9000 Pro / Zalman ZM50-HP Mod
So before I did this, I was not sure if it would work, it says it is only rated up to a Radeon 7500, but I just went for it.
The stock cooler on the 9000 Pro was the loudest part in my computer, other than that all I have is two L1As, one on my AthlonXP 1700+ cooled by an AX7, and the other modded into my Enermax PSU.
As I said, the ZM50 is not really made for the 9000 Pro, but my load temps are only ~6c above the stock cooler, so I think it will be just fine.
Now the loudest part of my system is my HDD, a WD800JB. As you can probably see in the second picture, it is sitting on the floor of the case with a mouse pad between the two in order to isolate vibrations, I plan on buying a Seagate Barracuda ATA V at some point.
Overall I am very
happy with this mod. My noise levels have dropped a great deal, much more than I expected. If I were to do it again though, I might go for the ZM80C-HP just to be on the safe side and because that would be able to move to a faster card when I upgrade as well.