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Looking for some computer case suggestions and feedback on a custom pc build

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February 17, 2014 3:52:39 PM

Hello, I'm planning on building my first custom pc, but I'm not sure what case to use for my specific build ( http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V2BI ). The things I'm looking for in a case are excellent air cooling (I don't trust myself with installing a liquid cooling setup), a windowed side panel (the bigger, the better), a 5.25 inch external drive for my blu-ray drive, and enough room to fit all of my pc components. I'm looking for something below or around the $150 price range, but I'm willing to go a little bit over that price range if the case is worth the extra cash. Whether the case is full tower or mid tower is not an issue. I've been doing some research and so far I'm seriously considering buying either the NZXT Phantom 410 (windowed), Fractal Design Define R4 (windowed), Corsair Carbide 500r (windowed) or the Cooler Master Storm Stryker (windowed). Any and all suggestions are welcome. Also, I'm open to any suggestions regarding my custom pc build ( http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V2BI ). Thanks in advance!

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February 17, 2014 4:24:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V41Z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V41Z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V41Z/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Mwave)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($197.27 @ TigerDirect)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1990.83

This is my total system suggestion.

Changed the air cooler to their best performer.

Better mobo for overclocking.

Got rid of all those excess fans and went with the 500r. It has room for 3 more fans on top of the stock if you feel like spending some more money.
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February 17, 2014 7:07:41 PM

woltej1 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V41Z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V41Z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V41Z/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Mwave)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($197.27 @ TigerDirect)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1990.83

This is my total system suggestion.

Changed the air cooler to their best performer.

Better mobo for overclocking.

Got rid of all those excess fans and went with the 500r. It has room for 3 more fans on top of the stock if you feel like spending some more money.


Thanks for the reply! Besides price and overclocking options, what's the difference between the Asus motherboard you suggested and the MSI that's in my build? I'm a bit inclined to go for the Asus mobo since my current pc has an Asus Rampage III Gene and it's treated me very well but if I can find another mobo that's just as good, if not better, and get it for a lower price then I'll take tha lower-priced mobo.

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February 17, 2014 7:12:53 PM

The reason it OCs better is that it has better components and more power phases. The extra costs come in from increased build quality and components, along with minor overall improvements to board functionality. That MSI board will fill all your needs if you don't need the best.
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