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First build ever. Need help looking for midtower case.

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October 7, 2013 1:02:05 PM

Hello everyone!

As the title says, I am a newcomer to building PCs and would like your advice. I'm currently in the middle of buying parts for my PC but the real problem is the case. I don't have a case chosen out, and I also don't know how to tell if my Sapphire HD 7950 would be able to fit.

Personally, I like cases that have LEDs, blue preferably, and have a windowed side. Airflow is a big concern and would definitely need adequate airflow. I also want it to be big enough that it can be upgraded in the future, but small enough to not be a burden (I live in a college dorm so space is precious!) I have been looking at the Fractal Define R4 but its a tad too pricey and minimal for me personally.

I really don't want to exceed $85 for a case, but I will if I find one that really perks my interest.

My entire build is below:

240GB SanDisk Extreme SATA III SSD - I already own
WD Blue 1TB Desktop HDD - $65
Corsair Builder Series CX 600W - $60
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz - $80
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $220
MSI Z87-G43 Mobo - $120
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $35
Intel Core i5-4670k - $230

As you can see, I'm missing my case haha. Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
October 7, 2013 1:15:09 PM

Check through the Cooer Master HAF line up of cases and see if there is something there for you. Cases tend to be a personal thing and up to the individual. As far as leds go, they may come with them or not. You can purchase fans with Blue LEDs if you like and they are relatively inexpensive. This would be good : http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-HAF-922-Computer/dp...
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October 7, 2013 1:20:22 PM

coastie65 said:
Check through the Cooer Master HAF line up of cases and see if there is something there for you. Cases tend to be a personal thing and up to the individual.


My main concern is just fitting the HD 7950 into the case, and being able to upgrade in the future. But yeah I do realize that it is a personal thing.
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October 7, 2013 1:29:32 PM

Yeah it'd be tight, I personally use a full tower case for my 7950
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October 7, 2013 1:37:58 PM

Omnibit said:
coastie65 said:
Check through the Cooer Master HAF line up of cases and see if there is something there for you. Cases tend to be a personal thing and up to the individual.


My main concern is just fitting the HD 7950 into the case, and being able to upgrade in the future. But yeah I do realize that it is a personal thing.


It should. The Case is a bit bigger than my 912 HAF and I am pretty sure I can fit on in here. I have a GTX 680 in here at the moment.
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October 7, 2013 3:03:13 PM

Outlander_04 said:
it would be hard to find a mid tower case that would not fit a 7950.

The Antec 302 is an excellent case at a very decent price
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5462/antec-three-hundred-...


Antec puts out some good cases. I wasn't real impressed with the 300 though as felt the air flow could be better.
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October 8, 2013 4:44:00 AM

Omnibit said:
coastie65 said:


You would do well with the HAF 922. That thing will mount up to 3 200mm fans. That is a lot of air.


Yeah I think I have decided on it. I just don't know how to check if the graphics card I'm getting will fit inside it.


I believe that card is 9 or 10 inches. I have a GTX 680 which is 10.5 Inches in this Cooler Masre 912 HAF case, which is a tad smaller than the 922.
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October 8, 2013 7:01:40 PM

coastie65 said:
Omnibit said:
coastie65 said:


You would do well with the HAF 922. That thing will mount up to 3 200mm fans. That is a lot of air.


Yeah I think I have decided on it. I just don't know how to check if the graphics card I'm getting will fit inside it.


I believe that card is 9 or 10 inches. I have a GTX 680 which is 10.5 Inches in this Cooler Masre 912 HAF case, which is a tad smaller than the 922.

Now I just read that the 922 HAF doesn't have a 2.5" bay for my SSD. Is that going to be a problem or will I be able to get it to work? Will I also be getting SATA 6GB/s speeds from it? Thanks again, I'm pretty much sold on this case but just want to know a couple more things.
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October 8, 2013 7:06:20 PM

NZXT source 210 is my fav
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October 9, 2013 6:57:29 AM

coastie65 said:
Omnibit said:
Actually just saw the deal on this case!

How is this one?

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


That one is fine and should have good flow. Not sure of how good it is with Wire /cable management, but should be fine as well.


I went along and purchased it last night. I like the look, and the reviews say that it has some pretty good airflow.

Like before though, I would just need to know if using an adapter restricts my SSD's speed. Shouldn't it theoretically be fine? I have a SATA III SSD, and just want to make sure I get the speeds that it should be getting through an adapter.
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October 9, 2013 7:10:51 AM

Omnibit said:
coastie65 said:
Omnibit said:
Actually just saw the deal on this case!

How is this one?

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


That one is fine and should have good flow. Not sure of how good it is with Wire /cable management, but should be fine as well.


I went along and purchased it last night. I like the look, and the reviews say that it has some pretty good airflow.

Like before though, I would just need to know if using an adapter restricts my SSD's speed. Shouldn't it theoretically be fine? I have a SATA III SSD, and just want to make sure I get the speeds that it should be getting through an adapter.


No. The adapter is just for the fit into a bay, and will have no impact on the performance.
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