Originally Posted by glide
Things are stable for me now, and I am thinking of popping in my old Zalman ZF9225ATH cooling fan. I have the variable fan speed set in the bios because the stock fan whines like a turbine on 100%. I ldle at about 56 degrees Celcius with the stock fan pretty quiet.
Any suggestions? Water cool? Air Cool?
Well if you don't care of having something huge as CPU cooler.... then get the best air cooling out there: Noctua NH-D14
If you want a good clean look & semi water cooling(cools alright, competes with some of the best air coolers): H50 or H70 they will not ever compare to a Noctua at stock unless you spend extra more than $50-$80 on added accessories -Better P/P Fans*Sometimes it means more noise*, Shrouds, Thermal Paste, Modding it to real WC/Reservoir, Lapping Heatsink Plate, Lapping CPU to improve its cooling...
This ain't my opinion its a real fact.
Now if you are planing to over clock like crazy havign 24/7 Above 4.2Ghz *AMD or 4.4Ghz *Intel then on that case you would need to go to full real WC(water cooling) or LN(liquid nitrogen)... I can't really help there, but thousands of here are masters at it.