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Do I need a new case?

I recently built a computer with the following specs:

GTX 560 ti
Intel Core i5 2500k
850 watt power supply
a stock case

the problem is i don't know if i need a new case since this was one only has an 80 mm side fan. the case is all nice with its LEDs but do i need a better one so as to cool every component down and take full advantage of it? I mean i won't be overclocking but does it affect the life of the components too? There is one choice that has a nice 120mm fan on the front, 220mm side fan and a final 120mm rear fan and it costs $100 dollars (without PSU).

My card runs at 44 °C at regular using.
My CPU at 42 °C also at regular using.

Also would this case be compatible with future technologies in 2-3 years time? 2 years is the time that I estimate the computer will last before the most of the components becoming obsolete, but i would really like to keep the case.
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  1. i wouldnt worry bout the side fan, im running an old ATX case with a 60mm side fan... when you got those temps had you put any load on your system... coz it can take it a while to cool back down... for example, when i turn my pc on for the first time in a few hours, dont put any load on it for a while, i will get readings of 32C or so... but when i put it under stress, it will settle back down at ~40C
  2. What's the model of the case? I guess it doesn't have room to stick another fan in? You could drill it out or something :P

    You can get a decent case for $50. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060
  3. kajabla said:
    What's the model of the case? I guess it doesn't have room to stick another fan in? You could drill it out or something :P

    You can get a decent case for $50. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060


    I was thinking of drilling a hole using a dremmel tool but I think that's too risky and I could end up with a hole that looks bad. :(

    I live in Mexico and well let's just say we haven't got much to choose from since all the good brands go up in price and also there isn't as much variety as in the US. I've also logged some temperatures from a gaming session and it looks like the CPU and the GPU go up to temperatures of about 70°C! I probably will have to ask if they are safe in another post.
  4. Add moar fans!
  5. It's OK for a GPU to go to 70, but the CPU should be lower.
  6. kajabla said:
    It's OK for a GPU to go to 70, but the CPU should be lower.


    Thanks for the info.

    Anonymous said:
    Add moar fans!


    Yeah but I can only add one 80mm REAR fan to suck the air out and I don't know how much a difference that would make, and if it does make one, you think it can lower the temperature below 70°C?

    The temperature will rise by A LOT in the summer so the CPU temperature might rise by 10-20°C.
    :bounce:

    EDIT: Oh and by the way the brand here is Acteck (not Antec).
  7. Anything'll help. Can you get your hands on the Challenger?
  8. kajabla said:
    Anything'll help. Can you get your hands on the Challenger?


    No, I've checked where I usually get them but here are some cases that I can get my hands on, could you tell me if they're any good from your point of view? :D

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133076&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Cases+%28Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form%29-_-Thermaltake-_-11133076

    http://www.buy.com/pr/product.aspx?sku=221325414&sellerid=34686737

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119241&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Cases+%28Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form%29-_-Cooler+Master-_-11119241

    http://www.pcel.com/mp/74893.html

    The last one is all in Spanish so I doubt you'll be able to understand it but the specs are basically:
    1 120mm rear fan,
    1 120mm front fan,
    1 220mm side fan.
    But it costs $100 dollars. It's a good brand, I'm guessing they're just starting out because it's relatively cheap compared to some cases that just are too expensive. I'm going to sleep so I'll check for any answers in the morning.

    Peace! :hello:
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    Hey, a couple years of high school Spanish here. I'll understand most things written down.

    The Cooler Master and the Pixxo would both be good. The latter is quite expensive, though. I'd get the CM and two or three additional fans, or the Pixxo if you like its look.
  10. kajabla said:
    Hey, a couple years of high school Spanish here. I'll understand most things written down.

    The Cooler Master and the Pixxo would both be good. The latter is quite expensive, though. I'd get the CM and two or three additional fans, or the Pixxo if you like its look.


    Yeah I was leaning towards the Pixxo for its fancy design, I'll probably go for the Cooler Master since it's cheaper and I could use the money left over for the extra fans or a new heatsink. Thanks for all the help!

    :D :D :D :D :D
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