No worries. Technology aside, it's one of the few things that still bugs me about AMD. Say that I want a very quiet PC. (Which I personally do and am working on.) With Intel I can build my own system, use an ultra-quiet high-end air HSF, and still have a retail warranty. Even though AMD has cooler CPUs that this would work even better for, they have a CPU warranty restriction that prevents me from going that route. :\ Goofy, no? AMD still needs to work on a few things.I knew it was the case for AMD CPU's, I just made the assumption that the same was true for the P4's. My bad.
THG's and various people's personal experiences all point to Intel's stock TIM being pretty top-notch stuff. I'm currently using it. I'll probably switch to AS when I upgrade my heatsink. It's downright simple to use too. I wonder if one could just buy a sheet of Intel's stock TIM...Tom's showed in their testing that the stock thermal interface material is SUPERIOR to most paste, even ASIII can't equal it until after the ASIII breakin period. So you're on the right track leaving the original stuff on there.
It depends entirely on the fans that you use. High RPM fans make noise. Low RPM fans don't. The advantage of 120mm fans is that at low RPMs (and thus low noise) they move a lot more air than 80mm fans at the same noise level.Caution! My last XOXIDE case (Batman) has two 120mm fans and the damn thing is TOO LOUD. The latest X-Infinity has 4 - 80mm fans and is fairly quiet. Weird!
Personally, I'm looking at upgrading to reduce the noise produced so that I can hear my games better, leave my PC running without realizing it, etc. Silence is golden. I may even try undervolting my CPU some time ... that is, if I don't OC it first. :Owhy would u upgrade them? you people waste so much god damn money on fans and power supplies its unbelievable.
yea, i built my pc for silence. and its undervolted so i can run my fans lowerSilence is golden. I may even try undervolting my CPU some time ... that is, if I don't OC it first. :O