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I am looking to both sell my Noctua NH-D14 and build a PC for a guy, so I thought it would be a good chance to do both with an upcoming build. How far would a NH-D14 be able to push a Phenom II x4? What would be the better one to buy? I have the 970 fidgured in the total cost right now, but if I OC a 955 would that make up for it?
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4.0 hopefully.
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Noctua NH-D14 is one of the top-most air coolers. You can get a corsair H70 which is comparable to it or even go for a custom WC loop.
As for OC headroom, that really depends upon the chip. Generally, 955/965 BE c3 cpus can reach 4GHz mark with proper cooling. A 955BE c3 can very easily reach 3.8GHz and manage to stay stable.
    
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