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March 28, 2003 1:06:23 AM

An Athlon XP 3000+. Right now I have a Thermal Take Volcano 9... which really doesn't seem to be doing its job. I have to keep my case open... with the fan on high just to keep my motherboard from shutting the system down from over heating (Asus A7N8X). I am looking for something that would keep my system cool... while not sounding like I have a vacuum cleaner inside my comp. Do you guys have any suggestions? thanks

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March 28, 2003 1:18:08 AM

um it sounds like you don't have the volcano 9 mounted right. i'd try reseating it and making sure you have even pressure and the proper amount of thermal paste (which is to say, not very much, a very thin layer)
otherwise you could try an slk-700,800 or 900 with a decent 80mm fan (thermaltake smart fan II with its speed controller?)
or if you want to go more expensive, check out the mcx-462+ and again a decent 80mm fan

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March 28, 2003 2:38:19 PM

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March 28, 2003 3:28:14 PM

First of all, what are you doing for airflow in your case? Do you have any exhaust or intake fans, and if so what ones?

And secondly, check out the new Volcano 11. It's bigger, badder, and quieter.

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March 29, 2003 5:12:10 PM

Have you considered a liquid cooling solution?



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March 29, 2003 6:30:11 PM

I have... but the price going for those things is just more than I'd like to pay for a cooling solution
March 29, 2003 10:20:08 PM

This is going to sound ridiculous, but I've done it myself. Make sure you've peeled the plastic coating off the underside of your heatsink before you set it on the CPU. It's hard to transfer heat between two surfaces that aren't in contact with each other. ;) 
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March 30, 2003 12:31:02 AM

That was a bold post AltKey, takes a lot of guts to post something like that here.
Well done young Padewan.

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March 31, 2003 12:25:48 PM

wanna hear a better one

I tried to pull of the black thermal tape off of the stock PIV heatsink

also thermaltke volcano 7+ is good

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March 31, 2003 5:26:07 PM

And there's still always a <A HREF="http://www.frozencpu.com/cgi-bin/frozencpu/cpu-swi-04.h..." target="_new">Swiftech MCX462+</A> with an <A HREF="http://www.frozencpu.com/cgi-bin/frozencpu/duc-07.html" target="_new">80mm to 120mm fan adaptor</A> and an <A HREF="http://www.frozencpu.com/cgi-bin/frozencpu/fan-33.html" target="_new">Enermax 120mm speed-adjustable fan</A>. You know, for those <i>really</i> hard to cool CPUs. And it's still cheaper (and quieter) than most water cooling setups.

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