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December 17, 2012 8:53:46 AM

Hi guys

I'm building a gaming PC and need a case which will fit all the components in. Can you recommend some specific cases which are compatible with my parts and will fit them well. Good cooling and aesthetics are important too.

CPU: Intel i5-3570k w/ Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO 120mm cooler

GPU: Asus GTX 670 2GB DirectCU 2 TOP

RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) CL9 DDR3 Vengeance

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK 600W

MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe

HDD: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black

ODD: LG DVD 24x SATA

Thanks :) 

PS: I am going to overclock my CPU and GPU at some point, is my PSU up to the job. If not, what wattage should it be?

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December 17, 2012 9:41:48 AM

The MOBO is what'll primarily determine what kind of case size you'll need.
It's ATX, so most standard cases should work.

Without knowing your specific wants/needs/taste, Antec and Coolmaster cases are pretty solid choices that aren't too expensive.

http://www.newegg.com/Computer-Cases/SubCategory/ID-7?O... is a link of Newegg's more popular cases.

I usually go with Antec, so if you want a smaller case you'll want something like 900.
If you want a larger case that has more space and is easier to work with, I've had some pretty good experiences with the Antec 1100.

Coolmasters HAF 932 and 942 are also strong choices.

As far as your PSU, I'd go with a little higher wattage personally, in case you want to upgrade or add more cards later.

Corsair just released some nice new 80 Platinum PSUs that happen to be on sale at Newegg for 15% off. If you're looking to keep it inexpensive, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a good choice.
December 17, 2012 10:10:22 AM

My recomendation ( i just built one and was very impressed) is the thermaltake level 10 lcs for like 375.00 usd it comes with a nice waterloop built in and the case is wicked nice with fan filters hot swap bays and did i mention water loop!!
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December 17, 2012 10:53:02 AM

It would help to know if you have a specific price you want to stay around for a case. Also how important is case size as far as mid tower vs full tower? A good mid tower will fit all of the parts you have listed and a full tower will have tons of room left over for future expansions but then again they are rather large. Usually you get better cooling with a full tower case. Besides what was already mentioned the Corsair Obsidian 800D is a great case but it is $250 after rebate.
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December 17, 2012 11:00:32 AM

Given that you didn't go over the top on any components I could guess you're not looking to spend that much on a case (and there's certainly no need to).

Have the 500R and love it. Larger mid-tower, quiet with lots of cooling options if needed. $130 at newegg and a $20 rebate.

If you want quiet, the Fractal Define R4 gets good reviews. Around $110.



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December 17, 2012 12:51:52 PM

These are real good cases on the cheap. Tons of airflow, and includes alot of options only found on ALOT more expensive cases...

Zalman Z11 plus http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69199&vpn=Z11%20Plus&m...

Antec 300 v2 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67326&vpn=THREE%20HUND...

Zalman Z9 U3 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75237&vpn=ZM%2DZ9%20U3... There is a different revision of this case available, the Zalman Z9 plus. It has the same features for the most part but has spots for 7 120mm fans(4 can be 140mm). The biggest difference is that this model only has USB 2.0 ports on the front... http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&ma... This is the case I bought because it was so cheap and I didn't need USB 3.0. I was really surprised on the build quality and features for the price.

They are all of good build quality and won't break the bank, allowing you to put more money into other components in a system.

PS: This could make a good alternative PSU as well. It's on sale and has free shipping http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55515&vpn=PPCMK2S750&m... Higher wattage, more efficient, and better warranty for about the same price. :) 

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