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Need advise to choose a case and power supply.

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January 2, 2013 7:37:34 AM

First of all, let me thank you all.

I'm an engineering software developer. I never assembled a computer in my life, only bought from dell :) .
But this time I thought to look more deep and found that I can assemble a very high end computer by my own, instead of spending more on dell for not-as-good-configuration.

This forum really had answers to all my basic questions. After reading a lot of threads about computer hardware components, I decided for following configuration.

Processor: AMD FX 8120
Mobo: ASUS M5A97
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 7770 1GB GDDR5
RAM: Transcend 2x8GB @1600Mhtz
Hard Disk: 1 TB Seagate (internal)
Monitor: Benq-24"LED monitor
Cabinet: ??Cooler master??
PSU: ??Cooler master (600 Watt)??



I need this configuration to watch high quality movies, games, and lots of multitasking.
On a serious side, I'm interested in GPU programming (hence I need a separate Graphics Card) and virtualization stuff.

I need help in choosing a cabinet and PSU for the whole system. Please feel free to add your comments about the pros and cons of the above chosen system configuration.

I read the topics on how to choose a PSU and came to a conclusion that 450 watt psu will not suffice as the graphics card alone need 450 watt power. I asked a vendor and he had straight a 600 watt coolermaster PSU. But I heard that cooler master is not a good psu supplier.

Please help!


a b ) Power supply
January 2, 2013 11:13:29 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (tooless, usb 3.0, but no fan filters or side window; excellent value)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (htpc style; you have to plan and install everything carefully the first time; harder to work with, but it's my personal preference)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (excellent value, very popular, but no usb 3.0)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (excellent value, 2.5 bays for ssd's, no usb 3.0)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (antec quality, tooless design, side facing cage for hardrives, but you must install the plastic brackets before sliding in; with free shipping, my first choice)

Power supplies:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (excellent value, free shipping, newegg warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (antec quality, no power cord included; most people have a spare laying around)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (best quality, 5 year warranty)
a b ) Power supply
January 2, 2013 12:08:15 PM

You didn't quite specify how much you are willing to spend on the case and power supply though it seems like o1die has you covered. Avoid cooler master psu if possible, there are other choices that are better (corsair, seasonic, antec) and the 3 that o1die recommended are very good units

I'd like to add some 2 more case recommendations

Bitfenix Shinobi (There are windows & non-windows. Also comes in black or white)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60584

Bitfenix Raider (There are windows & non-windows. Also comes in black or gun-metal)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65970
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