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April 6, 2011 1:22:17 AM

Hi,
I'm looking to build a budget workstation, so far I have:

Super Micro X5DAL-TG2 Mobo
WildCat 7210 Graphics Card (The card is for the AGP Pro slot, it is very very long 13.5 Inches)
2GB Kingston Ram (room for more)
XEON 3.0 Ghz x 2.

My questions is what case will fit this card, and what should I be looking for in a PSU, I know it needs an 8pin, and suggests a minimum of 400w.

A second requirement is that it is quiet as possible.

I've been looking at the Antec NSK with included PSU, but cannot find details on the PSU it comes with. Don't think I can stretch to the p193, although it does look good a bit pricey.

Any tips on quieting the fan noise appreciated.

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April 6, 2011 3:20:18 AM

Wow, an AGP8x card taht's 13.5 inches long... talk about a compatibility headache.

P183 would fit that card, but it's about $160 so you might not want to go that high.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Maximum video card size: 16"/406mm (Note: some video cards may require removal of the adjacent hard drive cage)
$99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know Lian Li and NZXT have cases to fit that as well, but I'm not sure which ones and I couldn't find one less than $99 at any rate.

I'd recommend this power supply for the budget builder in your power range.

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply
$25 (after mail in rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 7, 2011 1:20:43 AM

Yes it is a challenge. Thank you for your advise. The 900 will work for me, but not a fan of the LED's and side window, though I can't afford to be choosy ;) 
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April 14, 2011 12:03:42 AM

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