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Hi all I have a amd 965 I am looking to upgrade. All I do is game. And I am wondering if my cooler should be upgraded also?
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I don't think you need an upgrade. You have a great CPU that can overclock well. Currently, AMD isn't doing so well. So unless you want to upgrade to Ivy Bridge or upcoming Haswell, I would say no to the upgrade.

I don't know what your cpu cooler is. If it's stock, definitely upgrade it to something like the Hyper 212 Plus or something around that range.
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I have it overclocked to 4.0 and my cooler is a zalman 9700.
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I think you're fine. You can probably overclock a bit more if you got a better cooler. But if you're satisfied, I don't think there's a need for an upgrade! smile.gif
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I went from a X6 1090 at 4.0 GHz to this 8150 and the X6 was faster until I got to 4.4 on the 8150. At that point it was faster. I seem to be topped out right now at 4.6 though. The speed difference wasnt that much either but a Piledriver proc is 5-15% faster so youd get better results.

If youre itching for an upgrade, a 8320 would be one but only if youre willing to overclock it pretty heavily. Even then, I dont think itll be "worth it" from a dollars standpoint but it would still be a boost in performance and itll be something new and fun to play with. It was worth it for me just from that perspective. The "new toy" aspect is worth a good bit sometimes. wink.gif
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