this system i'm building will never be overclocked, so im going to stick with the stock cooler, unless there is room for something that is much, much, quieter. however the phenom II's are incredably cool running. the phenom II 2.8quad im running on the stock cooler idles in the 20's high 30's underload. no need for annother cooler if you don't think its too loud.
but for 80 bucks, that cooler, if it works, is a wonderful price. considering a nice zalman cooler can run you 60 bucks.
so looking at ram, to get one of my prefered brands, its going to be a $30+ premium. so, who can say what about g skill, ocz, or patriot? anyone use the stuff? how's it treat you? does it work with asus boards (they are picky sometimes)?
does anyone own a gtx 260 of any flavor? a 4850? i've got a 4870 1 gig, and its nice, and for the 170ish going on now its pretty sweet, just a little loud with the reference cooler.
thats what im pondering now
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