I think you may be on to something...
Thanks for the replys...
This is where I'm at so far
First thing I tackled was my video card, got an arctic cooler 3 for it. Works GREAT compared to the stock piece of crap (9800 AIW's dont have a lot of options out there
Next I got some SilenxX case fans. They seem to be doing a good job, not moving as much heat as the old Antec ones but MUCH Quieter. With the help of the external exhaust artic cooler, i'm hoping internal heat wont be too much of an issue.But I missed one thing!
(i'll try and get some pics later)
"Age has nothing to do with suitability. It's not like your Athlon 2400s got hotter between then and now"
- Well... actually it has now
The Tyan board I have is TIGHT.... Because of the space constriction and the big ugly clip on the backside of my AGP card, my #2 CPU (it sits right above the AGP card) temps have increased a bit more than I would like. 55C during load, and higher if the room gets warm. CPU #2 was up near 59C last night
This is mainly because of the arctic cooler! It has a big honking clip which gets real close to the CPU heatsink and creates a nice pocket of warm air right around the heatsink.
-Ive given up looking for just a fan, I've come to realise that a quieter fan won't do the trick of lowering my CPU temps any while trying to reduce noise at the same time .... Time to upgrade the heatsink to the best thats out there that fits!
I've been looking at the multitude of Socket A heatsink/fans... for some reason these Heat pipe ones scare the crap out of me
But I definatly AM going to look for some good reviews on their thermal performance of the ThermalRight SI-97A.
The Arctic Cooling Copper Silent 2 TC looks real promising though!
Has anyone heard of the nexus AXP 3200? Would be great if anyone has any input on it..
So heres my wishlist:
-Fits the board w. all the capacitors nearby, and doesnt touch the AGP Card 2-3cm away.
-Is not mounted using through the board mounting holes
-Moderatly quiet fan
-Keeps the temps in the lower 40's if possible
This site is great BTW! A site dedicated to not just performance but considers the acoustic implications as well!