Case for Tom's $500 PC

I'm going to be building Tom's $500 PC build, but I would like a better case, what is a case that has the same specifications but with better quality? Thanks
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  1. how much are you willing to spend?
  2. COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
  3. 30 bucks tops, need money for windows too.
  4. Just going to label some notable cases from 30-60$

    NZXT Gamma Classic Series 40$
    NZXT Source 210 40$
    BitFenix Merc Alpha 40$
    Rosewill Challenger 50$
    NZXT Source 210 Elite 50$
    Antec Gaming Series One 50$
    Antec 300 55$
    Coolermaster HAF 912 60$

    Also note that all rosewill cases at the current moment are 15% off with promo code EMCNBHG23


    I will also advertise if you are shopping at newegg fo most of your parts, theres a off site promo for shop runner which negates shipping costs for most items on newegg for 6 months

    at 30$ there isnt many choices for cases
  5. dudewitbow said:
    Just going to label some notable cases from 30-60$

    NZXT Gamma Classic Series 40$
    NZXT Source 210 40$
    BitFenix Merc Alpha 40$
    Rosewill Challenger 50$
    NZXT Source 210 Elite 50$
    Antec Gaming Series One 50$
    Antec 300 55$
    Coolermaster HAF 912 60$

    Also note that all rosewill cases at the current moment are 15% off with promo code EMCNBHG23


    Got any ideas for a $500 budget build theat includes windows too? I feel this one is a bit underpowered.
  6. akros said:
    Got any ideas for a $500 budget build theat includes windows too? I feel this one is a bit underpowered.



    I can attempt it, but i need to know when you are purchasing the said build
  7. Hi there! For a budget like this is other kinda good case. I have myself one, the worst thing about this, it's cable management space. It's hard to hide cables but with some work you can do a clean set up. It comes with good features as good cooling, black interior and transparent side windows. I would show Pics of my budge build if you want :P

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227
  8. dudewitbow said:
    I can attempt it, but i need to know when you are purchasing the said build


    Ideas are always ok! And within the next 2 weeks, I start college on the 4th and I need a new pc, all I got is $500 bucks.
  9. horaciopz said:
    Hi there! For a budget like this is other kinda good case. I have myself one, the worst thing about this, it's cable management space. It's hard to hide cables but with some work you can do a clean set up. It comes with good features as good cooling, black interior and transparent side windows. I would show Pics of my budge build if you want :P

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227


    How much was your build total? Specs?
  10. What I have atm is similarish to the 500$ build, with cuts on different parts to fit in OS, as well as taking advantage of current sales, since your unsure exactally the date when you are going to buy it, sales will change so the build will have to change accordingly:

    500gb Caviar Blue 70$ - 10.50 with promo code EMCNBHG38
    HIS 7750 105$
    Crucial Ballstix 2x2gb 20$
    Asrock B75m 60$
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit(OEM) 91$
    Rosewill Green Series 530w + Blackbone case 80$ combo -6$ with promo code EMCNBHG23
    Pentium G860 80$

    total, like a few $ above 500$

    of course the 7750 isnt as good as the gtx 560, but you know, adding in OS has to cut costs on different parts of the build.

    Includes usage of the above's shop runner to cut most of the shipping costs down
  11. dudewitbow said:
    What I have atm is similarish to the 500$ build, with cuts on different parts to fit in OS, as well as taking advantage of current sales, since your unsure exactally the date when you are going to buy it, sales will change so the build will have to change accordingly:

    500gb Caviar Blue 70$ - 10.50 with promo code EMCNBHG38
    HIS 7750 105$
    Crucial Ballstix 2x2gb 20$
    Asrock B75m 60$
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit(OEM) 91$
    Rosewill Green Series 530w + Blackbone case 80$ combo -6$ with promo code EMCNBHG23
    Pentium G860 80$

    total, like a few $ above 500$

    of course the 7750 isnt as good as the gtx 560, but you know, adding in OS has to cut costs on different parts of the build.

    Includes usage of the above's shop runner to cut most of the shipping costs down


    Do you think your build would be better than this one? http://www.webpagescreenshot.info/img/337123-8252012120307AM
  12. here's my suggestioin: As a college student, Microsoft offers a special on windows:

    http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/terms.aspx

    so you can get Office for $80 and Windows for $30. its an upgrade disk, but you can use that on a new PC. you just install it twice: once up to the request for the installation serial code, then stop, and install again from scratch. this time saying upgrade

    here's two similar builds:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.99 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $471.91
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-24 17:05 EDT-0400)

    ---

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $466.90
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-24 17:09 EDT-0400)

    both of these leave $30 to buy the student copy of Windows 7
  13. akros said:
    Do you think your build would be better than this one? http://www.webpagescreenshot.info/img/337123-8252012120307AM


    mines will be better in the gpu side by a lot. the GT 520 is a weak gpu. cpu wise, it depends on game probably(because the 4100 has overclockable cores and its a 4 logical core(not full core) cpu, but the pentium g has the arcitecture advantage.

    @above, go to settings and turn off mail in rebates in price(as not everyone does them). OP only has 500$ to spend =X
  14. ScrewySqrl said:
    here's my suggestioin: As a college student, Microsoft offers a special on windows:

    http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/terms.aspx

    so you can get Office for $80 and Windows for $30. its an upgrade disk, but you can use that on a new PC. you just install it twice: once up to the request for the installation serial code, then stop, and install again from scratch. this time saying upgrade

    here's two similar builds:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.99 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $471.91
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-24 17:05 EDT-0400)

    ---

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $466.90
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-24 17:09 EDT-0400)

    both of these leave $30 to buy the student copy of Windows 7


    I live in the US now, but in about two weeks I'll be attending school in Germany, so this does not work for me.
  15. dudewitbow said:
    mines will be better in the gpu side by a lot. the GT 520 is a weak gpu. cpu wise, it depends on game probably(because the 4100 has overclockable cores and its a 4 logical core(not full core) cpu, but the pentium g has the arcitecture advantage.

    @above, go to settings and turn off mail in rebates in price(as not everyone does them). OP only has 500$ to spend =X


    What do you think would be a better overall build? I'm looking for something for Schoolwork/Gaming/Movies, I don't need a very high-end PC because I will not be playing very demanding games, If anything I will try skyrim on my PC and if it does not get some good frames I will go back to my Xbox.
  16. The i3 its much better for gaming than the FX-6100 (due to better single core performance) and it's cheaper.
  17. akros said:
    What do you think would be a better overall build? I'm looking for something for Schoolwork/Gaming/Movies, I don't need a very high-end PC because I will not be playing very demanding games, If anything I will try skyrim on my PC and if it does not get some good frames I will go back to my Xbox.



    simply, i just shouldve asked the question in the first place:

    1. Resolution?
    2. Settings(especially if you are going anti aliasing on or off)
    3. types of games played
    with the 2 questions answered, i could have game a general aim for this gpu recommendation, but its really not that hard to beat a console game requirement(console game requirement is 30fps at low/medium settings at around 720p)


    If you need an optical drive, it will change a few things in the build at the most.
  18. dudewitbow said:
    What I have atm is similarish to the 500$ build, with cuts on different parts to fit in OS, as well as taking advantage of current sales, since your unsure exactally the date when you are going to buy it, sales will change so the build will have to change accordingly:

    500gb Caviar Blue 70$ - 10.50 with promo code EMCNBHG38
    HIS 7750 105$
    Crucial Ballstix 2x2gb 20$
    Asrock B75m 60$
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit(OEM) 91$
    Rosewill Green Series 530w + Blackbone case 80$ combo -6$ with promo code EMCNBHG23
    Pentium G860 80$

    total, like a few $ above 500$

    of course the 7750 isnt as good as the gtx 560, but you know, adding in OS has to cut costs on different parts of the build.

    Includes usage of the above's shop runner to cut most of the shipping costs down


    Wait--how will I install windows with no Optical drive?
  19. jsrudd said:
    The i3 its much better for gaming than the FX-6100 (due to better single core performance) and it's cheaper.


    Now how will I incorporate an i3 in a $500 budget build mate
  20. dudewitbow said:
    simply, i just shouldve asked the question in the first place:

    1. Resolution?
    2. Settings(especially if you are going anti aliasing on or off)
    3. types of games played
    with the 2 questions answered, i could have game a general aim for this gpu recommendation, but its really not that hard to beat a console game requirement(console game requirement is 30fps at low/medium settings at around 720p)


    If you need an optical drive, it will change a few things in the build at the most.


    1. It will most likely be connected to my 32 inch tv with a VGA or a HDMI cable, no idea
    2. Probably medium at most.
    3. Mostly old games, Oblivion, Minecraft, Amnesia, Terraria, and Skyrim
  21. dudewitbow said:
    simply, i just shouldve asked the question in the first place:

    1. Resolution?
    2. Settings(especially if you are going anti aliasing on or off)
    3. types of games played
    with the 2 questions answered, i could have game a general aim for this gpu recommendation, but its really not that hard to beat a console game requirement(console game requirement is 30fps at low/medium settings at around 720p)


    If you need an optical drive, it will change a few things in the build at the most.


    Also, Can I just rip the old Optical Drive out of my Sony Vaio Desktop from like 2001? Will it work or no? After I intall windows I won't be needing it anymore anyways...
  22. shoudnlt need no more than 150 max. early entry gaming level gpus would be a 6670 ddr3(65$). I just recommend the 7750 due to it simply being new, efficient and does an okay job at mainstream titles on moderate resolutions (1680x1050 at most games probably with pretty moderate detail)

    as for the optical drive question, it depends if the drive is IDE or Sata. if its IDE, you wouldnt be able to do it so easily
  23. dudewitbow said:
    shoudnlt need no more than 150 max. early entry gaming level gpus would be a 6670 ddr3(65$). I just recommend the 7750 due to it simply being new, efficient and does an okay job at mainstream titles on moderate resolutions (1680x1050 at most games probably with pretty moderate detail)

    as for the optical drive question, it depends if the drive is IDE or Sata. if its IDE, you wouldnt be able to do it so easily


    IDE is the wide flat cable right? If so then yes
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