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Im looking at cases and MOBOs. what should i get

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December 13, 2010 3:15:29 AM

i need a full sized case. i want to have 4 HHDs (3.5") and 1-2 SSDs (2.5"). i want RAID0 in all HDDs, so i would have two RAID0 memories. I want the SSDs seperate, one for windows, games, and apps, and another one for ubuntu, i will move the home folder to and HDD.will prob OC. may have liquid cooling.

so i was looking at these cases (i will buy anything under $350)

1) NZXT Phantom

link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


2) corsair Obsidian 800D

link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


3) any cases i may like more.


i like the look or the phantom more, but it may not have as much functionality. what are the uses of hot-swappable HDDs. i may liquid cool.


remember my mem setup above.
i want to use the i7 9XX so i need the LGA 1366 socket (most likely x58).
i may OC
i want usb 3.0 and sata 3
i need raid
i need multiple optical drives (2)
a nice BIOS if possible

any MOBO suggestions

i was thinking sabertooth x58

link: ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or the P6X58D-E

link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

any better ones you know of (under $350)

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December 13, 2010 7:06:33 PM

If your Mobo budget is indeed 350, you should extend it a bit further and get the Rampage III Extreme for $370(?) I think.

But the fact is, for your stated requirements, the Sabertooth will be more than good enough. X58 NB, SATA 6GB/s, USB 3.0. I hope you don't need quad-SLI though :) 

Case: Somehow the thought of a 300 dollar case makes me a bit uncomfortable. Why don't you take a look at the COOLER MASTER HAF 932 or the COOLER MASTER Storm Scout. Both has 5-6 HDD bays as you wanted.

No experience with H2O though, but think it should have enough space for that. I'll let someone else take that.
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December 13, 2010 8:00:26 PM

deathbydoubleG said:
i need a full sized case. i want to have 4 HHDs (3.5") and 1-2 SSDs (2.5"). i want RAID0 in all HDDs, so i would have two RAID0 memories. I want the SSDs seperate, one for windows, games, and apps, and another one for ubuntu, i will move the home folder to and HDD.will prob OC.)


Simply put, this comes down to two cases IMO. The HAF-X and the Antec DF-85. The 932 and 1200 just don't stand up to the features of these two cases. Both the HAF-X and DF-85 have slide in / slide out HD mounting bays making swapping SSD's or HD's a "no cable" operation.....this feature is not available on the 932 and 1200. Having done builds from both families, I much prefer the Antec DF-85. I like the tool less features of the HAF but not the quality level. The parts were just too "flimsy" for my tastes and card lock ins were hard to line up and press into place. There were three main reasons though why I lean to the DF-85:

1. Air Filters - The DF-85 maintains the 1200's air filters but the change here is that taking them all out is an 8 second job on the DF-85 and an 8 minute job on the 1200.

2. PSU Options - The DF-85 is able to fit CPX form factor PSUs which are larger, quieter and less costly then equally performing Antec SG or Corsair HX series PSU's.

3. Hot Swap Bay - The Hot Swap 2.5" bay is a great feature for backup images of boot drive and data drives.

As for the MoBo, the next significant step up from the Sabertooth is the Rampage III Extreme. I have built boxes with both the Sabertooth and Rampage in the DF-85 and 932 and if you're REALLY into overclocking, the Rampage III is the most full featured MoBo I have seen. It costs $380 so you get what you pay for. If ya don't need all those features, the Sabertooth is a fine MoBo and I'd easily take over the older P6X58D-E
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December 13, 2010 8:19:35 PM

thanks for your posts. i have about $3000- kybrd, mouse, and 2nd moinitor= $2650 to spend on the tower.
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