I would like to ask a question on what is the best way to cool an overclocked CPU. I am asking this because of these factors.
1. intel vs AMD
2. specific brands of CPU fans/heatsinks
3. What are the ideal number of case fans?
First, I would like to mention that my main an current CPU is an AMD Phenom II X4 955BE @ 3.6 Ghz (stock is 3.2Ghz). Do intel equivalents such as the i3 or i5 quad core CPU's produce less heat and are they better over clockers? Right now I would like to change form AMD but my budget at the moment is not so flexible.
Second, I would like to ask about fans and heatsinks. My current CPU cooler is a Zerotherm FZ120
, with a full copper base. With this cooler and some Arctic Silver 5, it idles around 28-33 C and it maxes out to 45-52C. I have heard that these CPU fans by Coolermaster
are a lot better at cooling overclocked CPU's, is it true or am I fine with the cooler I have now?
Third, I currently have 2 120mm case fans. One is at the front of the case cooling my HDD and SSD, and the other is at the back next to the I/O panel and very close to the heat sink. Is that all I need or should I at least get 1 more?
Finally, I overclock mainly because I play a lot of Flight Simulator X. The higher the clock is, the better frames I get.