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I'm thinking of getting a 5000+ be.

I'm getting 2.8ghz stable on my 4000+ on stock cooling. (I'm going to put on an aftermarket one soon) I'm thinking it should get to at least 2.9 on the aftermarket one with good stability.

So I figure I could potentially run a be at 3.3 max stable.

Is the .4ghz boost really worth $100? That is the question.

100 bucks can buy a better video card, more memory, etc.

Or should I just wait for a better quad upgrade. The only reason I'm considering a be is that I'm getting a 9600gt and I'm worried about the cpu bottlenecking.
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I'd say sink your $$ into a better cooler and see where it gets you first. You can always carry that cooler over when you get a new CPU (whenever that is) so it won't be $$ wasted. Once you figure out what your max oc is on your 4000 then you will have a better idea of whether or not the upgrade to BE is worth it.
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post #3 of 6
w/ what you have no. dual core is dual core as stated above get a better cooler and see where u can go. $100 will buy u a cooler and 1/4 of a good vide card so save up
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If your on stock cooler,upgrade cooler and OC more and buy a better video card.
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post #5 of 6
plain and simple its not worth it. on aftermarket cooling you should break 3ghz with your 4000+. you really aren't going to notice much of a difference between 3.0 and the 3.2 you might achieve with the 5000+ be. get a better vid card or something else. start with an aftermarket cooler though
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