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First Build; Need a Case and an Optical Drive

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December 16, 2012 5:40:13 PM

I'm building my first computer and need some help picking out a few parts. Here is my build so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Ivy Bridge

RAM (16GB): G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

SSD: Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series 430W ATX12V

^ All of this is pretty much decided upon. I don't think I need help with that.
However, I do still need a case and an optical drive. There's a million choices when it comes to cases and I can't decide on one so I'd appreciate someone just picking something for me that would pair well with my other parts--preferably one priced around $50 - $60. And then a recommendation for a good optical drive, I would appreciate, as well.

Thanks!
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December 16, 2012 5:42:08 PM

No graphics card??? What will you use this build for??
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December 16, 2012 5:46:42 PM

I don't play many games so I don't believe I really need a dedicated video-card as the CPU has integrated graphics. And I will use it for some video-editing, and computer programming as I will be a computer science major next semester.
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December 16, 2012 8:15:20 PM

bolverk said:
I don't play many games so I don't believe I really need a dedicated video-card as the CPU has integrated graphics. And I will use it for some video-editing, and computer programming as I will be a computer science major next semester.


You may want to consider a higher wattage PSU so that if the integrated graphics is not good enough(which im sure will be the case) you can add a graphcis card.

As for an optical drive, i believe in LG drives are realiable, samsung sucks with DVD drives... Dont bother with blu-ray.

For a case... Hmmmm... Lets see....
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December 16, 2012 9:28:23 PM

Okay fine I did more research on it and I agree I'll need a graphics card. But how much more wattage would I need in my power supply? And do you have any recommendations for a relatively inexpensive graphics card?

Thanks!
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December 17, 2012 2:46:31 PM

The PSU is very low and I agree, a LG optical drive is great. I have the x22 DVD-RW drive.
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