1.) Has anyone had any issues dropping in a 975x, 980x or 990x? Is it better to just stay with the 920 at factory OC (3.2 ghz)
2.) Considering dropping the stock ram 1333mhz (6 modules) for 3 1600mhz per the manual using slots 1,3 and 5. Is this even worth doing? I know its not if I leave in the 920 but would it be worth it with one of the above named options?
3.) After all this time, I'm still reading 27-32c with command center with my stock liquid cooler. 44-48c with a secondary temp tester. Im considering a.) buying a used oem liquid cooling unit just to take apart and attempt a refurbish, b.) leaving it as is but cleaning up contact and pea-dropping new thermal paste (would do if I upgrade cpu) or c.) just go third party Corsair H80. One way or another its 8 years old and it's time I start considering options. Thoughts?
4.) Any recommendations for a converter for my ssd drive into the factory 5.25" slot? Ive bought a few and nothing fits quite right. It's just kinda sitting in there atm. Also, is there some pcie card option that I would be able to boot from to get SATA 3? Sata 2 is obviously better than the 1.5 I was running stock but I would LOVE to get the 6gb/sec if possible.
Thanks in advance for any replies. I know I could buy new or upgrade the mobo and all that but I'm just trying to max out what this ALX can do. She's been a solid computer for years. I just recently got USB 3.0 functionality, a GeForce 1050 Ti (went from a 460) and I'm making little upgrades here and there (my next is to find replacement bay shroud with battery pack so I can get lighting inside). Im not looking for latest/greatest beyond what this machine can handle as-is.