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Hello all you helpful people! I have recently decided to upgrade my cooling solutions on both my video card and CPU from stock to something better. Right now I have decided on what seems like the best solution for a GPU, the Zalman VF-700CU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16835118117). As for my CPU, I have heard good things about this heatsink (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835109123) and how it would perform with this fan (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16811999344). However, I have also heard much talk on how great the Thermaltake Big Typhoon is. Would you recommend the Silverstone FM121 with the Thermalrite SI-120, or the Big Typhoon?

Also, I would like to know if there are any major differences between Arctic Silver and Arctic Ceramique. I know that Silver gets slightly better temps, but ceramique does not conduct electricity, which could be a life saver if I screw up somehow. Any suggestions on one over the other?

Thanks for any input that I'm sure I will recieve. I love coming here because you guys all really know your stuff!
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Get the Big Typhoon, if you have room for it. It is simply the best air cooling out there. The VF700 looks nice though.

I have heard some people saying that AS5 and Artic Ceramique work equally well. Others claim AS5 does a better job. Most agree for sub-zero the Ceramique has an edge. But for all practical purposes, the AS5 is what you want. If you screw up putting AS5 on something is wrong in your head.

Read this:

http://www.overclock.net/faqs/12419-...+thermal+paste
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Ok, thanks for the suggestion. One more thing though, would you recommend getting a Big typhoon and replacing the orange fan (54.4 CMF) with the Silverstone FM121 (110.03 CMF). With such a higher airflow, do you think I could see better performance with the FM121 over the stock BT fan? And if so, is the BT heatsink a lot better than the thermalrite one? Just curious, want to be sure before I make a purchase.
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From what I have heard, the BT compares to a low-end water cooling system. You could replace the fan, but It really isn't necessary. Mostly just a waste. The BT is really quite also, I mean, 16DB, that is probably less then the ambient sound, it certaintly is for me.
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Nice, thaks again for the info. I'll probably be getting the Big typhoon now that I know all this.
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Good choice, I am probably going to buy one sometime also.
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Another good cpu heatsink I have found to be the cl-p0024 by thermaltake its a little cheaper and doesn't mount a 120mm but it does mount 80mm and 90mm. The two things that I like about it are that one its all copper and two it doesn't blow the heat back down onto the processor.
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