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May 26, 2013 5:34:03 PM

Hello Tomshardware community !

So .. I came up with this build , but I need a good-looking,cheap and appropriate case to go with it , and the necessary cooling options for the GPU / CPU , cuz I have no clue regarding those stuff ! I'm never overclocking ok..

this is my build :
CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

MOBO
Gigabyte LGA 1155 DDR3 1600 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS GA-Z77-HD3

GPU
ASUS Graphic Cards GTX660-DC2O-2GD5

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3

Data storage
WD Black Desktop 1TB SATA 6.0 GB/s 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive

PSU
CORSAIR GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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Will this case suffice ? It has 3 cooling fans already installed .. idk , check it out : http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Black-Steel-Chassis-921R...

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Thank you !


May 26, 2013 6:05:01 PM

onlyone123 said:
Hello Tomshardware community !

So .. I came up with this build , but I need a good-looking,cheap and appropriate case to go with it , and the necessary cooling options for the GPU / CPU , cuz I have no clue regarding those stuff !

this is my build :
CPU
Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770

MOBO
Gigabyte LGA 1155 DDR3 1600 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS GA-Z77-HD3

GPU
ASUS Graphic Cards GTX660-DC2O-2GD5

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3

Data storage
WD Black Desktop 1TB SATA 6.0 GB/s 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive

PSU
Corsair Builder Series CX 430 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX430)

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Will this case suffice ? It has 3 cooling fans already installed .. idk , check it out : http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Black-Steel-Chassis-921R...

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Thank you !




Search up some Cooler Master cases, they tend to be quite cheap, or alternatively Xigmatek and Antec. I don't think you will need a GPU cooler if you are not overclocking, just make sure your case has good airflow. In regards to the CPU cooler, a few popular options are Noctua NH-D14, Cooler Master Hyper 212 evo.

The case you've linked seems to have good reviews in regards to airflow and it is fairly cheap so I think that is a good buy. It doesn't look too scruffy either.
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May 26, 2013 6:48:35 PM

First, I wouldn't go so big for a primary HDD. IMHO - I'd use a smaller one, and use the larger for storage. The seek/access times on large drives are horrible. Like a 250GB with high cache, or even a 128GB or 256GB SSD for the OS install. Again, that's just personal recommendation, and aside from the main point.

Regarding the case, remember this is going to house your investment. You don't have to get really expensive, but don't get too cheap. Always check reviews, regardless of what you pick.

I lean towards Lian-Li, but they aren't very inexpensive. I've used some really good Antec and Thermaltake cases. Sometimes I prefer a specific brand, but have to choose a different case because of desired upgrade-ability.

Recommendations of popular brands:
Lian-Li
Antec
Cooler Master
Thermaltake
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May 27, 2013 1:32:07 AM

This is my final build .. I'm still torn between cases and whether or not I need cooling for this CPU

Final product :

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

MOBO
Gigabyte LGA 1155 DDR3 1600 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS GA-Z77-HD3

GPU
ASUS Graphic Cards GeForce GTX660 2gb

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3

Primary HDD
Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW

Data storage
WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX

PSU
Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX500)

DVD
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

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Thanks and sorry for the trouble :)  I'm just being extra careful and .. cheap!
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May 27, 2013 7:37:01 AM

Again, I really like Lian-Li. their cooling design for air flow is one of the best. Plus the ease of putting a system together. They really know how to put a case together. All of the below cases are great.

Tom's Hardware Recommended Buy:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Rosewill

My Recommendation:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Lian-Li

Other suggestions:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Lian-Li

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Coolermaster
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May 27, 2013 11:26:50 AM

I have the Rosewill and the Antec 300, the Antec is the better of the two cases, but if I was to buy another case it would be the Fractal Design Define R4, it has all the options I would need in a new case.
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