I am new to this site and used to really be into all the computer upgrades but haven't done any research for about four years( I know that's a long time) and am looking to cool my pc I have been using for about five years. It still does the job it is just very hot. On ASUS Probe II it is running at 43 - 50 degrees C for CPU and 39 - 45 for the MB. On HWMonitor it is running at 50+ on all four cores and the graphics are at 51 -53 degrees. Assembly is 40 and SYSTIN is 39, CPUTIN is 42 and AUXTIN fluctuates from 3- 60. I have read that some of these readings are inaccurate. I am thinking a new case with some high quality fans will do the trick.
The PC is
Mobo - ASUS P5K SE
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 at 2.4ghz ( Thinking of overclocking if I can get the temps down)
GPU - NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT (Definitely needs upgraded any suggestions would be helpful)
RAM - 6 gigs I'm 90% sure its DDR2
The case is currently a big ugly box with some small holes on the front with an intake fan and then the back has a single small fan and the CPU has its fan and funnel out the side.
Looking for any suggestions don't want to spend much more than 125 on cooling but would consider up to 200 if it is a good deal that can support and would be worth using for a complete rebuild in the future.
I like newegg and amazon's prices but I can't get them to ship to Canada so if anyone knows a good site please let me know.
Thanks those sites are very helpful.
As for the case do you think a mid tower will be fine or should I pay the extra for a full sized? And would the stock fans be fine or should I swap them with another fan such as a scythe fan?
I've personally only used Antec or Coolermaster cases due to high quality build construction and very good included fans.= plus excellent customer support.
So it's obvious you like an led gamer style,i have 3 cases windowed and led fans.
I like that Antec ICE case = 3yr warranty and 4 fans included.
I'm not sure about AZZA being on the same level as Antec quality wise.
The price is good though.
Yeah i've never found a mid-tower to be undersized=plenty of room.
Yep your board is an ATX.
Yep the HAF series is very good,just be aware they don't have filtered fan intakes(dust).
Apevia is junk imo.
My main case is the Antec 902 = excellent btw.
And the 212+ or EVO heatsink are excellent choices.
Fan controllers aren't really required on cases with high quality fans = Antec/CM
I read that the HAF 922 has the air filters only on the front, does anyone know if this is true? No air filters could be a problem because I do have a large dog as well as a fair amount of dust because my PC is in the basement.
As well would it be worth spending the extra sixty dollars for the Antec 902? I do like the look of it better but heard it is more difficult for cable management?
I do plan on keeping this case and gradually rebuilding my PC. I plan on overclocking the q6600 to 3.0 or 3.2 depending on what temperatures I can get with the new heatsink and case. Hopefully swapping the graphics next (summertime) and eventually the PCU and Mobo in about a year or more.
When i looked for a case i was originally going to buy a 922.
No it doesn't have any filters.
I shopped in person and right beside the 922 was a 902(what i bought).
The 902 has good cable management and great(quiet cooling)and solid build construction.
Do some comparison check-outs to determine shipping fees.
Remember NCIX and CC pricematch.
CC pricematch takes shipping fees into the pricematch),NCIX doesn't.
Here's some links for the 902(note there's two versions the original 902 and v3)
v3 has mobo cut-out and usb 3.0 pass through=not much difference really
Nine Hundred II V3 http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233007/NINE%20HUNDRED...
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237385/RR-212E-20PK-R...
Coolermaster Haf 922 http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC5964&v...
Corsair makes some really good cases = worth checking out imo.
I am going to Canada Computers in Whitby on Friday as it is only a half hour drive.
I'm liking the 902 V3 especially for the cutout, the USB 3.0 I am not too worried about as in the future I plan on adding a card reader or temp/ Fan control, a lot of options have USB 3.0 so that isn't a problem. Do you have the V3 version or the original? How many bays are exposed on the 902 with 2 x 120mm fans on the front?