Lol, is it bad that I haven't overclocked my Q6600 or my 8800GTS 512? I built just about a year and a half ago and I guess it never seemed like I had to since it ran everything I threw at fairly well. Besides, I've always felt that overclocking shortens the lifespan of the hardware and that I'd probably spend too much time fiddling with temperatures and not enough time playing games :p
So yeah, I'd settle with the stock cooler for now. But when you get the money, definitely get one (I have a Zalman and am very pleased with it), just to be on the safe side.
ALSO, I kind of need some help of my own.
I'm looking into upgrading from my 8800GTS 512. It's a great card and can run everything I throw at it, but i've been noticing that the framerate has been dipping a little bit, especially in the newer games. And I want to be prepared for Dragon Age, Borderlands, Bioshock 2, etc etc etc.
My 2 choices are the GTX 275 or the GTX 285. The GTX 295 is not even feasible right now ($500? Seriously?). I'm leaning more towards the GTX 275 though because according to some tom's hardware benchmarks, the GTX 275 is only slightly behind the GTX 285 and costs a ton less. Here are those benchmarks:GTX 275 BenchmarkGTX 285 Benchmark
The GTX 275 benchmark better shows the performance of the GTX 285 since it was no longer using beta drivers, and the GTX 275 was right behind it most tests when it was using a beta driver. A difference of about 5-6 FPS max.
If I were able to afford a video card today, right now (just spent 270 on a hard drive and a new monitor), I'd probably get this one: Link.
I'd pass on the FTW and Superclocked editions as I don't think it's worth an extra $20-$60 for a tiny performance boost.
And here is the GTX 285 I was looking at: Link.
As you can see, it costs over $100 more (even after rebate). Based on those benchmark results earlier, the GTX 285 doesn't seem worth it, which is why I'm leaning towards the GTX 275. Unless there is something under the hood that I'm completely oblivious to.
Sorry about this super long post.