Odd Temperatures, new cooler or new case?

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Hey, first off, I've been having problems with the temperatures of my processor on/off for the past few months. At first I fixed it (or so I thought!) by applying fresh thermal paste, the old stuff was pretty messed up so I put on some IC Diamond.

This went well, everything seemed okay and I've not had any problems since, until yesterday.

Whilst playing games, my computer seemed to have a little blip and completely reset itself, black screen, reboot. First thing I done was load up Speccy and give the temperatures a look and my processor was sitting at 80 degrees, not a fun temperature.

Anyway, I went back into a game and monitored it and the temperatures managed to hit (and exceed) 90, so I've been putting off running anything since.

What I'm wondering is, would my money be better spent purchasing a new case (I currently have an antec 902) or a new cooler for my processor (It's 2 years-ish old... stock fan).

As a bit of background to the computer, I've been running it with the side off (but clean dust regularly) and have the following;

AMD Phenom II X4 955
GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series

It should probably be noted too that I have four hard-drives running alongside all of this, so there's a lot of stuff crammed into my case (but I have cleaned up the wiring).

Also, my graphics card has been running in excess of 60 degrees ever since I got it, do these run hot? (Had no problems with crashes relating to it however.)

Sorry for the wall of text, just trying to be as thorough as possible. (and I hope this is in the right section!)

P.S. Willing to spend up to £80 on new parts if necessary.
 
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The stock cooler supplied with the PhenomII X4 is useless and also loud, this hot weather also cant be helping.

I had a similar issue last year - http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18148673

Your case isnt to blame at all.

My recommendation is,
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-029-CM&groupid=701&catid=57&subcat=1395
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-001-CS&groupid=701&catid=57&subcat=1395
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-001-GD&groupid=701&catid=57&subcat=1395

What RAM do you have? as most AM3 aftermarket heatsinks cant be turned 90degrees like a intel cooler as the mounting holes are not square.

P.S. Willing to spend up to £80 on new parts if necessary.

No need, £25 should have you "sorted"
 
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Ahh, thanks for the quick reply!

Yeah, the weather has been insane lately.

Hm, those are a lot cheaper than I was expecting! (also a bonus here!) I'm wondering if size is something I'm going to have to worry about a lot? I'm using all of my RAM slots so if any of these are likely to cover them I'm going to run into issues. (I saw you had to move yours).

Any idea about the Graphics Card? Is the 70 mark too high or should I be okay without replacing anything there?

Thanks again =)

EDIT:

I have 8GB of the Corsair XMS3 DHX. They come out quite a bit.
 
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Any idea about the Graphics Card? Is the 70 mark too high or should I be okay without replacing anything there?

What card? theirs a lot of 4 series variants.

This shows a 4850 and a 4870 - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/177?vs=176

Look near the bottom at idle/crysis and furmark temperatures.

I'm wondering if size is something I'm going to have to worry about a lot? I'm using all of my RAM slots so if any of these are likely to cover them I'm going to run into issues. (I saw you had to move yours

The Dominator RAM I used there is very tall with tall spiky heatsinks. If you have more normal stuff like Corsair XMS3 type? then its ok.
 
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Ahh, sorry mate. Forgot I just put in 4800.

It's the 4870, the temperatures don't seem too off according to that then.

As for the RAM, yeah, I have the big spiky heatsinks... they aren't extreme though, maybe about an inch high?
 
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That looks pretty good.

Thanks for the help bro.

EDIT:

Oh, also, would you recommend using your own paste for this rather than the pre-provided?
 
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H60 is out of stock, but the 620 is still around.

I assume the 920 is better though? I'm all for making long-term investments when it comes to my computer, if that's the case I think I'll just go for it regardless.

Unless you think the size of it will be an issue?
 
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