I have a several year old TYAN LGA 775 server board with a Xeon E3120 running as a home file server. What's a popular, quiet cooler for this socket that is moderately priced (< $35)? I think one with a 92mm fan should be sufficient.
Is it better to use a horizontal cooler for LGA 775, instead of a tower? When I do a google image search, the majority of photos are of horizontal heat sinks.
Noctua has a small tower that uses a 92mm fan. It should work just fine. When you eventually move to a newer chip, save your receipts and they will give you a new mounting system for it.... for free.
I think horizontal coolers are always a good idea. The stock Intel coolers are horizontal and it wouldn't hurt to assume that all boards are designed expecting some down draft cooling.
Here is a small downdraft that isn't so bad if you turn down the speed with the included fan controller:http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.c ... 657&page=5
Looks like it doesn't meet your price thoughhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835118127
Nor does the Noctuahttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835608016
But here is the XIGMATEK version of the 92mm Noctua heat sinkhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835233081
It is $24.99 plus you will want to get a Nexus or Noctua 92mm fan for it. But you can try out the stock fan first to see if you can live with it.