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May 27, 2013 7:35:31 PM

Building a gaming rig:

ASUS GTX680-DC2-4GD5 GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR AX1200i 1200W Digital ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 Desktop Memory Model CMD16GX3M2A2400C10

ASUS Maximus V EXTREME LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637173770

Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

What case do you suggest for this kind of PC? I was thinking about the SilverStone Temjin Series TJ07B-W-USB 3.0 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case with 4X USB 3.0 ports or the Corsair Obsidian Series 900D CC-9011022-WW Black Aluminum ATX Super Tower Computer Case. What are the dis/advantages of both? Do you suggest any other cases for a gaming computer?

I didn't have any idea of what sort of fan I should get, because I'm not exactly an expert in that subject. Any fans recommended? I might look into liquid cooling though . . .


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a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 7:40:53 PM

Judging from your parts, it doesn't seem like you have a tight budget, so just get whatever case fits them all and one that you like. In the end, appearance is kind of important. You will have to work with it and look at it for a long time.
May 27, 2013 7:41:43 PM

ksham said:
Judging from your parts, it doesn't seem like you have a tight budget, so just get whatever case fits them all and one that you like. In the end, appearance is kind of important. You will have to work with it and look at it for a long time.

Any advice on the fan?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 7:43:06 PM

Depends what the fans are for. Just intake fans? Radiator fans? Does quietness matter to you?
May 27, 2013 7:44:41 PM

ksham said:
Depends what the fans are for. Just intake fans? Radiator fans? Does quietness matter to you?

Errr . . . like I said, I'm not too sure about this subject. Quietness matters, and I guess they're for cooling :3

a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 7:48:05 PM

NxzT fans are low noise fans. There are few other fans that lol noise. They have magnetic or fluid berrings. The nxzt case the good gaming ones have fan controller built into the case. The newer gaming cases n300 and coolmater new n line have no drive bays for long gpu cards or the extra drive bay can come out. They also have room for cable management. Most newer cases with cable going behind the mb tray a lot of power supply four and eight pin pci cables won't reach without a 12 inch extender cable.
May 27, 2013 7:49:28 PM

smorizio said:
NxzT fans are low noise fans. There are few other fans that lol noise. They have magnetic or fluid berrings. The nxzt case the good gaming ones have fan controller built into the case. The newer gaming cases n300 and coolmater new n line have no drive bays for long gpu cards or the extra drive bay can come out. They also have room for cable management. Most newer cases with cable going behind the mb tray a lot of power supply four and eight pin pci cables won't reach without a 12 inch extender cable.

So I should go with a NZXT case?
a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 7:59:02 PM

Are you looking for fans for the case or for your water cooling radiators?
a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 7:59:22 PM

That up to you if you like there looks. My self I like plain black cases with 2/3 window. Then I use an after market fans pwm and a pwm fan controller.
With a good fan controller or a large 200mm side fan and good front and rear fan for exhaust your case should be cool and quitet. Also buy a power supply with more wattage then you need and one that has a temp controlled fan. Undersized power supply going run hot when gaming. Most new bronze and higher power supply have a sweet spot when there loaded.
You see this on computer web pages that do power supply reviews.
May 27, 2013 8:00:16 PM

ksham said:
Are you looking for fans for the case or for your water cooling radiators?

What would the difference be?
a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 8:04:43 PM

For case fans, you want maximum airflow or CFM. You may also want good static pressure or good air channeling fans depending on where you put the fans in the case. For radiator fans, you want fans with high static pressure and decent air channeling.
May 27, 2013 8:06:22 PM

ksham said:
For case fans, you want maximum airflow or CFM. You may also want good static pressure or good air channeling fans depending on where you put the fans in the case. For radiator fans, you want fans with high static pressure and decent air channeling.

Then I guess it would be fans for the case.
a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 8:07:28 PM

I dislike windows in general, they tend to be poor thermal conductors, and also transmit noise far better then a solid metal side panel. side windows also eliminate in most pcs, serious airflow from the side panel, which sometimes is necessary for hot gpus/nb/mosfets

that said one of my favorite PC cases of all times is an Antec 900 2 (which does have a side window, but also fixes my complaints with high quality construction and a mesh cutout)... I've never had a case with such great airflow. the airflow is so good in this baby, not only does the temps in the case stay within 5C, but even on a 12hour prime burn, the temps inside the case never get much hotter then the outside air... the motherboard never gets more then 10C over ambient, the cpu stays cool... and the vent/mesh on the back and top gets so hot you can burn yourself on it

THAT is about the most efficient airflow i've ever seen in a case. love almost every thing about it. great room, great airflow... my only gripes is how big of a pain in the ass it is to clean the front fan dust screens, or to even get at them. This case is built to withstand some serious physical damage, it's rock solid and high quality to cut down on vibration. but that also means it's not exactly easy to get at the parts inside sometimes.

as for case fans... i'm rolling with an all noctua setup... loving them. Never would have believed how good the airflow would be and how quiet they are. They're so quiet i can't hear them at all... all i can hear is the wind flowing (and my gpu fan which unfortunately IS noisy). THAT is freakin' insane. I'd never believe a fan could be so quiet all you hear is the wind moving.
May 27, 2013 8:10:54 PM

ingtar33 said:
I dislike windows in general, they tend to be poor thermal conductors, and also transmit noise far better then a solid metal side panel. side windows also eliminate in most pcs, serious airflow from the side panel, which sometimes is necessary for hot gpus/nb/mosfets

that said one of my favorite PC cases of all times is an Antec 900 2 (which does have a side window, but also fixes my complaints with high quality construction and a mesh cutout)... I've never had a case with such great airflow. the airflow is so good in this baby, not only does the temps in the case stay within 5C, but even on a 12hour prime burn, the temps inside the case never get much hotter then the outside air... the motherboard never gets more then 10C over ambient, the cpu stays cool... and the vent/mesh on the back and top gets so hot you can burn yourself on it

THAT is about the most efficient airflow i've ever seen in a case. love almost every thing about it. great room, great airflow... my only gripes is how big of a pain in the ass it is to clean the front fan dust screens, or to even get at them. This case is built to withstand some serious physical damage, it's rock solid and high quality to cut down on vibration. but that also means it's not exactly easy to get at the parts inside sometimes.

You make a good point. Could you give me a link to the case because I'm not sure if I'm looking at the right one on Newegg . . .
a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 8:15:26 PM

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a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 8:57:14 PM

http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/95-phantom-410-mid-t...

Take a look at this case and google images of how clean the newer gaming cases can look with the righ power supply and case. Newer cases have better cable management. The case I posted for the money also has a fan controller.
a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2013 10:35:00 PM

eshin0301 said:

You make a good point. Could you give me a link to the case because I'm not sure if I'm looking at the right one on Newegg . . .

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

that's the case. I took out the fans and replaced them all with noctuas... not that the origionals were bad... just they weren't in the same league as these noctuas.

the 900 2 is a discontinued model... though you might be able to find it

I went to antec's website and it looks like they replaced it with the Antec Eleven Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've no personal experience with that case.
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