On Wed, 15 Mar 2006 18:45:41 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Hmm. "How to convert your 100 megahertz box to 100 petahertz in five
>> easy steps. Send $19.95 for free plans." :)
> Or "how to burn a house down". Overclock, combust (I head of such a story in
> the search engines newsgroup lat week), then collect insurance money.
When overclocking, the part that tends to heat up the most is the CPU -
and if it's throwing enough heat to burn down your house, it will _long_
have burnt itself to a nice, well-charred, non-functioning pile of slag,
thus making the entire thing an entirely self-limiting issue.
The power supply is somewhat more likely to cause this sort of thing, but,
frankly, if you're pulling enough juice through it to make it run
*anywhere* near that hot, or indeed anything beyond mildly warm, the issue
isn't overclocking, but trying to pull too many watts out of the supply.