Hey, pretty much a newb to alot of this so you will have to talk to me in laymans terms. My stability is rock steady but my temps are running really high, in the 57-60c range idle and in the high 60's on a full load. I will eventually look to overclock as I do more research and get abit more knowledge. I just got the cpu and mb about a week ago, and only have the base heatsink and 1 case fan. Basically I am looking to spend around 100$ to get my system down in temp. Any suggestions for the most bang for the buck would really help. Even some good product links/reviews would be most appreciated, I dont mind doing legwork but some advice from experienced users would help greatly.
Under my most stressful processor load times my highest temp has been 40c, I'm using the Swiftek 462 you can get one from www.inflowdirect.com for $72.00 dollars US plus S&H
I'm running an AMD 1900+ the amazing thing I've noticed, and the reason I recommend this heatsink is that the norm for the 1900+ is 1600Mhz I've OC'd so far to over 1700Mhz with no temp variance, the design of the heatsink is what makes it so effective, its noisy though, it sounds like a small jet engine.
Most heatsinks come with thermal pad, but it is always better to use Arctic Silver. It isn't that risky you just have to make sure you only aply it on the core and that you spread out a thin layer. Go here for instructions: <A HREF="http://www.arcticsilver.com" target="_new">http://www.arcticsilver.com</A>.