Originally Posted by Steve Blikely
I'm going to say it because it needs to be said, particularly to many of the new builders & people on here dishing out all kinds of crazy advice. Lately there has been too many threads complaining about not having enough space, wanting full towers, NEEDING a 900d to fit your main rig in, NEEDING a $300 case to throw an air cooled build in there.
This is simply false. This does not apply to water coolers as they are a different type of builder, and the more room the better. You do not need to go out & buy a 900d, a Fractal XL, etc.. for an air cooled build or a h100i cooler.
If you can't build a rig in a small mid tower, you shouldn't be upgrading to a full size tower. In todays mainstream computer building scene, a mid tower is enough for ALL of us, unless your going to be pushing the limits or have special requirements. With things like the gtx titan, micro atx, or even mini itx, there is just no need to throw down $450 for a piece of junk case, when there's cases out there for $100 and under that look better, perform better & do what a computer case should.
This is just to all the builders who are starting & feel like they have to have all the best gear & waste their time getting there, because there's no end to that road. It's quite easy to buy a budget gaming pc rig, make it look good & demolish any game on triple monitors. Under 2 grand and you'll have no issues. There are people spending $5000 on rigs... great, but you don't need all that and you can push your hardware to the limits without it.
Even water cooling has gotten cheaper & you don't need massive monsta rads to get the job done. Save your money, buy a better monitor, a better setup, better speakers & maybe spend the money elsewhere like games. With the way the mainstream & enthusiast market moves, your investing in an outdated machine & it's just so much easier & smarter to say put $1500 - 2000 into a machine for 3-4 years then put $4000 - $5000 into a build which will be running old hardware for 4-5 years.
Pc gaming is not just about going out & building a ridiculous looking machine & to be an enthusiast you don't have to own all those gimmicky boards , those features are mainly for LN2 and extreme users. It's more about being a part of the community, enjoying the building process & the games. Not wasting your money & trying to be awesome by having your computer flash!
I encourage everyone to just remember that today you can put together a z77 rig that will give you the same gaming
performance if not better than %90 of the rigs on ocn. Triple ips panels, i5 3570k, gtx titan or gtx 680 4gb, crossfire 7970's and it's easy. A good set of cheap speakers & your laughing. Laughing at those people setting up incredibly in efficient water cooling loops getting 5 degrees on you, the guys spending an extra 1200 on x79 for 64 gb of ram when they use maximum 12, for the guys spending 250 dollars on dominator ram because of the hand screened icus,
Snap out of it folks, it's time to build smarter.