I built a new rig with a AMD 945 quadcore and am using the stock cooling heatsink and fan.
When the CPU come up to temp during most games, I have to put on headphones because the fan is so freaking loud. I have an Antec 900 case that is more mesh than case so there is zero abatement on the noise.
Any suggestions on a quiet fan black that fits an MSI A3 format? THis particular board has the ram right up next to the CPU so I'm a bit space challenged. Most coolers I've seen look like they would interfere.
Zalmann coolers are very nice. They're a bit pricey but they work well. I'm not sure if you're looking for a new cooler or new fans.
Antec makes nice ball-bearing fans that are pretty quiet at full tilt.
I'm open to a new block as most fans/blocks are designed in pairs. I've considered liquid cooling but I'm not up on what maintenance is required. Springing a leak in my computer is a bit outside my comfort zone
I need to do something soon though - i had a splitting headache this mornign that I knew was due to the fan.
I'm a cheap fucker and can't afford water cooling. I aim more for a lot of airflow with multiple fans as opposed to 1 specific fan making it happen.
IMHO the antec 900 is a sweet case. I'd just replace and/or install as many quiet fans as you can, ensuring they blow the right way. Read up on like maximumpc.com...etc which fans are best for CPU, GPU..etc. Chose the best bang for the buck and install. I think the antec 900 case specifically has spots up front for fans, I always utilize those and usually stick in a HDD fan too just to get more front to back air flow. Plus utilize more fans in the rear to get all the airflow you can. My desktop runs fairly cool non-stop and is fairly damned quiet. Just have to be careful.
If you have the bucks go water cooling. I'd still put in some quiet fans all the ambient/other parts that the water cooling blocks don't help.
I won a black edition 965 quad core at quakecon, along with some ram. picked up a motherboard and I'm working on some new brackets to hold my waterblock on, should have it up and running soon, plan on overclocking the piss out of it. If jedi could spare about 200 dollars, we could build him a nice WC setup.