Case or Cooler!?

I have recently acquired some money for a small upgrade on my pc. I am trying to choose between a new case (an NZXT m59), or a cooler so I could overclock my cpu and just pimp my case at home :D . Which would you guys advise and also what cooler should I get for under £50 preferably water? I like to use this site ebuyer.com and amazon but if anyone knows any UK places cheaper I would be grateful.
Phenom II x6 1055t
powercolor 6850
4gb ddr3 Corsair 1333
Asus m5a78l-m lx

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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  1. One thing I forgot to add, the motherboard supports up to 95w CPU's and the 1055t is a 95w edition. Does this limit my overclocking ability at all.
    450w PSU
  2. \exactly what brand and model of PSU are you using.

    What case do you have now ?
  3. my PSU=Antec 450W PSU - 120mm Fan VP450 4x SATA 1x PCI-E
    Case is here=http://www.ebuyer.com/251827-xenta-black-mid-tower-case-pw6802
  4. You wont get water for fifty quid man, but when I get home in the morning I'll throw you some links and sites
    Moto
  5. Does this limit my overclocking ability at all.
  6. May. The optimim OC solution involves reaching core speed limits before you reach voltage or thermal limits. Good CPU cooling helps. So does good airflow through the case.

    Anything else is a compromise.
  7. My cases airflow is decent. I get stock cooled temps of about 24C anad under load never seen it go above 60.
  8. http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/
    http://www.dabs.com/
    http://www.scan.co.uk/
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/home.html
    http://www.box.co.uk/
    http://www.aria.co.uk/

    Are a few I use and trust, and scan have a few H series coolers around the £50 mark, The H60 is probably your closest there
    http://www.scan.co.uk/search.aspx?q=corsair+h
    Although I prefer to say get real watercooling, I did at least provide a link for the alternative :)
    Moto
  9. Blorp Kola said:
    My cases airflow is decent. I get stock cooled temps of about 24C anad under load never seen it go above 60.

    You are not far from the upper thermal limit now.
  10. Thanks for the quick replies. What do you mean by "real watercooling", and is that alot more expensive?
  11. By real watercooling I mean assembling a loop from components, or a kit such as the XSPC Rasa series,
    the self-contained (L.C.S.) solutions like the ALC Coolits and Corsairs H series are sealed units that require little planning, installation and zero maintenance

    and yes, 'real' water is a hobby all its own, with the associated expenses,
    with starter kits around £120, its a journey into wallet-emptying madness, but like a lot of things, bloody addictive too :P

    Check out a thread over in watercooling if you haven't already, its kind of a 'Real' vs L.C.S. ongoing debate, but often digresses :)
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/270566-11-discussion-thread-watercooling-closed-loop-coolers
    Moto
  12. Motopsychojdn said:
    By real watercooling I mean assembling a loop from components, or a kit such as the XSPC Rasa series,
    the self-contained (L.C.S.) solutions like the ALC Coolits and Corsairs H series are sealed units that require little planning, installation and zero maintenance

    and yes, 'real' water is a hobby all its own, with the associated expenses,
    with starter kits around £120, its a journey into wallet-emptying madness, but like a lot of things, bloody addictive too :P

    Check out a thread over in watercooling if you haven't already, its kind of a 'Real' vs L.C.S. ongoing debate, but often digresses :)
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/270566-11-discussion-thread-watercooling-closed-loop-coolers
    Moto

    I feel so bad I ordered an h80 over the rasa kit lol
  13. Blorp Kola said:
    I have recently acquired some money for a small upgrade on my pc. I am trying to choose between a new case (an NZXT m59), or a cooler so I could overclock my cpu and just pimp my case at home :D . Which would you guys advise and also what cooler should I get for under £50 preferably water? I like to use this site ebuyer.com and amazon but if anyone knows any UK places cheaper I would be grateful.
    Phenom II x6 1055t
    powercolor 6850
    4gb ddr3 Corsair 1333
    Asus m5a78l-m lx

    Thanks in advance for any advice.


    If i was you i would upgrade both my case and my CPU cooler even a cheap aftermarket cooler will benefit you greatly and allow you to OC your CPU.

    Save a few extra quid and get these..


    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-hyper-212-evo-4-heat-pipes-direct-contact-with-120mm-quiet-fan-lga775-1155-1156-1366-am


    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-300-three-hundred-black-mid-tower-ultimate-gaming-case-w-o-psu-(new-version)
  14. The case you posted uther looks very much like my current case so I porbably am not going to upgrade my case.
    This real watercooling business is a bit pricey for me as I am only 15 and don't exaxtly have a full wallet. I will look into getting this hyper 212 evo cooler. With my current setup how far will I be able to overclock?
  15. Blorp Kola said:
    I have recently acquired some money for a small upgrade on my pc. I am trying to choose between a new case (an NZXT m59), or a cooler so I could overclock my cpu and just pimp my case at home :D . Which would you guys advise and also what cooler should I get for under £50 preferably water? I like to use this site ebuyer.com and amazon but if anyone knows any UK places cheaper I would be grateful.
    Phenom II x6 1055t
    powercolor 6850
    4gb ddr3 Corsair 1333
    Asus m5a78l-m lx

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
  16. Erm were you supposed to say something demonboyz XD
  17. Blorp Kola said:
    The case you posted uther looks very much like my current case so I porbably am not going to upgrade my case.
    This real watercooling business is a bit pricey for me as I am only 15 and don't exaxtly have a full wallet. I will look into getting this hyper 212 evo cooler. With my current setup how far will I be able to overclock?



    Is this your current case ?


    If it is then i can tell you the Antec is far superior in every way including cooling which is what you require the most to have a healthy OC.
  18. http://www.ebuyer.com/251827-xenta-black-mid-tower-case-pw6802
    This is my case, it is now discontinued. I was considering picking up a 120mm Hole drill bit and cutting another fan hole in the top of the case. Do you reckon that would work?
  19. For best results you want to cut holes in top and bottom for a bottom to top air flow like a chimney, this is what i have done with a cheap case.

    Top fan


    Bottom Fans



    Adding draw handles to the bottom of case to give clearance for ait intake to bottom fans, be sure to filter all intake fans.
  20. More pictures to give you an idea of how it works



    http://i536.photobucket.com/albums/ff324/Thruxton/IMAG0127.jpg



  21. Its amazing what you can do with a cutting tool, some 120mm fans and dust filters.
  22. Wow you've got a lot of fans in that case there. I assume you can buy fan filters on the internet. What fans are these and also where can I get one of those funky light bar things. Also a bit of a embarrassing question, how do you know which way to screw on a fan to make sure it is intake/out take?
  23. Did you paint it? Also where can I get hold of a cutting tool the same as your?
  24. Oh and the fan has arrows on the side of the housing to show direction of air flow.
  25. A dremel? I was thinking of using a drill like thishttp://www.cksinfo.com/clipart/construction/tools/drills/electric-drill.png
    with a bit like this
    http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT3nmgcuPDBEBl692a0cJRkIWVIM_7JSJ4PYsNX7PvUSXdy5kC3HJoxWN7J
    Oh and thanks for the fan info. Can't believe I never noticed that!
  26. Yes that will work on thin steel or aluminium, make sure its 120mm
  27. Ok thanks for the advice. Do you know how far I would be able to OC with a 212 evo?
  28. Blorp Kola said:
    Wow you've got a lot of fans in that case there. I assume you can buy fan filters on the internet. What fans are these and also where can I get one of those funky light bar things. Also a bit of a embarrassing question, how do you know which way to screw on a fan to make sure it is intake/out take?


    Those lightbars on the front come on the case, although you can rip them off and makesomething else yourself as I did







    Its pretty much the exact same case as Uther used btw, just modded differently which is the whole point )
    You make it what you want and need, and then put a sword through it Hehe


    DREMEL! Best toy ever, second only to an angle grinder, leatherman and a roll of duct tape (which is one item in my mind :P)
    @Amuffin, don't feel bad man, the route you chose was the most suitable one for you, as above, I'll advise them, (even if i don't personally like them) if its what is best for that particular build and builder :)

    @Uther
    good to see you again man, been quiet, H.N.Y. to you and yours mate


    Moto
  29. That ace and sword setup is pretty awesome :p
  30. Ever had a bsod and wanted to hit/kick your Pc?
    well I have those next to my desk so after a chat with a mate I made that just for fun, modded a spare roof I had
    Moto
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