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I would like to run Xfce, or any other GUI, as my desktop environment, but my RPi isn't powerful enough. I was wondering what damage overclocking will do to my board. I am considering it, but I don't want to destroy my board within a few months of buying it.

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I've been running a Raspberry Pi computer over-clocked to the max (1 GHz) for a very long time (even with months at a time running 24/7). The old versions (with 256 MB of RAM) are not as stable while over-clocked as the newer versions are. But if you get some tiny heat-sinks (several sites sell them as a 3-part set with instructions - modmypi.com for instance) then you should have no issues.

Keep in mind that even over-clocked the RPi is still "slow" as a desktop. It is very usable but laggy and you will have to adjust your expectations if you're going to use it as a primary computer on a daily basis.

EDIT: I primarily use Raspbian with Xfce installed.

EDIT2: Another worthwhile consideration is power. A stable power supply is required and you should get one with an on/off switch. Removing power slowly (by wiggling a cable while disconnecting, for instance) is a good way to corrupt your SD card.

EDIT3: Fixed a typo.

  • I have a 256 MB model B that experienced SD card corruption when I was overclocking to 1 GHz. – HeatfanJohn May 6 '14 at 13:20
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This is a good reference for overclocking.

You are only really likely to damage your Pi if you run it at the max.

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