Originally Posted by curve_in
As you know, I'm totally new to this. For the long run, what would be the best thing for me to do:
I think heatsinks would be the best option. The enzotech ones you linked would be great as they are copper. I got these Arctic Cooling
aluminum ones, they work just fine and I have heatsinks left over for misc. items I have. I don't think buying a new board would really be justified, but thats my opinion. You could add a side fan, but heatsinks are going to be more effective then just a fan by itself.
Originally Posted by ajmidd12
I know this is Overclock.net but why do you want to overclock your rig so much? Most (if not all) games out there won't utilize an overclocked CPU much at all, IE you won't tell much of a difference.
Just keep it stock IMO
No. This may surprise you, but not everyone uses their PC solely for gaming. OP is running Linux and mentioned video transcoding, so I don't think gaming is his primary concern. For doing real work, you will notice a difference w/ an overclocked cpu versus stock.