I’ve finished selecting the components of my new system. Now I just have to choose a case and power supply. I’ll be honest; I don’t want to take the time to learn all of the ins and outs of cases and PSUs. However, I’m definitely going with substance over style: I want to keep it ice cold (with some room for a little heat in case I OC more than I plan to), I want proper power running to all my hardware (I think 350w should be enough, but I’ll go with 400 if necessary), and am looking for sturdiness and stability. (Of course it needs room for all of my components ). I’ve also heard that having a fan on top is very useful since heat gets trapped there. I’m not completely against a little extra noise for a lot more cooling.
This case seems nice for about $100, though it is a little low on power. I don’t need anymore bays than that. Actually, all I’m planning to have in this PC is my DVD-ROM drive. I have a burner in my other system. I suppose I could always get an upgrade to the PSU too:
To be honest, I’d love having one of those modified cases for such a low price, but I just can’t find the specs to compare. This is the last major purchasing decision I have left. I’m open to any suggestions. They’d be greatly appreciated.
CPU: AMD 1800 266FSB (green wrapper, .13) $80
Motherboard: Asus A7V333 (no raid, no onboard audio) $105
HD: Maxtor, 7200rpm, 40gb, IDE, D740X-6L $75
GPU: Gainward Geforce4 Ti-4200 Golden Sample $160
RAM: 512MB PC2700 $120
CD-ROM: Pioneer 16x DVD-ROM $40
Network: Linksys EtherFast 10/100 NIC (will this work w/DSL modem?) $15
Sound: Turtle Beach Santa Cruz $60
Floppy: Teac $10
Don't go for these cheap plastic/metal cases. The hard anodized aluminum ones are coming down in price. You can get aluminums for a cheap as $60 even, though I don't recommend those. For $141 (including shipping) I got my Lian-li PC60U and I couldn't be happier with it.
I recommend the Lian-li PC-52 (not available anywhere yet) if you want to save money, the PC-60U/USB (<A HREF="http://tomshardware.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php..." target="_new">$124</A>) if you want a balance between cost/money, and the Kingwin KT-436 if you want the ultimate best performance case and don't care about money (<A HREF="http://www.kingwin.com/end_user.asp" target="_new">$180</A>). None of these prices have shipping and handling included and the Kingwin comes in about 6 flavors, 3 of which have 3 case windows in them each.
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