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June 10, 2013 6:03:50 PM

I'm building a computer for the first time and am wondering what kind of case I should get. I'll list the other components I've picked out below. Thanks in advance for help!

motherboard - Asus m5a97 le r2.0
processor - AMD phenom II x4 945
memory - g.skill ripjaws series F3-12800CL9D
hard drive - seagate ST1000LM014
video card - sapphire vapor-x 100358vxl

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June 10, 2013 6:08:51 PM

A computer like that won't need a ton of cooling; you could drop the MoBo down to a micro-ATX and get the Bitfenix Prodigy. If not, then the Corsair 400R is a nice case.
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June 10, 2013 6:12:50 PM

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

BitFenix Shinobi Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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June 10, 2013 7:49:14 PM

The new 330r nice if you like plan cases.
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June 10, 2013 10:16:37 PM

Thanks for the advice guys, I think I'm going to go with the bitfenix. Followup question, how does one pick out a power supply?
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June 11, 2013 1:55:25 AM

You taKe the wattage of the CPU and max wattage of the gpu. Add them together that the wattage that has to be on the 12v leg. To be safe make sure there extra 50 to 100 w on the 12v leg for cap aging. Then look to forums that have power supply load tests. Min power supply now in a gaming rig is a bronze level power supply. Top level would be a gold or platinum level unit. There are vendors that are high rated like seasonic units. Under that vendor will be two or three Oem that sell the seasonic units rebranded under there own name. Bad or unknown units like deabloteck you can google and see them fail and fail with good loud cap pops. Most of these fail because there 300w units relabeled as 500-600w units or they can't output there rated voltage without blowing up.
Best failure was a Canadian pc tester that was testing a piece of junk.
When the ps failed it took out the load tester and shorted out the building.
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June 11, 2013 7:14:38 AM

The psu you need is largely determined by the graphics card/s.
Assuming a normal complement of peripherals, this handy chart is the easiest way to size a psu:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

It is not wrong to overprovision a psu a bit, and it usually costs little more.
A psu will only consume the wattage it needs regardless of it's maximum capability.
A psu will operate most efficiently in the middle third of it's range and be quieter. A 20% extra is not a bad idea.

Whatever you do, only buy a quality brand.
Here is some help on that: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
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