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Look I am wondering if I should upgrade my cpu or purchase decent cooling to overclock mine at least until the new amd cpu's come out if they are worth the price. I was aiming for a 4.ghz OC to make sure I am not bottlenecking my GPU + playing all games at decent frames. question really should I buy new amd CPU or buy decent cooler and OC mine and how good are the new AMD CPU's going to be? P.s if I was rich I'd buy intel I am aware that I can just use the cooler on the new amd CPU's allowing a bigger OC still.
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To answer your question all I can say a big/good cooler is an important purchase because:
*it allows a good overclock of your current CPU
*silence is an added bonus of a good tower cooler
*since AM3+ & AM3 are size compatible any cooler bought for AM3 will work on AM3+ (aka Bulldozer-class CPUs). The cooler will be reusable for a new Bulldozer rig when you'll decide to upgrade.

Bottom line: a good cooler, once bought and if compatible with future rigs, it can add some 10-30% performance to each rig because it allows for higher max clock speeds. That's why even a 50$ cooler isn't overkill; of course a cooler like my CM Hyper 212+ is also a very good price/performance alternative at about 25$.
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Thankyou! I will definitely get a decent cooler! any links to some decent ones? coolermaster v6 maybe? also Should I upgrade my CPU or overclock as much as I can when I get the cooler? its OC atm but only by a small amount

Also any info on the new AMD cpu's coming out?
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My take is that you should begin by OCing the current CPU for two reasons really - if you want to start testing better start on something you're about to change anyway (this way if something fails there's no problem) and also because I think this CPU is pretty powerful on its own. There are rumors that next gen AMD processors will show up in a week or two, so now it's definitely time to wait and see.

For coolers there are many very good alternatives, but also a couple of duds. Dunno much about the CM v6 but here's a spot where there are a few good cooler reviews: click.

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Thankyou so much for your help I will try to OC my current to a good speed with a decent cooler, also thankyou for the link!
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