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Should I upgrade a case for better tempratures?

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May 29, 2014 3:30:03 AM

Hello everyone,
I have recently managed to overclock my CPU, yet my tempratures are a bit too high.
I have a good CPU fan, but my case is a simple, office case with terrible air flow.
I am thinking about buying a new one to improve temperatures.

my specs:
CPU: Core i5 - 4670K (currently at stock, but can go up to 4.4 ghz stable)
CPU fan: Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo
Case model unknown

Currently my temps go up to 80C (82C in the main core) while gaming. The cpu fan is running at 100%.
my current case is equipped with 2 80mm fans - one in front and the other in the rear.
I was looking into the Corsair Graphite 230t, and possibly another fan for the CPU cooler.

Bottom line: will such an upgrade be sufficent to keep tempratures of a decent overclock around 70C?
Thank you in advance.

note: I am not sure if this is the right category, but this is the best I could find. I apolgize if I got it wrong

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May 29, 2014 4:03:06 AM

The category is close enough, as you have overclocked.

a case can offer better airflow and result in lower temps, temps will only vary by what airflow you have now and what design on case you would like to have, as design does impact airflow significantly. your current temps do sound quite hot, I would look into the Cooler Master HAF (High Air Flow) series cases, only if you like the look of them I suggest getting one, they are great. A new case should decrease temps if current case has a horrible design and poor ventilation.
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May 29, 2014 4:47:55 AM


I had the HAF in mind, however the Corsair Graphite 230t currently sells at a significantly lower price where I live, so it would probably be my choice if I upgrade. It's not off the table, though.
As for my current case - airflow is very, very bad. the front fan is small (8cm) and airflow is limited to 3 thin stripes alone.
It's mostly blocked, with only a few holes in its side.
The question is how big should the decrease be - I'll need at least about 7C less to make the upgrade worth it's cost, and I'm hoping for at least 10.
Do you think the improvement will be that significant?
Thank you in advance.
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May 29, 2014 5:48:10 AM

I would say that if you ONLY have 2 80mm fans, you DEFINITELY need a new case. This is so, especially if you are overclocking.

The Corsair Graphite 230t should be fine for you IF you make sure you put fans in all 3 fan positions you can in the case. Mid-tower cases need a lot of airflow when over clocking. Another factor is that you will have 3 120mm fans, which will produce over 3 times the air movement (At least) of your existing case.

You should see a SIGNIFICANT difference in temperatures. Adding good airflow into your case is one of the main things you could do to help your temperatures. However, there are too many variables to tell you how much it will be. 10 degrees or more would not surprise me.
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May 29, 2014 6:24:07 AM

Well, that's good to hear. In that case I will upgrade.
Also, I didn't mention it but I am planning to add another 120mm fan to the top mount of the case, so I guess it will do.
Thank you very much for your answers!
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May 29, 2014 9:40:33 PM

Groveling_Wyrm said:
I would say that if you ONLY have 2 80mm fans, you DEFINITELY need a new case. This is so, especially if you are overclocking.

The Corsair Graphite 230t should be fine for you IF you make sure you put fans in all 3 fan positions you can in the case. Mid-tower cases need a lot of airflow when over clocking. Another factor is that you will have 3 120mm fans, which will produce over 3 times the air movement (At least) of your existing case.

You should see a SIGNIFICANT difference in temperatures. Adding good airflow into your case is one of the main things you could do to help your temperatures. However, there are too many variables to tell you how much it will be. 10 degrees or more would not surprise me.


It's not always about fans, it's about design, better design does mean better ventilation, A case with a better design and less cans will outdo a case with a poor design and more fans.
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