If I enable overclocking and never turn it off, how will that affect my CPU?
IIRC overclocking only kicks in when your CPU actually needs the extra processing power. Overclocking doesn't take affect on idle or when you're doing simple tasks like web browsing.
I'm using the i7-6700k and it comes with
1 of the
4 cores overclocked to 4.2GHz while the other
3 cores are clocked at 4.0GHz. I've set all
4 cores to be overclocked at 4.2GHz and made no changes to the CPU voltage.
I'm running two Noctua Industrial 120mm fans on my radiator at 3,000 RPM. Along with another x2 120mm–as intake–and x1 140mm–as exhaust–Noctua Industrial fans at 3,000 RPM. This keeps my CPU at a cool
19cand my GPU at
26c. The H100i v2 pump is running at
24c. This is all in a Micro ATX Thermaltake V21 for maximum cooling air flow.
This leaves me to believe that overclocking has no potential threat to your system or the lifespan of your CPU until you've hit critical load and critical temperatures.