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post #132 of 146
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Should I get the Zalman VF900? I don't know what exactly it is for but I see a lot of people talking about it and using it. I have a slight clue it has to do with the CPU. Will it be necessary for a X1900XT card? May someone elaborate?

How about Northbridge cooling? Such as Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II , etc?

What I really want to know is will I get a better performance with these things?
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The VF900 is an aftermarked cooler for the video card, in this case the X1900XT. It performs slightly better than the stock cooler, but the stock cooler on full speeds sort of sounds like a vacuum cleaner while the VF 900 is a lot quieter. The main advantage is this quietness. (The stock cooler at full speed does perform well, but the noise...man, the noise).

I think it's best to just try with stock cooling first, and see if the noise bothers you too much (you want to run your rig for a while like that anyways before you replace the cooler, just to make sure the card works fine!! You don't want to go through the hassle of replacing the cooler, and then find out the card is a dud, and then do it all over again for an RMA).

I think you'll be ok without additional Northbridge cooling for now. Mostly, this is needed for high overclocks with the CPU on water or Phase. With the speeds you can reach on air, no additional northbridge cooling is needed in my opinion (although reseating the stock cooler with some AS5 is a good idea; but again, only after you're sure the rig runs fine!)
    
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What do you mean by "reseating the stock cooling with some AS5." Isn't the Northbridge basically a chip-looking part ON the motherboard? Or am I off ...=/
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yes, it's a chip on the motherboard, but generally, it has a small heatsink, and sometimes a fan.
    
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Honestly, I still did not decide on air or water cooling. I'm leaning towards water if it really does improve my OC'ing and the whole rig.

NVM, air it is.
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I saw someone ask about the C2D's batch #. Why is that important? Any clue?
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Just like with steppings, some batches overclock better than other batches Not sure which ones are the good ones though.
    
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post #139 of 146
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I have ordered and received most of the parts.

Case - Antex Nine Hundred
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe
MOBO - ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
RAM - CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
PSU - OCZ GameXStream 700W
Video Card - Sapphire ATI Radeon X1900XT PCI-E 512MB
Sound Card - Creative X-Fi Platinum
Cooling - Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX
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