AMD Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core CPU + ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard + CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB DDR3 PC1600 RAM + SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 1TB HD - $400 (AR + 8 s/h)
First question is the stock HSF that comes with this CPU good enough until I can afford a decent water cooling solution or should I upgrade it, if I'm not able to replace it with in a couple months. I don't plan on doing any OCing yet if I can help it, can I just turn up the fan to keep the CPU cooler? Like will higher temps decrease the lifespan of my CPU?
If I was to get a HSF, I would get this one from Noctua with an extra fan for the push/pull config. My only concern with this fan or any other fan that has the same configuration would be if it blocks my ram, I've read one review saying that it mite or will. I would just like some confirmation because there doesn't seem to be much HSF that would fit, if it did. I need some confirmation on this would be of great help if anyone knew someone with this same mobo + wide hsf + tall ram. If you know any good HSF alternatives that would help a lot. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The case I currently have is the Thermaltake Xaser III V1000a, I'm a little concerned on how hot my room gets with a ceiling fan at high and window open. Does the room temperature greatly affect the air going into the case, if so should I try to cool down my room? Sometimes my room gets really hot for being so small and little airflow from the outside. The ceiling fan stays at max speed but still doesn't cool down my room enough.
I have an Allied 450w switching PSU, it's really old but worked out. I just plan on using that for now is there any risk in using it after it's aged a few years? I know I'll need more power once I get a GPU, this is only temporary. I plan on getting the corsair 750w PSU, any other suggestions is welcome. The reason I want 750 is so that I can do crossfire in the future. They seem to be the most reliable PSU as far as reviews go and stability. I was also recommended the OCZ stealth-stream modular, but it seems the Corsair is better.
I've decided if I was to get a new case it would be the HAF 932. Should I upgrade the Xaser III, I know it's older but it still seems to be decent as far as air flow and room goes.
Last thing I'll get is a new GPU, right now I have a really old 7600 gt. Plays CSS/L2 and other high end games with lowest settings.
XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail