I potentially have room for 3 more case fans: one on the side panel, one on the bottom of the case in front of the PSU and one more top-rear exhaust.
My cable management is okay and airflow appears to not be very restricted considering there is no easy to hide places for cables in this case. I also recently installed the video card and took the time to blow all the dust out...
So far I really haven't stressed my rig with a high end game because, well, I don't have one yet! But I have been playing Tribes Ascend and APB Reloaded (don't judge! They are F2P!)
Anyways, Tribes has been great but I have noticed my CPU is heating over 70c shortly into a game, but it hasn't crashed. Last night while on ABP for just around an hour, my rig started freezing and crashing. Sound would lock and distort and my screen would freeze. I had to force a restart. I loaded and checked some sensors and it appears that I'm overheating.
Because of this, I have a few questions.
1. I'm not overclocked, shouldn't I be able to just play a game with a stock cooler?
2. Should I remove the stock fan and reapply some new paste?
3.Should I install more case fans? If so, I will need a fan controller because I don't have more places to plug into the mobo.
4.Should I consider an aftermarket heatsink? Seems the consensus is the Hyper 212 Evo is the best bang for buck, and affordability is my friend. Any comparable suggestions are appreciated too.
5.If I upgrade to a better heasink, add a couple fans and a controller, is my PSU adequate? I used a PSU calculator and it appears that I would be fine but I still am very much a novice at this..
Here are some before and after numbers from running a short test with MSI Kombustor
Here is one from playing Tribes Ascend for less than 15 mins...
voltage meter as things started heating up while gaming for a few mins.
I built this PC probably close to a year or so ago and haven't reapplied the paste so I guess I should start with that and see what happens! Thanks for the other helpful links and the fast response too!