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Direction to upgrade?

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Hey all, I got some moolah for christmas and need to get rid of it. I've got a $300 Memeory Express (http://www.memoryexpress.com/) gift card, so at least that much of parts should come from there.

What direction should I take my build? I want to start getting into OCing. The system will be almost entirely for gaming, and perhaps some management / resources control over my macbook and the home imac.

My first two ideas were to either do a core upgrade (mobo, proc, ram) or to get some intense AM cooling (probably just air. my case isnt really big enough for a liquid system.)

So.. suggestions? Is my system decent enough to pull through with some good overclocking? Or should I be looking up upgrading my bottom-line, and just stick with a milder OC till i can buy some better cooling?

For the core option, I found some basic intel/amd builds:

Intel:
i5 760: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...8%28ME%29.aspx
Patriot S7 12800 3x2GB: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...1%28ME%29.aspx
GA-P55A-UD3: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...3%28ME%29.aspx
comes to $445

AMD:
Phenom II 1055T (six cores! ): http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...2%28ME%29.aspx
Patriot S5 G 10600 2x4GB: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...E%29.aspx?cc=1
GA-890GPA-UD3H: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...1%28ME%29.aspx
comes to $415

So with AMD, I get a six core proc, extra 2GB RAM, but a lower RAM clock
Intel, I get higher RAM clock, but not as (seemingly) awesome a proc or amount of RAM

What sayeth thee?
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also, is the Mushkin RAM acceptable? preferable? avoidable?
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product....aspx?curtab=0
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