Hi, I cant decide which case I should get for a PC I am planning to build.
The Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower or Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower with Upgraded 2 x USB 3.0 or Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower ?
They are similar yet different and I need help picking.
These are my other parts:
Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V
GIGABYTE GV-R777OC-1GD Rev2.0 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
Is this a good setup? Im trying to keep it under $900.
I was considering upgrading my graphics or adding a card at a later point so I think I may need the 750 watt PSU. I am trying to decide on which case of the three I listed, is better for my hardware. If there is some other case that is in the same price point that is better, suggest it please. Thanks.
Oh, and with the hard drive, the one I listed has a 6gb/s transfer speed while the samsung spinpoint has only 3gb/s. Is this an important difference?
Ok first the Rosewill Hive series is very good. They are made by Sirtec and rated very highly. However 750 watts is major overkill. An HD 7770 needs 430 watts. With 750 watts you would be looking at plenty of power for 2 x GTX 670s or 2 x HD 7950s. So unless you plan on upgrading to a dual $400 card setup save yourself some money on the PSU.
List of power requirements for systems with pretty much any GPU setup you can think of.
Now as far as cases go, if you are ordering from newegg the 300 Illusion and the One Illusion are hard to beat. The Illusion series are newegg specific and come with all the fans you need preinstalled. I have used the 300 Illusion in close to 20 builds. It is a great case for the money. It does go on sale for closer to $50 pretty often. The 300 is larger than the One.
With a Sandy or Ivy Bridge CPU I would not use Ares. The reasoning has to do with the high VCCSA voltage required for the Ares series. Basically Ares needs 1.25v and with Sandy and Ivy Bridge you should not exceed 1.20v. The Ripjaws series only needs 1.10v. This means the memory modules are much higher quality in the Ripjaws kits.
This is system agent voltage and not to be confused with the RAM voltage. The 1.5v RAM voltage is what you will see advertised.
I just noticed your hard drive question. No mechanical hard drive can saturate a SATA 2 ( 3Gbs ) interface fully much less a SATA 3 ( 6Gb/s ) interface. So while you may see hard drives marketed as SATA 3, it's only the interface and the drive is actually no faster than a SATA 2 drive. You need a newer SSD to take advantage of SATA 3.
In my opinion based on using quite a few of them the Spinpoint F3 drives are the best. Seagate bought Samsung's hard drive division so they are technically Seagate drives now but I believe they still use the Samsung design.