hey all, got a problem here and i need a hand.
My CPU fan is slowly dying, and im super strapped for cash, i can spend around 30 USD tops to fix the issue. It is a Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (2.2 Ghz) i'm not overclocking, i can't with a stock HP/Compaq motherboard.
i have 3 possible options here at the moment (as i see it):
1. get a 70mm fan, put it on and call it good. (meh)
2. get a fan adapter (70mm to Xmm) and a new fan, put it on.
3. get a new HSF entirely, which i would probably want to replace the fan(s) on also, but haven't decided on that, might keep the stock fan. it really depends on which HSF i pick and the fan that comes with it.
ok so number 1 is meh because i cant seem to find a decent, reputable fan company in the size i need (70mm). i would reeaaalllyy like a Noctua fan, and they dont make a 70mm from what i've seen. I am open to suggestions on this however.
number 2.. well this is where i lose myself. basically i'm wondering, since i would use the adapter (if i got it) on a CPU heat sink, would there be aerodynamic problems that might, say, raise my CPU temps overall, or basically impede overall performance? and in this case, would the fan being set to either push/pull matter?
if i can in the near future i will experiment with this...
number 3, well, i'm open to suggestions on as well, i have done some browsing around. i need to find out how much space i have in my case, which is a cooler master wave master. I also just need to research it more in general.
so i'm trying figure out which of these options is the best. i don't care about difficulty either. i'm also going to be using Folding@home again soon, so i need to be able to keep the CPU relatively cold for long periods of time, which is why im considering a new HSF in the first place
to give you an idea of temps right now, i have google chrome open with 4 tabs, CPUID Hardware monitor (fan dying, need to see speeds :P) rainmeter, ATi catalyst, and avast! free. all that is using ~15-25% of CPU, ~46% of ram, and im hovering around 30 to 35 degrees Celsius on CPU temp. if you want to see full hardware temps, if that matters, let me know and i will post a pic with CPUID.
~thanks in advance, and sorry for the mouthful, i'm a detail oriented person