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May 2, 2012 9:27:46 AM

Motherboards and cases are the two things that I just can't seem to fully understand. Coincidentally, these are the two components that I have yet to choose. My current build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7D2i

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM HDD
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Corsair TX850 PSU
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Intel Core i7-3770K
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler
G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2x8GB) 1600MHz Memory
MSi Radeon HD7970
LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer (Or some other basic optical drive)
Not sure on motherboard (MSi z77A-GD65, ASRock z77 Extreme6, or Asus P8Z77-V Pro)

Future plans:
Add 2x8GB RAM
Add a second 7970

What I'm looking for in a case:
Cooling and fit are definitely the most important
A quiet case would be good, but I'm not too picky about noise
Looks are not important at all

I'm trying to keep this build around $1500 and have yet to pick a motherboard and case. Any case suggestions?

Edit 5/2: added a quick list of my build

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May 2, 2012 10:20:21 AM

Look at this excellent review at Tom's, where you get to choose any of the top three.

"While we’re sure any of today's competitors would have liked to see an award, we think half of today's field deserves praise. A three-way value tie between the Z77 Extreme6, Z77A-GD65, and Z77H2-A2X is difficult to settle. That forces us to a single conclusion: buyers should carefully consider the overall feature set of these three contenders before picking the one that best suits their individual needs."

The above is reproduced from http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z7...

Yo have plenty of choices for the case:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/review/Components,1/Cases...


http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/switch-810-cosmos-ii-stri...


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May 2, 2012 6:02:14 PM

From my post in the motherboard section:
So I'm pretty much just looking at the Asus, MSi, and ASRock. It seems like the MSi ($180 @ NCIX) has fit issues (the only reason I'm not definitely going with it). The ASRock ($170) is somewhat inconsistent and uses the slower USB 3.0 controller for at least some of its ports. The Asus seems to have very little problems, but is also $223 @ NCIX.

Is there any easy way to check to make sure all of the components I will be getting will fit? Just to make sure, when it lists the fan specs of the case, are those the fans that are included with the case, or are they slots? I would think they are included, but want to make sure.
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May 2, 2012 6:45:09 PM

just list the full spec...guys on the forum would be happy to help...
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May 2, 2012 7:22:12 PM

Added my full build in a the first post. I have it narrowed down to three mobos, so that may help.
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May 2, 2012 8:03:35 PM
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May 2, 2012 8:45:40 PM

Reg mobo, I would choose one of the top three from Tom's recent reviews of z77. They are all pretty solid in performance. You may choose depending on your interest considering that you have cited issues on the three you have identified. This is a must read for those looking to build an IB system.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z7...

I would replace the cooler with either Hyper Evo or any of the following three:

Noctua NH-D14 / Corsair H100 / COOLER MASTER RR-H612. The last one was originally recommended by "hellfire24" in some other thread. It is a great value for money.

Regarding the case, I would recommend "Silverstone Fortress FT02" or "Corsair Obsidian Series 800D" or Cooler Master Cosmos II.




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May 2, 2012 9:28:04 PM

mxrcdude said:
From my post in the motherboard section:
So I'm pretty much just looking at the Asus, MSi, and ASRock. It seems like the MSi ($180 @ NCIX) has fit issues (the only reason I'm not definitely going with it). The ASRock ($170) is somewhat inconsistent and uses the slower USB 3.0 controller for at least some of its ports. The Asus seems to have very little problems, but is also $223 @ NCIX.

Is there any easy way to check to make sure all of the components I will be getting will fit? Just to make sure, when it lists the fan specs of the case, are those the fans that are included with the case, or are they slots? I would think they are included, but want to make sure.


If you have a Microcenter near you (microcenter.com), you can buy the Asus P8Z77-V Pro for $170 IF you buy the i5-3570K with it. I was thinking of doing an i7 build, but they have the i5-3570K for $190 (from $250 on NewEgg), and then together with the motherboard that is $360. Sorry if this doesn't help.
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May 4, 2012 2:33:41 PM

inthewright: That might actually be possible since I am heading to Indianapolis, IN from Pittsburgh, PA today and can go to their Cincinnati, OH location. They have 3770K's for $290, so that's a pretty good chunk of money to save.

I'm going with the COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition case. Thanks for all of the help!
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May 4, 2012 2:42:47 PM

Best answer selected by mxrcdude.
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