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May 22, 2014 9:18:10 AM


So I'm planning on building my very first custom pc.

I've picked out the parts but now i need to pick a case and i don't know what to pick. I would like something with good airflow, good cable management and pretty neat looks. Right now I have picked three potential chassis (NZXT H440, NZXT Phantom Green, Corsair C70) but I want to know what will be the best case for around the 100$ range.

Other parts:

Motherboard: Asus Maximus Vi Hero
CPU: Intel i7-4770k
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i
RAM: Kingston HyperX Beast 16 GB
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti SC
PSU: Corsair AX 860 Watt
HDD; WD Green 1 TB
SSD: Kingston 120 SSDNow

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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 9:21:52 AM

Fractal Design Define R4
a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 9:24:20 AM

Corsair carbide 300R? Or something better in that range. If you want a fulltower go with Rosewill Thor $120
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 9:28:43 AM

Silence ; Fractal Design Define R4
Airflow ; NXZT Phantom
Cable management ; Corsair 250D and up
Though you can make any case silent by buying some case fans that aren't too loud , like 25DBa max at full load
May 22, 2014 9:31:50 AM

I forgot to mention that a side panel window would be nice. It's not a must, but IMO it looks better then the stock side panel
a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 9:36:56 AM

All of the ones i listed have an option for a windowed side panel
a c 462 4 Gaming
May 22, 2014 9:49:08 AM

Case - The Corsair 500R (MSRP $139.99) is now $59 on newegg after MIR and coupon code. The new Enthoo Luxe will have a list price of $139 and I think will set this price range on its ear for a while.

I'd throw up a few comments for you to consider on the build before ya pull the trigger.

Cooler - Have you listened to the 100i above 55% CPU load ? Listen here

Tho my desktop is custom water cooled, personally I won't use an AIO as I see no advantage over air coolers like the Phantekls PH-TC14-PE. If you must have one tho, the H110 will provide temps and noise levels comparable to the Phanteks without the vacuum cleaner like sound levels....and it fits nicely in the 500R / Luxe. Of course if ya wear headphones this might not matter but best ya know what ya getting into before pulling trigger.

RAM - Ya don't say what speed RAM ya getting but DDR3-2133 CAS 9 is comparably priced to DDR3-1600 CAS 9 and therefore is an easy to justify upgrade. If ya want more performance the Mushkin 2400 CAS 10 has the best timings available and is just a few bucks more. 2666 and up is still a bit pricey. For the memory speed don't matter argument ... depends on what ya playing .... 10%+ does happen

GFX - The MSI steps on the competition with the 780 Ti....gets a 9.9 rating at techpowerup compared to the 9.5 on the EVGA.

-It's the fastest 780 Ti among the major vendors (outside of specialty cards like the Lightning / Classified)
-It's the quietest 780 Ti
-Until yesterday it was the cheapest 780 Ti .... usually discounts and coupons worth about $40 every other week....2 weeks ago it was $600 on newegg for 2 days.

OC's of 25% are very doable on the MSI and Asus models

PSU - Very good PSU but the HX series is still available, has lower ripple and better voltage stability .... not to mention helluva lot cheaper.

HD - Green means energy efficient which means slow ....193.5 to 121.8 is 59% faster

MoBo - The Maximus VII Hero is here so I'd take that over the VI .... however if ya use the "compare" function on newegg, I'd be hard pressed to spend an extra $50 for the Z97 Hero over the z97 GD65. THG won't display the link correctly but if ya hit "reply to", you should be able to copy / paste it into your browser.|13-132-125^13-132-125-TS%2C13-130-769^13-130-769-01%23&percm=13-132-125%3A%24%24%24%24%24%24%24

If ya can get past the $50 price difference, the Asus Hero VII / Asus 780 Ti combo will help if ya need to call tech support. However, with MSI having the better GFX card and the GD65 being $50 cheaper, that's the way I'd go.