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At the very, very least, replace your motherboard.  It's completely unsafe to be using it with your processor at stock speeds.

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I think you can keep the CPU 965. Your MB and GPU must be upgraded. For GPU, amd 6870 and/or 6850 are really good and not expensive. And you better buy a MB with AMD990FX shipset. This will significantly help crossfire. thumb.gif

Also, consider buying a SATA III SSD drive, like my OCZ vertex3. That is a HUGE improvement.smile.gif

After all of the above, BUY a 40-50$ cooler!!! Then you can OC to 4GHz AT LEAST! tongue.gif
Edited by litlit - 3/29/12 at 1:56am
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That's a powerful CPU cooler, but I'm not sure if it fits your motherboard. Frankly, with what the other posters said about your motherboard, I wouldn't overclock with your current processor. Intel is coming out with new processors at the end of April. At that point you'd be looking at buying an i5-3570K (~225) a z77 motherboard (~$130) and an after-market cooler (~$30-50, probably Coolermaster 212+ or HR-02 Macho). That would put you at pretty much one of the best mainstream processors available, but would cost roughly $400, more or less.
So pretty much I'd say go for a 7850 now, then upgrade to that new intel processor when it is financially easy for you. I wouldn't recommend the 7870 personally. The extra $100 just doesn't get you very much over the 7850.
Edit: No idea why IE9 is taking a lot of resources. Doesn't sound like a problem though. 57 celsius isn't too bad.

Yeah, I know it's powerful, but I've seen a lot of places saying to not let the processor go above 62*C, as that's kind of the limit.
I'm currently at 42, but sometimes if I open a lot of tabs it will spike to 57ish.

Also, 3 times while playing a full HD movie through VLC Media Player, it just ate my RAM. went from about 6.5 GB free to 65 MB free, couldn't do anything so I just restarted the PC.
Hasn't happened recently but it's these small things that I just don't get why they happen.
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I think you can keep the CPU 965. Your MB and GPU must be upgraded. For GPU, amd 6870 and/or 6850 are really good and not expensive. And you better buy a MB with AMD990FX shipset. This will significantly help crossfire. thumb.gif
Also, consider buying a SATA III SSD drive, like my OCZ vertex3. That is a HUGE improvement.smile.gif
After all of the above, BUY a 40-50$ cooler!!! Then you can OC to 4GHz AT LEAST! tongue.gif

Thanks for the info, dude smile.gif
I think I will go with the 7850, since it's "current gen" I guess and I've heard great things about them.
See, that's another thing I don't know much about. What exactly is the 990FX Chipset and how would it help with crossfire?
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Thanks for the info, dude smile.gif
I think I will go with the 7850, since it's "current gen" I guess and I've heard great things about them.
See, that's another thing I don't know much about. What exactly is the 990FX Chipset and how would it help with crossfire?

1. The 990FX just as the 890FX supports two *16 PCI-E slots. OK, many people say *8 is enough for most crossfire GPU. But if you are looking for a future proof MB, you need the two *16 PCI-E.
2. 990FX is with SB950. This is very important for future harddisks like SSD. more SATA3 is supported by SB950.
3. Price for 990fx is mostly the same as 890FX MB. So just get the latest 990FX. The cheapest good one on the market is my asrock 990FX extreme3. thumb.gif
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Yeah, I know it's powerful, but I've seen a lot of places saying to not let the processor go above 62*C, as that's kind of the limit.
I'm currently at 42, but sometimes if I open a lot of tabs it will spike to 57ish.
Also, 3 times while playing a full HD movie through VLC Media Player, it just ate my RAM. went from about 6.5 GB free to 65 MB free, couldn't do anything so I just restarted the PC.
Hasn't happened recently but it's these small things that I just don't get why they happen.

My 965 is OC to 4GHz and idle at 35-37. Prime95 torture most heat at 57. You just need a good cooler. Most cooler now support a lot of sockets. So you can buy a good one and use it for MANY years. If the fan becomes noisy after many years, just spend 10$ to get a new fan. biggrin.gif
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My 965 is OC to 4GHz and idle at 35-37. Prime95 torture most heat at 57. You just need a good cooler. Most cooler now support a lot of sockets. So you can buy a good one and use it for MANY years. If the fan becomes noisy after many years, just spend 10$ to get a new fan. biggrin.gif

Awesome, I'll definately look into some heatsinks. Once I upgrade I need to work on my cable management too...
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