I am back from the (japanese) shop!
Thanks to the good advices I got on this forum, I added a case fan ($15), and I slowed down my CPU fan (to make it more silent) using a cable with speed variation ($5).
Now I have my Athlon 2500+ XP idling at 53 degrees when the room is not too hot (23 degrees).
But I have new questions: (pick the ones you like! ;))
- My case is “laying” (on the side) instead of “standing”. Do you think it will affect the cooling a lot?
- Currently, my CPU fan is blowing toward the heat sink. I guess this is the normal way, but how about reversing it? (since my case is laying, the cold air has more chances to be close to the motherboard, so reversing the fan could suck that air up through the heatsink, no? I am aware I might make no sense)
- Do you think that changing my CPU fan (fan only, not heatsink) which is an old CoolerMaster CM12V of 55mm would improve a lot my cooling?
- Is reducing the VCORE a solution to get a cooler CPU? (my current vcore is 1.66V) Is it harmless to check a lower vcore? (except for the possible crashes of the system)
PS: BTW, I was unable to find any of the models that were recommended to me earlier… “this is Japan”… But I appreciate the suggestions anyway since I can read the specs on the Web and then compare with the models I find here.
Thanks a lot!