Hey guys. I've built a couple systems in the past and always liked the Antec Sonata line, mostly cause they were quiet and looked pretty. But what I realized is they always come with crappy PSU's that I end up having to replace 8 months down the line. I'm building a new system for my brother as a birthday present. So can anyone recommend some good cases that come with great PSU's for building a new system?
You should buy your PSU separately. Especially in the low end, you're not going to get a good quality power supply. Get a case without one, instead, then find a good brand to go with it, such as a Corsair or Seasonic (more expensive), or even one of the higher end Antecs. The obvious problem is it's more expensive for a good PSU, but then you could skimp a bit on the case.
I'm sure others can give you some more good suggestions on which brands to buy, but I would recommend against any case that comes with a power supply in the sub-$100 price range.
Antec now powers the sonata III and the sonata designer 500 with a pretty good earthwatts 500 psu. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It is efficient with 34a on the 12v rails, enough to power a single 8800gts system. I think they have changed their source to seasonic with this one. I particularly like the sonata designer 500 because it has a number of quieting features.
Thanks, those are some great tips and helpful links. If you guys have any other suggestions, please send them along
Two cases which I like that are good, lots of fans, are the Antec 900 and the Thermaltake Armour. There is a case that's cheaper which is fairly good and that is the Chieftec Dragon. Last I looked, they run about $90. I've had one of those for years and its been through 4 upgrades and is going for a fifth build this fall or winter.
In any case, buy the psu separately. I'm personally a fan of Enermax and the Thermaltake Toughpower series. I have a Themaltake Toughpower 700 in my present high end computer. Seasonic is also good, as well as the upper end Antecs, as others have mentioned. As for the standard Antecs that get packaged with their cases, those are a total disgrace and if you get one, throw it out before it fails and causes other troubles. Same thing with almost any other psu that comes with a case. It makes sense really. If a case costs $120 and a company then offers a standard psu with it for $130, how good a psu will they put in for that extra $10?