I have a un-overclocked(**) Athlon XP 2000+ that is suffering major cooling problems.
With the standard heatsink and fan that came with the boxed CPU and not having overclocked the CPU or increased the core voltage, I am getting temerpature readings of between 70C - 80C (158F - 176F).
I fully intend to overclock the CPU therefore I am hoping that some of you could recommend me a GOOD cooler (not a water cooler though) that will really keep the temperature down, even in the middle of summer (i.e. now).
Price isn't too much of a problem, but be reasonable. Similarly, Noise isn't too big a deal.....but it'd be nice to hear the dialogue of games.
(**) I said that the CPU was not overclocked, but because I'm using an Asus A7V mobo, the FSB is at 135MHz standard, instead of 133MHz.
I had same trouble and temps with stock 1900+ fan. I now have a volcano 7 and highest it gets now is 52C under extreme load and it's OC'ed to 2100+ speeds. There is a volcano 7+ also, which is said to be good. It's more expensive. I get most of my cooling supplies at bestbyte.net, the 7 is only $16 and they also have the 7+. <A HREF="http://www.bestbyte.net/Category.cfm?CategoryID=6&Keywo..." target="_new">Go here</A> to look at the 7 and the 7+ (specs) and prices.
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