[mythtv-users] Quiet CPU Cooler Recommendations

Calin Brabandt cbrabandt at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 26 23:30:50 UTC 2007


If you have the space and finances, I recommend the
Zalman Reserator water coolers.  I purchased the
original Reserator 1 when it was first released. 
Zalman has several newer models now.  I placed the
radiator behind my home theater equipment.  My 2.1GHz
400FSB Barton runs reasonably cool at full bore
(~50-55C)--even with water blocks on the north bridge
and ATI Radeon 9800 Pro GPU too.  The nice thing about
the Reserator is it removes nearly all the chip's heat
from the case.

I also invested in a 480W Coolmax fanless power
supply.  I did install two very slow turning fans,
front and rear, in the case, however.  Even very slow
fans lower case temps dramatically, (front fan
pointing in/ rear fan pointing out) but they are

This hardware has been running nearly 24/7 for about
two years with no problems.

Moving a Reserator-equipped computer is a bit of a
pain, however.  I appears they've made it easier with
the quick disconnect fittings.



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