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jus.need.help
06-01-2005, 07:24 PM
i have an AMD 3200+ with the standard HSF & 3 other case fans..
i have a Gigabyte GA-7S748 MoBo

i wanna kno wat wud be the cheapest & best cooling idea for my comp like the best HSF for my chip but not too dear

thnx

noone
06-01-2005, 07:56 PM
the thermaltake volcano 9 is a good heatsink for your buck ( $45 from ascent )

Pete O'Neil
07-01-2005, 05:21 AM
The thermaltake Volcano series are a pile of crap, many of them are over weight and far too big and offer poor cooling capabilities for their size.

Is your PC overheating? Do you wish to overclock? Upgrading the HSF for the sake of upgrading is stupid, if you dont want to overclock and the CPU isnt overheating then theres no reason to spend money on more cooling. Perhaps you could provide a lil more infomation on your situation?

whetu
07-01-2005, 01:03 PM
Agree completely with Pete here. The main problems with the volcano series are poor quality build and very weak clips that do not provide sufficient downwards force.

And expecting "cheap and good" is absurd. If you want better cooling, expect to pay for it, because you'll find that a lot of "good and cheap" miracle hsf's perform no better, or even worse than the stock one.

When you want to get serious about aircooling, look at the likes of Alpha, Swiftech, Zalman or this irresistable ditty (http://forums.overclockers.co.nz/showthread.php?s=&threadid=17692)

noone
07-01-2005, 01:38 PM
^and how mcuh will that heatsink weight , more then 300grams. Are there any good heatsinks that are below the weight requirments

jus.need.help
07-01-2005, 02:53 PM
i want another HSF because my 3200+ was reching temps of 67.. idling.. so i have a 30cm floor fan into the case & it not wits at 48.. so i wanna get a better HSF so i dont need the 30cm fan

noone
07-01-2005, 02:55 PM
67degs qualifies for a new heatsink , i seem to max out at 55deg ( amd xp 2800 ) , but thats with my old stock.

tweak'e
07-01-2005, 02:57 PM
i want another HSF because my 3200+ was reching temps of 67.. idling.. so i have a 30cm floor fan into the case & it not wits at 48.. so i wanna get a better HSF so i dont need the 30cm fan
it sounds like your problem is the case not the hsf. there is no point having a good hsf if the case airflow is crappy.

Prescott
07-01-2005, 05:27 PM
grab a few bigger case fans to get more cool air flowing through the case

noone
07-01-2005, 07:37 PM
water cooling !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Prescott
07-01-2005, 07:45 PM
water cooling, hhmm, expensive if done right, expensive if done wrong,

JJJJJ
07-01-2005, 07:50 PM
Well, today I installed an Athlon 64 3200 in an Asus board. Just the standard heat sink and PSU fan. And it doesn't need any more. I have a hole in my case for another fan , but I'm in no hurry to fit one.
My temp has settled on about 35 degrees, which is fine with me.
So I would say save your money.
Jack

noone
07-01-2005, 07:54 PM
have you tried to put the heatsink back in with better heatsink compound , this is a simple cheap solution and can have reduce your temp by a lot

PaulD
07-01-2005, 09:09 PM
Don't expect much just from HS compound. With air cooling the answers are surface area ( adds weight, waste of time looking for a decent HS under 300gms) or airflow (adds noise, most "silent" fans sacrifice air flow).

First check that your MB doesn't have a rep fror misreporting temps. Many bios updates have changes to the temp reporting.