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Looking for Suggestions for Upsizing Case and Replacing Power Supply

I built my first computer about two years ago and its served me well so far but as of late ive been looking to get a larger case and possibly upgrade my power supply. Currently my Case is a Micro so there is very little room for all of the components meaning that without getting a larger case I cant upgrade most of my parts and still have everything fit together well. As for my power supply I'm hoping to find something a little larger that's still compatible with my current parts but leaves room for further upgrades in the future like the CRYORIG H5 cooler I'm planning on getting with a larger case.

My Current Specs

Case. Fractal Design Core 1100 Black MATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Motherboard. GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 (rev. 6.0) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Graphics Card. XFX Double D Radeon R9 280 DirectX 11.2 R9-280A-TDFD 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card

Power Supply. EVGA 500 B1 100-B1-0500-KR 80+ BRONZE 500W Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply

Processor. AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor

Ram x1. Patriot Signature 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PSD38G16002H

Hard Drive. Seagate Desktop HDD ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Disk Drive LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-104 8U

And just for good measure I should say im running on Windows 8.1
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    Poppopcan said:
    I built my first computer about two years ago and its served me well so far but as of late ive been looking to get a larger case and possibly upgrade my power supply. Currently my Case is a Micro so there is very little room for all of the components meaning that without getting a larger case I cant upgrade most of my parts and still have everything fit together well. As for my power supply I'm hoping to find something a little larger that's still compatible with my current parts but leaves room for further upgrades in the future like the CRYORIG H5 cooler I'm planning on getting with a larger case.

    My Current Specs

    Case. Fractal Design Core 1100 Black MATX Mini Tower Computer Case

    Motherboard. GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 (rev. 6.0) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    Graphics Card. XFX Double D Radeon R9 280 DirectX 11.2 R9-280A-TDFD 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Power Supply. EVGA 500 B1 100-B1-0500-KR 80+ BRONZE 500W Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply

    Processor. AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor

    Ram x1. Patriot Signature 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PSD38G16002H

    Hard Drive. Seagate Desktop HDD ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

    Disk Drive LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-104 8U

    And just for good measure I should say im running on Windows 8.1




    Hi - Your current PSU is std ATX form PSU. The width & height of ATX PSU's are std. The length (how far
    it extends towards the front of the case) can differ.So, by a little larger I think you mean more power.
    Your current PSU (altho not EVGA's best quality) will handle most CPU/GPU combinations today.

    But, if I were you and wanted to upgrade, I'd go to a good quality 650w unit which will handle all current
    CPU/single GPU combinations and the rest of the system as well, and offer some headroom. To help
    with air flow, neatness and making sure everything fits easily get a semi or full modular PSU.

    Yes, there are more powerful PSU's avail, but if you are running one GPU, there's no need.

    Cases are very personal because of appearance, what one person likes another may not. In your case I'd even
    recommend staying with Fractal Design but go to a mid-tower. Their model R5 is available with or without
    side window panel, and available in black, white, & Titanium Grey.
    Will house comfortably any PSU you select, virtually any GPU. Includes 3 fans (2fr, 1rear), and can accomadate
    sevaral more, CPU coolers up to 180mm in height, easily enough for the H5 or even the R1 if you go with it.

    Should the Fractal R5 (or R4) not appeal to you, other brands to consider (mid tower is fine, no need for full)
    are Corsair, NZXT,Coolermaster, Rosewill, Silverstone. There are others, but you should find something you
    like at the price you are looking for amongst those.
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