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<b>1st Question:</b><br>
-I am in search of a more efficient, good looking case with good airflow and good case temps... Big enough to handle any ugprading I might do in the next year or two.<br>
-<span style="color:#008000;">Please post your suggestions im planning on spending around a max of $125 on this case.</span><br><br><br><b>2nd Question:</b><br>
I bought my computer and assembled it about a year ago, I have been overclocking ever since and had no problems with the overclock, however <span style="color:#008000;">is there a time-frame when I should re-apply arctic silver / thermal pastes to my CPU?</span> is that supposed to be a one time thing or am I taking a big chance by not re-applying it on the CPU?<br><br>
thanks for any help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin">
 

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on topic with question 1, I was looking at this case, is it any good?<br><br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144128" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144128</a>
 

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This is the case I have, <br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144089" target="_blank">X-Navigator</a><br />
I know its just a tad over your $$ limit, but well worth it, I'm totally in love with mine. It comes with 2 temp wires and a display showing temps on both wires, and also a 5-fan control module. The power supply it comes with isn't bad either, but I did replace mine.<br />
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As far as the Arctic Silver, I'm pretty sure it 'should' be good as long as the surfaces are not bothered (ex. heatsink gets moved around on top of processor). Actually from reading the stuff on their website, it seems as though it gets better as it gets older. The molecules of silver settle into any pores in the surfaces over time. Actually works better the more times it gets to heat-up then cool down to room temp (shutting PC down after use).
 
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ok thanks, any other suggestions? looks like a very nice case though, are the temps good?
 

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Check this one out. <br />
<a href="http://www.provantage.com/antec-nine-hundred%7E7ANTG049.htm" target="_blank">http://www.provantage.com/antec-nine...7E7ANTG049.htm</a><br />
There is a big post on it ...<br />
<a href="http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/120544-antec-nine-hundred-pics-info.html" target="_blank">http://www.overclock.net/computer-ca...pics-info.html</a>
 

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to your first question: <br />
the thermaltake armor seems to be pretty popular ($125 after $25 mail in rebate+$25shipping=$150): <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133154" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133154</a><br />
I'm making a new rig and was looking at this one, looks like it has nice cooling, comes with 2x80mm leds, temp+fan speed+sound gauges, and fan controller(though is significantly under your budget, which you might find appealing or too cheap, $60+$14 shipping):<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144151" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144151</a><br />
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to your second question:<br />
the basic rule is that thermal compounds shouldn't need be reapplied until you notice the temps go up
 

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If you ask me the Armor is basically the perfect case i love mine and 4 of my friends have them and we all agree so i'd say its good. And onto the as5 i dont think you have to (although i could be wrong but i think above is right as long as you got it smuged and all the air out the first time it should be fine.
 

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yep, thermal paste is supposed to control temps, so the inverse must be true and temps should monitor if you need to change thermal paste right?<br />
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also if the armor is overbudget, I've also heard good things about the thermaltake tsunami ($96 after rebate+$15 shipping): <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133132" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133132</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">ok thanks, any other suggestions? looks like a very nice case though, are the temps good?</div>

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</div>Yes, the temps stay really low with the setup in that case, even at low fan speeds, also the monitor temps seem to be very accurate, I've tested the leads myself with a blow drier/thermometer and also folded an icepak around them and they read accurately from 0'C up to 55'c (which nothing inside a case "should" get that hot anyhow, aside from your PSU and Gfx card). Excellent case, loads of room, also PCGamer selected it for their "Ultimate Gaming Rig" issue. Keep it in mind friend.
 

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is there anywere else that sells the antec case? newegg does it? idk
 

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i have this case the 7105 and it has excellent air flow and solid because its brushed stainless steel....<br />
<a href="http://www.vtech.com.tw/product/product8.htm#" target="_blank">http://www.vtech.com.tw/product/product8.htm#</a>
 
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<div style="font-style:italic;">i have this case the 7105 and it has excellent air flow and solid because its brushed stainless steel....<br><a href="http://www.vtech.com.tw/product/product8.htm#" target="_blank">http://www.vtech.com.tw/product/product8.htm#</a></div>
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Thats a really nice case dotcom, did you order that direct from the manufacturer? I love the handle-like top and bottom to it, and the front panel really stands out. nice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 

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No I picked it up for trade at a lan party.... but I think you might still be able to order them...I love all the mesh and with the right fan placement the flow is excellent...plus I used a hole saw and cut a whole right behind my mobo and have a fan blowing in from there, cooling the rear side of the mobo.
 

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<a href="http://www.svc.com/stc-t01-ubk.html" target="_blank">http://www.svc.com/stc-t01-ubk.html</a><br />
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