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Old 08-01-2014, 05:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, right now my pc is in a cheap no name case that i bought it in, it was a prebuilt pc. Should i look for a new ($50-$70) case or just stick a few fans in this one? It seems like everything would fit.
And if i should replace my case would Zalman Z3 PLUS be any better? I'm open to suggestions about any other case.
I also never replaced a case, since it would be basically building a pc i'm a little bit scared, especially about plugging in a side panel.

Here are some photos of this case with a 360 controller for a size comparison:
http://iv.pl/images/09911017553385871775.jpg
http://iv.pl/images/11448653508842436282.jpg
http://iv.pl/images/53212439966580203829.jpg
http://iv.pl/images/85048149596405103807.jpg
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http://iv.pl/images/68987809543107056226.jpg

And an air flow i imagine it would have after i add the extra fans, marked as purple:
http://iv.pl/images/25480406517145600069.jpg

I'm upgrading this pc right now so here are my current specs:
MSI 770-45c
Modecom Carbon MC530
Phenom II x6 2,8Ghz 1055t
Radeon HD5770 1gb
ADATA 2x2GB 1600
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM

And the parts i'm planning to buy:
Zotac 760 amp
Cooler Master 212 evo
Corsair cx500w modular psu
thermaltake 12 led white fan
arctic f12 fan
fan speed controller (Gembird FSCP-2)
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Replace my case or add a few fans?

you could slap a fan in there but if you want to upgrade the case there are some nice options.

for $10 more u could get this
Amazon.com: Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R Windowed Computer Case (CC-9011017-WW): Computers & Accessories

here are more options. i personally like corsair cases.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_...76&rnid=493964
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Replace my case or add a few fans?

There's a huge variety of cases out there, you should look for one that fits your needs, most folks like to have a case that allows for wiring space behind the mother board. Power supply on the bottom and lots of extra places for fans, and air filters for the intake fans.
Corsair cases are nice I also like some of the NZXT cases too

Here's a selection:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...G&PageSize=100

I admit I like this NZXT case although I can't say that I ever owned one but I like the simplicity of the looks and lots of places for extra fans for a good price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...83&ignorebbr=1

BTW: That case your currently using sux for good air flow
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Replace my case or add a few fans?

Honestly, you have 2 spots for 120mm fans. If you wanted to get some good expensive fans that could push air through that case it could work.

Another option would be simply get the Corsair 200r, and instead of getting the extra fans and the pointless fan controller, get yourself a better cooler instead of the EVO.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That could work, i like the Corsair 200r. Right now i have selected:
GeForce GTX 760 2GB DDR5 (256bit) DVI/HDMI/DP OverClock (GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5) w Morele.net
Smart SE Modular 530W (SPS-530MPCBEU) w Morele.net (considered Corsair cx500m but it's ~$20 more)
Carbide Series 200R CC-9011023-WW w Morele.net

But what cooler should i get? Every thread i find seems to recomend 212 evo as the best cooler for this CPU, they mostly are from 2011 but that's all i found. What would you recomend for $50 at most?

Things i listed + 212 evo add up to 1435zł, ~$460, that's my absolute maximum, m i doing everything right to this point? should i replace something?
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Really the CX is more than that Thermaltake? Interesting.

Here this card is a tad cheaper.
GEFORCE GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 (256 Bit) 2xDVI, HDM, DisplayPort, Bulk (N760-2GD5/OC) w Morele.net

With the price the EVO is your best bet, but it won't equate to decent overclocks with the heat the X6 will produce.
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think i will stuck with a gigabyte/asus/msi stock cooler cards, don't know which one, i really like Windforce III and now if i'm changing a case it should fit. Is there enough space for 212 evo and gigabyte 760 windforce in this case?
Carbide Series SPEC-03 (CC-9011053-WW) w Morele.net
It's like $5 cheaper than 200r, i don't really dig the look but i would like to have a side window How is the airflow in this one? btw. i found the name of my current case, its Tracer Tornado, idk if it helps.
I'm still not certain about that case replacement, i'm really afraid of mounting a motherboard in a case/connecting front panel etc. I have never done this and as much as i would love to try it, i really like to mess with my pc's software and hardware i'm really scared that i will mess something up. How big is a chance that i will break something while disasembling and assembling my pc in a new case? So far i have changed HDD, ram, gfx card, dvd drive and a psu so i'm not the newest person when it comes to pc hardware but i never actually assembled one all by myself.
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The card I linked is an MSI card with the reference cooler. It's also the cheapest which is good in your situation.

That case pretty much has the same internals as the 200r, if not the exact same internals. I don't recommend the Windforce card.

If you've done all that already then simply putting the motherboard in a difference case is pie. Just look at how your current FP is connected and match it with the new case. Take a picture with your phone if you have to.
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And what about this cooler?
SilentiumPC Grandis XE1236 - Sklep internetowy Agito.pl
It's about the same price but how does it compare against 212 evo? And will i have enough clearance in spec-03 and on my mobo for ram/msi 760?
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I can't find any reputable reviews for that cooler, so I can't make any real judgement. If it's a dual tower cooler for the same price as a single tower I think we can assume the performance will be negligible. In that case I say stick with the EVO.
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