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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by chilpillphil3, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. chilpillphil3

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    Im looking at building a new/ top spec PC in the next couple of months.

    Firstly i need to sort out the case,

    Can i buy it now? or should i wait untill i buy other parts, are there going to be better case in the near future?

    Secondly, where the best place to buy a nice, smallish, fairly sound proof case which looks fairly modern (silver, black?) for around £40-£50?


    And other factors i need to consider? i havent build a new pc for a couple of years, Do i need many case fans?
     
  2. Hawklord

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    Make sure if your getting a PSU with the case that it's rated at about 450W as it appears that the next generation of graphics cards are going to be Juice hungry beasts.
    I'll be using my cheiftec dragon when upgrading again. It's a great big case with plenty of room and easy to work in. this is what I use but may be too big for your set up as it's hardly small and over your budget:-

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Chieftec_Cases_128.html

    More cases here but £40-£50 is not a huge budget:-

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Cases_7.html
     
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    Hi

    Its up to you, but I tend to order things when I need them. Theres not much point in getting it now unless you see something at an amazing price. Remember that if you get it now you've got to store this thing somewhere. Also wouldn't it make sense to order it with other components to save on delivery costs?

    You mention that you're after a smallish case. In that case make sure you get one without a PSU since they're usually bundled with something around the 350W mark (which is not enough to power today's high-end systems). With the budget you've accounted for, it'll put aluminium cases (from Coolermaster and Lian Li) out of reach. However, with regards to 'traditional' plastic cases, Antec and Chieftec do a fine job.

    Unfortunately the case I had in mind, is probably a little too big (and heavy). It is the 'Antec 1080AMG (No PSU)' (http://www.overclock.co.uk/customer/product.php?productid=16603&cat=285&page=1) retailing at £35.18. Since Antec sell Power Supply's, very few cases come without one you see. I'll see if I can find something a little more suitable a bit later on...

    Anyway, like Hawklord said, when selecting a PSU make sure it has a high power rating (480W+ if your intention is gaming) and thats its from a reputable manufacturer, i.e. Antec, Enermax, Thermaltake etc.

    In terms of fans, you would normally have at least one intake fan at the front of the case and one outtake fan at the back.

    Hope that helps,

    Alex
     

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