I'm about to build myself a new HTPC and I'm having trouble finding a quiet after market cooler for the system. I'm a long time fan of ZALMAN coolers but the CNPS9500 is to big for my HTPC case (nMedia HTPC 200BA) and I don't think the CNPS8000 will fit properly on the Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard I was planning to get. I have an old CNPS7000 that I'd love to use but I can't find any info from Zalman about using it on socket AM2. Can anyone suggest a quiet socket AM2 cooler with a large fan on it that will fit in a smallish HTPC case.
And just to head off any suggestions that I go with a Core 2 system, I'm doing this project on the cheep and can't afford to go that route as much as I would like to.
Those are great choices, but the OP said "smallish HTPC case". Unfortunately "smallish HTPC case" and Scythe Infinity or Thermalright Ultra-120 will not probably mix. It's too bad though. A fanless Infinity does very well on it's own when you don't overclock.