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Best quiet cooling for my old media center pc - athlon xp 2200+

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February 19, 2008 7:48:36 PM

Hi all! I know it's an old-ass processor, but can anyone help me figure out what the quietest HS/F might be for an Athlon XP 2200+? I've had a hard time finding a good solution for Socket A/462, since it's tricky being sure about compatibility. The best I've found so far is the Zalman CNPS7000B-CU (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16835118113), but it seems that it's not that quiet (maybe) and collects a lot of dust.

Anyway, I was just hoping someone might happen to have a recommendation for an old media center :)  :)  Thanks so much!

--Ted

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February 19, 2008 8:17:54 PM

What's wrong with using the stock cooler and replacing the fan?
February 19, 2008 9:21:44 PM

I actually don't have the stock cooler for it anymore, I had replaced it with a ThermalTake Volcano a long time ago, and that thing sounds like a hurricane. Ideally I'd replace it with something as close to silent as possible ... any ideas? Thanks for the reply!
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February 19, 2008 10:57:50 PM

This is what you have? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just get yourself a cheap fan controller, like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or simply get a new fan? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You might need to improvise though.

Anyways there's a lot of ways you can think up without having to buy a new cooler because your cpu is really outdated and not really worth spending money on.
February 20, 2008 2:11:35 AM

Hi there :)  thanks! ouch1, yes, that was the hsf I was looking at. evil, I actually have an earlier and larger version. Even when I turn the speed down it's still loud, and gives me a temperature of about 57ยบ, argh. I think I'm going to go ahead and get the Zalman. It's an old proc, but this won't break the bank ^_^ Thanks guys!!
February 26, 2008 12:25:13 PM

A lower cost option you could try is just replacing the fan on your current HSF. New Egg has tons of different size fans, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a new one. The fact that yours is still loud when you turn down the rpms makes me think there is something wrong with it.

Also, you should try removing and re-applying some thermal compound to your heat sink. That could help in that you won't need the fan to spin so fast to keep the cpu cool.
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