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How necessary is a quality case?

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#1 DVotta


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Posted 16 September 2012 - 09:07 AM


I would appreciate any insight/opinions....

I'll preface by stating that over the years I have never changed my computer's case.
My wife's father bought her the computer (Compaq Presario Mid-Tower) about 6 years ago....he soon after passed away. Needless to say, it holds sentimental value for her.

I upgraded parts about 4 years ago to include the CPU, MB, RAM, PS and DVD drive.

Soon after I started a job working as a Network Engineer. As I've grown with the company, so has my skill set.

I recently, last week, performed another upgrade to this computer as I now have the need to work with Virtual Machines from home.

I installed:
AMD FX 4100 3.6Ghz CPU
16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM
Zotac 2GB GTX 460
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD
OCZ ModStream Pro 600W PS

My concern now is the airflow/cooling of the computer. This 6 year old case has only a single 120mm exhaust fan.
I've done cable management as best the case allows.

I want to ensure that I get the best possible use of these components.

I will be working with multiple virtual machines running along with Office and web browsing.

Occasional gaming but obviously separate from virtual work.

Right now I am looking at a Corsair Obsidian 550D.

Does anyone have some hard evidence as to the negatives of my staying put with this case?

Much appreciated!


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Posted 16 September 2012 - 09:41 AM

Easy test

Measure CPU temperature.
Take side off and wait, measure Temperature.
Do you have USB3 ports that could connect to the front USB3 ports in a different case?

It is already working. There is always a slight chance of damaging something when you change the case.

Does anyone have some hard evidence as to the negatives of my staying put with this case?

Makes it sound like you want to upgrade. In my opinion some people go way overboard with case fans that are not needed.
The case you have now should be quiet. The only fans you could be hearing are the Power supply, CPU and Video Card Fans. I prefer silent.


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Posted 16 September 2012 - 09:52 AM

Does anyone have some hard evidence as to the negatives of my staying put with this case?


Nope. I have no ideas of what your temps are. I don't know what CPU cooler you have.

From work experience, I can say that most case upgrades I have seen are due to aesthetics. I have systems built in cases from 1995 with dual 80mm fans at the rear, and thats it. Just never had a real heat problem when everything was clean.

Keep an eye on temps. If your cooling is dead on, and you figure your problem is due to airflow, maybe it is time for an upgrade. From my experience, most cases(ATX spec mid/full), do a fine job with airflow.

The 550D is a fine case, and that top panel will fit a 240mm radiator which means an H100 will drop right in. I have a 700D and I smile everytime I look at that monster.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:00 PM

Thanks for the input!

I absolutely want to upgrade the case....its a bit of an eyesore and I don't believe that it's providing adequate airflow.
(The cpu fan (stock) is pretty loud and when placing my hand against the side/top of the case, it is quite warm)

With the investment made into the inside, I'd like to ensure that I am extending the life of the CPU & GPU as much as possible.

I think the addition of the 2 intake fans the 550D provides would give me what I need but it's another story trying to explain that to the wife.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:23 PM

Have you had a look at the temperatures by using HWMonitor?

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 07:39 PM


I have recently brought a cool master unit. Even though is BIG it was design to increased the air flow and you cant even hear it. I have a HAF 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197 You may even want an HAF 912 do to the size of 922. Both should work with your situation

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:15 PM

Depends, if your current case does what you need it to, and keeps your system at a reasonable temperature, then Id say theres nothing wrong with it. If it doesnt do what you need it to and/or your systems having heating problems, then its time to upgrade.



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