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November 11, 2012 4:55:28 PM

Hey all :)  I'm new to this site - So please excuse me for my any mistakes.

I'm thinking of building a new computer for gaming. But first of all , I need to get the case sorted out . I have a H-CUPERTINO2-H61-uATX motherboard at the moment , I just need to know what case will fit the motherboard with all the Video Card slots aligned etc.
I'm looking for a case with is compatible with :
2.5/3.5" SATA HDD.
Comes with a PSU 500w+ / Or suggest a PSU which will power the motherboard , Hard Drive , DVD Drive and a nVidia GeForce 550 Ti.
DVD Drive (Not sure how big mine is)

My current Computer is a HP Pavilion P6-2035uk.
Sorry if you don't get it , I wasn't sure how to write/structure this out.
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November 11, 2012 4:59:59 PM

If the motherboard is an ATX or mATX board, then any regular case will fit. Also, never buy a case with a power supply because it won't be of good quality. You want to only buy PSUs from brands which have know reliability. (Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair)
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November 11, 2012 7:44:50 PM

ZakMoon said:
... Or suggest a PSU which will power the motherboard , Hard Drive , DVD Drive and a nVidia GeForce 550 Ti.....


1. A new case is a fine. Buy it because you like the way the new case looks. Do not buy it to improve your gaming -- your current case will hold a new 550ti or other graphics card and has plenty of airflow. I have upgraded HPs with 5850, gtx260, 6770, 5770, 9600gt, etc. all worked fine. Sort of a "sleeper" look. The 5850 with i7-920 had a lot of muscle in its day, still does OK.

2. Your current PC has a 300W ATX PSU according to HP: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Docume.... 300W in a beefy HP PSU coupled with a low power CPU like the i3-2120 gives you plenty of options for new graphics card.

3. A 550Ti is only 116W, that will work but is marginal with your current 300W PSU. An HD7770 has comparable (maybe slightly better, but depends on which game) performance compared to the 550Ti, but only pulls 80W. An HD7770 will run fine on a 300W PSU with your stock i3 2120 3.3 GHz cpu even with an OC. The combo of HD7770 and I3 is nice, and if you keep your current case and power supply that'll cost you only $125 and 20 mins to install. Here is a good video card ref, you can use the last page to compare the HD7770 and the 550Ti, or just pull some reviews. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

If you want a new gaming case, and the gaming case spec says "micro ATX motherboard" then you know your MB will fit. Your current MB is a reasonably standard part made for HP by Foxconn. All except the tiny cases will work for you. If you want a new PSU most gaming cases take ATX just like your current PSU so you can buy a new PSU for your current case, or move your current PSU to a new case or buy a new PSU for a new case. An Antec VP-450 has excellent reviews and is generally $40 at newegg or amazon -- e.g. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias...
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November 11, 2012 9:18:31 PM

Thank you !

I've decided I'm just going to buy a 550 Ti and a 550w PSU from my local computer shop. So I've just got to wait 3 days for the card!
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November 12, 2012 12:04:56 AM

ZakMoon said:
Thank you !

I've decided I'm just going to buy a 550 Ti and a 550w PSU from my local computer shop. So I've just got to wait 3 days for the card!


Good choice. A 550Ti is around $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A good PSU is around $40. Assembly should be $50 to $100, so total should be less than $250 if you have the shop do it. (I'd still go with the $120 Hd7770 and save the PSU swap. Inserting a card is easy, swapping PSU takes more time/effort)

There are some terrible power supplies out there. Suggest you either post the brand of the PSU or find a few serious reviews.

For example: "Coolmax CUL-750B 750 W burned while we tried to pull 500 W from it at high temperatures. It burned exactly on the same point our first sample burned. The components that burned were one of the switching transistors and one of the +12 V rectifiers. Therefore, this unit shouldn’t be labeled as a 750 W unit, but as 475 W instead. Note that this unit has no protections to prevent it from burning. On next page we will show you the video from this power supply burning when delivering 500 W." http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Coolmax-CUL-750B...

Or http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/low-cost-psu-pc-pow... 500W psu: At combined loads as low as 270 W, the voltages on the 3.3 V and 12 V rails were already falling below values required by the ATX specification.
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