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Gaming rig advice on: Case, Power Supply, DVD Burner, Hard Drive

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February 23, 2012 2:57:53 AM

I've recently picked up some "spare parts" from an older gaming rig my buddy used to use and want to piece them together into a fully working system. The parts I currently have are:

  • EVGA 132-YW-E178-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI FTW ATX Intel Motherboard
  • 2 (SLI) NVIDIA 9800GTX 512MB Graphics Cards
  • 4GB RAM (Corsair Dominator, 1066 MHz, 5-5-5-15)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
  • LCD Monitor
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard

    I believe the parts I am missing are:

  • Case (Do I need full size?)
  • Power Supply (How many watts do I need?)
  • DVD Burner
  • Hard Drive (Can I afford 1TB? - I'm not interested in an SSD for this machine)

    I would like everyone's advice on what specific items I should buy to complete my home build to help make this into a semi-decent gaming PC. My budget requirements are to keep the build as cheap as possible, without really degrading the performance of the parts that I already own.

    I'm open to any suggestions, whether they are combo deals on newegg, items currently on sale as seen on slickdeals, or someone's favorite brand of ______ as it relates to my missing items.

    As this will be my Wife's primary machine and my backup gaming rig, there is no need to go "all out" when picking parts for this. (Hence why I do not think an SSD is required and keeping the price low is one of my main concerns.)
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    February 23, 2012 4:55:40 AM

    CASE : COOLER MASTER HAF 912
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    DVD-RW : LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    TOTAL : $256.96 and 237$ after mail in rebates.
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    February 23, 2012 3:57:31 PM

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    Case (Do I need full size?)


    That mainly depends on what you want to spend. I generally recommend mid tower ATX as they're easier to move around than full towers are. There's great cases at every price level but there's also a lot of crap too.

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    Power Supply (How many watts do I need?)


    You can calculate minimum needed wattage here: http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalcula...

    Whatever your minimum needed wattage is add an extra 100W per video card and 50W if you plan to overclock.

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    DVD Burner


    Any cheap $15 - $20 DVD burner will do. Watch out for the Asus bulk burners. LG, Samsung, and Lite-On I've usually had the most success with.

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    Hard Drive (Can I afford 1TB? - I'm not interested in an SSD for this machine)


    They're slowly starting to come down in price - actually the Caviar Black 1TB right now goes for $129 on Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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    February 24, 2012 10:55:04 PM

    Thank you both for the extremely helpful replies! :) 

    I am still unsure exactly how many WATTS I need for my Power Supply. The first response only recommended a 650W PSU, but when I used the tool on the Asus website, I was up around 800W. :ouch: 

    Anyone else have any recommendations for hardware or deals I can purchase that might not have been listed? I am looking to buy this within the next week or two and want to give everyone one last opportunity to make suggestions.
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    February 24, 2012 11:43:03 PM

    le0pard said:
    Thank you both for the extremely helpful replies! :) 

    I am still unsure exactly how many WATTS I need for my Power Supply. The first response only recommended a 650W PSU, but when I used the tool on the Asus website, I was up around 800W. :ouch: 

    Anyone else have any recommendations for hardware or deals I can purchase that might not have been listed? I am looking to buy this within the next week or two and want to give everyone one last opportunity to make suggestions.


    Really? Even on the setup I recommended I run something that's really similar and I run a TX750 and don't even use half that, I could probably get away with a CX500 if I tried. :ouch: 

    I can suggest a good case if you give me your budget for it, there's excellent cases at every price level.

    I'd suggest one of these for the $60 level:

    - Cooler Master HAF 912: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    - Rosewill Challenger: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    - Antec 300 Illusion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    And then at the $75 - $100 level:

    - Corsair Carbide 400R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    - Fractal Design Arc MIDI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    - NZXT Phantom 410: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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    February 27, 2012 6:17:00 PM

    g-unit1111 said:
    Really? Even on the setup I recommended I run something that's really similar and I run a TX750 and don't even use half that, I could probably get away with a CX500 if I tried. :ouch: 


    I will double-check that I did the calculations correctly using the ASUS website. I would not expect it to be over 650W on the power supply, but I sware it listed a requirement that high using the parts I selected. :??:  I hope one of them I had selected was incorrect, possibly causing the estimation to grow higher than necessary.

    Thanks again for all the help and advice, I think I will pick the HAF-912 case, that is similar to a case I currently have on my gaming machine and I love it, so I think the smaller version will be just as nice.

    As far as the other parts I needed, I will most likely go with with a combination of what you and sosofm have recommended, both of you seem to point towards nearly identical items (and brands). :sol: 
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