Hi Guys, Its been a long time since i have looked at PC hardware, over the last 5 years or so i have had to make do with "Hand-me-downs" from a photographer friend who buys a new £2000 PC every 12-18 months and sells me his old hardware for a hundred quid or so. the current spec of my computer is a core 2 duo 2.2 ghz with 8gb ram & a Geforce 8600GT which has been fine for some casual gaming, internet browsing & quite a lot of photoshop work. but recently i have been doing a lot of timelapse photography working with several thousand frames at 18mb each is quite a struggle. so i'm looking to build a NLE workstation over the next couple of months which will be based on the Intel Core i7 3930K.
now the last time i bought new CPU's & stuff was probably around 2003 and back then if you bought a retail CPU you were usually supplied with a HSF and if you bought an OEM CPU you just got the CPU & nothing else.
I've noticed that a lot of the modern retail CPU's no longer include a HSF so i'm wondering if there is actually any advantage at all in buying a retail product over an OEM product?