Hi everyone, this will be my first gaming (light) build and I'd like to get some opinions. In particular, I'd like this to be as inexpensive as possible, so anywhere I can "trim the fat" without sacrificing quality would be helpful. Thanks for viewing.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this week
Budget Range: Final cost: less than $900.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Not my main pc but I am building for some gaming (I play a lot of WoW) and Oblivion. Also, Netflix online viewing and other video streaming.
Parts Not Required: Don't need monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg &/or Amazon
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: I'd like the new intel SnB but if y'all think AMD will work fine based on my needs, then I'm cool with looking into that.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Basically just need a WoW computer with the possibility to play some of the latest games on occasion. Also, I listen to a lot of lossless music on my comps, so I've included a pretty decent sound card--that and online video.
Finally, the case: I am torn between the Antec 900 vs CM Haf 922 -- both retail for about $100 before rebates... what do you all think? Since I'm a noob, I wanted a roomy case that will allow me to install everything with ease but allow for decent cable management without modding myself, i.e. holes and space behind mb. Which of these cases would be best? Give that, is there any significant difference between the two?
Plenty of people have shown tidy builds using the HAF 922. The HAF is also much bigger than the 900, so it definitely fits two of your criteria. Not to say that the Antec would be difficult to build in or keep tidy, however I've never seen pics of the 900 with cable management holes, I have heard that they were updated with these at one point, but haven't seen any evidence for myself of it. The 902 V3 however definitely has cable mangement holes, so if you're prepared to pay the extra (or find it somewhere cheap) then you could get that.