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
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
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.