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Windows 7: What will fit?

25 Dec 2011   #1
ZenixNet

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What will fit?

Custom Rig Noob here, also sorry if this is in the wrong section.
For Christmas my sister got me a tower. I have never built a system before and I am planing on using this tower for practice. However I am not sure what can fit into it. Such as the mother board, PSU and all that stuff.
Here it is on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/11-Bay-Tower-C...4839070&sr=8-1

Sorry for infiltrating the forums with my nooby questions.
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays


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25 Dec 2011   #2
Maguscreed

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It is the atx form factor.
The majority of motherboards are atx so that's good.
I see no mention of it supporting micro-atx though so that's something you'll need to look at before putting a board into it. It's possible that the see thru design and apparently all plastic construction limited them in the number of screw points they could provide without making the plastic crack or become weak.
I can't get a feel from the short specs listed on amazon as to whether it can house a large modern graphics card or not though. That's generally the only shortcoming with mid towers.

...some of them are a little tight in the graphics card space.
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25 Dec 2011   #3
ZenixNet

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Thanks for the info, do you have any suggestions for an i5 Sandy Bridge mother board? (Or an AMD processor with the same or more power?)
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25 Dec 2011   #4
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Found some more specs here: 11-Bay ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/3x80mm LED Fans - No PSU (Transparent Blue) BLU-CLRCAS-3LED

As for what to stick in it, give us a budget limit and an idea of what you'll be using the computer for.
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25 Dec 2011   #5
ZenixNet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Found some more specs here: 11-Bay ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/3x80mm LED Fans - No PSU (Transparent Blue) BLU-CLRCAS-3LED

As for what to stick in it, give us a budget limit and an idea of what you'll be using the computer for.
I am probably just going to use it mostly for show (and practice as this will be my first custom rig) so I don't need it to be incredibly powerful (i5, 4-6GB ram, 1GB-2GB GPU). If anything I will set it up in my room and get a TV tuner for it and use it as a very cool looking TV. I want to have many LED's lighting up the tower (and the ability to choose the color if possible).
Budget, probably $1000-$1200.
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25 Dec 2011   #6
Maguscreed

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In that budget you might as well go i7
...then again hard drives are very expensive right now.
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25 Dec 2011   #7
linnemeyerhere

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If it was me I would consider this the killer rig and then phase two with twice the ram and add your TV card along with more HDD capacity.
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25 Dec 2011   #8
ZenixNet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

That is kinda what I am thinking but slightly less because I want to put LED's throughout the tower. (How do you even do that anyway? Do they just plug into power cords from the PSU?)\
Also, Intel if possible - just because I am familiar with there processors. However, how does that AMD compare to an i5/i7?
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25 Dec 2011   #9
Maguscreed

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I would skip the liquid cooling and spend it on better graphics .... but that's just me.
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25 Dec 2011   #10
profdlp

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