just wanted some peoples opinion on what they think is the fastest rom/kernel setup.
Since each rom performs differently on each phone that is difficult to answer. Try several and see which one works best on your particular phone.
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For me I don't go for the "fastest" anymore like I did in the 2.1 days. Most of these roms on 2.2 are comparably speed wise. I go more for features and stability. It's been months since I've researched what's available but back when I was checking out the different roms Ultimate Droid (blasphemy!) was the best.
I *would* recommend experimenting with kernels though, they're easy to install/uninstall and it's wise to try a few to see which ones work the best for your phone.