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Case Recommendations for new build

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September 12, 2012 9:53:00 PM

Hey,

I'm building my first PC in a few weeks time and I'd like some recommendations on a case. I've got a budget of £70-£110 ($110-$170) and the features I want are:


ATX tower or mid tower case
Plenty of room for future expansion: dual SLI/xfire GPU's and overclocking CPU with a cooler
Good cooling for the above expansions, I don't mind buying some extra fans if stock ones aren't enough
Low noise
USB 3.0 ports on the front
Audio jacks on the front (not a dealbreaker)
Simple looking, clean case, no needless lights or windows into the box

My build will be:

OS: Windows 7 HP 64-bit
Processor: i5-3570k, stock for now, possible overclocking in future
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6
GPU: Gigabyte Geforce GTX670, one for now, possibly SLI in future
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600MHz DDR3
HDD: Seagate 2TB 7200RPM
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB
Power Supply: Corsair HX850W
Optical Drive: Sony DVD/CD RW drive
Wifi: TP-Link 802.11n adapter card, PCI or PCIe, not sure yet


Any help is much appreciated, im slightly overwhelmed by the available choice.
a b ) Power supply
September 12, 2012 10:01:03 PM

You won't find a lot of consensus about cases around here.

Anyway, I would be looking at only Antec, Corsair, Cooler Master, NZXT, and Lian Li as case manufacturers. That should reduce your choices considerably.

Not that other makers don't have good cases, but generally these names are what people tend to gravitate towards when they want high quality cases.

You will have to research whether the cases from those makers have each of your checklist items, however, I will say that the HAF 932 and HAF X cases are very popular in that range with a lot of people.

The Carbide and Graphites in the 600 range and the Antecs more in the 900 range and maybe NZXT Phantom are all very popular cases for high end setups.
a b ) Power supply
September 12, 2012 10:31:17 PM

Antec threehundred 2 is a good case and right around($70.00 USD)
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