Originally Posted by GabrielH87
ive had my rig since last december, everythings been pretty good for my first time rig. what do you recommend as a cpu cooler, i'm not too comfortable with water cooled.
I love my Antec Kuhler 920, better than air cooling, without the hassle of a custom loop water set-up. I had a BIG drop in temps going from an Asus Silent Sqare EVO to this. 100$. Some argue you can get good temps for less with the Cooler Master 212.
30$. But I don't think it will do near as good as mine. My temps NEVER go over 43c unless running prime95 or Intelburn. Plus it is super quiet, and you can make custom profiles for the cooling through windows, no need for fan controllers or opening the case to push a button like the Corsair ones I believe. I am extremely satisfied with mine.
But yea, I would get a 580 or something and keep it, then if you want to upgrade later you can SLI, it (if your mobo is able to sli, I didn't look), otherwise a single ATI card that you can x-fire later down the road would be my choice. Either way if you can afford it I would go with a single card for further upgradability.
But I am no computer genius so take my opinions with a grain of salt.