I have a P4 rated @ 2.53Ghz by the manufacturer.
I wanted to play a game and it was a couple of frames short of 30Fps.
Thus, I decided to tinker with the CPU's speed (which did the trick, now it's at 30FPS)
Please consider the following:
I have risen the clockrate from 2.53 to 2.73Ghz. Is this indeed a "minor" overclock? the results are pretty good for what it's worth so far in games and browsing conditions too (ign still sucks shit at scrolling)
the operating temperature of the processor is 47C when idle and maxes at 56 when working heavy - this temperature is normal for my box, and the CPU fan runs at "regular 2.53 Ghz" RPM.
I have not installed any special thermal dissipation mechanisms other than the regular P4 fan and sink found in every run-of-the-mill PC, nor is there much thermal glue (or ever was) under the heat-sink. I have practically just bumped the speed 200Mhz while leaving everything else as is, voltage included.
What I would like to know is whether I am actually risking to shorten my processor's (or other components') life with this 200Mhz
PS: also, is there a need to bump up the voltage in order to keep up with the 200Mhz increase?