Hey guys, I recently made up a new rig for myself...and realized that the AMD heatsink-fan (cooling a Phenom) is.....inadequate.
I tried a Thermaltake fan that a salvaged from my older PC...but didn't work too well probably because most of the thermal grease wore off and I don't have access to PWM control.
I just want opinions for a new one that is below $45 (USD).
As for the second part mentioned in the title, I might want to get a new VGA cooler.
My 4870 (purchased not too long after they came out) is running hotter than I would like it to. 60-65C is a bit high for IDLE. I have adjusted the fan speeds but, I cant go too high otherwise I cant hear anything coming out of the speakers cause of how loud the thing is. Most of the problem may be from the "Factory Standard" cooling solution.
Any other ideas?
I would recommend this for your CPU if you have room for it (its pretty tall):
I use it on the system in my sig, even with my CPU overclocked to 4.3Ghz my temps never leave the high 50's under load.
apollo: I would recommend that one to him also, but the downside is that it will block the ram sockets on the motherboard which is why I suggested the other one.
It depends on what board he has.
It didn't block the ram slots on my ASUS AM2+ board, and it doesn't block them on my Gigabyte P45 either.
I rather the Thermaltake Big Typhoon. It does a better job then that Xigmatek, At load, my 4.10Ghz E8400 never leaves 40C, 25-30C at idle. (Load being any game, or even IntelBurnTest)
I have the big typhoon on my other rig and it does not perform anywhere close to a xigmatek at load. Then when you bring high heat loads into the equation (more voltage, quads) the big typhoon just cant keep up. It was a great cooler when core2's just came out but it cant keep up with newer stuff.
Oh yeah! How could I forget!
Do they ( the CPU & VGA coolers listed above) come with thermal already on it?
If not, what do you people recommend?
no. I would suggest you buy some OCZ freeze, artic silver 5, or zerotherm zf1000. Any one of those pastes will be good.