Im thinking about getting a new processor soon and i am pretty sure that i am going to get a 2.8 ghz pentium 4 [northwood]. im wondering if you have any suggestion for a fan for the cpu or if i should use the one that comes with it [have to decide between an oem one and a retail one] I have heard that the intel fan is not very good. Well if you have any suggestions im all ears, one more thing... any one have a suggestion for a mobo [i like the IC7-max3 or non-max3 and the p4c800-e deluxe or just the p4c800 deluxe]
If not Ocing, then the retail package would be fine, then if you want to save money buy a mobo using the SIS or VIA chipset, they could be as cheap as half the price of i875P mobos. But they offer great performance.
I've seen reviews where P4 C's were OC'd pretty well (300-400MHz ?) with stock air cooling (stock Intel Heatsink & Fan) so, unless you're really going to try and push that thing hard stock cooling should be fine (especially with a 2.8C Northwood).
If you really want to OC, the IC7 MAX3 or P4C800-E Deluxe are both excellent choices when coupled with a Thermalright SP94 or Swiftech MCX478-V Heatsink and the 80 or 92mm fan of your choice.
P.S. Don't forget the high performance (PC 3500+ DDR433+) memory if you really plan to OC in the future. Corsair, Kingston, OCZ...
yea i have a stick of 512 mb of kingston hyper x [think its pc4000] i looked at the thermalright and the swiftech heatsinks and i dont really want to spend that much money on a heatsink alone when i can just get the retail fan for 1 dollar more than the oem. are there any other good fans and heatsinks for less than that much? i like thermaltake but i dont know how well they match up to any other brand like zalman or coolermaster etc.
i was just looking at fans and i am wondering if the Thermaltake Spark 7+ is any good... its cheaper than both the heatsinks you posted. and how does that perform against the Zalman CNPS7000A and both of those against the stock heatsink and fan?
I don't have any experience with the Thermaltake Spark 7+ or the Zalman CNPS7000A, and haven't read any reviews on either. But I just put a Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 on my GF's AthlonXP 2400+ and am very happy with it.
The P4 equivalent would be the Thermaltake POLO 735 Extreme 3. It's not as cheap as the Spark 7+, but a good compromise.
Especially if you're definitely planning on OCing sometime in the future.
Bottomline: If you have no immediate plans to OC (more than 200-300MHz), the stock Intel HSF will more than meet your needs.
one more question... you said the 3.2 stock cooler was about 10 bucks and i know the spark 7+ is about 20+ bucks... is there much of a difference between the two or are they similar enough that its really 10 dollars wasted?