AMD Phenom II X4 965 vs. AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

I have a friend who would be willing to trade me a his AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE for my AMD Phenom II X6 1055T. The reason I am considering this is twofold.

First, because of the unlocked multiplier the 965 SHOULD overclock more easily, something of interest to me considering I can't get my 1055T to go beyond stock speeds at all.

Second, most games don't take advantage of 6 cores, let alone 4, so the higher clock rate would be very beneficial. By the time games can effectively use 6 cores, I'm sure I'll just upgrade to Piledriver (assuming it's the real deal) or Haswell as 6 cores slowly become more mainstream.

Would this be a worthwhile upgrade? The games I play are Crysis, Crysis 2, BF3, Alan Wake, Skyrim, etc... Would the initial 600MHz increase help with CPU heavy games like Skyrim, especially since I think I can turn a 600MHz increase into 1200MHz?
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  1. I would go for the overclock, but that's maybe just me..
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    Yeah, that's a worthwhile trade. Even at stock speeds, the 965 is 600Mhz faster, and as you said, the two extra cores on the 1055T don't mean anything for gaming.
  3. Just like the other responses have said, make the trade and overclock that baby as far as you can!
  4. Sweet, thanks guys. I think I'll go ahead and do it.
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  6. Just buy Phenom ii x6 1055t and overclock it to 4GHz(limit) and bamn,this will be beast.Cuz if you buy x4 965 and oc it to 4.6GHz(limit) just increase 30% performance.But if you buy x6 1055t and oc it to 4GHz.It beat FX-6350 stock speed.But x4 965 stock speed already beat x6 1055t stock speed.But If you oc x6 1055t to 4GHz,beast release.x4 965 oc to 4.6GHz just release 30-40% performance.x6 1055t @ 4Ghz will help you bottleneck 86% the high-end gpu like GTX 980 or R9 380.But x4 965 @ 4.6Ghz not help bottleneck over 50% with high-end gpu.Only can bottleneck with mid-high gpu like GTX 760 or R9 270X.
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