When choosing a case, is it best to have the PSU mounted at the top? If so, which case could you guys recommend? In most of the advertisements, it’s not obvious where the PSU is located. I’d prefer a full tower case with PSU of at least 700 Watts, budget up to $200 for a good quality case.
The PSU's that come bundled with cases are crap 95% of the time. The best option would be to buy a case without a PSU and add a quality PSU. Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, & OCZ all make quality PSU's. A combo like this would be far better than any bundled combo:
Wouldn't we all. Anyway if you want a 700W PSU then you should get the case and the PSU separately. Some cases have the PSU at the bottom in an effort to improve airflow. Anyway for a power supply I think you should go with this Corsair for 129.99
If you didn't want to go that close to your budget then you may want to look at something from cooler master or thermaltake, or something like a Raidmax Tornado or Scorpio, just don't go with a cheaper power supply to get a better case.
The idea was to splurge on a nice case and PSU that would be upgradeable for a while. The above combination should be able to take on about anything I could stuff into it, and with all that volume I could stuff in a lot.....
I have the Antec 1200 case. Moved up to it from the 900 because I couldn't fit all my gear in with a fan setup I wanted. It's pretty overkill unless you're running an overlocked beast with dual videocards and a bunch of hard drives. And it's hernia-inducingly heavy.