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May 22, 2009 2:00:17 PM

Hey all

I'm building my own computer for the first time, and I've done enough research on parts to make my head spin... but I'm having some trouble figuring out which cases are good.

Here are the internal bits of my build:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 3.0GHz (AM2+)
MoBo: ASUS 790GX
Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
PSU: Corsair 12V 750W
RAM: PNY 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2
HD: Western Digital 640GB SATA

For an extra $85 I can upgrade to an AM3 build with almost exactly the same specs (listing only the parts that would change):
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 3.2GHz (AM3)
MoBo: ASUS 790GX
RAM: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3

What kind of case do you recommend for this build? Recommending a specific case is okay, but generalized recommendations would be ideal, because I want to buy from retail to avoid paying the ridiculous shipping prices (and obviously the selection in retail isn't the same as on the web). And would the upgrade the AM3 make a difference in your case recommendation?

Also, do you recommend the upgrade to AM3?

Thanks very much!!

Caggles

edit: not sure if it's required information, but just so you guys know, it's intended to be for gaming/programming with the possibility of small-scale physics simulations in the future, so I'll be pushing it pretty hard pretty often.

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May 23, 2009 1:00:59 AM

Anything by Cooler Master - the cases by them that I have worked with (Centurion-5 series) have been extremely high-quality, especially for the price. I'd recommend any Centurion 5 from my own experience, but their higher-end cases are probably even better (if you've got the budget).

I'd recommend the upgrade to AM3. It's suposedly good through 2010 (at least), so it should support a future processor upgrade if you see need to do so.
May 23, 2009 1:21:19 AM

caggles said:
Hey all

I'm building my own computer for the first time, and I've done enough research on parts to make my head spin... but I'm having some trouble figuring out which cases are good.

Here are the internal bits of my build:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 3.0GHz (AM2+)
MoBo: ASUS 790GX
Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
PSU: Corsair 12V 750W
RAM: PNY 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2
HD: Western Digital 640GB SATA

For an extra $85 I can upgrade to an AM3 build with almost exactly the same specs (listing only the parts that would change):
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 3.2GHz (AM3)
MoBo: ASUS 790GX
RAM: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3

What kind of case do you recommend for this build? Recommending a specific case is okay, but generalized recommendations would be ideal, because I want to buy from retail to avoid paying the ridiculous shipping prices (and obviously the selection in retail isn't the same as on the web). And would the upgrade the AM3 make a difference in your case recommendation?

Also, do you recommend the upgrade to AM3?

Thanks very much!!

Caggles

edit: not sure if it's required information, but just so you guys know, it's intended to be for gaming/programming with the possibility of small-scale physics simulations in the future, so I'll be pushing it pretty hard pretty often.


What's your budget for a case if you go with the AMD 3 ?
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May 23, 2009 1:22:14 AM

Look on newegg.com for cases with free shipping, there are some really good ones there. A budget would be helpful, there are some great cases out there but are possibly too expensive.
May 23, 2009 1:26:34 AM

Here are some great cases for their price, all with free shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keep in mind that even if you buy locally and don't have to pay shipping costs, the people who sell it to you do have to pay them...prices will likely be higher locally, and even if you do pay shipping, it may turn out cheaper online.
May 23, 2009 3:59:31 AM

Well, I'm hoping to spend somewhere in the $100 range (preferably no more than $150). In Canadian $$

I've been looking at some local stuff, and the prices tend to be better than the online prices + shipping. There's a Tiger Direct store in my town, so I imagine they get pretty good shipping prices when bringing stuff in from themselves :p  But I'll definitely check out the ones with free shipping :) 

Thanks for the suggestions so far :) 
May 23, 2009 6:20:41 AM

I think the CM 690 is probably the best one case for ~$95 CAD. It is very roomy and has excellent airflow for the price.
May 23, 2009 8:23:36 AM

I have used two cases with recent build (both from Gigabyte)

-Gigabyte 3D Aurora (High-end)
-Gigabyte Setto 1000 (Low-Med end)

good luck.
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