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Best cooler setup for my case?

Hey guys! I have an old computer, my "specs":
- AMD Phenom II X965
- Nvidia Gtx 560
- Case - Cooler Master Elite 371

I'm not trying to overclock it but when I'm playing video games during summer (it's spring here, but for some reason it's been really hot these days), my computer tends to heat, a lot. I know this CPU tends to be a hot one, but last night, while I was playing Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain it turned off and I'm pretty sure that it was overheating, same happened today playing CS:GO (Yup), and now I want to put some new coolers in.

The case, as I said before it's a Cooler Master Elite 371




What would be the best cooler setup?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Just because I live in a third world country I can only buy this month a pair of Corsair AF120 or SP120 and the next month another pair. So yeah, that's it.

Thank you guys and sorry for my english.


Oh, by the way, I'm not a tech savy, explain like I'm 5 years old please :P
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  1. It would help to know what cooling you have now.

    Which and how many case fans and what position they are in, cpu cooler, cable management.

    Need to monitor temps and report.

    Instal Hwmonitor 64 or something similar. Then you will know if heat related problem or not.
  2. I suggest the cm212evo. I would suggest cryptic h7 but could be hard to get in some areas.
  3. biglizard said:
    It would help to know what cooling you have now.

    Which and how many case fans and what position they are in, cpu cooler, cable management.

    Need to monitor temps and report.

    Instal Hwmonitor 64 or something similar. Then you will know if heat related problem or not.


    I'm not sure, I have a stock cooler in the back of the case and that's all :/ (I think theres one below the cpu?)
    I tried using Speedfan, Hwmonitor, core temp and still my core temp is 0ºc :/

    Anonymous said:
    I suggest the cm212evo. I would suggest cryptic h7 but could be hard to get in some areas.


    I can't afford the CM212EVO I can only afford the corsair af120 and sp120
  4. ntkiddo said:
    biglizard said:
    It would help to know what cooling you have now.

    Which and how many case fans and what position they are in, cpu cooler, cable management.

    Need to monitor temps and report.

    Instal Hwmonitor 64 or something similar. Then you will know if heat related problem or not.


    I'm not sure, I have a stock cooler in the back of the case and that's all :/ (I think theres one below the cpu?)
    I tried using Speedfan, Hwmonitor, core temp and still my core temp is 0ºc :/




    Ok, sounds like you have one rear case fan and of course one on cpu cooler.

    If that is the case then I would add the sp120's in the front positions of your case.

    I think the SP's will be best becuase the drive cage in the front of your case will be restrictive.

    You should also make sure that the cpu cooler is free from dust.
  5. biglizard said:
    ntkiddo said:
    biglizard said:
    It would help to know what cooling you have now.

    Which and how many case fans and what position they are in, cpu cooler, cable management.

    Need to monitor temps and report.

    Instal Hwmonitor 64 or something similar. Then you will know if heat related problem or not.


    I'm not sure, I have a stock cooler in the back of the case and that's all :/ (I think theres one below the cpu?)
    I tried using Speedfan, Hwmonitor, core temp and still my core temp is 0ºc :/




    Ok, sounds like you have one rear case fan and of course one on cpu cooler.

    If that is the case then I would add the sp120's in the front positions of your case.

    I think the SP's will be best becuase the drive cage in the front of your case will be restrictive.

    You should also make sure that the cpu cooler is free from dust.



    Maybe I'm wrong but, should I add the sp120 in the front and 1 on the side?
    I don't know why but it's cheaper to buy 2 fans instead of 1 :P
  6. Best answer
    ntkiddo said:
    biglizard said:
    ntkiddo said:
    biglizard said:
    It would help to know what cooling you have now.

    Which and how many case fans and what position they are in, cpu cooler, cable management.

    Need to monitor temps and report.

    Instal Hwmonitor 64 or something similar. Then you will know if heat related problem or not.


    I'm not sure, I have a stock cooler in the back of the case and that's all :/ (I think theres one below the cpu?)
    I tried using Speedfan, Hwmonitor, core temp and still my core temp is 0ºc :/




    Ok, sounds like you have one rear case fan and of course one on cpu cooler.

    If that is the case then I would add the sp120's in the front positions of your case.

    I think the SP's will be best becuase the drive cage in the front of your case will be restrictive.

    You should also make sure that the cpu cooler is free from dust.



    Maybe I'm wrong but, should I add the sp120 in the front and 1 on the side?
    I don't know why but it's cheaper to buy 2 fans instead of 1 :P



    You could, but i would start with the new fans in the front position. And see how things go.

    And in your case you maybe correct, as your case has no additional venting in the rear. Other than the rear exhaust fan. Normally one would try to force heated air being dumped into the case by the gpu out the rear case vents and to feed the cpu cool air. So one front fan feeding cpu cooler and the rear exhaust taking that air out and the the second front fan moving cool air to gpu and the heated air out a vent.

    Generally speaking its best to have nice smooth air flow from front to back, cabling drives, drive cages and other obstructions disrupt this air flow creating turbulence. This turbulence causes the components in your system to recycle the heated air they produce. Therefore reducing your gpu and cpu's coolers ability to cool their respective components.

    Have you inspected cpu cooler for dust build up?
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