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Because I know you all care SOOO Much.
Ive been using an Athlon II X3 445 for the past month and it made me happy.
A friend of mine offered me a 640 for $45. Needless to say I jumped on it and gave it a slight OC right away.

When I was playing Just Cause 2 with my trusty 3 core, my average fps was about 50 with dips into the low 40s. With the addition of another core my fps has flown up to the mid 70s and never dips below the high 50s.
Its awesome...and surprising. I didn't expect the addition of a single core to make that much of a difference.

Now I need a new cooler for my CPU because this Phenom II cooler is driving me nuts.
I don't need, or particularly want, a 120mm cooler. A decent 92mm will be perfect. Is the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 any good? Any other ideas for a mid sized cooler for cheap?
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I would just get the cm hyper212,its cheap and you'll be able to get more performance,the 630 Athlons are known to be good overclockers,with the 212 if your chips not a bad one you should get 4ghz without much trouble.Just google Athlon 630 overclock and thier reviews,for a sub 100 quad they are truly amazing.
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To be honest, there's no reason to not get a 120mm cooler if your case is spacious enough to accommodate it. There are plenty of cheap options for 120mm coolers right now. Check out the Hyper 212 as mentioned above. The Xigmatek Dark Knight is also a great choice for under $30.
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post #4 of 4
get the cm hyper 212+ u wont regret it.......just be sure to apply a gud quantity of thermal paste to cover up the gaps between heatpipes and all will be gud.....
and about the perf.. difference u noticed...i too noticed that but to a much greater degree....i went from a p4 3ghz ht and a 9600gt to an i7 and gtx 460......
Edited by ghost_z - 2/4/11 at 1:52pm
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