Okay, so this may be Nth time I've brought up my GPU cooling/noise problems, but the difference now is that I'm afraid I may have an actual problem. After paying close attention to how it behaves I have determined that the absurdly loud noise my video card's fan makes has little to do with what I'm doing with the system. It can be quiet at times, but at other times it will randomly start sounding like it's about to blast off. I don't think this has anything to do with work load. It has been loud even after being shut down over night, and it has been quiet even after gaming for several hours.
I got this card for dirt cheap off of eBay... I could have been sitting a warehouse or in someone's system for years for all I know. I'm afraid that the fan is just on it's last legs and needs to be replaced.
This brings me to my question. I need an after-market GPU heatsink and fan. I've never installed one before so any tips would help. I have the conflicting needs for the cooling solution to be both quiet and compact.
I have a shuttle case so the heatsink can't stick out into the next PCI bay or stick out above the card. Most of the solutions I find are huge.
The card is an Axle 6600 512mb. The Iceberq 4 seems like it would fit. It's about the same size and is made of a better material than the stock heatsink, but Vantec's website only recommends Iceberq 4 through the nVidia 5 series.
Zalman used to make a VF100 that may work, but I can't find it being sold anywhere.