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[New System Build] Advice on Antec case

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December 20, 2009 6:16:16 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime around Christmas (within a week)

BUDGET RANGE: $1500AUD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Basic University and School Tasks (i.e Internet, Word, Powerpoint etc)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse and maybe OS (Not sure to upgrade from XP to Windows 7)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=5

PARTS PREFERENCES: Parts that I plan on getting are:
CPU Intel Core i5 750 2.66ghz Quad LGA1156
MoBo ASUS S1156 P7P55D Pro Core i5
RAM DDR3 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600mHz PC12800 CL8 (4GBRM)
HDD Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Video Card Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD5770 1GB PCIe
Case Antec Nine Hundred 2 Black Case (No PS) or Antec 600 or Antec 300
PSU Antec TruePower 650W TP-650
Optical Drive LiteOn 24x DVD Writer SATA Black
Monitor Samsung 2233SW+ 21.5"

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Any improvements? Advice regarding which Antec case I should get?
December 20, 2009 6:44:13 AM

Also adivce on another 21.5" monitor, or should I stay with the BenQ?
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December 20, 2009 6:56:28 AM

If your budget permits, I would stay with the Antec 902 or go with the 300. I'm not a fan of the looks of either the Antec 200 or 600. I would go with Win7 Home 64-bit as the min. OS for any new build.

The rest of your build looks solid... IMO
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December 20, 2009 10:36:35 AM

You will need to find a system (case) speaker as neither your motherboard or case has one.
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December 20, 2009 7:09:57 PM

Oh, for the speakers I was thinking about using the Logitech X-140 (forgot to add that in), as I do not think that this new pc will require a sub.
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December 20, 2009 7:15:36 PM

@ techmo: is it possible to get the 902 without having the side window? cause that window is wasted as that side will be facing a wall.
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December 20, 2009 7:26:24 PM

I have not seen one without a side window. It isn't a big deal to have the window covered. If you want a similar size case to the Antec 902 without a window, look at the Cooler Master RC-690 case. It is cheaper than the Antec 902 and not much more than the Antec 300.

jsc was talking about an internal motherboard speaker, so you can here beep codes. jsc wasn't talking about your case speakers but it is good to know you didn't forget those. :) 
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December 20, 2009 8:30:01 PM

lol kk, can't I here the beep codes over the logitech speakers?
edit: I'll look into the Coolermaster case.
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December 20, 2009 8:37:33 PM

Another question, which is better for hard drive and optical drive stability screwless mount or a screw mount?
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December 20, 2009 8:57:51 PM

1st Question: You can not use your case speakers to hear the beep codes. The system beep codes come from the small internal speaker you attach to your motherboard by your case PWR connector.

2nd Question: It doesn't matter. Both provide the proper stability for your components. The screwless is just easier for you to work with.
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December 20, 2009 9:16:05 PM

ok, not sure where I'll get one from.

Does the RC-690 come with air filters?

edit: Won't the 902 have better cable management?

edit 2: Found a case speaker that fits into a 5.25" bay, seems to have two molex connector.
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December 20, 2009 9:34:07 PM

  • The CM RC-690 doesn't have air filters, like the Antec 902. You can add them or go without them. You will still be okay either way.
  • Both the Antec 902 and RC-690 have good cable management.
  • This is the type of speaker you need, which was referenced by jsc... http://www.cwc-group.com/8ohm.html
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    December 20, 2009 9:37:53 PM

    I would highly recommend the Antec Mini P180 case if you can get it cheap and you can find a micro-atx motherboard. Newegg.com, in the U.S. has it $54.99 after rebates. I personally own one, it is the most silent case I have ever witnessed. It also runs very cool. It has a giant 200mm fan on the top of the case and a 120mm rear fan.
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    December 20, 2009 9:51:01 PM

    @ techmo: the stores that I'm getting my parts from don't have the mini speaker, the 5.25" case speaker was all I could find.

    @elmo : case noise isn't a big issue for me and I'm looking for future proof-ing, being able to upgrade in the future is a good thing, thanks for the input though. :S
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    December 20, 2009 11:01:21 PM

    You better spend more on your GPU than your cpu. You should go AMD and a stronger graphic card.

    PII X4 955
    Asus M4A78T-E
    OCZ Z 650W
    OCZ 4GB Platinum DDR3 1600
    Radeon 5850
    1TB caviar Black Western Digital
    Cooler Master HAF 922 or Cosmos (standard model with HDD sound attenuation)
    Sony DVD Burner
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    December 20, 2009 11:24:05 PM

    aussie123 said:
    @ techmo: the stores that I'm getting my parts from don't have the mini speaker, the 5.25" case speaker was all I could find. :S

    If they don't have the mini speaker I linked to, don't worry about getting the speaker you have listed. It isn't the same thing and won't work. The mini speaker is only need for troubleshooting your build, so hopefully you will have no build issues. :D 

    @redgarl: Very solid build you put together and should be considered if the price is low enough below the i5 750 build. At the OP's resolution of 1600x900, the ATI 5770 is more than powerful enough. The ATI 5850 becomes "overkill" for that resolution. Again, your build is a good alternative to the OP's build.
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    December 21, 2009 4:11:45 AM

    thanks techmo.

    redgarl: My personal preference is towards Intel rather than AMD, don't have a reason, just my personal preference I guess. Will look into the suggestion however. :) 
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    December 21, 2009 4:49:18 AM

    Lol, now im confused over the Antec 902 and the CM HAF-922
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    December 21, 2009 7:45:41 AM

    There's no reason to prefer intel, the AMD/5850 combo is infinitely better than the intel one
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    December 21, 2009 8:51:53 AM

    Sorry Silmarunya, just a thing, like liking a xbox 360 over a PS3 or vice versa, they both do the same thing just from different companies.
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