Quiet heat-sink-fan solution for Athlon XP 1800+?
I just put my first system together and I think I bought the loudest fan on the market. The Dragon Orb 1 is appropriateley named, for although I've never seen a dragon in person, I know what one sounds like now (a high-frequency whine, sort of like a jet-engine). I'm not overclocking so I don't need the uber-fan, I just want to be able to sleep with my computer on (my roomie tells me he keeps hearing my computer out in the living-room and thinking it's the VCR rewinding a tape). I'm motivated enough to tear the motherboard out and replace the hsf post-haste. Any recomendations for a quieter solution would be appreciated. Also, I am on a somewhat limited budget (<$100 should be enough) and I'm not shelling out the cash for liquid cooling. There has to be a good-reliable-quiet-high-volume fan out there, right?
This <A HREF="http://www.ocsystem.com/thervol7cool.html" target="_new">company</A> claims to make the quietest HSF solution on the market.
Here's a few articles you might find interesting:
<A HREF="http://www.amdmb.com/article-display.php?ArticleID=122&PageID=7" target="_new">Of Things Quiet</A>
<A HREF="http://www.templintech.com/hsf/dynatron.html" target="_new">Dynatron DC1206BM Review</A>
<A HREF="http://www.dansdata.com/coolercomp.htm" target="_new">CPU coolers compared!</A>
The easiest solution (with whatever HSF you purchase) would be to replace the fan with a Panaflo. These fans have a Hydro Wave bearing (liquid) and are the quietest type of fan available. Here's a typical example: <A HREF="http://www.pcmods.com/list.asp?CtgID=19" target="_new">PCMods</A>.
Orb-style HSFs are generally not the best solution for an Athlon, IMO.
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umm yeah I got a fix. Take that 100$ and mail me your setup. I'll send you a 486 that run so silent you can sleep on top of it. (yeah it's a joke)
You can load up on silent case fans and then a silent cpu fan, if you remove the hot air quick from the case, the cpu doesn't need super high speed cooling fan.
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