I currently have the original fan and heatsink that came with my Pentium 4 3.06 GHz 533 MHz FSB Socket 478 processor and it's simply too noisy. Any suggestions on a cpu fan that's much more quiet yet cheap/affordable???
P.S. - I'd rather keep the heatsink and replace the fan if I could (i'm dreading having to use that paste stuff (it's currently using the pad))
Yes they're right about getting the HSF rather than replacing the fan of the stock cpu cooler. You can get a good one anywhere from $30-$60 and can drop the temps as much as 10c over stock cooling. I myself have used a Thermaltake Big Typhoon ($50) and got good results as it was overclocked as well but gives me 45c idle and 55c full load. It's pricey yes but it's a very good investment.