I figured since we have a PC Specs Thread, why not have one for helping people with the problems involved with building and maintaining said PC? I also kind of had something I wanted to ask around about, and figured it would be a better use of the forum to have a thread for anyone else who might want help. Spoiler: My Specific Problem Me personally, I'm torn on some issues I'm having with my CPU. Most things I use it for are not a problem, but there's some things in particular I want to get into that the only reason I can't is because my CPU is my current bottleneck. At least four of the games I own flood both cores when I play them. One in particular is so CPU heavy that my CPU reaches 65c within about 20 minutes, and that seems to be the source of my poor framerates on those games. Rendering video is also a pain in the ass, because it brings my CPU to its knees. Unless there's a video editor for Linux I don't know about that allows you to render video on the GPU instead, I have to upgrade my CPU for that. (Hell, even on Windows, I only know of one, and that one is stupidly expensive) Finally, I'm considering starting to stream to Twitch, which seems to require enough of an additional load on the CPU that I couldn't stream about half the games I own. Finally, the thing that has me wanting a new CPU the most is the fact that I want to try to make a virtual machine to run programs exclusive to a particular OS. My particular CPU does not support this. However, the only CPUs that I know of that I both could afford and would actually be worth the money to upgrade are part of the i5 line of Haswell processors. Problem is, the one I'm looking at is $240, which would eat up almost all of my current disposable income. Alternatively, I wanted to get a better CPU fan, so I could look into overclocking and buy myself some time. Problem is, I can't seem to get a straightforward answer as to whether or not that'll actually make enough of a difference that it'd be worth, and I'm incredibly nervous about installation, because Intel CPU coolers are supposedly a pain to replace. Getting the original off won't be a problem, but I'm really worried about getting the aftermarket one off when I do switch to the i5.