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OCing/Cooling a 9550

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Check it out, I am doing a new build, but it is going to be my back-up build for Folding and just general use.

Now I already have the following:

Case - Bought from local PC store
Hard Drive - Maxtor 80GB ATA133 7200RPM
CD Drive - LITE-ON 24x CD+RW Drive
Video Card - ATI Radeon 9550 128MB 64-bit AGP 8x

Here is what I decided to get:

Gigabyte GA-K8U-939 ATX AMD Motherboard - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128307

Patriot Signature Series 1GB (2x512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM - $86.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220037

FSP Group AX450 450W Power Supply - $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104954

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 939 1GHz FSB - $137
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103537

Total: $333.93

Not bad I figure. Here is what I want to do though, I plan to OC this 9550 and have it at low temperatures too. So can anyone direct me towards a cooling solution? The exact model of the card is:

VisionTek Xtasy ATI Radeon 9550 128MB 64-bit AGP 4x/8x

Core Clock: 250MHz
Memory Clock: 200MHz (400MHz Effective)
Pixel Pipes: 4
Fill Rate: 1000M Texels/Sec

Now can anyone direct me towards an aftermarket cooler? The cooling on this card is a standard heatsink, it works decently but I would like to reach some decent OC speeds. Would say some AS5 along with an aftermarket HSF do some damage?
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Stock Keyboard FSP Group 450W Local Store-Bought Case Diamondback Razr 1600dpi 
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Generally, I would recommend the Zalman VF700-CU. However, the compatibility/incompatibility info doesn't list the specific version of the card you own. My suggestion would be to check out the incompatibility page and see if either of the two incompatible layouts match the layout of your card. If not, you're probably golden with that one.

Another good option would be the Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 1 (Rev. 2). According to the manufacturer, that cooler will work with the 9500-9700 series ATI cards.

Either should do a good job for you and should certainly beat the stock cooler. If both will indeed work for your card, the Zalman has a bit better of a reputation.

And yes, AS5 is a good idea for GPU coolers.
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2x250 GB Seagate RAID 0 + 320 GB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD Windows XP Pro/Vista Ultimate 64 bit Viewsonic VA2012wb 
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Well the layout is a general heatsink, maybe no more than 1 and a half inches diagonally. It is secured by two black clips that look fairly difficult to get out.

Thanks for the information, I am hoping I can get the Zalman VF, but if it comes down to it, I am thinking the Silencer will do just fine too
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2800+ 754 @ 2430MHz DFI LanParty NF3 250GB Windows XP Professional Acer 17" 8ms LCD 
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Stock Keyboard FSP Group 450W Local Store-Bought Case Diamondback Razr 1600dpi 
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
2800+ 754 @ 2430MHz DFI LanParty NF3 250GB Windows XP Professional Acer 17" 8ms LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Stock Keyboard FSP Group 450W Local Store-Bought Case Diamondback Razr 1600dpi 
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