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November 22, 2012 2:29:26 AM

Hello all,

I can't decide on either of the cases listed below, could anyone share their input? I love the design of the NZXT Guardian 921 RB, but it seems like the Antec case would have more space. If they were equal in terms of quality, I would prefer the NZXT case. Also, I would want the case to be somewhat sturdy and less noisy.

I'm not sure what kind of CPU cooler to get, but I thought that the one I found would complement the NZXT case nicely. And last but certainly not least, I have no idea what kind of Motherboard to get. I prefer ASUS, and have listed one below. Not sure if it would be a good addition to my list of parts (or compatible). Any suggestions or other feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

#1 CASE
NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

#2 CPU (PURCHASED)
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...

#3 CPU COOLER
NZXT RC-HV120-01 120mm HAVIK 120 Dual Fan CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

#4 MOTHERBOARD
ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

#5 MEMORY (PURCHASED)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

#6 STORAGE (PURCHASED)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

#7 VIDEO CARD (PURCHASED)
EVGA 03G-P4-3668-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti FTW+ 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

#8 POWER SUPPLY (PURCHASED)
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

#9 OPTICAL DRIVE (PURCHASED)
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 22, 2012 2:42:30 AM

case suggestion : Antec 1100

Id avoid that motherboard . Its has only a single slot for graphics cards so you lose the option to crossfire or SLI , and it has a lot of legacy PCI slots that will probalby never be of use to you

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Better features , better price

I would not overspent on the cpu cooler either . Those large coolers were designed for high wattage CPU's from a couple of generations ago .
Most people will be fine with a CM Hyper 212 evo , or one of the Xigmatek 1283 models

If you want it to be as quiet as possible then Id get a Scythe Ninja 3. Its huge , and in a decent case the fans might never run at more than idle speed
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November 22, 2012 3:29:49 AM

Outlander_04 said:
case suggestion : Antec 1100

Id avoid that motherboard . Its has only a single slot for graphics cards so you lose the option to crossfire or SLI , and it has a lot of legacy PCI slots that will probalby never be of use to you

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Better features , better price

I would not overspent on the cpu cooler either . Those large coolers were designed for high wattage CPU's from a couple of generations ago .
Most people will be fine with a CM Hyper 212 evo , or one of the Xigmatek 1283 models

If you want it to be as quiet as possible then Id get a Scythe Ninja 3. Its huge , and in a decent case the fans might never run at more than idle speed


Thanks! I'll take a look at those and do more research on those parts. :) 
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November 22, 2012 3:33:02 AM

7870 rather than the 660ti
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