I recently was able to do some horse trading with a colleague and traded up to a GTX 670 (stock version, not the FTW version).
My colleague thought that the card might run a little hot in my current case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811119094
Haven't had any problems with it so far, but the graphics card fan definitely does spin up when I'm running a modern game (like Sleeping Dogs) even for a little bit. So I suppose getting some extra airflow is probably better in the long run.
My colleague passed on a spare case to me (don't have a link)...it's a bigger tower, and has a side fan, 2 rear fans, and a top vent/fan - definitely more than what my current case offers.
It does need a bit of cleaning & dusting, but it's otherwise in good shape.
My questions to the gurus here are:
1. Do I REALLY need to transfer my rig to the new case? (I'm thinking I might as well)
2. The new to me case came with a 600w power supply (with clear sides), very 2004-2005-ish. No SATA power connectors or 6-pin graphics card plugs; but a bunch of molex connectors. My current case has one of these - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 148027...a
little more modern and has all the connectors I need, 500w. Has been good to me since I got it in 2007; still runs well here with current setup. (i5 proc, 8 gigs RAM, 1 SSD, 1 HDD, 1 DVD drive, GTX 670).
Not really looking to buy a new power supply yet.
Any benefit to using the older supply vs my current one? Am I asking for trouble by using this old stuff? (then again, if no issues, no reason to retire it, right?)
3. With the 600w (clear) power supply, I can see that there's a little dust inside (which is to be expected, given the age). If I stick with that, any problems/issues if I open up the power supply to clean the dust out?