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Thanks Tarun. Would the components for the HAF 932 interchange with the 912? Is the case alot better than the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119246 or the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119256 ? Will the parts from those CM cases interchange?

I like the idea of sticking with all similar machines as we have 2 Haf 932 cases as well.

I like the Zalman as well. Why is the 912 better than the Zalman?
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Hi Makattack,
Raidmax and Apevia cases are not generally taken seriously because they are typically not built to the quality level we see in similarly priced Rosewill/NZXT/CM cases.
Typically, the Apevia/Radimax/Logysis/In-Win cases will internally look like something from the late 90s.... Little to no cable management options, top mount PSU, lack of rolled edges internally (sharp edges), plain steel internals rather than black painted, noisy 80mm fans, flimsy panels and old school drive bays/cages that require traditional screw-mounting, etc... What you might want to do, is look for cases that have a flashy look, that have as few of these "flaws" as possible.
You might look for a deal on an NZXT M59. It's a fairly flashy case with a modern set of features. [edit in]: also, the RAIDMAX Blade for about $60 might be worth a look.
I would not suggest concerning yourself with the ability to upgrade the CPU in a build at this budget. By the time the CPU actually needs upgrading, there will be too many other parts of the build that are obsolete to bother. The days of building with CPU upgrades in mind are long gone. A large enough step in performance to be worth it will be on a new socket with a new DDR standard with new bus speeds and standards anyway.

I think my boy would really like the Raidmax Blade. Looks like a good case. ANy idea whether my USB 3.0 front panel that came with the HAF 932 would work with it? If so, this may be the one for me....but I also like the idea of being able to trade other parts with my HAF 932 pieces which I'm guessing is possible with the HAF 912....
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lookwise most people will go with CM HAF 912 but the Z9 plus is a better catch in my suggestion
Y ?
  • first it has a Fan Controller, Temperature Display
  • a 4x USB 2.0 front panel
  • the cooling is a little better i mean the top has 2x 120mm cooling fans and you can easily stick a 240 mm rad to the Z9 plus where else the CM 912 the rad has to be stick over the case and in inside
  • the side panel of course

and the CM 912 can fit in all components of HAF 932 the only thing it does not support E-ATX and secondly the bay count in 932 is 6 where else in the 912 is 4

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Awesome. Would my USB 3.0 front panel that came with my HAF case fit inside the Zalman case or are things like that brand specific?
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Consider something like this to get a USB 3.0 port up front: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820223119 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811996037

Otherwise...

maybe this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156273
Or this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156269 ($20 off promo code)

I have no clue how you would get a clean transfer of a custom panel from one case to another unless it is based on a standard 5.25" or 3.25" bay "window."
     
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Shoot, I think I misspoke. The front panel USB 3.0 thing I have does go inside the drive bays...it isn't the top/front panel with all the other ports like audio, Esata etc....

Does that change anything? WOuld my USB 3.0 bay panel work in any case?

Also, quick question, and this is a noob question, are all AM3+ chips compatible with the same motherboard as long as it is AM3+? I think with INtel, the socket and chipset have to be the same right...but is that the case with AMD?

I'll chekc your links now..

Thanks!
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wow, raidmax really makes some cool looking cases!
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Hi Makatttack,

If your USB 3 ports are on a standardized "external bay window" unit, then it should be transferable to any machine with an open bay of equal size.

MOST AM3+ chips work on MOST AM3+ boards, however, there are a few exceptions... For example, on older AM3+ boards, it's possible that they are no longer supported and won't get BIOS updates to support newer AM3+ chips like the new Vishera stuff. Also, there are some AM3+ boards that are either only rated for up to 95W CPUs, or, may be rated higher but should not have been. In those cases, any of the 125W rated AM3+ chips would not be usable on those boards.

My suggestion is... Check with the community for opinions about whether the board has the VRMs to handle the chip you have in mind, and then check the CPU support list on the manufacturers product page.

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When looking for motherboards I usually sort by the price for the desired socket and then move up from the bottom until I hit the first one with 8 pin power connector near CPU, then I look at for a bit and if thats not what I need (i.e., no cooling on VRM's if I plan to OC or lacking some features which I think I will need) then I move on until I find a suitable moterboard I could live with. Then I look around slightly more around that price, say +/- 10% in case there is something substantially better for only few extra dollars and if not then I have the motherboard which gets the job done with the best bang-for-buck.

Surprisngly more often than not the board I usually end up for the AM3 / AM3+ socket tends to be the ATX size as similar mATX tend to be a bit more expensive around here for some reason. Note also that you dont need AM3+ board if you are on budget, all you need is to make sure the board can provide sufficient power and that it has the BIOS update for supporting the CPU you intend to run on it, if BIOS update is needed. Obviously if you have two roughly equally priced boards which both suit you its better to go with one with newer chipset, ie., AM3+. For exampler, atm around here this - http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/970DE3U3S3/?cat=Specifications - seems to be pretty good with ~50 eur price tag (thats with 20% VAT) - some obvious compromises ofc - bare VRM's, old chipset (but but new BIOS to support newer chips and AM3+ socket) and ofc that it's BIOS, not UEFI (I.e., no installing windows on 3 TB drives or booting from these).
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Thanks MDO and carni...looks like my options for cases just opened up some! I think an AM3+ board will be the way to go. Either way, I plan on getting the combo deal that MDO linked to as that seemed to be a pretty good deal!
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2600k overkill
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
SB-E 3820 Asrock X79 extreme6 Sapphire 2GB 6950  G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 Corsair H80 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 700DD 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Haf 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k can't OC :( Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Sapphire 6950 2gb Flex 16gb Gskill Ripjaws X 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB F3 Asus Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U23h11 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 750HX HAF 932 Gigabyte something or other um, who cares really? 
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