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So my backup pc has been getting a bit long in the tooth, so decided to get it a little more up to date. Got a new processor, ram and a new heatsink/fan combo (didn't spend much, still not state of the art or even close, but cost $150 total for everything). Sadly, didn't do any measuring before ordering the HSF, so my side doesn't actually fit on the pc anymore since the heatsink sticks up too far. Total ***ch trying to get this thing assembled again. I'd love to know what I was smoking that I used to enjoy doing it.

Upgraded from Athlon II x4 620 (2.6 GHz) to Phenom II x4 955BE (3.2 GHz unlocked multiplier)
Upgraded from 4 GB DDR3 to 12 GB DDR3

Little more sprightly now, and noticeable when playing games that it's less cpu bound (GTX 460 768 MB graphics) since most of the games I play are old enough that my card can run them at the highest resolution with everything enabled.

Still, I'm happy to get it so that it delays having to replace it for cheap.
 

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I still enjoy it, just wish I haven't put ~$2k into mine.



But I use my PC for a lot of things. With as much easy money I make I really didn't pay anything for it that was "hard earned money" so that puts me to ease. I want a new mobo in the future but other than that it is maxxed out and good to go for me.

Edit: Sadly even that is an older picture I've added even more/changed some **** since August lol. GTX 660ti, HT Omega sound card, 4 new fans, another 1tb caviar black another SSD coming in a few weeks...
 

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ya thats a nice case, I wish mine had that back panel to hold all the wires back

and martix ya, the majority of liquid cooling kits today are closed circuit systems so you never need to fiddle with the coolant. just strap it all in and only replace the thermal paste on the processor every year or so

I just ordered one, should be here on Wednesday. Ill let you know how it goes
 

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I feel like my massive heatsink and dual fans on it are just as good as a liquid cooling system would be. It's not as small, though.
I hardly do any sort of hardcore gaming anyhow, so there's no reason. I couldn't fund any unlocked core I5 processors when I bought mine, so I can't overclock either.
 

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much quieter? more efficient? not to mention if you set the system up right you have the pump control and the fan control vs just the fan control to help shed the heat

my system this weekend was raging away and I could not figure out why, i wasnt even using it, I was playing on my ps3 but my computer sounded like it was pushing enough air past the processor to feed a jet engine. turns out the air in my case was being pulled in from the same area that the PS3 was at but the fans on the case were not pushing enough air OUT of the case to get cool air in. That will be fixed with the liquid cooler coming as I will have 2 fans pushing air directly out of the case. Thats also why I mentioned more efficient, rather than a heat synch setup which takes heat from the processor and puts it into the air that is in the case (much of which comes back through the heat synch) heat from a liquid cooling setup is taken directly out of the case
 

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quiet?-check. This is the quietest computer I've ever built. Turns out that the bigger the fan, the slower it needs to spin in order to move the same amount of air as a smaller fan. My GPU fan is the loudest thing in my case.

More effective? Most likely not. I've got a pretty good air flow pattern in my case but it's certainly not as cool as it could possibly be. My cpu sits around 100F when idling, but doesn't get much hotter than that at any point in time. I really need to find some crazy thing to do so i can really test it out though; I'm not sure where I would find something like that.
 

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My second system now sets around 80F idling. I did a prime95 (100% utilization on all 4 cores) for a couple hours and couldn't get it over 112. IN fact after the first hour or so it started to drop back to about 110. But it's not silent.
 
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