Originally Posted by nachoz
Hmm well I'm currently running it at stock 3.4ghz, I haven't tried overclocking it yet as I haven't needed to. If I did, how high do you think I could get it with just the OEM CPU fan and another fan in my case? Should I invest in a better CPU fan, or water cooling? Water cooling makes me nervous because of possible leakage.
There are plenty of quality air cooling solutions that are in the neighborhood of water cooling at a fraction of the cost, good case airflow is also worth looking into. Water is interesting for TONS of reasons, and as far as my experience with it, done right, it does not leak.
A 965 on the stock cooler setup can OC safe up to but not beyond 3.8 (too much heat), and even that little bump is going to result in some benchmarking improvements. In the OC realm theres also ram and HT to OC as well, each with there own effects and performance improvements and limitations.
I am of the mind to say that this all just depends on how much loot you want to toss at the question. A video card in relation to a much more powerful processor/mobo/memory combination may, rather, will be throttled some by your 965, but only as it is compared to that much more expensive base system, its not that the card is running far slower, or not living up to some pie in the sky performance metric, it is that the rest of the system is held back "some". What are we talking about numbers wise? In some cases or loaded scenes as much as 15%, but 95% of the time your not going to experience that drastic a difference in a game, playing. The same argument could be made for loading from an older HDD as opposed to a newer SSD.
Theres gives and takes with everything, heck in watercooling, trying to reach a Delta T of 2 C is sorta a holy grail, but rarely achieved... it can be done easily... but it cost $$$$$$ to do it... and to what end?
As far as metro 2033 goes, personally I have never played it on a computer that could max it out in DX11... I suppose someone somewhere has... but its going to be something on the order of 1/10 of 1% of the people who play it. Truly an amazing game though, and even on my mediocre "enthusiast" system is played it 90% maxed at 1080p and never experienced anything less than exceptional with the gameplay. One single high end card will outperform my 2 450's, that said... I have to assume that will be your experience.