Hello, I have a Pentium 3.2 GHz CPU, which is located in a LGA 478 socket motherboard. My other parts are the following: Corsair 400 W PSU, Stock Cooler, ECS PM800-M2 M/B, AGP ATi 4650, Diamond Sound Card, Rosewill Ethernet NIC, 2GB DDR Ram, NZXT Apollo. My processor runs at 55 C at idle, so it is obviously in need of better cooling. I will accept any reasonably priced cooler at this point. Thank you in advance, and don't tell me to upgrade to a new machine, as I already have an i7 920 in my gaming desktop and an i7 720qm in my laptop.
Most Scythe Coolers fit 478, Do not know what will fit your case. The Mugen 2 Rev B is about $40.
Sunbeam Tuniq Tower 120 Universal. about the same.
Zalman 7000 and 7000B but not 7000C I believe. all AL is prefered to AL/CU for lightness.
Zodiac, i have a Pentium 4 EE 3.2GHz (google SL7AA thats the one i got), overclocked to 3.5GHz on stock cooling running at around 35°C with stock cooler, how does that happen to you?
I use EVEREST, good program. Another good program is PC Wizard by CPUID which i also have. Easy and simple downloads that give ALOT of overall info about your computer, and yes even temperature! Things may seem a little rough and complicated at first but they are easy to get used to after a little while.
I used to cool my P4 3.0GHz CPU that was damaged(broken pins) with a cheap stock cooler i bought from a local computer store, i used Smart Fan Target Temp (something like that in BIOS) and my CPU was around 35-40°C always.
Bottom line, theres no need to invest in buying expensive coolers for an older computer when cheaper ones do the job and leave money for a Bic Mac or a McDouble or even a McChicken.
Get some good thermal paste too if you can, its important that you have good quality thermal paste. I was a noob back then with computers and i bought some cheap thermal compound at a local store and it surprizingly works great(i got lucky). N even before that i used this adhesive that bonds various objects that have broken, and the CPU idled at around 60°C. I never knew LOL.