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Noisy heatsink/CPU fan

I have an Asus P5GD1 motherboard w/ a Intel 915P HT Express Chipset, Intel P4 HT with 3.2GHz, 1GB of DDR RAM, 200 GB S-ATA 7200rpm 8MB Hard Drive,ATX Med Tower Case with 400W power, LiteOn
16X Double Layer DVD +/- RW, Asus PCI Exp Powered by ATI X300 w/126MB, and im running Windows XP Home Edition. I am also running two displays one LCD (as primary) the other CRT.
My CPU fan/heatsink is the one that came with the CPU and is making a lot of noise and working at 100% all the time (according to Speedfan). I only have the heatsink and a side fan in my case.

Should I:
A)Get a new heatsink fan and replace the one that is in there for my first time ever.

B)Get a 80mm fan for the front of my case to bring in air and a 120mm fan for the back exhast.

C)Something else

D)All of the above

The excessive noise is really getting to me. Thanks for any help!

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CPU Fan Nosie

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All fans are noisy. If you have the PC in a non-carpeted room or if there is a screeching noise, then you have a fan problem and it needs to be replaced. A loud humm is okay specially in a carpeted environment. Having extract exhaust fans in the case is also good for a 3.2G.. If in doubt use option D! if the cooling system on a 3.2 is not a-ok then you CPU goes kaput!


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cooling a Prescott CPU

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I probably would replace the stock CPU heatsink with a model that can accommodate a quieter 90-120mm fan. Lots of reviews out there.

Use as few fans as necessary.
Use largest fans that fit (usually 120mm).
Use a good PSU with one 120mm fan.
Purchase fans with a good combination of high cfm and low db ratings.

With a good case, you should be able to get away with 3 large fans: exhaust, CPU heatsink, PSU. (Plus whatever fans your motherboard chipset(s) and video card(S) have.) If you think you need an intake fan add one for a total of 4.

Google: quiet computers

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Fix then upgrade

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Fix the noisy fan 1st then proceed to upgrade any other fan(s) as you see fit. Just be sure you can support them and they're able to fit, etc.. make note of the way they're ordinated in order to install in the same way. Some fans have an "-->" arrow pointing to airflow direction other make note of the decal they place on fan blade side, just be aware.

tada -----Willy Happy

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I did D

In reply to: Fix then upgrade

I decided to replace the heatsink with another Intel one. Then I moved the side fan to the front as an intake fan and bought a regular 80 mm fan for the back as the exhast. Thanks for all your help. I can't even hear my computer anymore. Happy

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