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New computer case vs new CPU fan, Whats best for cooling?

So here's my problem:

My cpu has been overheating and crashing around 80c, im gonna replace the thermal paste cuz i suspect it might be the main cause or at least an aggravating factor, now aside from that i wanna spend a little money on helping my processor keep a more healthy temp.

Im short on cash so i can only afford either a new case or a new cpu fan, and i wanna get what would help cool my system (but mainly my cpu since its the one that seems to be the problem) the most, i looked around for people in similar situations and they didnt get proper responses or were asked about their specific configurations so here´s mine:

Phenom II X6 1100t with stock cooler
Gtx 660 grapics card (its an msi twin frzr)
16 gigs of ram
3 Hard drives and 2 Solid state drives
i also have small network and sound cards (no heat from these ones) cuz the onboard ones never worked too well.
And finally the case about which i cant give much information right now but its really old, not very good and i have to keep the side panel open for it to ventilate better cuz it gets hot if i close it.

So i would appreciate answers as well as suggestions (keep in mind money is tight, im a student with no income) and i will try to upload pictures of my tower when i get a chance.

Thank you for your time.
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    Since you leave the side panel off you dont really have to worry about cooler clearance, take a look at something like the CRORig H7. The stock cooler is barely good enough when it does have enough airflow, take that away and it overheats.
    However, a 120mm cooler such as the H7 will be able to create enough airflow on its own to keep temps down. Ideally you would want a new case and cooler, but the cooler should come first.
  2. Gam3r01 said:
    Since you leave the side panel off you dont really have to worry about cooler clearance, take a look at something like the CRORig H7. The stock cooler is barely good enough when it does have enough airflow, take that away and it overheats.
    However, a 120mm cooler such as the H7 will be able to create enough airflow on its own to keep temps down. Ideally you would want a new case and cooler, but the cooler should come first.


    Thanks bro, already bought the cooler master hyper evo 212, everything running smoothly now
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