9 months ago
preface: it's a project pc. Not meaning to use it for anything major, let alone a daily driver.
System in question is a Pentium D 965 (3.73ghz stock, 130w rated TDP, 1066 FSB), on an Asus P5WD2-E Premium motherboard. Per the notes from the person that sent it my way, it had no problem handling a 4GHz clock. I was able to verify as much, able to just up the multiplier accordingly without even needing any added voltage. That said, the system used to be in Idaho. I'm in Arizona. And the cooler it comes with, seems inadequate for the warmer weather. Even now with as cool as it gets at night, the system was around the 70s C in the BIOS.
Thing is, it's presently space constrained inside of a Corsair Spec Alpha case. As it presently is, routing cables or even screwing the motherboard in place becomes crazy difficult. At least, it is lga 775 instead of socket 478, which lets me still have a choice in coolers.
But what can i get in such a space constrained sitjation, that would keep the thing's temps under control? I wasn't exactly inspired with confidence seeing some of the physically smaller coolers at Frys electronics locally, and seems like almost anything worth its salr would require replacing the case, too. I could use some ideas...