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Advice on a Case/PSU for a $1100 Build

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May 20, 2012 6:19:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: Looking for the best avaliable options, none really

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Country:US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Any

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080)

Additional Comments: Have most of it picked out and bought, just need some advice on a case and PSU

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Already Bought:

CPU:Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor $190
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

MoBo:ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard $90
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

RAM:Crucial 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules) $40
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Optical:Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD:Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$427 so far

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Leaning towards:

GPU:GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Either a Rosewill Hive 650 or 750, need advice for that.

Case: Need suggestions PLZ


May 20, 2012 6:27:19 AM

Good choice on the video card, but I'd stay away from rosewill psu. Still with something from antec/corsair/seasonic. Theres a lot of good cases. The HAF 922/923 are great mid-size towers. Antec 300 is also a nice case.
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May 20, 2012 6:32:06 AM

bavman said:
Good choice on the video card, but I'd stay away from rosewill psu. Still with something from antec/corsair/seasonic. Theres a lot of good cases. The HAF 922/923 are great mid-size towers. Antec 300 is also a nice case.


Thanks for the reply!

I figured I wouldn't build another comp for a while so why not spurge a little! :D  I was talking more wattage I would need.(550 is good for a GTX 670 I think?) Also, from what I saw, the GTX 670 is kinda big, so I just wanted to make sure it would fit in a mid-tower with enough room to breathe.
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May 20, 2012 6:36:22 AM

depending if you ever want to crossfire with high end cards(since you have a 670), your going to need a 750+ psu for sli if you ever want to. if not, a 550-650w psu should be fine when you have your overclocked settings kicked in.

according to psu recommendations i have in my sig, you could use the hive psu, other options around that price area would be:

Modular
OCZ ZT 650w
Seasonic m12II 620w
Antec High Current Gamer 620w
Hive 650
Hive 750

Non Modular
Seasonic S12II 620w
Corsair Gamer Series 600w
Antec High Current Gamer 750
Corsair TX 650
OCZ ZS 750

but i understand the interest in the hive since its on 15% discount atm
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May 20, 2012 6:36:37 AM

The 2 HAF cases I suggested are plenty big...theyre on the large side of mid-size. I fix my GTX 580 in there without a problem, and I'm pretty sure the 670 has a smaller PCB so you'll be fine.

The 6xx also have significantly lower power consumption:
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5818/46563.png

So if you get a 750w psu you'll be more than set for another 670 in the future should you decide to sli. Heres my suggestion:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 20, 2012 6:40:15 AM

dudewitbow said:
depending if you ever want to crossfire with high end cards(since you have a 670), your going to need a 750+ psu for sli if you ever want to. if not, a 550-650w psu should be fine when you have your overclocked settings kicked in.

according to psu recommendations i have in my sig, you could use the hive psu, other options around that price area would be:

Modular
OCZ ZT 650w
Seasonic m12II 620w
Antec High Current Gamer 620w
Hive 650
Hive 750

Non Modular
Seasonic S12II 620w
Corsair Gamer Series 600w
Antec High Current Gamer 750
Corsair TX 650
OCZ ZS 750


Might seem like a dumb question, but whats the difference between modular and non-modular?
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May 20, 2012 6:42:12 AM

hellfire24 said:
you made some excellent choices.gpu is great but for a single card setup,a quality 500+w is enough.you have 273 bucks to spare,i would suggest a SSD and a power supply.this is my recommendation-
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W
SAMSUNG 830 128GB


The Microcenter deals did make me salivate!!!!
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May 20, 2012 6:43:32 AM

Non-modular all the cables are soldered to the PSU PCB. In a modular PSU you can unplug cables that you don't need for better cable management.

See pictorial evidence:

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May 20, 2012 6:44:39 AM

rsheets1991 said:
Might seem like a dumb question, but whats the difference between modular and non-modular?


non modular has all the wires attached, and non removable. if they are damaged, then the wire is irreplaceable, but tends to be cheaper than modular. modular has all the cables(or most, sometimes the mobo cable stays on since you are going to use that cable anyways) removed and you can connect them in the psu if you need them, and leave cables you dont need outside the case stored away for case ventilation space.
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May 20, 2012 6:46:32 AM

Haha, thanks for the pictorial evidence Bavman
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May 20, 2012 6:46:40 AM

bavman said:
Non-modular all the cables are soldered to the PSU PCB. In a modular PSU you can unplug cables that you don't need for better cable management.

See pictorial evidence:
http://www.candccentral.co.uk/images/D/Pro85-.jpg
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2008/02/corsair_tx750w_psu_cmpsu-750tx/tx750w3-8.jpg


i think cable management is a personal 'talent' and it is hardly affected by modular or non modular power supply.OP is going to build a simple single gpu setup so i don't think a modular unit is necessary.
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May 20, 2012 6:48:32 AM

Cable management is definitely an art that I can't seem to get right! Its freaking hard with a non-modular psu, but I've never tried a modular one...just seems like it would be easier.
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May 20, 2012 6:52:21 AM

tbh, if cable management lies heavily on alot of things. psu location, mobo power pin locations, and case. if you have a bottom psu mount in your case, getting a 4/6 pin mobo pin onto the farthest top left of the mobo is a pain to mess with then if it were a top mounted psu.
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May 20, 2012 6:54:51 AM

@bavman,unfortunately it's not.have a little experience with both non modular(rosewill hive) and modular(silent pro gold 1000w),it hardly makes any difference.modular cables are helpful when you are going to a run a multi-gpu setup with a big number of connectors and stuff.
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May 20, 2012 7:12:51 AM

You raise a good point.
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