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MicroATX case and PS recommendations

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February 25, 2010 7:58:03 PM

Hey guys, I'm about to build my first computer. I would like it to be a MicroATX case for the small footprint and the portability. I'm currently looking to spend about 1000 dollars on everything (no OS or monitor). I would like it to be able to handle games such as Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 2 at max detail + max AA on a 24" monitor at a resolution is 1920x1080. I'm looking to get either an i5 or i7 processor, with a Radeon 5000 series card. Probably the 5770 or a 5830.

Right now though, I need help over 3 cases:

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...

Obviously the last one is much much cheaper than the other 2, but is it good quality? Can someone give me a good reason why I should pick one over the other? I would like to purchase a good air cooler for the CPU as well, so having some clearance over the top of the CPU would be nice.

I am also looking for recommendations for power supplies, I am not very knowledgeable in this area, so any suggestions would be very helpful.
March 12, 2010 5:35:21 AM

Hmm i actually specialise in mATX/Shoeboxes and with these rigs u want to have a modular PSU for better cable management/airflow and the Cooler Master 341 is on of my favourites - with HDD cage not getting in the way of the longest GPU, up to 4 x 120mm fans capable : one could really build a small little monster in one of these hehe

You may want to throw in more Nexus 120s ^^
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