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Watercooling & Overlock, or upgrade?

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December 30, 2010 10:09:40 AM

Hi,

I'm wondering here, I've currently got an ageing AMD Phenom II X2 3.3Ghz overclocked to 3.5 and I'm thinking of upgrading to a AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.2GHz.

Only thing is, will I really see that much more improvement in games like GTA IV, DiRT 2 etc if I go for the X4? or should I buy a CPU watercooler, and overclock to 4+ GHz?

So, big question is, upgrade or overclock?

Also, a smaller question is, will my 450W PSU be able to run the 125W X4 with my current config? (below)

Mobo: ASUS M4A78LT-M
GPU: Palit Nvidia GTS 450
HDD: SATA II 250GB Seagate Drive.

Thanks and Regards.
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December 30, 2010 10:37:13 AM

I would suggest getting a better chip.

Although an overclocked X2 is very good for gaming, it's costly to get a good water cooling loop instead of just a better chip. You can get a black edition X4 for around £100, and then with good air cooling could get it to 3.6GHz easy.

Get the chip, then if needed down the line - overclock THAT to 4.0GHz.
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December 30, 2010 10:37:36 AM

A quad core would definitely give you some boost. But i am not sure if its worth it. Get a complete new one when Sandy Bridge comes out or Bulldozer. That depends on how long you want to wait.
SB - Waiting time is 2-3 weeks.
BD - Waiting time is 6 months.
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December 30, 2010 11:00:06 AM

Was just thinking of getting the Corsair H50 Water cooler for around £50, which would be cheaper than getting the X4 if I didn't see that much improvement.
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December 30, 2010 11:14:11 AM

I would like you look at the gaming benchmarks here], they are at the bottom:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/97?vs=88

You 955BE gives you only about 10-15 FPS increase in games at a cost of something around $150. So that's a $10 per FPS! That's why i think it wouldn't be worth it. Gaming is more dependent on GPU and CPU second.

You can get a Hyper212+ and save the cash. H50 isn't the best water cooler out there.
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