I've been haunting the site for 4 or 5 months now and have found all kinds of wonderful stuff, even got caught up in the F@H craze. I had to dump my Volcano 7
and mod my power supply
I have an MSI GForce4 Ti 4200 64MB card. It's the loudest thing in my system and I deperately want to ditch the fan. I've tried unplugging the fan and running passive, but the sink gets almost too hot to touch. I don't think putting an L1A across it would work, since the sink has a piece of plastic on top, supposedly to force the air through the fins. Oh yeah, one of the mounting pins keeps slipping so every week or so I have to go in and reseat the dangling heatsink.
I've been considering the ZM80. Those giant heatsink and the heatpipe are pretty cool, but they're also big and heavy and every couple of weeks I hump this thing over to a buddy's house for some LAN'ing. I've also been looking at the ZM17 and the Alpha black micro-fin heatsinks (available at xoxide).
So, does a 4200 require a ZM80-level cooler, or will something smaller work? How good are the Alphas? Is passive acceptable or do I need a fan?
Oh, and thanks for all the advice I've already found and used!