Use boxed Heatsink for 2600+?

I have a AMD athlon xp 2600+ 333
I dont plan to overclock and I want to know if I should used the boxed heatsink or move up to aftermarket? If so what is a sutible heatsink?
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  1. Use the boxed HSF unless you overclock

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  2. The only OTHER reason you might want to go to an aftermarket HSF is for less noise, be careful though they're not as noisy for a reason, make sure it has good cooling properties if this is your goal. Chances are, the one it came with will be fine.
  3. If your room temperatures (Ambient) are typical (20 -- 22C) and you are using the computer in the average SOHO manner, the stock heatsink will most likely be <i>adequate</i>. Not excellent ... but certainly adequate.

    If you have higher ambients, like in some apartment buildings, or if you plan to overclock or run CPU intensive applications (eg. games) or if you plan to have the computer on most of the time you probably should look into an aftermarket cooler. Any hybrid cooler (copper bottom, aluminum fins) with a thermal resistence of 0.6 (point 6) or less should do a good job for you.

    Here is one example of many suitable products:
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  4. There are usually (almost all of the time) only three reasons why a non-overclocked cpu will run too hot with the retail boxed hsf:
    1- it got put on wrong
    2- horrible case airflow
    3- really hot room where computer is

    I have stock amd ones on my computer and they run fine. 40/38 now and my comp has been running for the last few days. They cool my cpus just fine (dual amd 2400 MP). Even at full load on both for hours (long renders) they will not get over 50. I do not find the stock hsf's to be too loud, but your tastes in noise level may be different than mine. There is one good advantage with stock amd hsf's: they do not weigh a lot so if you have to move your computer around a bit they will not put too much stress on the motherboard. IMO 50 is a good target temp under full load and I have no probs staying well under that with the stock hsf's.
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