Fan for a P4 2.8 ghz

aLawLz187

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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]

thanks a bunch
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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.

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You should overclock. If you get a decent mobo, you should be able to hit 3.2GHz with stock cooling.

You've tried and failed. The lesson here is, never try again. -- Homer Simpson.
 

aLawLz187

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well what would a decent mobo be for overclocking... i have a very general scope of ocing [oced video card] but i dont want to do anything that could mess up my purchase.
 

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I think most people would agree that the Abit IS-7 will give you the most bang for the buck. If you want an 875P based board I think you'll do just fine with the IC-7.

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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...

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aLawLz187

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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.
 

aLawLz187

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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?
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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.

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aLawLz187

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is the polo better than the spark 7+ or are they about the same because im kind o tight on money [getting job soon] and i dont want to spend more money than i have to
 

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Just get the stock copper-core P4 3.2 ghz heatsink. You can buy them off E-Bay every day for 10 bucks.

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Cybercraig

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The stock 2.8 cooler has an aluminum mating surface. The 3.0 and above are copper core. (Heavy too).

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aLawLz187

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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?
 

aLawLz187

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eh what ever im just gonna get the spark 7+ cuz i like thermaltake but by the time everythign will be out of date with pci-e and all that awesome stuff comming out soon... money...

thanks everyone
-alawlz