already got a kick ass high end system, so overclocking won't really get that much out of it.
Everything I write is Sarcasm.
It would not be like me to say 'no don't do it' so for that reason I reckon you should go right ahead!
Stick to the many guides on the 'net, and don;t increase voltages too much and you'll be perfectly fine.
Modern CPU's generally run WAY below what they're actually capable of (at stock speeds), so there is usually at least another 30% headroom on clockspeed.
Even a clock to 3.5Ghz WILL give you a noticeable increase in performance - both in games (though not quite as much) and everyday tasks.
Also, if nothing else, its a good learning experience to know how to do it, and you'll great satisfaction knowing that you've gotten your CPU to perform quite a bit more than the performance you paid for
And the end of the day though, its up to you, but I'd advocate it!
Lancool PC K62
Phenom II x3 @ 3.5Ghz
ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II
What's the bootup time using that SSD? eheheh When the time comes, my next future build is going to have the same storage as you. SSD for OS/Apps and two spinnies for Data and Backups. By then, hopefully the performance and GB/$ ratio will be better. I would like to try to get up to at least a 200GB for the SSD and by then hopefully the pricing will be more reasonable (probably not). I the future, SSD with the SANDFORCE controller will be the one to get.
As for OC'n. It's up to you, but I think you should try it. Get it up to 3.5ghz or further.... play with it for a bit.... and when you are finish messing around... then set everything back to default for everyday usage. At least this way, you know what your system can do. Remember, overall OC'n is not just the CPU but it all depends on the other components to be able to work together to get you there. The CPU may be able to get to 4.5Ghz but your mb, mem, psu, cooling, whatever as any one, two, or all will or can prevent you from getting there.
If you OC and decide to leave the setting as your everyday usage, remember, like anything else, you get use to the additional power and eventually it becomes the standard/norm.
I think you should do it just to see what she can do and then set her back to default for longevity.
Given all that has been discussed here, it looks like I'll go for it, and see what performance I get out of it. Thanks everyone. Yeah, if i remember correctly it is a D0 stepping processor and I do have an aftermarket cooler so I'll give it a try.
G.G.- As for the boot times with the SSD, I can't give you a definitive answer since I don't have the PC with me at the moment (in the middle of moving and don't have it at my new location), and I never bothered to actually time it but I can tell you that it is very fast. Very pleased with it, despite the high storage per dollar cost. Also, idk if its win 7 but shut down times have increased dramatically with the SSD as well, but the only computer I have for comparison is my parent's 4 year old PC.
I would certainly overclock the hell out of it. More performance for free is great. You should notice the difference and will in future programs/games. I've overclocked every system I've ever had and wouldn't have it any other way.
The more you OC it the less it will live. But clocking 4gigs with a decent cooler should last you until your next upgrade.
In fairness, the reality is the CPU might only last 8 years instead of 10. Hardly an issue.
and in fairness..... you could be the unlucky smut to get that particular cpu that has an issue with long periods of OC'n and it dies 2 months after the warranty runs out.... you know, hit the lotery of that one in 200,000 flakey cpu... ahahahah