To house a few 2 TB Hard drives. Will be used to run few servers (Webs ervers, SQL Server, Oracle etc.) , virtual machines and some video encoding. Relatively silent operation desirable.
No gaming except maybe some low graphics games for fun, no overclocking.
I just sold my system because I disliked the combination of the Antec 900(version 1) case and the non modular PSU which made me hate ever opening the case to work with anything. I am looking to put together something within $400 budget at max w/o HDD. I don't need a HDD immediately since I already have few and plan to buy an external from staples considering the price of internal HDDs are up.
All of these at Microcenter amounts to $340 after tax ($320 if PSU rebate goes thru). Leaves me around $70 for a case.
Does this build look good? Any suggestions? I also see an alternative 1.5 V RAM (mentioned below) which is same price after rebates. Is it better than the Kingston I selected? Same with PSUs - there are two more PSUs within $10 of the PSU i selected as can be seen in below links.
Regarding case I'm not sure which is a current good budget case. I need a case that is easy to work with and preferably has USB3 or eSata in front. Is cooler master HAF or 690 better than the Antec 900? I can buy from frys or Microcenter if they have something good regularly on sale.
Aftermarket cooler - I don't think I need once since I am not overclocking. Moreover I suppose it will make my system louder than stock fan/heatsink and more difficult to install. Hope I'm right about this?
Thanks the only problem is that it takes me above my budget. I'm already at $330 and trying to fill in a case at $70 or less (if I am buying after market cooler). In a case I am looking at few things. I know that with my budget it may not be easy to get all of these, o these are just pointers
1) Easy to work with especially adding/removing HDDs (toolless is best)
2) Good cable management - but not sure if this matters if I am using a modular PSU
3) Front USB3OR eSata or both
4) relatively quiet
The case you linked is above my budget. Maybe I can get it on a sale somewhere. Reviews say the cable amnagement is not good though