Antec P180 case
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Socket 939 ATX Motherboard
Current plan is to purchase either an AMD 3200 or 3500 CPU.
I've looking for a CPU Heatsink/Fan combo and mentioned three below. I really like the XP-120 but...
I was posting sources and links but it just got too confusing. It used to be easier to buy a computer now, even the fans are hard. Wait, this is only one of several. Groan...
So, only this link has been left.
SPCR Recommended Heatsinks
It seems that the two "best" heatsinks are:
...Zalman 7000-Cu / AlCu CPU
For the 7000 and 948 t appears that in either case the cpu temperature rise will be about 24 degrees in an enclosed case with a PC2100. Hopefully with the 3200 or 3500 it will be no more then 30. Any higher and the home temperature is dropped or the voltage on the fans are turned up or both.
The XP-120 appears to cool better that either of the above, perhaps due to the 120mm fan.
**The SLK-948U is a whopping 635g and will definitely weigh more than the Zalman 7000 once a fan is installed.
**The Zalman appears to need a different fan installed to reduce noise
**The XP120 causes DIMM1 to become unuseable. I'm only planning on putting in 2GB so this will POSSIBLY not cause a problem.
**The XP120, per Thermalright, appears to be only usable with the 3200 not the 3500 or higher CPU's.
**The SLK-948U appears to have the better bracing system.
**The XP120 is lighter and appears better, but if it really does limit the CPU choice then it is out.
**The 948 and XP120 allow an easy choice of fans to use.
What about long periods of time of using heavy heatsinks such as the 948U. It certainly has to put stress (torquing) on the motherboard and seems as if it would eventually cause problems.