Results: wonderful! I spent a whole hour and a half in world with nary a beep. I heard a slight noise from the graphics card fan when I first powered up again that makes me worry a bit, but the noise seems to have gone away. (I'll ask the card maker about a replacement fan in any case.)
Now for a plea that I expect will do no good. (Like I expect motherboard, heat sink, CPU, and graphics card makers to read this blog...)
For heaven's sake, all you above-mentioned people, please hurry up and adopt the Sandia Cooler. It's
- ten times smaller than current coolers
- very quiet
- immune to dust fouling!
OK... I feel better now, both for having written that and having corrected the problem I was having. I'll be in-world more often now. I've missed you.