I'm running the system in my sig with a Vantec 6027D fan and 80x80 case fan. I don't plan on ever overclocking, my #1 concern is having a quiet system for when I go away to school next year.
I've started working towards this goal when I got a Seagate Barracuda IV hard drive. It killed off all hard drive noise. I also plan on buying a silent power supply. Now I am looking to dampen the sound of my heatsink/fan. After going through the [H]ardOCP heatsink reviews I became interested in the "Spire - 5T060B1H3R". It runs a few DB(a)'s quieter than the Vantec I am using, will it be enough to make any difference? This Vantec is extremely loud.
All I want is my system to be able to handle long, intense, gaming sessions without the fear of temperatures >~50c. Any suggestions on a good case fan and heatsink/fan combo would be greatly appreciated.. Also any other advice on running a quiet system would be equally valued to me.
Thanks in advance.
p.s. With my current set up, I am getting about 55c when just playing Quake3 for short periods of time. Would going quieter screw me over?
The last athlon system I built had an old desktop case and 235 watt sparkle power supply. I had one case fan in front and one in back. My cpu temps averaged 49-50 celcius, which isn't bad considering there were no side vents. With the monitor on top, it was very quiet. The sparkle was running a 1700 xp overclocked to 138 fsb with no problems. I found the case at Computer Geeks for only $18 plus shipping.