I'm about ready to make a purchase of a 4600+ AM2 system and it will be my first build in a long time (my current system lasted quite a while!
While I will not be overclocking, I will be running a very intensive system (3D rendering and the like) and I am very concerned about heat (as I live in a hot climate and I'm in a room with poor circulation). My current system has been overheating a lot, which is why I'm upgrading, and while I could probably just apply a new pad - I'm using it as an excuse, so hush! =D
I don't want to make the jump to water cooling, though, so I'm going to try to make the best of air cooling with a large, Thermaltake case and a lot of fans.
However, I am concerned about using the stock heatsink and thermal paste. Do they generally hold up under resource intensive applications, or should I go with a third party HS and thermal paste? I'm think Zalman 9500 or the Freezer 64 Pro with, of course, a AS5 application - or do third party heatsinks already come with good thermal paste applied?
Thank you very much.