Help deciding on Case/fans

By OnePanda
Oct 7, 2005
  1. Well I'm looking at getting the Abit AW8-MAX 3rd Eye II and a 3ghz 64bit p4. I've heard many people talk about the p4 running around 70 degrees at full load, so I wanted help on deciding what a good case (and fans) I should get for this setup.
    Is it possible for it to idle within 30-40 and run at full under 50 degrees without water cooling?
    Aside from a good case, what's a good heat sink and fan combo for this p4?

    Thanks for the suggestions :D
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    if it was my choice i'd take an a64 system instead, but you can make the choice the way you want. i rccomend than antec P180 (it's pricey but well worth it) becasue of it's great airflow and quietness. for $70 you can pick up a soho file server knockoff (very good-i have one and it is fun to mod) that has stellar airflow as well.

    for a HSF i reccomend a zalman 7x00 series model, make sure your box/mobo can fit one. you should also take a gander at thermaltake's offerings, but don't expect any of 'em to be neraly as quiet of the zalman models. and those temps you mentioned are a bit too low for your high end air cooling.

    make sure your get a P4 6xx series or a pentium-D, because the 5xx/prescott models run very very very hot.
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