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December 26, 2011 6:12:23 AM

Hello! This is the first time I am going to attempt to build a PC *scared*. I have most of the stuff already but am stuck on the case of all things. I have agonized over review after review and think at this point I am just being too picky. So I come here for suggestions! Here is the list of what I have and do not have so far, along with other thoughts on my ideal case. Thanks for any help!

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Approximate Purchase Date: Now, or as soon as I make decisions hehe. This week, next.

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Mid-tower case, brand no preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Don't laugh, but I only play at 1280 by 768

Additional Comments: I already have most parts purchased and here, I am just struggling to pick a case. Needs to be big enough to comfortably fit my stuff but I wish I could find one that didn't look like an alien space ship at the same time. I would also wish for something easy to work with for a first time builder and hopefully good enough cooling that I do not need to buy fancy cooling (No OCing keep in mind). It needs room for future upgrades, and be able to take SSD in the future. Does this magic case not exist? I think I am starting to be too picky, so hoping for suggestions here. :)  I am hoping to keep it less then $150, less then $100 even better but not required.

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These parts I already have purchased but unopened:

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q7MV0?ie=UTF8&tag...

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=oh_o01_...


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I still need a case, DVD burner, maybe internal card reader (external would be okay if it's no big deal), and OS.

My potential burner:
Asus 24xDVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x8x16x(DVD) 48x32x48x(CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST (Black
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ?ie=UTF8&tag...

I like some of the Corsair cases but a common comment in their reviews is lack of manual, that worries me being my first build - instructions might be helpful! :( 

This Lian Li one is nice and simple looking but one reviewer says it is not big enough for the higher end cards. Hm!
LIAN LI PC-9F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Okay, so now I humbly ask for opinions! On what I've got so far and a good case!

Thank you :) 
December 26, 2011 6:48:20 AM

I have to say, nice build. Any burner by LG, Samsung, ASUS, or Sony will be fine.
For the case I recommend the RoseWill Challenger/Challenger-U3
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December 26, 2011 7:10:10 AM

Rokkman said:
You've got a nice build going, keep with it. A case is a purely cosmetic decision 90% of the time. Any case, regardless of brand or cost etc will give you sufficient airflow. So find something that looks good to you, and if cable management is important then find one that offers a system.

If you want a ton of airflow just because, go for the HAF X or Lanboy. If you want something pretty, take your pick. If you want something with excellent cable management I suggest the Corsair 800D, it has by far the best system I have seen for keeping things tidy on the inside.


I agree about the build, but the 800D is quite overpriced. If you want the fancy shmancy Corsair cable-managment whatevers, get the 600T Graphite for like $20 less
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December 26, 2011 7:17:38 AM

CM 690 II Advanced $89.99

Video Review

Best mid-tower on the market. Painted interior, dust filters, wire management, tool-less design (100%), great cpu/gpu cooling. To top it all off it's one of the few cases that are now shipping with front-usb 3.0 with internal header connections. Also supports up to 10.5" cards and larger HSF like the NH-D14 or Silver Arrow.
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December 26, 2011 7:20:39 AM

a4mula said:
CM 690 II Advanced $89.99

Video Review

Best mid-tower on the market. Painted interior, dust filters, wire management, tool-less design (100%), great cpu/gpu cooling. To top it all off it's one of the few cases that are now shipping with front-usb 3.0 with internal header connections.


Agree totally. But if you are looking for something at $50 I still favour the Rosewill Challenger
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December 26, 2011 7:27:55 AM

Haf 912 can be had for $50. At that price range I'd think it'd be tough to beat.
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December 27, 2011 7:23:22 AM

Hi again! :) 

Thanks a lot for all the input!! I am willing to spend more then $50 for a quality case that I'll be able to use over and over, and that comes with good fans already installed.

I think I like these two the best, but if I may just ask two questions!

I like the CM 690 II Advanced a lot, it does look like a fine case for the price range but I just have one tiny concern. The reviewers say they had to sand paint off for grounding and stuff. Really? I'd have to do that in order to use this case?

I like the Corsair 600T one but again I wonder if it would be okay for a first time builder since I read that the manual is lacking. Should this all be self explanatory?

Thank you for the Antec and HAF suggestions too. :) 

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December 27, 2011 7:48:06 AM

Most cases come with no more than a small booklet that mentions special features. I think most case manufacturers think that if you are buying a case to build a computer, you know what you are doing.

From the noobish mistakes that I have seen people here on the forums make, I think they are wrong. :) 

I think that the CM 609 II is one of the best cases available for under $100. I think sanding is unnecessay. The PSU will be grounded through the screws that mount it to the case. The motherboard will be grounded through the brass stand-offs.

As far as the actual build is concerned, newegg has a great 3 part series about building your own computer. The first part deals with selecting the components. You can skip that.

For first-time builders, I recommend looking at these threads:

Build it yourself:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step...

And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...

I also believe in breadboarding (assembling the system outside the case) a new build.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262730-31-breadboardi...

That will let you test all the parts before you install them in your case.It will also let you check that the CPU heatsink is installed correctly.
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December 27, 2011 8:26:41 AM

jsc said:
Most cases come with no more than a small booklet that mentions special features. I think most case manufacturers think that if you are buying a case to build a computer, you know what you are doing.

From the noobish mistakes that I have seen people here on the forums make, I think they are wrong. :) 


Haha I would fall under that category, I have no idea what I'm doing! But I am determined to learn, and don't plan on touching any parts until I have done adequate research, so hopefully I don't make tooo many mistakes hehhe. Thank you very much for the links and the comment about the 690 II and grounding. If that really isn't an issue, I might have myself a case winner!

This forum is so helpful!!
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December 29, 2011 5:06:39 AM

:hello: 

Hmm, I have run in to another question, if I still may...

I ordered the 690 II Advanced, that should be arriving Friday, yay. :) 

So I was going to get the Asus burner that I linked earlier, but noticed at the last minute that it was OEM. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already accidently ordered the OEM HD (but a friend said their mobo came with an extra sata cable so I am trying not to worry about that)

I don't have any extra sata cables laying around, does anything I've ordered come with extra cables or is it imparitive that I order a retail burner, or can I buy extra cables online?

All the most popular DVD burners are OEM on newegg, hrmph. This is probably the newbiest of newb questions, I hope someone will humor me hehe.

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December 29, 2011 5:15:38 AM

I would check the details of your motherboard that you've picked out. If memory serves me right, that is where I found the SATA cables I needed for my HDD and CD drive (Both were OEM).
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January 5, 2012 12:12:38 AM

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