Need opinions on upgrade

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  1. bennyandthejet

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    Ok, I am finally going to upgrade my system. I have been putting it off and putting it off. My computer is not 'terrible' for what I do, but it is getting out-dated fast.


    This is what I have:


    Processor
    AMD Athlon™ 64 processor 3200+
    OS
    Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Edition
    System Board
    MicroStar K8T Neo-FIS2R MS-6702 System Board
    System Memory
    1GB composed of 2- 512MB PC3200 SDRAM 184-pin DIMMs
    Diskette Drive
    3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive
    Hard Drive
    160GB 7200RPM Ultra ATA
    DVD-ROM Drive
    16x DVD-ROM Drive - XJ-HD166S
    DVD ±R/±RW Drive
    4x DVD±R/±RW Drive
    Video
    e-GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 256MB DDR VIVO Graphics Card
    Sound
    Integrated AC97 Audio ALC655 HiDef Audio
    Modem
    Lectron 56K V.92 PCI Internal Modem
    LAN
    Realtek Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet Controller
    Ports/Connectors
    IIM IEEE 1394 Host Controller- 2 Ports





    Basically, what I am trying to do is, buy a new case first and foremost. The main reason I am going to be upgrading, is to have better cooling, because the heat that comes off my computer now is insane. So, I want to get a new case with a good amount of fans / cooling, motherboard, and add more ram, and get a nice psu, hopefully one that comes with case. I may/may not upgrade the processor right now, but mainly just looking for the best options for what I am trying to do.


    I mainly just play games/movies/music/etc. So please, give me some advice, links to where to buy / cheapest = plus.

    Thanks ahead of time.
     
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    I have the Cooler Master Centurion 5 case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

    I have a 120 in the rear, a 120 in upper front on a harddrive rack, an 80 on the bottom front harddrive rack, and I cut a 120 into the top of it. It runs very cool. I use mine for video encoding and gaming. The 120's allow it to move a lot of air without making a lot of noise as well. All I can hear is the air wooshing sound. I highly recommend this case.
     
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    I really like that case. I might get that one, unless I see a better one I like. I remember when I last looked at cases, I found one that was amazing, had like 3 or 4 built in fans that came with it stock.
     
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    That 850W psu is a beast, for the package deal on newegg with that case, lol.
     
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    Yea I got mine for 30 bucks on sale and it has been the best case I've ever worked with. Just be sure to pull the foam out of the front mesh, it restricts a lot of airflow. I'd rather have to take the side of the case off once a month and spray out the dust than to have significantly less airflow.
     
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    Yeah, I noticed that. My case now, it over heats so bad that I have to take both sides off my case, and it still leaves heat black marks on the walls.
     

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