After much deliberation I finally shelled out for a new fan and new hard drive.
Fan wise, I bought the Gigabyte G-Power Pro (link) which is now running like a dream with a fan control knob on the front of my computer out of a 3.5inch drive bay. The heat plate and heatsink is connected by heatpipes that run round the side of the heatsink. Essentially the heatsink is hovering about an inch above the base. It’s dropped my core temperature down to about 40 whereas it was almost 75 before and destroying my computer. Oh well, it’s what you get for buying a Prescott processor and using their fan. I didn’t realise they’ve got a bad reputation when I bought it.
To accompany my 80gb Seagate Barracuda, I’ve bought a 250gb Seagate Barracuda. I’m now running 5 partitions. 2 ext3 ones, one with my media on, and one with my Ubuntu install on. The other two are fat32 and nfts, for my music and Windows installation (gaming) respectively. Each of these partitions carries about 80gb of space. Of course the 5th is simply my Linux swap partition.
I’m so pleased to have a clean install of both OS’s and to be able to do my tasks without having to deal with my computer reseting at random intervals. Hopefully this fan will outlast my processor and cause me no problems itself.