Originally Posted by fuloran1
Well, seriously now, lol, I am starting to get sick of looking at coolers! Really, aren't we talking about a couple of degrees difference at most?
lol Yeah I research things to death before my purchases, so I know what you mean. I think that a quality cooler will be much better than the stock cooler. However, not all aftermarket coolers are better. Some are actually worse! If you're debating between a couple HSF that are all in the same benchmarks and you see just a couple degrees difference... then you'll probably be happy with either of them.
If noise is a serious consideration for you, then you should check out silent pc review. They review all their HSF with the same fan so you can see how well each heatsink does relative to the others. Because you know the specs of the fan they test with, and the specs of the fan that comes stock, you can get a good idea of how it will perform with the stock cooler. But if you're really serious about noise, then you should consider replacing the stock fan with a fan of your choice.
Hope that helps. I know that requires more research. If you really don't want to do the research, then you'll probably be just fine using the most recommended heatsinks here on OCN. Things like the tuniq tower, TRUE, xigmatek, big typhoon vx, etc.