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Upgrade Question - Currently AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHZ

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May 10, 2013 6:10:01 PM

Hello, I recently posted a thread regarding my peformance in 3dMARK which can be seen here.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6551397

It appears that the problem is with my CPU. I was wondering what would be a recommended way to go with about a $300.00 budget for a new cpu/mobo. Thanks for any help. Also is it in my best interest to just run with my two 4gb sticks of 800 MHZ ram because I have 12 gigs total but 4 gigs is 667. Again my stats are in the above link. Please let me know if any other info is needed. In summary - $300 budget ...looking for a significant gain for CPU/MOBO. Thanks!

Also should I upgrade ram at all?
May 10, 2013 8:34:32 PM

schmuckley said:
Overclock your CPU to 4+ Ghz.
Other than that;2500k-3570K+ overclocking motherboard.

yeah I'm actually looking into overclocking my cpu now. However im currently running at a temperature of about 55 Celsius just idle so from my undertsanding thats a bit high to try overclocking. Its still using original factory heat sink. Can you recommend anything from

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=8_129

I'm gonna head there tomorrow and pick up some after market cooling for it because yeah it seems the best option is just to clock this processor to 4 ghz. Thanks for any help. I've never overclocked before but I'm a quick study so I should be able to do it..doesnt seem to difficult.
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