Not sure if anyone is still watching this thread, but if any of you are out there, I could use some advice. I'm having problems properly cooling the CPU in my X-QPack case.
Asus A8N-VM CSM/NBP
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Stock PSU and case fan
On-board video only.
The Zalman isn't up to the task of keeping my CPU cool under full load. Temp holds somewhat steady at 56C when one core is under full load and the other is just picking up slack (according to SpeedFan's sensors). If I keep both cores at full load for 3-4 minutes, the chip climbs above 60C in less than three minutes.
The room I'm running the computer in stays fairly cool, but there's no way I'd be able to take this computer to a warmer location and expect it to run stable under any load. I figure if I throw a decent video card in here, the machine won't be stable enough even for some light gaming, especially in a typical LAN party environment.
I have not overclocked the CPU at all. So I'm wondering, will moving up to a Zalman 7700 make any real difference, or do I need to be looking for a better solution? Obviously, not much fits in this case in the way of cooling units, and I'm not even sure the position of the proc on this MB will allow for a 7700. I'm worried I'd have to really bend the fins to get the board to slide in and out of the case properly. I don't really want to have to try mounting the 7700 AFTER the board is inserted all the way into the case...