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Need info on cooling new system

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Been trying to read up on cooling, hear lots of conflicting info.

New system is 2.8 P4 Northridge(?) - supposed to not be
the higher speed/later version "hot" one.
The heatsink it came with is not curved but straight
fins. Now I read that curved is better? Any recommendations?

I've got an ASUS N6600GT (Geforce 6600 GT) graphics card.
It has a good sized fan & heat sink on it - will that be
OK or do I need something in addition to that?

I was looking for Arctic Silver and I found an online vendor
Casecooler.com where I found all kinds of things I wasn't aware of,
like hard drive coolers - undermount fans, drivebay fan assemblies,
heat pipes - where to start!?

I've got 3 drives - all 7200 rpm. One 250g SATA, one 120g SATA,
one 120g IDE. I've separated them as best I could in the case,
but 2 of them end up in adjacent bays
(one above the other). Looking around, I find lots of
statements that coolers are needed for these drives.
Any recommendations?

I've also got a DVD+RW drive and floppy in the case,
so have 3 ribbon cables. Have read there might be
alternative wire type cables to replace the ribbon cables?
Any truth to that, and if so - lead me to them please?
If nothing else, some SHORTER ribbon cables would help
reduce the airflow-blocking clutter.

I've got two 512 dual sided RAM. I saw little heat sinks
that attach to each chip on RAM. Good idea, or overkill?

Also now sounds like I need some more case fans - have
one in the top to suck out, and only other one is in the
side across from the center of the board (haven't fired
them up yet, don't know if that's a blower or a sucker,
would assume blower). There is a large grille in the back,
but no other fans (other than in the power supply which
is in the top rear of the case)

I've got a 450W power supply, so should have at least
adequate power available.

I don't game, but intend to do video rendering onto DVDs.

Really appreciate any recommendations.

In summary:
1) Existing oem fan/heat sink on ASUS Graphics card OK?

2) Need heat sinks on the RAM?

3) Need curved type heat sink & what's a good fan
for the P4?

4) What's best for the hard drives - under-mount fans,
bay type fan systems, heat pipes? Some recommendations?

5) How many more & where should I mount case fans?
And recommendations?

I've already spent too much on this system (what's new huh?)
and am not looking to go overboard on this and keep cost reasonable.

Thanks much!!!

Edited by macx, 21 October 2005 - 11:39 PM.

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