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Hi all, I'm new here but been doing lots of homework of late as I recently wanted to pop a cheap upgrade to my system, as a poor-man who wants to keep up with gaming and whatnot.

So I've recently upgraded to my specs as seen below on the dirt cheap, and everything is smooth, but I'm on the fence about upgrading my case. EDIT: Neat I found my case. It's the Antec SX1030B, ~11 years old! Nice in that it has tons of room (years and years later it can still fit the 11" GTX260 monster comfortably), solid sturdy metal everything (cept the front cover), 2x 80mm front and rear fans, etc.

I wouldn't even be thinking about replacing it except for one thing, the CPU cooler I bought is the Corsair A70, an awesome cooler for the price, which had an unexpected caveat, all the reviews of it were done on Intel Boards, with the 2 120mm push-pull fans facing the rear exhaust, but because of the way AMD is set up, the fans HAVE to be facing up-down instead. Since this is an old case, long before the thought of bottom mounted PSUs, this means I can either blow air from my GPU directly onto my PSU (bypassing the rear vent fans), or warm air from the top of my case down onto my GPU, neither are great choices.

Now, it's not a critical problem, which is why I'm on the fence. Even Overclocked to 4.2GHz, running Folding@Home with smp using all 4 cores overnight, the CPU temp from HWMonitor only shows up at 54C peak, however I can feel how warm the case is when I touch it, and if I open the side panel, lots of warm (recirculating) air rushes out, and after about 1 minute, the CPU temp drops almost 10C. While overheating isn't an issue right now, it is winter and cold, and might become an issue when ambient temps rise.

So my longwinded question is -- if I upgrade my case to a bottom mounted PSU solution with a ventilated top will that money return similar results to my open case?

For reference as to my question about money, I've been looking at a nice newegg deal for a LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W (looks like an awesome case) for about $70 shipped, which is a pretty chunk of change to me, as I upgraded my CPU + Mobo + Cooler + Ram for < $250.
I understand I could probably pick up a cheapo $40 Case like an HEC Blitz or something, but the case is literally the only part of the computer that I reuse for years and years, so if I get one I prefer it to be quality that I can keep using for a long time.

Sorry if it's too much info or too long to read, I tried to highlight the question itself for someone who wants to skip ahead. I also apologize if this should have gone in the Lancool Dragonlord thread, I wasn't sure...

Thanks!
Edited by ocpokey - 1/18/11 at 3:25pm
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Keeping in mind that cooler temps can help protect your components I'd say go for it or leave the side off. My CM scout has the side off 95% of the time unless I hook my rad upto the outside of my window.
* well thought out airflow cases preform better than open side*

Try and set up for hot air to be exhausted quickly after it comes off components and maintain similar intake/output levels for best performance/temperatures.
Edited by Vap0r87 - 1/18/11 at 3:03pm
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Thanks Vap0r, good response
It's still a tough call. I went looking for what the heck my case was, and realized I've had this thing for over 10 years now. Makes it even harder to chuck out.

But it is old, and very much used, it's ridiculously loud (4x 80mm high RPM fans) and even with the cover off, my CPU is still blowing warmed air directly onto my PSU which seems like a recipe for trouble. Sounds like a quality case like the Lian Li will be tons quieter, and have possibly superior cooling to open case config. Just gotta force my wallet open I suppose
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