You are using the stock heatpipe cooler right?
if you specify how much $$$ you can spare it would be easier to select a nice cooler.
how ever much it takes
Hello & welcome to SPCR,
I would try the Enermax thermally controlled 80mm fan (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811999014
), with a 70 --> 80mm adapter. This fan has double ball bearings, so it will do well in hot areas, and except for possibly different bearings, it is probably identical to the (much more expensive!) SilenX 80mm fan, that was tested in the SPCR fan roundup #1. (They are both made by Globe, btw.)
In my experience, when the Enermax is running at minimum speed, it is significantly quieter than the low speed NMB (which is the same as the new Scythe Minebea NMB, and than the Enermax Enlobal 80mm, too.
It is very quiet at it's lower speeds, so depending on the temperature where you locate the thermistor, you can likely get the CPU temp that you want, at a noise level that is much better than the stock fan.
thanks for the welcome, and the suggestion. i will try that out.
I take it you have already exhausted the options of running AMD's Cool n Quiet and have enabled the Abit MB BIOS FanEQ to control the speed of the fan?
no, i have not. not sure about either of those. i haven't messed with any of the fan controls because i don't know what speed the fan should be running at.