So I just finished upgrading my mom's old desktop replacing the old ECS board with a AM3 ASRock and a new Athlon II X2 250 (3.0 GHz stock) and a 2 GB stick of DDR2 800. The stock heatsink is just as small as the Intel one and the new clamp system is a helluva a lot better than Intel's crap-ass push-pin design. The whole CPU and heatsink took me like 2 minutes to put together. No excessive force used at all.

After everything was installed, I put on Windows 7, got all the other software and her files migrated over. It runs really quiet and sitting idle, the Athlon II pipes in at 20 C. 20 friggin' Celsius! It might only have 90% overall performance of my old E8400 chip, but considering the price difference, setup, and heat factor, AMD blows Intel out of the water.

AMD Athlon II X2 250 (Stock HSF, Stock Freq): 20 C Idle
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (Stock HSF, Stock Freq): 42-44 C Idle

Seriously, I'll take that 10-15% performance drop in some apps, the $100 price difference, easier setup, and far cooler temps any day of the week.

I think I've found my next CPU for my LAN rig. Might just ditch my E8400 altogether now (or sell it). :icon_lol: