Re: GTX 480 Cooling
honestly, I've never used an aftermarket cooler. and the stock cooling on today's cards is pretty good. thou I do download programs to control the fan speeds myself.
as for FPS, it depends on many other factors. on my system, I got a 100% increase (from 30fps up to 60fps) in BadCompany2 with max settings, and only about an extra 10fps in Crysis2 to a max of about 45fps.
older games I get well over 150fps like CS:S
Asus M4A88T-M/USB3<>PhenomII X4 965e<>Asus ENGTX460
Seagate 320GB/1TB<>Win7 Ulti 64Bit<>Antec900
SyncMaster 2220WM<>HyperX 16gb<>Cooler Master 600W