Thats not an option.. I'm going to buy a new system this winter. for now I wish to squeeze the last power out of this comp and over clock it, just to gain some experience and learn while having some fun.
I've been looking at the Zalman CNPS 7700B-Cu also, it's around 10$ more... I think I'm gonna go with that one unless anyone has any better ideas?
I use a 2800 in a closed cabinet and it never gets hot, try taking the heatsink off and cleaning off the old thermal interface material and use some new heat sink compound. Old stuff or having it on too THICK will make it hotter, you just need a paper thin amount. Me, I even use the cheap radio shack junk and mine is fine with the cabinet CLOSED 24/7.
try taking the heatsink off and cleaning off the old thermal interface material and use some new heat sink compound.
+1. this just might solve your problems. mys isters pc had awful temperatures. and when i took the heatrsink off the thermal compund was as dry as paper. applied new thermal paste and it went down from 65 C on 100% load to 45 C.
1. Be sure you have front intake and rear exhaust fans. You'll never get good cooling if you don't remove the hot air from the case.
2. I'd use Arctic Ceramic if I were you. You have to be careful with conductive pastes like AS5 on a bare core cpu like the 2800+. Plus, I've heard the ceramic works better. Clean off the stock heatsink and cpu well and remount with Arctic Ceramic.
You should get better cooling if you do all this. If you are still not satisfied, then get a better heatsink.
Also, You can set up dual fans for it (I recommend Scythe). If you set them up in opposing directions it appearently yields the best cooling (according to laws of heat transfer and AeroCool's website).