Thanks, I'll do some more shopping around this week and then decide. The reason I'm asking opinions on silent coolers is because you read so much on how quiet a cooler is then you read a review that says one brand that was rated to be louder is actually quieter, etc.
If you really want a silent HSF solution, then you should seriously consider the Scythe Infinity. You do not need to use the fan, unless you overclock the CPU. Without the fan it is absolutely silent. Other cooling solutions with fans are merely quiet, not silent.
go check spcr (silentpcreview) for truly silent coolers. infinity if mighty fine, ninja also, generally - scythes are one of the very best coolers you might get - both in terms of performance and silence.
I got the Infinity today and installed the beast. Fanless, it keeps my temps the same at idle as the stock cooler. At load, the temps i get are slightly higher, but nothing to worry about at all. I recommend it to anyone who has the room!
AeroCool Dominator Triple Heatpipe Heatsink w/ 140mm Fan (Pentium 4 S775 & S478/ AMD 64 & XP 3600+)
AeroCool High Tower HT-101 JR Heatsink (Pentium 4 / Athlon XP / AMD 64)
Cooler Master Hyper 48 (KHC-L91-U1) CPU Cooler - Pentium 4 and AMD K8
Cooler Master Hyper 6+ CPU Cooler - Universal Mounting (RR-UNH-P0U1)
Scythe "Katana CU" Dual Heat Pipe All Copper CPU Cooler (SCKTN-CU1000)
Scythe "Katana" Dual Heat Pipe CPU Cooler (SCKTN-1000)
Scythe "Mine" Heat Pipe CPU Cooler (SCMN-1000)
Scythe "Ninja" Heat Pipe CPU Cooler (SCNJ-1000P)
Scythe "Samurai Z" Dual Heat Pipe CPU Cooler (SCSMZ-1000)
Now let the elimination begin!
I tried to get all the ones that definately wont fit... but I may have missed some... I would have gone through and read the noise outputs, then reduce the list down... but its time for bed...
I hope this helps! This is what I do...
Then I go through and slowly pick them out... Price, Height, Noise... Then lastly Reviews, and well if you must Forum users... But we are not always objective or upto date... Its also good to own a subscription to Maximum PC... plus its a GREAT read.