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Looking for a tower to fit my motherboard.

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August 21, 2012 5:44:56 PM

I am currently on my first PC build, and am quite a noob when it comes to this stuff. I am planning on getting a MSI motherboard (Link at the bottom of post) and I am worried about it fitting into a tower. I am just looking for a moderately priced tower ($50-$70 range) that will fit this motherboard.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 21, 2012 5:59:36 PM

Any ideas on a power supply (400W+) to go with this? (keeping the price around or as close to $25 as possible?)
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August 21, 2012 6:09:52 PM

That motherboard is a standard ATX sized board and will fit into any standard ATX case. The only decent PSu that you're going to get in that price range is the Corsair CX430: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25 after a $20 MIR. The current MIR expires today but they reoccur on a regular basis.
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August 21, 2012 6:52:26 PM

*We absolutely need to know your intended CPU and GRAPHICS CARD info. Will you possibly UPGRADE to a better graphics card in the future? Don't waste your money on a PSU that you have to replace. Never, ever get a generic, cheap $25 PSU; you can literally burn down your house. Not. Kidding.

NCIX has good PSU sales:
If we assume the graphics card is fairly low-end we can go with a 450W PSU.

Case:
Most motherboards are ATX or micro-ATX. Both fit in an "ATX" case, however smaller cases exist that are only compatible with micro-ATX or even smaller motherboards.

Antec 300 ATX case:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=29812&vpn=THREE%20HUND...

Antec 302 case:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67326&vpn=THREE%20HUND...

Power supplies:
Here's three on sale.
1) http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62871&vpn=VP350&manufa...

2) http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=60491&vpn=NEO-ECO450C&...

3) http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=33041&vpn=OCZ600MXSP&m...

Tip:
I buy my POWER SUPPLY to handle my full power demand at 50% load so the fan doesn't get too noisy.

SUMMARY:
- Antec 300, 302 or similar case (these have two fans, cable managment)
- Power Supplies are 350W, 450W and 600W

- if your motherboard has USB3 outputs for the front of a case, get a case that supports that (not sure if the 302 has USB3 or USB2. USB3 is BLUE.)
- need CPU and Graphics card details
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August 21, 2012 7:18:55 PM

photonboy said:
*We absolutely need to know your intended CPU and GRAPHICS CARD info. Will you possibly UPGRADE to a better graphics card in the future? Don't waste your money on a PSU that you have to replace. Never, ever get a generic, cheap $25 PSU; you can literally burn down your house. Not. Kidding.

NCIX has good PSU sales:
If we assume the graphics card is fairly low-end we can go with a 450W PSU.

I agree that OP should give his build details and that generic $25 PSUs should be completely avoided. I did want to clarify that I believe the Corsair CX430 is a decent PSU at a great price. It's not a top tier PSU by any stretch of the imagination but it is a great value for its performance characteristics. Review: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... The CX430 will handle most any modern PC with up to an HD6850/7850 GPU...a little better than a low-end GPU. Those Neo Ecos are great little PSUs, too.
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August 21, 2012 9:53:06 PM

Cheap power supplies are a complete waste of money. Out of that 400 watts you are guaranteed to lose around half as heat. Make sure to go for something which is certified 80+ as you then know that only 20% of the total power will be lost as heat. To give you an idea of what you can run on certain power supplies, i'm running a gtx 480 (about 250W) and phenom ii x4 (uses about 125W), and a lot of other crap, all on a GX-550W. It works without a hitch.

As for descent cases, I would strongly recommend the CM 690 II. Great case, good space, good airflow and really well built - not to mention great modding potential. Seriously get it and you won't be disappointed.

I would reconsider your budget for the build and make sure you don't skimp on the things which really matter - the graphics card, power supply and cpu and case. Ram is pretty cheap right now so you could easily get 4gb for around £20 (kingstons hyperx blu is the way to go) and as for the hdd, you could get away with 500bg and still have plenty of space.

For the case, I would go with a CM 690 II basic - its the best case you will get in your price range.

For the Psu - get something with is at least 500W and certified 80+

And I would spend a bit extra on your graphics card as you don't want to be updating it every time a new bethesda game comes out. Its really worth it - ive spent so much money upgrading the poor choices I made when I built my first pc.
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