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Well.... from what I hear, that Biostar overclocks nicely

However, the ATX format has it advantages... and the investment in a case will be more long term. If you ever want to upgrade again, you'll likely go to the ATX format anyways.

Oh, another thing to take a look at is how the case connectors are connected to the motherboard. I had a Sony that had a customized connector for them, and that connector was not compatible with a standard (m)ATX motherboard. Normally, you'll have a bunch of small, separate connectors (IDE led, Power, Reset, Power Led), but in that Sony it was one connector for all...
    
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Well I think I don't have a standard connector. It is like a USB header. I think I would be able to use that on a standard connector (like mine, but possibly in a different order? They are hard-wired into the connector. I suppose I could get some 2-pin females from RadioShack and individualize them like that.The order is like this:

|__Blue__|_Black_|_Red__|_Black_|______|
-------------------------------------------- <- header
|_Yellow_|_Black_|______|______|______|

Or just the ATX + DFI. I would need a new PSU anyway, right?
(Want to OC a Sandy 3700 and have a 250W.)
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Sorry...

Splitting that connector is going to be a drag, and it seems that the coding of the cables is different than normal. If you can figure out which cable has which functionality (blue, red, yellow; the blacks are obviously the corresponding grounds for each color) and you find the proper connections, then you have a chance.

However, my personal preference would be a new case/MoBo/PSU (you'll need a new PSU anyway in my opinion).

The CompUSA case you listed would do... cheapo case, but welll... it's a case. However, for the PSU you need the quality of a good brand, and that will cost a little more money. This FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN would be my recommendation for a PSU that is as well inexpensive as excellent quality for $48.99.
    
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Yeah. But I'm thinking I might just build a whole new rig cause I have 2 HDD's and 2 DVD Drives in the OEM one. So one of each + new case, PSU, mobo, and CPU = new rig! (and eventually a GPU)

Wouldn't that CompUSA PSU be enough? The FSP doesn't look much better (excuse me if it is, but PSUs are not my area of expertise). Or the one that comes with the Tigerdirect case?
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Now, I have no information about that CompUSA PSU at all. It is important to note though that the current on the 12V rails is as important as the Wattage. Budget PSUs, like that CompUSA, tend to have a low current on the 12V rails. My guess would be that the current on the 12V rail for that PSU is like 18A, or 24A if lucky. This is not enough for a decent rig.

The FSP, however, is a very nice PSU for the price, with dual 12V rails with a total of 29A on those rails. Plus, FSP is proven to be a good manufacturere of quality PSUs.
    
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OK, I've decided to go with a case and a PSU. I want to buy the PSU local because it's heavy and will cost alot to ship. I have three considerations:

http://www.pcclub.com/product_detail...temno=A6211170

http://www.pcclub.com/product_detail...temno=A6211108

http://www.pcclub.com/product_detail...temno=A6213860

Do all of these work? If so, which one has the best bang for the buck?

Also, I need to decide on a mobo. Here are two I'm considering:

http://www.pcclub.com/product_detail...temno=A4808601

http://www.pricegrabber.com/user_sal...&mode=googleff

I'd be willing to pay the difference for the better one, so which is better overall? I think it would be the Asus A8N32-SLI (Isn't that Asus' flagship mobo?)

If I get that SLI mobo, will I need the SLI PSU, or only if I actually use the SLI (or not at all, is the SLI PSU thing just for marketing)?

Also, Newegg isn't working for me. I can't ping it from here, I get "Destination host unreachable". However, whenever I ping through this server, I get a valid response! Does anyone know why?
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post #29 of 44
Avoid Thermaltake PSU's, there are better PSU's for your dollar. That first 430watt psu you linked only has 18amps on the 12 volt rail......stay away from it.

And Ive never heard of Apex.
    
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Fatal, I see you have the DFI I am considering. (I think.) Are you happy or would you recommend that Asus A8N32-SLI? Also, PM sent.

EDIT: I can't send u a pm for some reason.
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