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PC Case advice for better cooling (budget @£60-£80)

Q: PC Case advice for better cooling (budget @£60-£80)

Hi all,

I'm quite stuck on getting a PC case which will help with cooling. I'm looking for the best case at cooling in the 70 range. The case has to be big enough for graphic card upgrades (I currently have 5850 XFX Black Editions in crossfire). Examples of cases I've looked at are the Carbide 300R, HAF 912 Plus and Fractal Design R4. Please can anyone advise of the best case (in this class?) in the UK. I'm happy to add additional case fans to get better cooling!

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A: PC Case advice for better cooling (budget @£60-£80)

Well since im going to assume air cooling I have a couple of options that I personally like for those types of systems:

NZXT Phantom Mid Tower

Corsair 400R or the 300R are both great options

There are many more but those are a few near your price point I recommend. I like the NZXT Phantom cases the most because of their room, expandability, and overall sleek look.

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"I guess I'm just looking for expert advice on the best I can do.."

I'm going to have 400$ to spend after holidays, and decided I mine as well upgrade as I've been wanting to do for awhile now. All I'm going to need is a case (ATX I assume), motherboard and processor.

Currently have:
Antec 480-W 12V PSU
WD Caviar 300GB HD
Radeon 9800 PRO 128 MB (Does fine for now, thank you
DVD-RW Drive
M-Audio 9268 Sound Card

Currently need:

So - I'm thinking of a mobo with AGP and PCI-E, which I did find the ASROCK for 70$, which features that, 1000mhz FB, and up to 4Gig of 3200 Ram. I'm liking that. Also leaning towards AMD 3500, found that for about 200$.

I guess I'm just looking for expert advice on the best I can do, any help is truely appreciated.


A:ADVICE: 400$ Budget for Mobo, CPU and Case

The aspire X-Navigator is a really good case. There are two versions, an aluminum one, and a steel one. Steel is $99 and Aluminum is $150. The Steel one is better. It doesn't have a good psu though you said you didn't need one. The athlon 64 3700 is a really good cpu. And the Asus A8N-SLI is the best motherboard out there. Here are links to all items.




Total, these will cost $450, but you will have a really upgradable path. The CPU has more built on Ram then the 3500. Good Luck.

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Recently, my my secondary hard drive began crashing occasionally and my Geforce FX5600card had to be underclocked for me to be able to play certain games without them freezing every now and then.

I'm still not entirely sure whether the hard drive problem is related to heat (the HD does feel very hot when I touch it though, but maybe it would anyway) or if the graphics card problem is something to do with the graphics card itself rather then the heat level in the case in general.

Either way, I think it probably would be better in the long run to improve my cases cooling. I looked up my case, which I think is an aopen H435 tower case. It has place for an 80 mm fan at the rear and a 120 mm fan in the front. I knew about the 80 mm slot but I've never noticed the 120 mm slot. I'm going to see if I can find it.

With this in mind, what fans would you recommend I get? Some options I'm considering are the Vantec fans, like the vantec 80 mm tornado fan or 80 mm stealth fan. Anyone know whether they're good or not? I know I have to take air flow into account as well, and try to push cold air in and hot air out, I just hope the positioning of the fan slots is suited to that.

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hi how are you im am thinking of building a water cooling setup for my pc. I have a core i7 920, 12 GB of ram and a hd 5870. Right now i am only thinking of W.C the CPU and to overclock it. I have budget of 160 - 170 pounds.
here is what i found so far:
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Many thanks nik11105

A:Water cooling suggestions, budget is 160 to 170 pounds

you don't need anything elaborate if you are just looking to cool the CPU; a single radiator setup would probably work just fine and be more compact. check out the inventory @ www.frozencpu.com for liquid stuff. they are a US-based company but they ship worldwide. they have one of the best selections of CPU cooling products on the market.

i would recommend a pre-configured kit with 3/8 I/D tubing and preferably an LGA-1366 cpu block (that doesn't require any modification or mount swapping).

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Ok,guys.I need a suggestion about what case to get,my budget is up to 60$.
Looks are not important, the most important things are to have 1 fan or more,good cable managment and good build quality.

A:Budget PC case?

The Corsair 200R meets all your needs, but unfortunately, after Corsair released their new Spec budget cases, they raised the price of the 200R from $50 to $70.

So if you want a nice case for <$70, Corsair has some nice options you can check out >>here<<. I would watch unboxing videos on the Spec cases before purchasing since I am unsure if they would suit your needs (I am not too familiar with them since they are new). If you decide on a case, I recommend buying them from either >>Newegg<< or >>Amazon<<.

If you are interested in an unboxing of the 200R, check it out >>here<<.

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So i want to spend less than 45, approx $55, on a case with support for a MicroATX MOBO. My requirwments are at least 1x USB 3 header and A window (i.e. not 2). I found these three: Cooler Master - MasterBox Lite 5 ATX Mid Tower Case, Realan E-D3 Micro ATX case, Corsair - 100R ATX Mid Tower Case

Does anyone have anything to say about anything, things i should know about, good/bad experiences? Should i look at different cases? Thanks a bunch!

A:Which budget case?

i just built a system with this case and used 3 blue led fans (2 front.... one rear)......came out really nice and looked great

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This is going to be used for gaming, such as MMOs like WoW (Like! I don't play but this is an example ), FPS like Modern Warfare 2, Borderlands, CS:S, and for Video Editing or Video Watching (Movies?), My Dream for this PC is to make it able to run Crysis around medium (I researched that Crysis has one of the best graphics in gaming ) Also, I am building this due to the fact that my brother has the family Xbox in his room and doesn't allow me to play it, and it seems really fun to do with my friend.

My Budget is around 450$-500$ (PC, Not Including Monitor, Keyboard, or Speakers I plan on using the Dell Default ones I am on now and not including OS).

I am in Northern New Jersey, Bergen County If you must

I can buy online but really prefer not to if I am capable of getting the other parts faster. The only thing I expect to buy online would be the case, which I can buy 1st.

I have a Dell Vostro 200 Slim, My Friend tells me that it is not very good and is amazed that I can run a game like Maplestory or Team Fortress 2, so no, BUT I will scrap the 2 1GB Ram I put in before, maybe give to my brother for his PC or sell.

Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others? Nope

Have you already bought any parts? No D:

Do you have an Operating System (OS)? Windows 7 probably 64-bit *NOTE: Not including in my Parts Cost)

Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup? I don't know I am really ... Read more

A:Need Assistance with: budget gaming PC + Case Help

you are missing a video card, without that you wont be going any game other that maybe css

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I want to upgrade to a DX11 card, my current card is in my specs. My budget is up to ?120

I just want to know which is the best card in this range and how much of an improvement to gaming will I get.

I use Overclockers UK for all my pc upgrades.

A:Need advice for someone on a budget

Asus GeForce GTX 460 Direct CU TOP 768MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card with HAWX2 PC-Game [] Graphics and Video NVIDIA GTX 460 Series

130 quid.

This is similar to what I am using. Mine has the 1GB chip. I've been using it for 3 months and no problems.
Your monitor resolution is similar to mine so it would suit your system well.
I can run AVP Benchmark with no glitches.


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So I know this is not about games, but it is related to games and it was the only category I felt would fit for me to post. Sorry in advance if I screwed up. I need some advice about building a budget gaming pc; specifically using parts I already have mixed with new to form a pc that has a decent upgrade path in the future.

Here is a list of what I have already:

MSI GTX970 graphics card, virtually new power supply (750 watt i think), 8gb ram and 2tb hard disk drive.

I need a new case and I have decided on the NZXT phantom 410 mid tower, if someone can point me in the direction of a cheaper case that is better or similar in terms of specs (i.e. fans, space for upgrades) then that would be fantastic.

I have 300 pounds at present, which I know will not stretch far. As long as the motherboard for instance will allow me to upgrade to i7 later down the line then that's perfect. The motherboard needs to be good value but leave me enough room to at least buy an intel pentium processor for now to keep me going. No AMD unless it is huge value for the price, in my experience AMD processors etc have pathetic reliability and performance.

Thanks in advance!

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Hi Guys

I am planning on buying a new computer.
I am one of those who rarely change my computer, in fact this is going to be my 3rd after XT & P1.
I don't really do any hardwork for my computer, the hardest is maybe converting video from one format to another so maybe the lowest specification available now is enough for me.

Considering that I may use this computer for another around 10 years what I have in mind now is:
- Intel core 2 duo 4500 or it's AMD equivalent (which one is better?)
- Asus P-5GCMX or Gigabyte 945GCMS2-C
- 2G PC 5300 memory
- 160 GB hardrive

I would really appreciate any input from you Guys.
Thank you

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Alright. I decided that I want to build a gaming computer. Something about building one myself will give me more satisfaction than just buying one as I'm sure most of you agree. My question is, whats a good Intel processor that I should consider getting. I'm consider getting a XFX nForce 680i SLI Motherboard along with a XFX GeForce 8800 GTS Extreme Video Card. Haven't decided on the RAM and what not. I can't afford the new Intel Extremes. Looking to spend maybe $200, possibly $300 but thats a last resort. Any suggestions?

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I'm going to buy a PC on monday, this is the build i've come up with:

AMD Phenom II x4 960T
Asrock 970 Extreme4
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti
4GB DDR3 1333MHz Patriot ( this is just temporary, to save a couple of bucks, will upgrade to 8gb soon )
Seasonic SS-520GB
Cooler Master Elite 430

I'll reuse an old Hitachi 160GB and a 24x Philips DVD Drive.
I'll use this PC for gaming, so what do you think, how will it run Skyrim, BF3 and WoW cata on a 1680x1050 monitor? And is there anything i should change? Btw. The following PSU brands are not avaiable where i live: Corsair, Antec, OCZ, XFX.

A:Buying a budget PC soon, need advice

I had a bad experience with that specific motherboard - ASRock. You may have a different experience. However, I would recommend Asus or MSI over ASSROCK. Some others in this forum may agree with me. Not sure what you're gonna use the old spin drive for with SSD. I'd upgrade the spin to 6gb/s sata to take advantage of mobo. You can get 4gbx2 memory for $45 from crucial. Get 1.35 volts instead of 1.5 volts. Recommend ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS for $185. If price is a consideration, you should be happy with ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS for $95

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I could not find the "right" place for this, mods please feel free to redirect.
I am about to build another system. Details: -

Case CoolerMaster Centurion 5 II (new)
PSU OCZ StealthXStream 500Watt (Current PC)
Mobo Giga EG41MFT-US2H (Current)
CPU Core 2 Quad 6600 (Bought pre-owned, with Scythe Ninja HS&Fan)
RAM (2x2 GB) Crucial PC-3 8500: CT25664BA1067 (New)
Hdd 1 Seagate Barracuda LP 1 TB. (New)
Hdd 2 WD 5000AAKS (Current)
Graphics Asus ATI RadeonHD 6670 Silent Edition (New)
Already have Monitor, Logitech KB & Mouse, Ext. Hdd, 16 Gb USB stick.

My question concerns cooling. The CM case comes with F & R 120mm fans, I have 2 more new ones never used. The case will allow me to put the PSU at the bottom. There are mountings for 2x more fans, one side and one at top. I bought this case with future upgrades in mind, plenty of room for airflow and the cable-stowage possible. I cannot find any airflow information, although I remember seeing an image some time ago I can no longer find it again. My idea is to fit all 4 fans (with temp/sensing). How should I fit them? Front in, side in, top and bottom out? Or should the bottom (filtered) fan blow in? I have succeeded in completely confusing myself!

BTW, noise is not an issue. My ears are almost 67 years old and do not work as well as they used to. The OTH rarely enters the spare room/computer room when I am here (apart from bringin... Read more

A:Case Cooling

Most people will choose the front for intake and the top/rear fans for exhaust. This way, you get cool air coming in low and blowing across the hard drives. Hot air will rise and be vented out at the rear and top of the case. Considering you plan to use 4 fans, I'd make 2 intakes and two exhaust. So, maybe the front and side as instakes, and the top and rear as exhaust.

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I'm running a very modest machine, 1.4g processor, 1g RAM, old ASUS 7700 video card and use it for work mostly and some games (orig H/L and mods etc.). Have had a lot of trouble with fans failing, two cpu fans and three video card fans in approx a year, the last one was a case fan (my house has a lot of dust and apparently the fan guts get clogged and wear out). I'm looking for a temperature monitor that will let me know when the temp is getting out of limits so maybe I can catch the invalid fans before they go belly-up. Does anyone have a suggestion???

Thanks, Jim

A:Case Cooling

motherboard monitor, it can be found in techspot's downloads page under utilities.

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i just installed a case fan in back of pc to pull heat from pc (hp pavilivon a305w) through the back of pc case so i went out and bought two 92mm case cooling fans one for the rear the other originally the front of case (92mm is what rear fan gaurd measured).

the fan for the rear of the case when in just fine however it is somewhat noisy (sounds like a sm.quiet blower)i understand fan has to make some type of noise since it has a working motor inside.but it would be nice to get it a bit more quiet if possible.

replacing fan is not a option had a hard time finding fan for my pc not comfortable about online purchasing either. will have to return second fan since fan plug does not match plug in pc. have to find one that does if i go ahead with instaling 2nd fan

so my first question is there anything i can do to quiet the rear fan just a little bit more.

second question since i cannot install a fan in front of my pc(no area to mount fan) and an new case is not do able right now could it be possible to install fan on side of pc or would a simple fan guard be ok mounted on side of pc.

brand type compusa
fan dimensions 92x92x25mm
input volt. 12v.
noise level variable 33db
fan speed variable 2400rpm +/-10%
air flow variable 39.8cfm +/-10%

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Hi, I'm working with a pretty limited budget. I would like to spend around 200 bucks on a motherboard and a processor. What's the best that I can do with that price?

Right now, I'm divided between the Intel E5200 or the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ based on just looking through some reviews on Newegg and asking a few people, but I don't know if those are my best options, based on cost/performance ratio. I would welcome any recommendations.


A:Advice needed for a budget build

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Well, i am seeking some of you folks expertise in this area. I've been browsing all over new egg, but man there is so much to look at.

Basic Guidelines:

-I'd like to stay under $150.00-160.00 for the pair.

-If it will need external graphics card, we should include that in the price. It can go a little over but not much in this case.

-Best performance and features for the money is what I am after.

Thanks much!!

A:Advice... Best motherboard and processor on a budget??

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Budget is no more than 350

15" - 16" screen. 1366x768 seems pretty standard for this sort of size. The less reflective the better I guess. Not hugely concerned about picture quality but obviously the best I can afford!

When it comes to laptops I don't really know which brands are most reliable - any of them can potentially break and after 2 or 3 years will probably start overheating anyway! Sony's are expensive so probably out the question, same for Macs. Any model which is known for overheating and making men infertile is a no-go.

Preferably new or ex display model etc

Wanted for mainly everyday use - email, MS office, web browsing, streaming tv. But hopefully capable of handling photoshop, flash etc. reasonably well. Don't need it for gaming, have a good desktop for that anyway. Preferably windows 7, which I can install anyway.

Ideally 3+ hours of battery life minimum. Having looked around this is reasonable i think.

Not too fussy about how "cool" it looks.

Minimum 320gb. 2gb RAM minimum, but more would be good. DVD-RW drive. Bluetooth is a bonus, same with webcam i guess.
I think that covers everything. I've found a few models that might fit the bill. The samsungs look promising, and I have a samsung TV+monitor which have been reliable so far, but haven't made up my mind. I haven't posted enough to post links yet but the ones that have caught my eye a bit are lenovo g555+b550. samsung rv510+r540. and dell ins... Read more

A:Need advice buying a laptop please! £350 budget

photoshop- killer ap

most of what you want could be done on a netbook, like a samsung or asus, for not much money.

photoshop requires a lot of processing power, though. that is the deal-killer.

one thing to consider: get whatever laptop, then swap the existing HD for a SSD. you can find modest, decent size ssd from 100 pounds to 200 pounds. some kingstons provide a 'kit' to help you image the existing hard drive over to the ssd. or you can add the ssd drive, and load win7 from the ground-up.

an ssd is a lot faster than a typical laptop hard drive, and will decrease power required, and so increase battery time per charge. it will make an otherwise unimpressive-performing laptop behave like a more expensive laptop.

the ssd will not store much, but you can cheaply get an external drive - this would force you into good back-up habits.

i don't know how well a netbook would work with an ssd and trying to run photoshop. the hard drive speed might balance out the slower processor. and many netbooks max out at 2GB.

an OK laptop with ssd would work really well, if you shop well and fit it all in 350 pounds.

on a laptop, along with hard drive storage, you often have an SD slot, which can be used as storage, and a laptop-specific pci slot - i don't see that on the samsung, but my dell has this. that slot can be used for a lot of things, including simply sticking in a storage thingie. also, usb flash drives can be used for storage.

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This is my first build from scratch my gaming orientation leans on rpgs, mmos, action-adventure and rts for the most part and less so for fps and racing games.

Approximate Purchase Date:
By this september
Under $3k
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Extensive gaming and production/rendering in autodesk and other 3D/CG art software
Parts Not Required:
Not planning on getting a custom liquid cooling system just yet
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg Canada
TigerDirect Canada
Canada Computers
Parts Preferences:
Nvidia, visuals for the most part not a keyboard or audio enthusiast
SLI or Crossfire:
Possibly SLI
Monitor Resolution:
1920 x 1080 ? may go larger

I will not be using any reused parts
I need a keyboard, mouse headset and drawing tablet among peripherals
I haven't purchased any parts yet
I don't have a spare OS

Additional Comments:
my newegg wishlist

Really looking for longevity and durability

the rig would be placed in the basement which is usually around 20C, during the humid summer it should be closer to 30C room temp but we almost always AC then. the only thing about the basement I am worried about is if airflow wouldn't be good enough for the rig

would a heatsink fan suffice for now? if I ever choose to SLI would liquid cooling be needed then?

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A:Advice & suggestions on first build under $3k budget

direct quote from member lehpron from the EVGA forums, sorry its huge but this sums up why I chose the type of mobo, GPU and CPU. but of course still subject to change

"Most modern games are threaded for between 2-4 cores, and it has been a slow progress adoption since quads have been around for six years, duals for eight years. meaning, a 6-core won't make a difference today. New games take 2-3 years to make from the ground up, so in that time, it will make a quad that much more important. Only get the 6-core for your professional work, not for gaming.

3770K is a 22nm quad and half the die area (thus half the actual power and thermals if set at the same frequency) as 32nm i7-3900's 6-cores; mathematically, they should overclock better, but Intel differed from tradition of soddering the CPU die to the IHS (integrated heat spreader) by using a thermal grease with Ivy Bridge which tends to artificially raise temperaturess. This prevents anyone from really being able to push it except for those using cryogenics; so in the end, all Sandy and Ivy processors reach a max of approx 5GHz regardless of number of cores.

So it all comes down to the board really; X79 can support up to 4-way SLI (in quad x8, or a pair of full x16) configs while Z77 is limited to just dual x8's. If you're serious about longitivity in terms of having the room for future graphics cards and not change the board (which definitely need more bandwidth than current), then X79 is the ... Read more

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Ok so this is going to be the first PC that I have built, Im trying to build a budget gaming PC and after reading loads of articles i've come up with a list of hardware but I need some advice on PSU , Case and heatsink / cooling

So my budget is about 500 and am buying form aria.co.uk or ebuyer.co.uk
Here is the list of components soo far

Processor = AMD Phenom II X2 Black edition @ 3.2GHz
Mobo = Asus M4A79XTD Evo AMD 790X
GPU = MSI HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 (Going to Crossfire in future when more Gfx needed)
HDD = Standard 500GB Sata hard drive
CD/DVD = Standard 24x CD/DVD RW sata connector

So as for RAM, I know that I want DDR3 and probably 1333 Mhz as it is in my budget range, what I dont understand is whether I want "unbuffered" ram or "1.5v" ? What does this mean?

As for PSU, I have looked and looked and am still lost in the woods. Any recommendations for a Good value PSU that will power this system

CPU heat sink - Is it necessary to Buy a custom heat sink or will the stock heat sink do ?

Finally I am in need of a cheap gaming case that will keep my system cool but I don't want to spend much on it! Any Recommendations?

Thanks in advance

A:First time budget build, need advice

How much are your abobve components adding up to? Based on that we could recommend the remaining stuff.

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What I have:

Dell Dimension 3000
Motherboard without AGP or PCI-E slots
256mb PCI Radeon 9250 video card
2.8ghz Pentium 4 processor
512mb DDR RAM

What I want:

New motherboard that is cheap but upgradable
New case to fit said motherboard
New video card so I can play games like Battlefield 2 and Neverwinter Nights 2
Probably a second RAM chip so I can upgrade to a gig.

What I am asking:

What kind of motherboard and case can I get for cheap? Obviously the main feature I am looking for is just PCI-E slots and that the motherboard fits in the case, and 4 or more RAM slots. I can't figure out how to tell if my current processor and power supply will fit the new motherboard.

Is 1 gig of RAM enough these days? 512 has been doing me just fine with games like Half Life 2, Call of Duty 2, FEAR, etc....

What video card do I need? I'm looking for the cheapest one that will work with games like Neverwinter Nights 2, Battlefield 2, and similarly demanding games. The main problem I seem to be having with my current graphics card is that it is not compatible with Pixel Shaders 2.0. And that not only is it an older card but PCI is also less efficient.

A:Advice on upgrading my Dell on a budget

That's not an upgrade.. That's replacing the whole system

If you are looking for an upgradable mobo with a future, then your current RAM will probably be useless and your current processor too. So basically you are looking for a new computer here.

What is your budget? We need to know that in order to give any useful advice.

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I need a laptop for
* streaming video (NetFlix, Sky Go, Amazon video ) via HDMI cable to my 22 inch 1080p LCD TV
* LogMeIn to my work desktop
* general web browsing
I have a budget of around 400 - 500.
Would a 6th Generation Core i3 with 8GB RAM be good enough or do I need Core i5 or 7th Generation?
Thanks for your help and advice

A:Advice on budget laptop config

Also, no gaming, but will use Skype video.
We have a fast broadband internet connection

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Hello all, I have a budget of $641/350 ... ok the extra $1 I guess doesn't matter...anyway I already have an Audigy ZS Platinum Pro 2, and a Radeon 9700 Pro, CDRW and DVDRW, Case etc... but I'm looking to upgrade my motherboard, RAM, Hard Drive and Procesor ...I'm currently at 1024 cheap ddr memory, p4 2.4ghz and a 7200rpm 160 gig HD....but I will discard these...so does anyone have any recommendations on this budget for hardware to buy? I could stretch the budget to a new case if anyone has any particular OC advice...also I'm interested in venturing into Ahtlon64 territory and S-ATA ...but only if the benefit would be apparent enough...

I play games, into sequencing and music creation as a hobby (so its not paramount), listen to music, and do the general PC useage... I guess the main area to focus on would be games peformance...thanks very much for reading, any and all advice from the hardware Guru's is muchly appreciated!


A:$641/£350 Budget: Mobo/Ram/HD/CPU Advice Wanted

AMD Athlon 64 3000+, 512KB L2 Cache 64-bit Processor - Retail ( fan included ) - $223
MSI nForce3 250 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Athlon 64 Socket 754 CPU, Model "K8N Neo Platinum" (MS-7030) -RETAIL - $145
Kingston HyperX 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - $140
Seagate 120GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model ST3120026AS, OEM - $97

Total -> $605

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I'm gonna help my buddy build a new computer after the summer break when he (and hopefully I)
have earned some money. His budget is around 1340$ or 830. I already know a fair share about computers, but I don't feel confident enough to ensure him that "these parts will do the best job" or that "this is the optimal choice", at least not when it comes to a computer built on such a tight budget. I know for sure that he gets bothered by fans that sound much, I've often had to turn off a few of mine during a LAN.

Here's some more of the required info; We both live in Sweden, he has not bought any parts yet, including the OS, he will not re-use any old parts, and he has keyboard, mice, headset, monitor, and yes I'm gonna install some fairly cheap aftermarket coolers to reduce the noise (rear fan and CPU cooler). He probably wont overclock anything in the near future, he has no interest in it, and does not know how to.

Here are the components; https://www.inet.se/kundvagn/visa/1729053/2012-04-25. I'm very well aware that the site is in swedish, but this is the cart and you should clearly be able to see what components I've currently picked, if you would like a link to an identical cart on Amazon please tell me, I wont mind making one. Problem is, he's not gonna bother himself to order from a foreign site, luckily almost everything is available on the Swedish online market, and if not, there's usually something of ... Read more

A:Advice on new build, budget is roughly $1,340

There's no "S" in advice, at least here on the other side of the Atlantic. What you have picked looks okay, and if you want to go SSD please read up on things like AHCI and SATA 3 before you commit to SSD

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Hello, TSG!

I am currently working on a budget, 1080p, some-what high settings gaming tower.

Here is what I have come up with:
(I'll be including Newegg part numbers for more info on the hardware than I can't put here)

AMD FX-6350 Vishera 3.9GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Six-Core

GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-1GD Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB <-- Will eventually be partnered with an OS on an SSD. Just not now.

OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333

A few notes:

-I really wasn't sure about going with the 7850 or the 7790, I decided on the 7850 only due to it performing 73% better at higher resolutions. I'm gaming hopefully on High @ 1080p.
-Went with that PSU due to wattage, red LED, and modular. Anything more efficient I'd be open for.
-WD Black is just a 5yr warranty version of the Blue, and 500GB is plenty for a bunch of games.
-I also went back and forth from the 6350 and the 8320. The difference in price is the only reason besides similar performance that I went with the 6350; and that they're both Vishera.

Any advice on what be better either for price or performance? Much appreciated!

A:Budget Build HW List Advice

You may need to start over, that motherboard appears to no longer be available at newegg.

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I apologize if I am treading long-trodden territory here, but I figured that I would seek some input before I gather up components for my first PC build. I am trying to limit myself to $600-$650 due to budgetary constraints. Here is what I have so far:

CPU- Athlon64 3000+ Venice Core (socket 939)
Motherboard- Foxconn NF4UK8AA-8EKRS Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4
HD- Seagate Barracuda 80GB/8MB SATA
CD/DVD- LiteOn dual-layer DVDRW
RAM- Crucial 512MB PC3200 x 2
Video- ABIT RX600PRO-128 PCIE Radeon X600PRO 128MB DDR

The above is about $525 total on Newegg and I believe it includes all I need (I already have the monitor, a 120GB Seagate ATA for storage, and a copy of XP), minus the case/PSU. What is something good and reasonably (<=$85) priced with a good 24-pin PSU and front USB? Are there any changes to the above components that you would recommend? I am a bit iffy on the motherboard (though it's gotten generally positive reviews everywhere I've checked) and on the vid card. I'm not a heavy gamer and don't care whether or not I can get 90fps at 1280x1040 in Doom 3, but I want something that performs acceptably and has a stable set of drivers.

Any help/advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated... This whole process feels greatly intimidating to me and I am nervous about choosing crappy components and running into trouble. Thanks!

A:Building a new (budget) Athlon64 PC- Advice?

That's a pretty good setup.

I'd consider the vnf4ultra motherboard(it's nforce 4 ultra and cheap), I have it and will recommend it.

I don't know how much you are paying for the ram, but corsair vs ram (cas 2.5) is only about $80 on newegg now.

You probably won't find a decent case with a 24 pin psu of any quality for your price. You can get a cheap psu (that's still decent) and a cheap case, and maybe have what you want.

Example: cheap case

Cheap, but ok 24pin psus

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Hello, I will soon be purchasing a new PC and could use some advice regarding a few options that I don't understand.

My basic criteria: a. I want to be able to play World of Warcraft WotLK (with 2-3 add ons, and - perhaps - Firefox open) with minimal lag issues. Rich graphics and sound would be nice, but I'm much more concerned with quick response time. b. I am on a pretty tight budget, and would like to spend less than $500.

The Dell online store allows me to build an Inspiron 530, beginning at $279. I've gone through several configurations that have landed me at around $500 (I'd love to come in under that mark, if you think that most of the available upgrades are superfluous) but I don't have the knowledge to weigh one upgrade option against another. Examples:

1. The "free" processor with this system is an Intel Celeron 450. At 2.2 GHz, this puts me well above the required 1.3GHz for the game. Still, I suspect that this is one category where an upgrade would be worth the investment, since (correct me if I'm wrong) memory and a graphics card are easier to upgrade than a processor, should I want to improve this system a year from now. But I don't understand the choices: "Dual-core" processors E2200 and E2220, for 1MB L2, and 2.2/2.4 GHz, for +$60/+$80, respectively. Or "Core2 Duo" and "Core2 Quad" for 3MB/8MB, and +$140/+$190, respectively.
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Hey Guys! I was looking at my PC the other day and said to myself "Self," and I sez "Whaaaatt???" and I sez "Self, what can you do to improve temps in that case?". My answer : COPPER! My dad works at a sheet metal shop and has lots of scrap copper that gets thrown away. What if I could line my PC case with, say, 1/3 in. of copper? They make aluminum cases, so theoreticly a copper case should be much better. And, my friend said he would weld the copper to the case!!!

Has anyone tried this? Does it work? Am I crazy? Probably. Anyways, gimme some feedback.

A:KrAzY Case Cooling ?

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We bought a refurbished computer for our son but when it arrived the computer case cooling fan was loose - had not been properly attached. My question is which way should the fan face when it's attached? There's a vent at the front of the case and mounting holes which it matches, but do I put it so the blades are convex or concave when mounting facing the front of computer? I was going to mount it with the convex side facing the front and my husband said it should be the opposite. He's no computer expert so I don't really trust his judgement after all the blunders he's commited with our computers. Hee hee.


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For Christmas I got another 120mm case fan (aerocool shark 1500 rpm) and I tried mounting it at the top of the case to suck out hot air as I have 2 intakes and 1 exhaust already but I couldn't seem to get the right screws to screw it in at the top, my case (aerocool strike x gt) came with long screws for the top of the case but they are too thin to screw into the fan. So instead I mounted the new fan on the side door on the top fan slot by the CPU as an intake and today when I played a new game that I got for Christmas (BF3) I noticed the CPU temps would get rather hot (I am using the stock intel cooler, bear that in mind) I was getting a max temperature of about 80 degrees C after a roughly 2 hour gaming session. Would I benefit from making the new fan an exhaust by the CPU or would I be better off, or is there a secret way of mounting a fan up there at the top as an exhaust that I son't know about as I imagine that way would be the best way to do things. Also my graphics card could handle BF3 at all max 1080p with 60+ FPS. Thanks. EDIT - To clarify I have 2 intakes at the front, one rear exhaust and the new fan as an intake on the side door by the stock CPU cooler.

A:Case fan cooling question

hopgop1 said:

For Christmas I got another 120mm case fan (aerocool shark 1500 rpm) and I tried mounting it at the top of the case to suck out hot air as I have 2 intakes and 1 exhaust already but I couldn't seem to get the right screws to screw it in at the top, my case (aerocool strike x gt) came with long screws for the top of the case but they are too thin to screw into the fan. So instead I mounted the new fan on the side door on the top fan slot by the CPU as an intake and today when I played a new game that I got for Christmas (BF3) I noticed the CPU temps would get rather hot (I am using the stock intel cooler, bear that in mind) I was getting a max temperature of about 80 degrees C after a roughly 2 hour gaming session. Would I benefit from making the new fan an exhaust by the CPU or would I be better off, or is there a secret way of mounting a fan up there at the top as an exhaust that I son't know about as I imagine that way would be the best way to do things. Also my graphics card could handle BF3 at all max 1080p with 60+ FPS. Thanks. EDIT - To clarify I have 2 intakes at the front, one rear exhaust and the new fan as an intake on the side door by the stock CPU cooler.Click to expand...

With stock coolers, the fan on the intel cooler is pulling the air through the heat sink off the CPU and into the case away from it. By putting a fan blowing air down on the CPU, you are pushing the air back onto your cpu thus keeping the... Read more

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I have a PC with a cooling problem. I am running an Athlon cpu with a new Asus mobo. I want to increase the cooling factor of this case. The case has two side fans, the power supply does not have a intake on the bottom. I was told to make the side fans blow inside the case, but the question I have is circulating the air out? There is a space on the back of the case for a 50mm fan...is that enough. I have also looked into slot fans and was wondering if these would help in my situation. The reason for this cooling question is that exact same Athlon PC's mobos overheated and have been changed. I do not want it to happen again so am trying to add more fans. Any suggestions???

A:Case cooling dilemma

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Lookin for a mid size case with good airflow properties.
What are the best ones out there in your opinion for around 60.
Preferably ones that dont look like transformers.

A:Solved: Best case for cooling?

antec 300 is always great value with good cooling

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I'm looking to perhaps move to water cooling my CPU and then later my graphics card. I'm running a Pentium 4. My first question is, is water cooling worth it? Also, is there any risk with water cooling, I mean water and a computer don't mix. If it is worth it, I was looking for a good tutorial on how to set one up and a list of parts. Also, do I need a case that is water cooling compatible? Or will any case work? Either way I would like a new case. Basicly this is what I would like in a case:

Mostly, if not all, aluminum
Alot of fan holes, 4 or more
A really cool design
ATX compatible
I'll take any suggestions/comments for the case and water coolant.

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I don't think I have any overheating issues just yet but I was curious if anyone had some ideas on the most effective ways to cool a BTX case. Case temp is around 50 C and CPU is mid 50's when idle. Room is about room temp, 70 F or so. When doing something intense the it all creeps about about 5 degrees C to the point where the case is around 55, CPU around 60-61. These numbers according to Speedfan.

Again, I've had no problems thus far and I don't think these temps are unreasonable. But I was curious as to what my cooling options are. I was thinking the quickest, cheapest, and probably least effective way to go was to put a fan in the empty PCI slot...at least until I need that slot. But it seems that most PCI fans are not made for a BTX case as they point in the wrong direction. Also, this particular setup is somewhat unique as there is a plastic duct running directly from the intake fan to the CPU, making alternative CPU cooling somewhat tricky.


A:Cooling Components in BTX Case

see if there is a place at the front of the case , in front of the hard drive cage, to add another fan..I put 120 MM fans there...blowing into the case... so they can blow cool air over the hard drives an aid the other case fans blowing out of the case...works good and the 120MM fans are quieter than the 80 mm fans

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I want to do some tests with my Antec 1200 as i want to get the best possible cooling out of it. I wanna test if the general temperature of the pc is better off without a side fan intaking air. At the moment the front and side fans intake and the back on top exhale air. Im wondering if the side fan disrupts the airflow and the speed of which the hot air escapes the case. Should i just test the temps of the CPU and GPU? If so what are the most reliable and accurate programs to do this.


A:Case cooling and air flow.

Monitoring the CPU / GPU temps is probably the easiest way to get a feel for whats going on. Generally speaking your current setup (front and side in, back and top out) is correct.

Personally I have always used HWMonitor, I like it because it records the min and max temps as well as the current temp which is more useful if you are running full screen apps to stress the system.

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Hello friends,

Below is a list of parts for a low budget PC that grandpa and grandson hope to build. Could you please take a look and see if the parts are suitable for a low end PC for general duties around the house?
Light video games, internet browsing, MS Flight/Train simulator.
NO on line gaming, movie downloads, SLI/XF, etc.
We raided our piggy banks and have about $700 to spend.
We thank you for any help and assistance.

Silverstone Strider Essential ST50F-ES 500W Power Supply ATX 24PIN 120MM Fan 34A 80+ Black

Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan

Samsung SH-222AL 22X DVD Writer SATA Lightscribe OEM

ASUS Radeon HD 6670 810MHZ 1GB 4GHZ DDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort DirectX 11 PCI-E Video Card

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

MSI H61MA-E35 (B3) H61 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3 HDMI DVI VGA Motherboard

Intel Pentium Dual Core G850 Processor LGA1155 2.9GHZ 3MB Retail Box

Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 250GB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM


A:Grandpa/grandson low budget PC project advice

I built this PC for myself 2 weeks ago and I LOVE IT!!! It will easily last me the next 3-5 years before I would have to do any MAJOR upgrade.

Antec 300 case $35
Intel i5 2500k cpu
Asus p8z68-v lx motherboard (bundled with cpu for $250)
OCZ ZX series 650w power supply $80
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB ($145 after rebate from newegg)
SanDisk Ultra SDSSDH-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive ($125)
8GB Corsair XMS 1600 RAM ($45)
Samsung DVD-R OEM ($20)
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Please note that HDD prices are triple what they should be due to the mass flooding in Taiwan. If you buy your listed HDD now you will pay the same as a 1 Terabyte HDD in a few months. The SSD drive will be MUCH MUCH faster and will get you through the price increase. and you can add a mechanical drive in the future. SSD will easily hold Win OS, most frequently used software and games.

Any reason for a Micro-ATX board?
..... we are here to help Grandpa!!

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As far as my knowledge can take me, I'm still a noob compared to the collective knowledge of my fellow tech spot members, who, after a year of membership and advice, I call my friends.

Te help I request is as you may have guessed, I am look thinking of building a gaming PC, with a low budget.

My budget is :
Currently : 160 - 160
(-40 for holiday) - 120
+40 August pocket money - 160
+ (250-300) Results Day - 410-460
+40 September pocket money - 450-500
+40 October 490-540
+40 November 530-580
+40 December 570-620
(-120 for GF Christmas+Birthday) 450-500
(+100-150) Christmas 550-650

Sorry, had to do the math and thought I'd share it with you!

So I could potentially have anywhere between 550 and 650

Now for my minimal specs :
Any Graphics Card above 1000 (http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html)
At least a quad core
Water cooled
Sound card not too important

If anyone finds a setup that fits this then thank you so much for your time and effort!

A:Requesting advice for building a budget gaming PC

I vote for the graphics adapter as being the single most important factor in a gaming PC.

Out of your choices the monitor would be the second most important. However without adequate power to the graphics card it would be rendered useless, so I believe the Power Supply would be the second most important factor in gaming.

With CPU gaining in performance and becoming less of a factor in gaming, I would give the CPU the third most important position.

If you had included the Power Supply and CPU in your pole above, I would have made the monitor fourth most important factor. After all what good is being able to view a good picture if you can't produce the picture with better quality parts listed in the top three I mentioned above.

In my opinion RAM and Sound Cards would have very little importance as RAM is not all that expensive to purchase and on-board sound is usually sufficient.

I noticed you are looking for a gaming card and referenced to the Passmark benchmarks of 1000 as a recommended score. You might should consider looking at cards that will score at least 2000.

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Ok guys, I was considering this build for a budget Water Cooled System, but didnt know if I should go with Intel or AMD for the Processor. Take a look at this build for me and let me know which config, in your opinion, whould you go with.

I used Newegg.com for this build, becuase I know they are great with quality and speed. Keep in mind that I know there are many better components out there, but I'm trying to keep it around $1,000. Thanks

~~~Intel Build~~~

Titan Water case TWC-A88 Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $219.49
Rosewill RD450-2-DB ATX V2.2 450W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CSA, TUV, FCC - Retail $36.99
ASUS P5NSLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Intel Edition ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $98.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail $313.00
EVGA 512-P2-N635-AR Geforce 7950GT KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $249.99 ($234.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ S.O.E 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Desktop Memory - Retail $83.99

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comments? please?

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I've recently become interested in building my own pc. I'd like for it to be compatible with Windows and a couple distros of Linux. I do have a decent amount of money, but I'd prefer if it were a budget pc. I really wouldn't need a processor over 2.4GHz, and I'm not looking for top of the line parts either. I was just wondering if there were any sites you could recommend that had cheap parts. I would also be grateful for any recommendations on parts to go with. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

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I currently running Windows 10. Intel i5-750 Lynnfield since October 2009
Now my CPU have about ~72?C degrees when running a game.
I think it's too high and want a new Water Cooling
What do you think? Do you recommend? And how to choose?
Thank you :-)

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I recently received 2 one gig ram sticks.
However.. the cooling metal casing is too bulky to fit into my computer slots.
the ram is corsair - CM2X1024-6400C5DHX
Is it possible to remove the metal casing?

A:How do you remove the metal cooling case of RAM?

Hello there, I found this simple guide to removing the Heatspreaders on RAM modules.

It is important to note that removing the heatspreader will most probably void the warranty of the RAM.

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Hi, i ordered a new case, and i wanted to know what your suggestions for cooling are, intake and exhaust config. http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-138-033&depa=1

^^New Case^^

As you can see it has a fan on the side panel, and 2 rear fans.

how should i configure this system, what should each fan do (intake/ exhaust wise)?

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I need to order a new case and i was goin to get the NZXT Guardian Case but it only has 2 80mm fans. Think I can keep this case cool enough to overclock if i put in some extra cooling utilities. Which i will need advice on which ones to get.

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My Antec case has a purple snap-in module to easily accommodate a fan that sits directly in front of the HD's. The more I'm learning about case cooling, the more it makes sense to get such a fan. The questions I have are: 1. Are there fans that are designed to blow into the case, over the hd's, as well as fans that are designed to blow out, taking the air out from the case, or are they the same fans with a switch, sort of like a ceiling fan with a reversible option? 2. Is there any consensus as to which way is better -- blowing in over the hds, or out like an exhaust?

A:HDD cooling fan: Blow into case, or exhaust out?

well you have to remember the airflow and basic science:

air goes front of the case to back, heat goes from bottom to top... side fans always intake to the motherboard.

fans that are designed to blow a certain way? dont think so.. just flip them around i guess and it becomes the latter, but there is one such fan that is optimised as an outake fan, mainly because it looks like swiss cheese hence more suction from inside the case out...

to answer your question, if your hdd bays are at the front, they should be blowing into the case anyways... airflow rules..

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Just a heads up if anyone needs a VERY quiet fan, I replaced the dual fans on my water cooling system with these;
During normal use or gaming, they are silent. When running a stress test ie prime95 or OCCT, you can hear them however they are a 100% improvement over the coolermaster fans they replaced.

While they are not cheap, the performance and silence is well worth the cost.

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A:Totally radical case cooling idea!


I`d never have thought of that lol.

Mind you. They do say it`s better to fry your chips in a little oil, rather than animal fat.

Regards Howard

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