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post #1 of 20
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Hi everyone

Yes I know the correct answer is both, but I can't afford both right now because I'm trying to do a classic car project (XJS smile.gif ). So if I had to choose one to lower my outrageously high CPU temps (46 degree idle) which of the two would it be?

Current set up: some generic 2003 XP case I "saved" and a stock cooler ... ahahhaa ouch!


So you can see that when I built my PC it was very much WIP!!
post #2 of 20
well, depends on the case you want for price and CPU cooler as well lol, Me personally when I build my sig rig, I bought the case first, then CPU cooler

( if its not built yet I would go from most expensive to least, to get it out of the way lol)
post #3 of 20
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Ahh okay. That sounds reasonable.

In which case, I think a not-terribad case is more expensive than a CPU cooler anyway so I'll go for that. Hey! At least it won't look bad thumb.gif
post #4 of 20
haha true!

Funny thing is when I got my case, I bought a mid ATX and realize, I need a full ATX when i wanted to do CF to my GPU's lol,

How I see it, if you want some great air flow, go full tower, like my case in my sig now for example, its fantastic air flow.
post #5 of 20
Be mindful that getting a new CPU cooler in a 2003 era case might result in it not fitting... at least a picture of what the inside of it looks like would be helpful.
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post #6 of 20
you want a case since both CPU cooler and case are both long term investments. the reason for getting the case 1st is so that you can buy a CPU cooler that is worthy of keeping for the long term will be too large for your existing case. so if you get the case 1st, you will be able to get a cooler that is large enough that will serve you for a long time coming.
post #7 of 20
An old case from 2003 is already poor airflow, which putting a new heatsink is only go to do little.
What is your system and current heatsink?
You may want a new case first, as this will give you better cooling.
    
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post #8 of 20
When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned your case and cooler and applied new TIM?
post #9 of 20
I'd say get a new case. It will provide better airflow and the CPU will run cooler. I got a quite beefy AIO cooler and ghetto rigged it into my 2005 Fujitsu Siemens case. I was a bit disappointed about the temps. Idle is pretty good at 26-30 Celsius, but under load it hits 80 Celsius. A new case with proper airflow hopefully helps.
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post #10 of 20
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It's been high since day one. I never really cared because I thought "It'll get fixed within a week or two" but then life changed a bit and here we are quite a bit more than two weeks later. I'm too embarrassed to show you what it looks like inside, so I'll just say it's a tad untidy but it does have a nice Blue LED Exhaust fan (Negative pressure build wink.gif ) and the specs are embarrassing but let's say it only has low end components.

It was all meant to be a WIP platform until I got some nicer parts.

The logic in a new case is sound and I think I'll go for that for now. Having said that, it was my Birthday a week or two ago and I found some money I forgot to spend tongue.gif
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