A computer case for my needs

Hey everyone,

I'm new to this site but I've heard many good things so I figured, why not ask my question here? I not COMPLETELY computer ignorant, however this is my first attempt to build one ground up.

So here's the deal: I have an ASUS P5Q Deluxe motherboard and I'm sticking a Visiontek ATI 4850 HD vid-card in there. Sometime in the near future when i save up money i plan on purchasing another 4850 and enabling CrossFire. Now my question is, can you guys recommend a Computer Case that can comfortable fit my mobo/dual video cards while providing enough room adequate airflow and future upgrades?

I know this sounds very trivial, but im new to this and I would greatly appreciate your help.
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  1. What is the target budget for the case? Do you like bling (windows and LED lights), or do you like a more subtle look?

    What country are you purchasing from? It's nice to know that so we can help determine what's available to you in your area.
  2. Oh I'm really sorry, let me add a few more details.

    In terms of appearance i like it sleek rather than blocky, you know, something a little more "modern." Windows are cool, but LEDs should be kept to a minimum.

    My budget is about $100-$200 but i really dont want to go over $150 unless absolutely necessary. Then again, if its good quality I may not mind going over that budget ever so slightly. Also I live in the Contiguous United States; California to be more exact.

    Thank you for your prompt reply, i look forward to hearing from you again.
  3. Cases really come down to personal preference. I, personally, like Antec cases.

    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058&Tpk=antec%20902 $159.99

    Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043&Tpk=antec%201200 $159.99

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=antec%20300 $54.95

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021 $109.99

    Cooler Master also makes very nice cases.

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160 $139.99

    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137 $79.99


    COOLER MASTER RA-690-KWN2-GP CM 690 clear side panel with one 120 mm blue LED fan - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999177 $24.99 (if you want the side window)

    COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KKN1-GP Black ABS Bezel, SECC Body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194 $169.99 - $20 MIR

    I know that probably doesn't help you narrow it down much. :( Like I said, cases really just come down to personal preference. All the cases above have great cooling and are high-quality cases.
  4. Hahaha that narrowed it down plenty, now i know a place to start from :lol:

    And so all of these cases will comfortably fit my Asus P5Q motherboard/2 video cards?

    Do you have any personal experience with either one of those? I'd love to hear your input.

    Thanks again
  5. Yes, all those cases will fit a full-size ATX motherboard and dual video cards. The Antec 300 is probably the smallest of all the cases, but it also has room for dual GPU's.
  6. Excellent, thank you very much! :)

    Oh actually one more thing, would a 700w power supply be sufficient to handle dual video cards?
  7. That depends, what PSU are you thinking of? The 12v amp rating is more important than the wattage. A quality 550W psu will do crossfire 4850's, but a cheap 700W may struggle depending on the amp rating.

    I would check out some quality PSU's in the 550W - 650W range. Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, Seasonic, etc...

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550vx $89.99 - $30 MIR

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&Tpk=650tx $99.99 - $20 MIR

    Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015&Tpk=ea650 $79.99

    PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005 $104.99 - $25 MIR

    Those are all popular, high-quality, PSU's that would all power crossfire 4850's. The 550W model is cutting it a little close, though.
  8. Oh okay, I see now. I guess i'll do a bit more hunting then lol

    Thanks for your help i really appreciate it.
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