Which one shall i get, is it worth £15
for Fan and Box, do OME have warrernty.
Also how long will the 3000+ support my needs, i play quite alot of games (HL2 ext), how many years will a 3000+ be aceptable for. Or is it worth getting the 3200+ fow a bit more, how much longer will the 3200 last?
Boxed: Has fan & Heatsink, 3 year warrantee.
OEM: No fan/heatsink, 30 to 90 day warrantee.
If you are NOT going to overclock and/or use water cooling, etc., then boxed or retail is good. The boxed fan is adequate to the task.
If you overclock or plan on using watercooling, then you're voiding the warrantee anyways, so save the few pounds and get the OEM. Then put that money and a bit more into a 3rd party HSF.
As for how long will it last.... no one knows. I would expect at least a year before games become CPU limited on a 3000+, and at least another if you overclock it, but there's no way to know for sure. My magic 8 ball said to ask again later...
The heat on the Venice core is next to nothing, so a boxed fan is MORE than adequate. I just did a stress test using "Toast" this evening...I have a standard (box) HSF and only 1 case fan...
The highest temp after one hour was 35C, and the normal running temp is 24C.
Given that you will still need a HSF, get the boxed one (IMHO).