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how much effect does a good heatsink/fan give?

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right now, im on stock cooling... one front fan, 1 rear/plus powersupply, and one side pannel fan...
im running an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ venice, on a K8N neo2 Board. currently, depending on room tempature, im anywhere between 37-42C CPU temp @ 2.3Ghz. thus, im afraid to overclock any highter =( (i know, im a panzy)
my question is, would a nice, aftermarket heatsink/fan help with my CPU temps, compared to the stock heatsink supplied with my motherboard?
thanks in advance
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Yes, an aftermarket Heat Sink and Fan would greatly improve your temperatures, especially when overclocking, over the AMD stock heatsink. That's a fact.
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right now, im on stock cooling... one front fan, 1 rear/plus powersupply, and one side pannel fan...
im running an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ venice, on a K8N neo2 Board. currently, depending on room tempature, im anywhere between 37-42C CPU temp @ 2.3Ghz. thus, im afraid to overclock any highter =( (i know, im a panzy)
my question is, would a nice, aftermarket heatsink/fan help with my CPU temps, compared to the stock heatsink supplied with my motherboard?
thanks in advance
If I were you, I would see how high I could get in on stock voltage. Get a better cooler for a better oc, try an XP-120, then you add more v-core. Those temps are good, but that chip will start heating up the more you push it.
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Mostly any aftermarket heatsink will *ususally* cool better than the 'stock' ones AMD and Intel include with their CPUs, so yes an aftermarket HSF would help in cooling.

Some good HSFs to consider:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118119 - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118223 - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118221 - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835109122 - $66
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106061 - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835109118 - $70
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most deffinately it will lower your cpu temps mine dropped 17.5c idle and 24c load.... all with just a HSF switch
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I would push the cpu a bit harder. try for 2.4 or even 2.5. If your stable but temps are high then get a better cooler... if your not stable i wouldnt even worry about cooling as the temp at your current settings is nothing to worry about
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one thing you should take into consideration is the weight of the heat sink & fan. I'm sure an AMD chips and or the M/B has a weight limit. I have a P4 and I believe someone on this board told me to check into it,and i did. My XP-90 is right under the limits.Just my 2cents
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