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What's In A Case?


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#1 blueandgold04

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 04:44 PM

piece by piece i am acquiring all the parts to build a new computer that will stand the tests of time :thumbsup: (or maybe a few years!)

the next piece to the puzzle is the case. i plan on getting nextgen gfx cards (SLI?Crossfire?), so space and cooling are at the forefront of my considerations.

thus, do i need a full tower or will a mid tower suffice?

what are some good manufacturers to choose from?

any specific models that you have had good experience with?

thank you all for any direction you can provide.

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ps-i would like to spend less that $100 on the case.
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Posted 05 March 2007 - 05:00 PM

I'm not big on fancy cases with windows and all so I'll leave that to every one else. Other than roominess, a full tower is better than a mid tower because it's bigger, the main thing is the proper placement of the cabling. Keeping them short and tucked out of the way will help airflow. One thing I do is to remove the perforated sheet metal that's in front of the fans and use a wire screen guard. Probably doesn't do much, but I feel like it does. Don't forget that most of the latest and greatest video cards take up 2 slots. Also don't buy a case just because it comes with a power supply. You're better off to buy one
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Posted 05 March 2007 - 06:03 PM

Yeah, a mid tower should be fine for you. Really, above a certain point, a better case isn't going to help you, or just isn't worth the money (cases over 200$?!?! wth?!?)

I highly recommend this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811119068
Good brands as far as I know: thermaltake, coolermaster, lian-li. . .lots of others. Just check the reviews like and other product and you should be fine. :thumbsup:

Also, be sure that the case fits your motherboard (atx, microatx, whatever).

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 01:25 AM

I prefer the cases that have thumb screws to take off the side. Some of the cheap ones have regular screws and the whole case comes off. I like the side to come off by itself and NO screws inside. There are rails that hold the drives so I don't need a screwdriver to change things out.

I agree with above about getting your own power supply, you don't always get a reliable one when it comes with the case. And make sure you get case fans, my last case did not have any come with it, but they are only about $10. :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 10:56 AM

thanks for the replies. i agree about the psu, i have a new one for the case. it is modular, so that should allow better airflow.

ocelot, i really like that CoolerMaster case. and for the price it is a pretty sweet deal. i think i am going to purchase it and start putting together what pieces i have.

thanks all for the info.

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 03:45 PM

I prefer the cases that have thumb screws to take off the side. Some of the cheap ones have regular screws and the whole case comes off. I like the side to come off by itself and NO screws inside. There are rails that hold the drives so I don't need a screwdriver to change things out.

I agree with above about getting your own power supply, you don't always get a reliable one when it comes with the case. And make sure you get case fans, my last case did not have any come with it, but they are only about $10. :thumbsup:

Yyou can buy the thumbscrews for a couple of bucks. It is a nice touch
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