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Old 04-14-2005, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Loud chip fan

I have a 3.0 GB Prescott processor that has a shitty fan attached to it. It keeps it cool enough, but it's really loud. I want to replace it with something quieter, not interested in water cooling, but I don't know where to even start. I'm not afraid of changing the fan myself, but if I mess up the PC then my wife will KILL me. So...any thoughts, quieter fans, fanless cooling systems that aren't water based?
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Old 04-14-2005, 08:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depending on your case/motherboard, I have a coworker who purchased this fan for his new rig and couldn't be happier. I was shocked at how heavy it was, but these guys are extremely sensitive to fan noise, and he couldn't be happier.

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Old 04-15-2005, 04:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Did you mean 3.0 GHz? That will definitely get pretty hot. A good CPU fan, one suggested by Mephex looks cool. Does your PC case has one or more fan(s)? Add an extra case fan if there is an empty space AND if you have a heavy duty power supply - 400W+.
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Old 04-16-2005, 02:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would recommend you get a heatsink/fan combo that had a copper core wrapped in aluminum or a solid copper heatsink. And one like was recommended above is great for noise reduction. I for one use water cooling. It's just better at keeping stuff cool and it's hard to find a "silent" heatsink and fan combo for an AMD Athlon XP 3200+. Zalman and Cooler Master make some good products. As does Thermaltake, but I have had some of their "silent" fans sound like jet engines.

A word of warning when installing the new heatsink and fan:

1. Clean the thermal paste/goo/tape off of both the old heatsink and processor with q-tips slightly dampened with Isopropyl alcohol (the higher the percentage the better, but plain old rubbing alcohol will work). Make sure it is flat (the PC laying down on it;s side...) as to keep the liquid from dripping over everything.

2. Follow the directions with the heatsink on how much paste to use. The stuff that comes with it should be fine. Since this is a Intel chip, put a thin layer of the paste over the entire metal cover of the CPU. This shouldn't be so thin that you can see through it, but enought to keep you from seeing the metal in most areas. Too much and you'll overheat because the paste isn't able to transfer heat adequately. Too little and it will burn off and fry your CPU. If it was AMD you would only need enough to cover the small die on the CPU itself and a thin layer on the heatsink to fill in any scratches on the surface that will be touching the die itself.

3. If you start to have concerns over whether or not you are capable of doing it, for god's sake find some help. Whether it be a helping hand to show you what to do, a friend that knows about doing this stuff to either do it or help you do it, or hire someone to do it for you.
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Old 04-25-2005, 07:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Did you mean 3.0 GHz? That will definitely get pretty hot. A good CPU fan, one suggested by Mephex looks cool. Does your PC case has one or more fan(s)? Add an extra case fan if there is an empty space AND if you have a heavy duty power supply - 400W+.
Yes, GHz...I have a boatload of fans in the box, all of them are pretty quiet, just the processor fan is painfully loud.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Old 04-25-2005, 09:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i have 2 of these

http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/...x=141&code=009

nice and quiet, as long as you keep the blades clean of dust (clean once a month or so depending on your house)

it keeps my 3500 xp64 below 120 at a full load and my 2700XP below 110 at a full load.

these things are great coolers
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