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May 28, 2009 2:21:27 AM

Greetings all,

I am building my first intel system and would like some advise on the case I am looking at. I am primarily concerned about keeping out dust, but I would like to still keep my system cool. I would also like a case with good cable management, and a switch to turn off LEDs or better yet, no fancy lights at all. I am not into side windows, but won't keep that from letting me buy a good case.

So there it is, and after much searching I am seriously considering getting the
Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $159.99 free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is what I plan to put in it:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - $41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) - $119.99 ($30 mail in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512MD5 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $120 ($30 mail in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $129.99 ($30.00 mail in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Now if I overclock will the Antec P183 keep temps down?

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May 28, 2009 2:53:37 AM

The 183 is a very good case with lots of room for expansion and temps should not be a problem. If needed, you can always add a 120mm fan in the front and /or an
afermarket cooler for the 4870. The PSU cage is in the bottom, so make sure the PSU cables will reach. As far as LEDs, you don't have to connect the HD LED cable so the only light on the front would be the Power LED.
May 28, 2009 3:36:57 AM

Caldrick said:
Greetings all,

I am building my first intel system and would like some advise on the case I am looking at. I am primarily concerned about keeping out dust, but I would like to still keep my system cool. I would also like a case with good cable management, and a switch to turn off LEDs or better yet, no fancy lights at all. I am not into side windows, but won't keep that from letting me buy a good case.

So there it is, and after much searching I am seriously considering getting the
Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $159.99 free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is what I plan to put in it:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - $41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) - $119.99 ($30 mail in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512MD5 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $120 ($30 mail in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $129.99 ($30.00 mail in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Now if I overclock will the Antec P183 keep temps down?

Swap out the listed HDD for the 640GB WD Caviar black for the extra 140 Gb and higher density platters.
If your worried about cable management, you may want to consider investing in a modular power supply to have the option of removing the extra cables.
I looked at the case you chose and reviews are solid. As voiced earlier by cmichael138, you might have a hard time installing the CPU power cable because of the case's odd PSU placement.
And to answer your question, yes, the P183 will be able to sufficiently keep temperatures down. In the worst case scenario, you will have to add an extra 120mm fan which costs between $5-$15.
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May 28, 2009 5:13:54 AM

I got an antec p180 and found it to be excellent, very quiet and not a speck of dust inside it after 3 years of heavy use.

As said above, I'd go with an antec PSU as the bottom mounted psu cage can make it a stretch, at least you know an antec one should reach and they make pretty good psu's anyway....

The only complaint i had is there was no way to get the sata power cables directly into the drive bay at the bottom, i used a minihacksaw and dremel to cut a notch out of the fan bracket in the middle of the bottom compartment to avoid having to route the cables in and out of the main compartnent.
May 28, 2009 5:15:48 AM

re: above ive looked at the antec site and it seems theyve taken note and removed the metal divider from the bottom compartment - so you should be fine!
May 28, 2009 5:16:02 AM

re: above ive looked at the antec site and it seems theyve taken note and removed the metal divider from the bottom compartment - so you should be fine!
May 28, 2009 11:02:44 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback, and I am going to revise my choice of power supply and wondered if I should be concerned about the fan facing the bottom since there is no vent to pull in air? I am looking at the power supply for this case,

Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But I wonder if I can get a better deal with some other choices:

ENERMAX INFINITI EIN720AWT 720W ATX12V/ EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $119.99 (after $60.00 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake W0116RU 750W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular - $119 (after $40 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC - $64.99 (after $30 rebate)

Thermaltake Toughpower W0128RU 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $99.99 (after $40 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am open to suggestions

Thanks
May 28, 2009 11:18:07 PM

Might want to consider this Antec 850 and P183 combo deal on Newegg"




May 28, 2009 11:30:34 PM

Thanks, I did not see the combo deal.
Anonymous
a b ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 6:54:44 PM

Caldrick said:
Thanks for all the great feedback, and I am going to revise my choice of power supply and wondered if I should be concerned about the fan facing the bottom since there is no vent to pull in air? I am looking at the power supply for this case,

Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But I wonder if I can get a better deal with some other choices:

ENERMAX INFINITI EIN720AWT 720W ATX12V/ EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $119.99 (after $60.00 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake W0116RU 750W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular - $119 (after $40 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC - $64.99 (after $30 rebate)

Thermaltake Toughpower W0128RU 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $99.99 (after $40 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am open to suggestions

Thanks

Anonymous
a b ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 6:58:09 PM

I recently bought the Antec P183 - a really sweet system - very well designed, no cuts and bit of extra room for a mid-tower. I installed a Corsair HX850 ["green"] in the lower p/s compartment - fan on top - sufficient space to inhale air. I've used Corsair before including memory and never a problem.
Enjoy
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