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What would be the best order of upgrade?

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August 8, 2014 11:45:43 PM

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC 3GB
Case: Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply


I recently upgraded to the 660 from a 650, and got the Sc edition. I know my cpu needs to be upgraded next, along with my psu.

The question I have is this: My case is a pretty cheap one, I don't even remember what I paid for it but I got one of the cheapest I could. I'm going to upgrade my cpu to an AMD fx 6300 soon. Should I invest in a nicer case as well?

Everything I have fits, but it is pretty cramped atm. The real reason I figure I might need a new case is there is so little space it will be hard to remove and re-wire anything when I start putting in a new psu and a new cpu. Might as well just pull it all out and start in a new case.

Should I get the cpu first then, along with a psu? I'm at about 300 watts used right now, and don't think the cpu would put me near my limit, but better safe than sorry (also would like something modular). Is a case something I should definitely be looking at as well?

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August 8, 2014 11:57:46 PM

Here's how I would do things:

First, upgrade the PSU to at least 550W+. That GPU uses quite a lot of power (140W TDP according to Nvidia) and yours is the superclocked edition (factory overclocked), so it might use even more power. Not only will this raise your margin of safety, but it will give you the headroom to overclock your future/existing CPU.

After doing the first, I would upgrade the CPU. The FX-6300 is a good choice. Some might say that the FX-8320/FX-8350 is called for, but it's your choice, all are good. If you have the extra money, why not?

I would put the case as third priority. A case's job is to be a rack that hangs all your components and keeps them from crashing into each other or other things. If doesn't matter if it's pretty or easy to access. Most of the time, you won't even be touching anything on it except for the power button. But yes, a larger case would be nice. I don't know exactly what you'll choose over something that's already a mid-tower though. Perhaps a more radical design (i.e. Corsair's Carbide Air 540) or a full-tower?
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August 9, 2014 12:07:15 AM

For a case upgrade, my biggest concern would be airflow. Preferably, at least, you want an intake towards the bottom and an exhaust towards the top. Most cheap mid-towers just have an exhaust fan in the top rear, but once you get into more mid-range or expensive mids you start seeing more options. Another thing I'd look at the HDD cage(s) on it. If you don't have a ton of drives, you don't need a giant HDD cage clogging up the front half of your case. That's probably the biggest thing in your case making it cramped, based on the case images I've seen for that one.
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August 9, 2014 12:11:58 AM

For you replacing the case first makes more sense. Doing that makes it a lot easier to replace the psu, cpu and maybe new cooler. The best is to replace the case and psu at the same time. You'll only need to completely rewire the pc only once and have better cooling. With a new roomer case replacing anything else is easy.
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August 9, 2014 12:33:00 AM

The case I have doesnt have terrible air flow, but it could definitely have something better. Which is my real issue, as you pointed out. I know mid cases aren't going to have a /ton/ of room, but there are some slightly bigger ones i've seen. I'm torn between a Cooler Master HAF 912(I think?) Or a corsair 200-300. Any thoughts?

I'm still trying to keep it semi-cheap atm, which is what drew me to the 6300. I might go for a more expensive one, depending on my budget at the time.
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August 9, 2014 12:37:35 AM

Both the CM and Corsairs are good case. The CM has slightly better cooling the Corsair is easier to work in.
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