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December 31, 2012 9:24:45 PM

Just about finished constructing my first gaming rig build. I was shooting for something smaller, reliable, and cheaper. One big question is the case selection. I like the look of both the CM Elite 431 and the IN WIN BP655.300TB3L. I'm trying to keep the cost around 700$ so I'm asking if I should go with the IN WIN since it comes with a 300W power supply which would save me more money and its smaller, but its a newer product so I don't know if its reliable. AND with the IN WIN, I don't know if everything is compatible (cant find it on pcpartpicker). Or go with the CM Elite that's bigger and comes with a fan? or another case that anyone can come up with? If the power is expected to be about 274W is 300W good enough then? or should i shoot for 350? Also just looking for overall comments and suggestions that would be better or cheaper

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vd2X
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vd2X/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vd2X/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill 350W ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE208T 20.0" Monitor ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $719.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 18:34 EST-0500)

Case: Either-
CM Elite 431 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=66067&vpn=RC-431P-KWN2...
IN WIN BP655.300TB3L http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Approximate Purchase Date: within a month
Budget Range: >700-750
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, everyday web use
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 or a bit lower would be fine.
Additional Comments: I really like the IN WIN BP655.300TB3L over the CM, but if its sketchy or wont work then that's fine

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Anonymous
December 31, 2012 9:46:55 PM

you do NOT need a cpu cooler. drop that and get a 7850 graphics card w/a better PSU:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE208T 20.0" Monitor ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $726.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 18:45 EST-0500)


you also don't need a Z77 motherboard unless you will be getting a K series cpu later for overclocking:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE208T 20.0" Monitor ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $691.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 18:46 EST-0500)


cheers.
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December 31, 2012 9:53:21 PM

Corsair is taking a huge step in providing more affordable solutions without sacrificing a ton of quality and features.

The Corsair Carbide Series 200R is one of those new budget oriented cases that comes in at a mere $59, but includes a ton of features to make it suitable for anyone looking to build a new PC, but is limited to a budget.

With support for up to 8 fans, dust filters for the PSU and intake, tool free design, and a clearance of up to 320mm for those extra long graphics cards, it’s a beast of a case that doesn’t carry a beast of a pricetag.

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December 31, 2012 9:55:01 PM

Anonymous said:
you do NOT need a cpu cooler. drop that and get a 7850 graphics card w/a better PSU:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE208T 20.0" Monitor ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $726.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 18:45 EST-0500)


you also don't need a Z77 motherboard unless you will be getting a K series cpu later for overclocking:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE208T 20.0" Monitor ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $691.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 18:46 EST-0500)


cheers.
+1 these are top notch builds for the price ;) 
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December 31, 2012 9:55:36 PM

my friend got the cm elite 431 and it sucks. its cable management is horrible. do yourself a favor and buy something else.
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December 31, 2012 9:58:51 PM

jonjonjon said:
my friend got the cm elite 431 and it sucks. its cable management is horrible. do yourself a favor and buy something else.
+1 i agree with that
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Anonymous
December 31, 2012 10:00:21 PM

bigcyco1 said:
+1 these are top notch builds for the price ;) 

well i just realized that second build (with the H77 board) could probably use a gtx 660 . . .
:ange: 
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December 31, 2012 10:01:57 PM

Anonymous said:
well i just realized that second build (with the H77 board) could probably use a gtx 660 . . .
:ange: 
:lol:  Indeed
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December 31, 2012 10:08:58 PM

Anonymous said:
well i just realized that second build (with the H77 board) could probably use a gtx 660 . . .
:ange: 


Lol yeah I was going with the gtx 650 because of the free copy of assassins creed III
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December 31, 2012 10:10:06 PM

Storm Scout is only $60 on Amazon. Kinda old case but pretty good none the less.
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January 1, 2013 3:51:21 AM

Best answer selected by bholmes754.
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January 1, 2013 6:21:19 AM

Well I decided on this:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vgON
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vgON/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vgON/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE208T 20.0" Monitor ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $657.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 03:07 EST-0500)

Thanks a bunch looniam, bigcyco1, and jonjonjon!!
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January 1, 2013 6:24:47 AM

Anonymous said:
well i just realized that second build (with the H77 board) could probably use a gtx 660 . . .
:ange: 


Oh and I went with the biostar h77 instead of the Asrock because i wanted to go with the MicroATX case and the asrock was sold out. Otherwise I would have completely gone with your suggestion. Thanks again!
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Anonymous
January 1, 2013 7:32:43 AM

bholmes754 said:
Oh and I went with the biostar h77 instead of the Asrock because i wanted to go with the MicroATX case and the asrock was sold out. Otherwise I would have completely gone with your suggestion. Thanks again!

you're welcome, happy to help.
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