Well I am going to bring this thread back up coz I need some help. This project is still definitely unfinished: the CPU fan and hard drive still make too much noise so I would like to deal with these in one go. The picture below should give some idea of what I am talking about.
So its pretty rubbish (good ol' paint) but hopefully it shows what I mean.
What I want to do is mount the hard drive right at the top of that space (it just fits, as long as I can get all the cables in) with the circuit board pointing downwards, exposed. Then with a new (maybe) heatsink, low speed fan and the temp-controlled 120mm on exhaust keep all this stuff cool. It will be ducted up so that the air is forced to enter through the heat sink, to help cool the memory and capacitors dotted around.
Now to my question: what to use for a heatsink and fan? i have considered the Scythe Ninja Mini when it is available here, but its fan points sideways and I really need the air going up, past the hard drive and out of the case. So I can get a CNPS7000B AlCu for around the right sort of price ($NZ58) but it seems to be a pre-AM2 design, is AM2 CPU retention different to the old S939 and S940 sockets?
Any other ideas on a decent compatible cooler in that price range? Or maybe the standard cooler will do, with the duct and quieter fan? I should note I don't need the CPU (a 65W model) any cooler, just less noise. Thats the point of the duct, enclosing the hard drive should reduce the seek noise I hear.