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    Default Can I use an older PC case with newer systems?

    Hi.
    I know it might sound dumb, but I have an older PC case I wish to keep using. I still like it because it is strong and sturdy, heavy, nothing like the cheap aluminium type (where you can bend it almost with your hands ), it is still in good nick. However, if I keep this PC Case do you believe I may encounter heating issues as a result if I don't upgrade to modern PC cases for modern up to date systems that cater for keeping my computer well ventilated?

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    Computer Case: PROCASE model (1997) approx
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    Default Re: Can I use an older PC case with newer systems?

    Only problem i can think of is motherboard being different

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    Default Re: Can I use an older PC case with newer systems?

    No real reason why you cant. The only thing you have to check is the motherboard risers that screw into the case are the same locations as the board. Some older boards have risers where a newer one wont. Remove or change them to suit.

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    Default Re: Can I use an older PC case with newer systems?

    Should be no issues regarding the hardware physically fitting (except as already stated - motherboards don't always have the same mounting hole layout) but depending on how old it is, the airflow might not be up to it for newer hardware. Some modifications might be a good idea to get the best cooling.
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    Default Re: Can I use an older PC case with newer systems?

    Considering how much more sensitive to heat modern computer tech is its probably a good idea to vamp up the cooling a bit.

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    Default Re: Can I use an older PC case with newer systems?

    Quote Originally Posted by undiejuice View Post
    I have an older PC case I wish to keep using. However, if I keep this PC Case do you believe I may encounter heating issues .
    Cases are cases. It really doesn't matter.
    You use whatever you like.
    It's one thing I don't upgrade often in my PCs.

    No reason there should be heat issues...if there is, add another case fan.

    They are pretty much all designed the same, the only thing I ever come across, is high end GPUs being able to fit into a case.

    That was the main reason for my last case change.
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    Default Re: Can I use an older PC case with newer systems?

    I use an old case for my file server and drilled a pattern of holes in the side. All my desktops run in old cases I'm too mean to waste money on a case

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    Default Re: Can I use an older PC case with newer systems?

    We used a 1992 for our 1997 computer b/c the motherboard was a AT/ATX design. So the AT case worked
    But isn't the newer cases fits the same motherboards as 1997 which was about when ATX kicked off ...

    A case is a case, I have a Antec case bought in 2009 with the PSU. Heavier than the cheapies but all it gave me was a rear case fan LOL.

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    Default Re: Can I use an older PC case with newer systems?

    For my main machine I've been using the same old case since my first build, but I've cut a hole and added a fan on the side (never had one) and cut out the useless stamped fan grille on the rear which seriously impeded airflow and replaced it with a wire one.

    Just make sure you have enough fans blowing in so you don't end up with negative air pressure inside the case. If you do, you'll be in dust bunny hell.
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    Default Re: Can I use an older PC case with newer systems?

    Depends on what you are putting inside it. Some of the older cases with the power supply at the top can have location issues with full ATX boards as well as issues with some graphic card length as already mentioned. Air flow can be an issue and temps should be monitored.

    Post a few pics of the case or let us know what make and model it is so it can be looked up if you have concerns.

    My suggestion would be not to skimp on a case to save a few dollars now, it may cost you more if you have failure due to over-heating, or components shorting against the case for example.

    Have to disagree with those saying "cases are cases", the cooler you can keep things the better. Some components are susceptible to temporary malfunction or permanent failure if overheated such as integrated circuits as in CPUs, chipset, graphics cards, and hard disk drives.

    Just building a top end LGA2011 system for a client as the moment (waiting on a few items to come into stock before I can finish it). The case was given as much thought as rest of the system.

    Pic: Standard size mid-tower case at right. Left is a Coolermaster HAF-X XL Tower.
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