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a b K Overclocking
June 23, 2001 5:55:31 AM

How important is a good fan for a 1.2-1.4 ghz Athalon? Do I really need a ~$30 dollar one if Im not overclocking?

My friend is tellign me I need a good one if I want to be able to leave it on over night.

I no longer wish to belong to the kind of club that accepts people like me as members - Groucho Marx

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June 23, 2001 6:09:13 AM

if you buy a retail processor, you get a perfectly adequate heatsink.
the stock one is designed with 24/7 operation in mind, not that it is the best one available, but you don't need better for normal usage. people get carried away with heatsinks...

Independant thought is good.
It won't hurt for long.
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a b K Overclocking
June 23, 2001 4:23:19 PM

The best one for the money is the Volcano II for $8. The next best value is the FOP32-1 for $14. There are a lot of heatsinks that cost over twice as much that DO NOT cool better! Only a few of the "high end" heatsinks are actually much better, and those are for the extreme overclockers or cooling freaks.

Cast not thine pearls before the swine
June 23, 2001 9:13:14 PM

In my opinion, the fan used on these Heatsinks is the major factor in cooling. Cheap fan, cheap cooling. A decent quiet fan will do wonders to a stock heatsink. A little lapping, and some black spray paint for the fins. Tada, a $40 cooler for $10.