Hi all, this is my first post here. It looks like a nice forum indeed.
Anyways, I just built my first system. I have a 3.2 GHz P4 northwood with the stock fan, this
case, and this
power supply. For those who don't want to look, it's a Maxtop case with one exhaust and one...other kind of fan. The power supply is an Allied 500 watt. In my past experience, and from initial snooping around, the main source of noise seems to be my heatsink. This P4 uses the following heatsink design: P4 3.2 heatsink
and is, at least in my case, quite loud. I'm a bit at a loss now for what to do, so any suggestions would help. This thing is really too loud for me to listen to music with comfortably, and is just a general pain in the toosh to deal with.
One other question: My computer desk, specifically the hutch, restricts the airflow in the back a bit. I'm considering drilling a hole to improve the airflow. When I give the power supply fan about two inches of space, the air being put out is not too warm, but it still worries me. Would cutting a hole be appropriate in this situation?