Recently, I put a quard core AMD and a HD 6850 into my super old AMD K7 style chassis. It has one 80mm fan in front and a 60mm fan at the fan, near where the CPU is. (its loud as hell now with all these fans and the CM PSU)
The chassis is a mid tower that can hold mobos with 6 PCI slot and the power supply is at the top.
My problem is that the PC gets really warm after 1 or 2 hours of web surfing and if I play games, you can even feel the hot air blowing at your legs when standing 10cm behind the PC. However, so far 2 full days of gaming produced no crashes or error.
I read that newer chassis are better for cooling, will I benefit by switching? I would only do so if it do help the air flow by A LOT (like preventing the chassis itself from getting very warm), as my parents are not very keen of me playing around with the PC (student here ) and I just used up my little budget on the 6850.
Ah...I would love to get that TT casing, but I just checked and my local suppliers do not sell Tt products anymore, probably because their bad reputation over the years....
Anyway, do you guys recommend me to go with PC casings with fans mounted on the top? If it helps cooling considerable then I would go with it, because I saw a decent case with 2 12cms fans, one infront and one behind.
If those fans do help, then I guess I would go with CM elite 370
take the side off, get a dremel, cut a hole the same diameter as a quiet 120mm fan, 4 screw holes and set it up to exhaust, cost you a couple of ££ and you can add as many you need, hell, you could even do it the top of the case.
having fans at the top is definitely a plus!!! remember warm air rises up so even if you have a rear fan there will be latent warm air at the top which should be exhausted out... if you are having more than 1 fan at the top then position the coolers exhaust facing the top so it intakes cool air from the bottom and exhausts towards the top fans...
CM Elite 370 is a good choice... for $50 TT V3 would have been great but since its not available to you i would suggest Silverstone Precision for $40 and 2-3 extra fans for $20-30... both precision and elite 370 have the same number of fans bays but precision looks cooler and is more solid...
Just posting back to let anyone interested know, i bought the CM elite 370 case. Nice case, but the down side is that it comes with only 1 fan at the back, I think it should provide 2 instead.
Anyway, my case is really cool now, it's much quieter (PSU fan doesnt spin up that often and the 12CM fan that comes with the case is quiet) compared to my old case. So buying a well ventilated case helps cooling by A LOT, so it's worth the money.