Question Fully Stock PC vs OC for Daily use

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I have a 10700k and a 3080 stock. For anyone with a lot of overclocking experience, roughly how much more performance(%) would I get from a a complete system overclock vs all stock?

Secondly If you have done it, Is it worth the thermal and energy consumption for daily use? I love tinkering with my Pc and wouldn't mind getting a nice a airflow case and possibly water cooling but not if my room will be sauna and wasting a ton more of electricity lol

Would love to hear some opinions on this topic, thanks.
 
For gaming experience:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo03HKmPVA8
so you decide whether or not you want to overclock.If it satisfies you stock,you can leave it stock.
I'd say ist better to OC your GPU for gaming if you want,but again,you have a 3080 which is a beast when its stock so i dont see why u should overclock that.
At stock,10700k pulls about 150W,when overclocked to 5+GHz its about 210W,judging by https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i7-10700k-cpu-review/2
Getting a better case is never a bad idea,what case are u looking to get?
For CPU cooling solution,there are a bunch of good AIO's,and good air coolers.One of the 240mm aio's i would recommend is https://www2.arctic.ac/liquidfreezer2/
And for AIR coolers,i suggest this https://noctua.at/en/nh-d15 (there is a black version of this cooler so you can get that if you want).
From the gaming comparison video i dont see much of a gain to be honest.Its your choice at the end of the day
 
Dec 29, 2020
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For gaming experience:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo03HKmPVA8
so you decide whether or not you want to overclock.If it satisfies you stock,you can leave it stock.
I'd say ist better to OC your GPU for gaming if you want,but again,you have a 3080 which is a beast when its stock so i dont see why u should overclock that.
At stock,10700k pulls about 150W,when overclocked to 5+GHz its about 210W,judging by https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i7-10700k-cpu-review/2
Getting a better case is never a bad idea,what case are u looking to get?
For CPU cooling solution,there are a bunch of good AIO's,and good air coolers.One of the 240mm aio's i would recommend is https://www2.arctic.ac/liquidfreezer2/
And for AIR coolers,i suggest this https://noctua.at/en/nh-d15 (there is a black version of this cooler so you can get that if you want).
From the gaming comparison video i dont see much of a gain to be honest.Its your choice at the end of the day
Thank you for the suggestions. I have a nzxt h500. Thermals are good while gaming but If I were to start overclocking I would get a new case. I like compact Pc cases, are there any off the top of your head that you can recommend? I also heard great things of the artic AIOs too !
 
FWIW; my opinions:

3080 at stock is a beast. Even at 4k resolution gaming. I see no value in overclocking that.

On the i7-10700K, at stock, you get good turbo speeds if your cooler is good.
What is the make/model of your current cooler?
The value in overclocking is that you can get all cores to run faster.
That may or may not be of advantage in the games you play.
You have the ability to try and see if it is worth it to you.
I run a 8600K overclocked to 5.0 all of the time.
Most games do not even push the 6 cores that I have.
The big plus is that 5.0 is there for single threaded apps , and that applies to most games.

You will not be running at top overclocked speeds all of the time.
It ebbs and flows. If you implement speedstep and adaptive voltage, you will only occasionally push the cpu to the max.
When there is little to do, your multiplier and voltage will be reduced.

I think it is worth the experiment.
I do not know my electricity usage, but, I am not blowing any fuses.
I doubt that is an issue for most.

As to heat, whatever is generated will eventually go into heating up the room.
That applies to both liquid and air coolers. The only difference is where the heat exchange takes place.
I think the heat generated by my two monitors continuously are what heats up by room more.
And, my cats love it.

The only cooler better than a noctua NH-D15
will be a 360 aio, and one will not fit in your case.
A pair of front 140mm intakes should supply all of the cooling you need.
There are better cases for airflow, but I would not change the case out unless you encounter heat issues.
 

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For reference, my PC

Case = Corsair 780T Full Tower CC-9011063-WW
Power Supply = EVGA 1000W Gold+ Fully Modular 120-GP-1000-X1
Motherboard = Gigabyte Z490 AORUS Master
CPU = Intel i9-10900K BX8070110900K
CPU Cooler = Corsair iCUE H150i CW-9060048-WW
Thermal Paste = Thermal Grizzly TG-K-001-RS
RAM = G.Skill Ripjaws 32GB V F4-3600C16D-32GVKC
M2 SSD = Samsung 2TB MZ-V7S2T0B/AM
Video Card = EVGA RTX2080 Super XC Ultra 08g-P4-3183-KR
Monitor = Alienware 3440x1440 ultrawide 34" 120Hz

No overclocking the Cooling is...

H150i pulling IN cold air
2x stock fan on top pushing OUT hot air
1x stock fan rear pushing OUT hot air
1x added 120mm fan on bottom pulling IN cold air

The main reference I have right now is Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War running max is about ~80FPS and the CPU is in the 40s and GPU is in the 50s to low 60s
 
What is the make/model of your motherboard?
MATX can get you a smaller case footprint.

If, for whatever reason, you hate your case, then change it out.
Otherwise, go ahead and try some overclocking.
No sense in fixing a problem prematurely that you are not likely to have.
 

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