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Case for my first build

post #1 of 8
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hey guys

ive recently decided to get into building my own computers and am about to purchase all my components but im stuck on the case :C

here are the parts ive selected:

cpu: i5-2500k
mobo: gigabyte p67 ud3r
ram: 4g ripjaws 1600mhz
vga: hd6950
psu: corsair tx850
hdd: seagate 500g
dvd: samsung dvdrw
cooler: 212+ (not totally set on this)

the qualities im looking for in a case are:

-great air cooling
-wide enough for big coolers (160cm is big to me lol) WITH the side fans still attached / long enough to allow for at least my graphics card of 11 inches (preferably longer though)
-reasonably priced for what i get (anything around $250 AUD/USD should be fine, but a bit hesitant spending any more than that)

with this in mind, does anyone have any cases they would like to recommend? i really dont mind the case brand, if it suits my needs itll be plenty. ive looked through stuff like the haf922/93/x, nzxt phantom (not sure if itll fit a 160cm cooler with the side fans in), antec 1200/df-85 (kinda thin) and a whole bunch of others :C is there anything else, or any important pieces of information i should know?

thanks in advance,

vuashke
post #2 of 8
Cooler Master ATCS 840. Great case. Huge, love mine. Should be able to find it under $200 USD.

Lian Li cases are fantastic as well. Superb build quality but more expensive though they do make some mid towers that are very reaonable and are oustanding cases.

For under $100 you can get a Cooler Master 690 II Advanced which is the best budget case available IMO.

I'd recommend you get the 690 II Advanced, take some of the $$$ saved from that and buy a better cooler than the 212+. Nothing against the 212+. I had one and it is a great budget cooler....but it is a budget cooler and will not cool well enough to achieve the best overclocks. Like I said, I had one and it is probably the BEST price/performance value out there, but with a build like you have there you should be able to reach some impressive overclocks and it will hold you back.

Step up to a ThermalRight Silver Arrow air cooler or look into one of the Corsair Hydro coolers like the H-50, H-70, or the new H-60. While the Hydros may not be top of the line I think they are great values, perform well, and you won't have a huge heavy heatsink hanging off your motherboard. Not to mention the possible clearance issues with RAM and the side of your case.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks turgin

the atcs 840 is a bit out of my price range (its almost 300 dollars here, in australia), but i will look into the CM 690 advanced. according to their website, it is 214.5mm/8.4inches wide. will this be enough for a large-ish cooler? the thermalright is 160cm high, and the cm 690 has side fans...will i need to remove the side fans for it to fit?
post #4 of 8
You'd have to forgo the upper-most side fan if you have a tall tower cooler installed.

You should be able to keep using the bottom-most side fan slot though.
The Compy
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-3450 AsRock H77M Gigabyte GTX780 2x8gb DDR3 Patriot Viper 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 256gb  1TB Western Digital Caviar Green Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP Windows 8 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic 23" IPS Clacky keyboard from thrift store. Rosewill Hive 650w Coolermaster HAF X RB 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Coolermaster Xornet Nyan Cat Mousepad Sennheiser 598 Headphones 
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The Compy
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-3450 AsRock H77M Gigabyte GTX780 2x8gb DDR3 Patriot Viper 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 256gb  1TB Western Digital Caviar Green Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP Windows 8 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic 23" IPS Clacky keyboard from thrift store. Rosewill Hive 650w Coolermaster HAF X RB 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Coolermaster Xornet Nyan Cat Mousepad Sennheiser 598 Headphones 
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post #5 of 8
^^ What he said....unless you go with one of the Hydro's and put the rad in the roof or in the rear exhaust fan location. Keep all of your fans that way!
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
sounds like a good choice so far guys, thanks. the bottom-most side fan should still help cool the graphics card, right? i know this is far from a solid gpu cooling system, but id like a little bit of air on it anyway
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
sorry to bump this, but are bit-tech reviews on cooling reliable? ive seen reviews that indicate the stock cooling of the cm 690 ii advanced is subpar, compared to other cases (such as the antec 902 and haf series.) any truth to this?
post #8 of 8
The lian li made lancool K62 will meet your requirements and is a very nice case to work with.

The CM690 Advanced II is a great case as well.
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