I have chosen a new build with a Core i3 2120 with a CM Hyper 212+ Cooler (with dual fan push-pull).
With these two components how far can I overclock the i3? Is there a better cooler for under $40? (Aussie prices.)
And lastly what temperatur should it be safe at, (the max. is 69.1c but I want to be on the safe side.)
I disagree.The phenom 2 1055t has a very low clock speed and games aren't optimised to take advantage of its extra cores efficiently.Even so,getting the 1055t to 4ghz will reduce the bottleneck and destroy the i3.Furthermore the x6 also beats the i3 at every heavily multithreaded application.Then there is the matter of high resolutions which minimise the bottleneck and the fact that the i3 can't be overlocked to increase its performance.
i3 vs phenom 2 x6 is a win for the AMD side.Still,I can't deny that the i5 2500k is a much better performer than the phenom 2 x6.Even my "old" i5 750 beats it in some cases(gaming mostly).