Overclock or Not? Phenom 965 BE

Hey, first time posting on Tom's Hardware although I've been a reader for several years.

Basically I'm undecided whether or not to OC my CPU for better gaming performance. I don't want to OC unless I'll actually get noticeable differences in performance.

The reason I'm asking this question is mainly because I'm running an HD 5750 1GB and I think this GPU is more likely to be my bottleneck.

Current System Specs:
CPU: Phenom II x4 965 BE
GPU: Saphire 1GB GDDR5 Radeon HD 5750
MoBo: msi 770-C45
RAM: Patriot Viper II Sector 5 2x2GB DDR3 1600
Case: Antec Sonata III 500 Mid (comes with Antec Earthwatts 500W power supply)
OS: Windows 7 64 bit (home)

Projected Specs I'll have before OCing:
CPU: Same but will be removing stock cooler for the Hyper 212 plus (with 2 fans)
GPU: Same
Mobo: Same
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
Case: Same (adding another 120mm in front side of case)
OS: Same

My Replacement fans will all be Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm

Specifically I'd like to know if/what results I'd be getting by OCing my CPU with this given setup. I'm also open to other suggestions as I have yet to actually replace my fans/heatsinks/ram.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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  2. yes you want to upgrade that GPU before you start venturing into CPU overclocking.
  3. now tell me how much money you have to spend, and i'll recommend a good card :P
  4. I'm willing to spend under $200 CDN, Under $150 would be ideal, but probably unrealistic.

    An option I hadn't considered until recently would be to OC my gpu... Since OCing my CPU would be virtually pointless i thought maybe giving my GPU a little more juice might give me a decent increase in performance..

  5. you can get a 6870 pretty cheap, or a gtx 460 1gb. try overclocking it then, msi afterburner is pretty straight forward.
  6. I guess I'll just OC my HD 5750, and if I don't get the results I want or the card fries, I'll go shopping =D.
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