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June 25, 2012 11:08:15 PM

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks to TH I've put together a great list (IMHO) of parts, but I've been unable to decide on a case or hard drive.
As far as the case is concerned, I'd like to focus on quality of the case: cable management, durability, airflow.
Cases that have been suggested to replace my original choice of
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... are
Antec Eleven Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
Lian LI PC-9F
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
Corsair 550D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any suggestions welcomed, as a first-time builder I realize how important case-choice is but cannot judge well myself.

As far as the hard drive is concerned, I'm focused on 500GB-1TB, 7200 RPM.
I was pretty much decided on Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive until someone told me it was for servers.
It seems like every one I look at has 15%-25% 1 egg reviews: 'dead when I got it', 'died within 6 months', 'terrible packaging; sounds horrible'.

Please help! Thank you. 8D
Suggestions on the rest of my build are still welcome, of course. :) 
a b å Intel
June 25, 2012 11:23:23 PM

First off - do not buy parts based off Newegg reviews, 90% of the people who review products on Newegg are not professionals, you want to read professional sources like Tom's, Anandtech, HardOCP, and Johnnyguru when considering what parts to buy.

As far as case goes I'll gladly recommend the Corsair 500R and Antec 1100 out of those choices.
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June 25, 2012 11:41:18 PM

You can get the Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s for $60, because you have the SSD.
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June 25, 2012 11:44:06 PM

I think I'll go with the Seagate Barracuda 1TB due to the charts I just found. :) 
Those seem like solid choices g-unit, thank you; let's see if I can get another opinion.
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June 25, 2012 11:48:32 PM

How does having the SSD affect your decision cin19? I don't need as big of a hard drive?
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June 25, 2012 11:53:44 PM

froyman said:
I think I'll go with the Seagate Barracuda 1TB due to the charts I just found. :) 
Those seem like solid choices g-unit, thank you; let's see if I can get another opinion.


You can see what a finished build with the Antec 1100 looks like here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/eleven-hundred-stor...

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June 26, 2012 12:23:52 AM

What is the maximum amount of $$$ you are willing to budget for 'the right' case?

May I suggest the NXZT Phantom?

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

$109 with free shipping. (Free shipping offer / promocode ends tonight)

Far has hard drives I recommend this 1TB Western Digital for $119 (again with free shipping)

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

Western Digital has been ultra reliable for me. I have had practically no problems with them.
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