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June 29, 2011 1:05:19 PM

Hey guys I am buying a new PC and the only thing left is my PC case. Since I am low on money can you tell me if these cases are good or you can suggest a new one with a similar price...

Case 1: CoolerMaster Elite 310 http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6528
Case 2: Spire BlackFin SP7090B http://www.spirecoolers.com/main/product_detail.asp?Pro...

Here are my other components if you need them:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz
MB:GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3
GPU:Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB
HDD:Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA3
RAM:4GB Kingston 1333mhz
PSU: CORSAIR TX650w
+DVD/RW Sony

Thank you!
a c 95 ) Power supply
June 29, 2011 3:02:16 PM

The CM Elite 310 (RC-310) is a great case with an attractive price. Check the space and make sure that the video card will fit in.

Another good choice would be the CM HAF 912 - http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6673

Watch the video on this case (Cooler Master calls them 'chassis') and hope you are near a MicroCenter, CompUSA, Fry's, etc. for pickup.
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June 29, 2011 7:04:46 PM

i love all of the cooler master haf series cases. the 912 or 922 are amazing cases
a c 95 ) Power supply
June 29, 2011 7:11:48 PM

r3xx3r said:
i love all of the cooler master haf series cases. the 912 or 922 are amazing cases

Yes, agree! I have the HAF 932; love it!
a b ) Power supply
June 29, 2011 7:28:59 PM

eleet2112 said:
Okay I think I found a good one that is not really expensive and it looks good too.
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6654



That is a nice case
Good choice
good cooling
nice design
it looks hi-tech without being gaudy or overdone

I also like the NZXT cases for cheaper cases if you really have a low budget
this one is nice for the money
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the coolermasters are better
but if you need the budget for another component then this is cool
though remember a case should last through a 3-4 builds if you pick right
so going cheap isnt a good idea


edit -- also Gamma case is a cheap case to use for possible watercooling
June 29, 2011 7:44:54 PM

Quote:
Assuming this is a primary gaming build, i'll recommend the following changes/additions -

1. Phenom II X4 955 BE
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp [...] 6819103808

2. Antec 300 illusion
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp [...] 6811129066

3. Corsair A70
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp [...] 6835181011


Well since everybody is telling me that I need to go with AMD 955 x4, Im going to reconsider this but in the future wont x6 be better for example will it be at the top for gaming or it doesnt matter?
There is this pre-build that the store is selling that is cheap:
CPU:AMD Phenom II x4 3.2Ghz
GSU:ATI HD 6850 1GB
RAM:4GB DDR3 (It doesnt specify manuacturer)
HDD:500GB
Case: CM 310 Elite (the one I posted originaly)
MoBo: M4A88T-V http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A88TV_EVOUSB...
The PSU isnt stated so its probably a generic one and I will probably need to replace it...
This build comes about 250$ cheaper so what do you say?
June 29, 2011 7:47:26 PM

Also the AMD Phenom II x4 955 is 100eur and the AMD Phenom II x6 1090 is 150eur, does it make that big of a difference?
a c 91 ) Power supply
June 29, 2011 7:54:04 PM

First things first. A quad core is more than sufficient for gaming as of now and for some more time. An X6 is not going to fetch you any extra frames over a X4 assuming rest of the components same. Thus its only logical to get a lower priced X4 and use the saved cash to get better on otheg components. Hence my recommendation.

Your initial build is solid. Stick to it. That particular 990FX motherboard will be compatible with the upcoming AMD Bulldozer CPU's. Thus it has an upgrade path. Your selected Corsair TX 650 is awesome. Just make sure you get the V2 model.
June 29, 2011 8:04:14 PM

Thanks guys that was some really good advice and you also saved me some money :) 
a b ) Power supply
June 29, 2011 8:11:00 PM

Emperus said:
First things first. A quad core is more than sufficient for gaming as of now and for some more time. An X6 is not going to fetch you any extra frames over a X4 assuming rest of the components same. Thus its only logical to get a lower priced X4 and use the saved cash to get better on otheg components. Hence my recommendation.

Your initial build is solid. Stick to it. That particular 990FX motherboard will be compatible with the upcoming AMD Bulldozer CPU's. Thus it has an upgrade path. Your selected Corsair TX 650 is awesome. Just make sure you get the V2 model.



Agree about a hexa core not needed for gaming
BUT it will still game well
and if the OP does something besides game
like video encoding, 3d rendering, video editing
Photoshop
essentially any multithreaded work then it is definitely a great thing to have
much more "future proof" (wow do I hate that saying)

Why not have the ability to game PLUS
be able to do actual real work on a computer
(did he just say that? the nerve, I cant believe he just said that. Who does he think he is?)
June 29, 2011 8:17:29 PM

Also another question, if i use the AMD Phenom x4, can I lower the PSU power or does it depend mostly on the video card that im using?
a c 91 ) Power supply
June 30, 2011 1:37:08 AM

eleet2112 said:
Also another question, if i use the AMD Phenom x4, can I lower the PSU power or does it depend mostly on the video card that im using?


The power requirements are almost same. Btw, it is a good practice to have sufficient headroom when it comes to power. It makes the PSU operate near its most efficient loads and makes upgrading to more power hungry components rather easy. Corsair PSU's come with long warranties also. That also somehow approves your selection.
a c 91 ) Power supply
June 30, 2011 1:47:27 AM

king smp said:
Agree about a hexa core not needed for gaming
BUT it will still game well
and if the OP does something besides game
like video encoding, 3d rendering, video editing
Photoshop
essentially any multithreaded work then it is definitely a great thing to have
much more "future proof" (wow do I hate that saying)

Why not have the ability to game PLUS
be able to do actual real work on a computer
(did he just say that? the nerve, I cant believe he just said that. Who does he think he is?)


Bulldozer CPU's are about to launch. Call me cynical but I thought of recommending even an Athlon II X2 for now and upgrade to a nice Bulldozer processor (quad core or more depending on his requirement and budget) when the stuff is available.
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