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Windows 7: Mid-Tower Case, CPU Fans, Size Does Matter?

26 Sep 2010   #51
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

Just some suggestions on what I would do...

1 optical drive is plenty, don't really know why you would ever need two in today's day and age... Back in the day people had two when cd burners first came out.. One to read, one to burn. Upgrade to a blu-Ray instead of two DVD drives

Corsair makes excellent power supplies. 850 watts might be slightly overkill for your system. A 650 watt power supply will power 99% of all 1 gfx cards systems on the planet. More power won't hurt tho. Also I've heard modular psu's are slightly less reliable, but I think that they have changed and are much better now, if not just as good as a traditional psu.

that case looks nice. Any Antec, coolermaster, Lian-li, thermaltake or corsair case should get the job done. As far as the cooling I don't think an aftermarket cooler is always needed but again it can't hurt. Water cooling, as mentioned earlier, is only needed for serious enthusiasts and overclockers

good luck with your build


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26 Sep 2010   #52
Lollies

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtyElf View Post
Just some suggestions on what I would do...

1 optical drive is plenty, don't really know why you would ever need two in today's day and age... Back in the day people had two when cd burners first came out.. One to read, one to burn. Upgrade to a blu-Ray instead of two DVD drives

Corsair makes excellent power supplies. 850 watts might be slightly overkill for your system. A 650 watt power supply will power 99% of all 1 gfx cards systems on the planet. More power won't hurt tho. Also I've heard modular psu's are slightly less reliable, but I think that they have changed and are much better now, if not just as good as a traditional psu.

that case looks nice. Any Antec, coolermaster, Lian-li, thermaltake or corsair case should get the job done. As far as the cooling I don't think an aftermarket cooler is always needed but again it can't hurt. Water cooling, as mentioned earlier, is only needed for serious enthusiasts and overclockers

good luck with your build
I've always just had two, my first family computer, my first own personal computer, my first build, etc... That makes sense, not sure if I would need a Blu-Ray Burner although I am sure it would be nice to have.

The current power supply I have is 1000watts, I never knew if I would add more cards to my configuration but to my dismay I realized I could not. 850 is lower so it seems ok, maybe I'm wrong. If I do add another card to it at some point I'd rather have a larger one versus a smaller one.

I'm sure there are some other cases out there but this is the only case that is like a small full tower. A real full tower would be much too big as someone else stated, this one would be a good size because your not cramming stuff into a specific amount of space, you have enough plus a little extra to work with.

All water cooling for me would be overkill I think, even though overkill is generally my nature. A liquid CPU fan seems half way and I would like to overclock to some degree as I learn more and more.

Thank you for the info, it was very helpful and cleared somethings up.
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26 Sep 2010   #53
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

dont need a blu-ray burner, unless you want one... i got a 10x blu ray drive and a dvd burner (in one), i didnt need the blu ray burner

its all up to you in the end tho, what you need or want

as far as cases, i love my antec 300... but again its all up to you
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26 Sep 2010   #54
Lollies

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just ordered everything, hopefully it will all work out and I won't have to exchange anything, such as the H70. Should be here in 3 days or so, I'll post pics when I get it up. Granite I won't have a screen, keyboard, or mouse for a week or two but at least I'll have my comp up and running.
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27 Sep 2010   #55
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

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Granite I won't have a screen, keyboard, or mouse for a week or two but at least I'll have my comp up and running.


Who needs KVM anyway?
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28 Sep 2010   #56
Lollies

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lollies View Post
Granite I won't have a screen, keyboard, or mouse for a week or two but at least I'll have my comp up and running.


Who needs KVM anyway?
I could just use my mind...but

I have ones I will use temporarily but I'm getting a new mouse, keyboard, and monitor in the near future. I dono what mouse or keyboard but they are likely to be wireless, the monitor will probably be the Dell Ultrasharp U2410.
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28 Sep 2010   #57
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xarden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lollies View Post
Granite I won't have a screen, keyboard, or mouse for a week or two but at least I'll have my comp up and running.


Who needs KVM anyway?
I could just use my mind...but

I have ones I will use temporarily but I'm getting a new mouse, keyboard, and monitor in the near future. I dono what mouse or keyboard but they are likely to be wireless, the monitor will probably be the Dell Ultrasharp U2410.
dell ultra sharp u2410... is that the IPS monitor from that video? what does that run $$ wise?
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28 Sep 2010   #58
Lollies

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Who needs KVM anyway?
I could just use my mind...but

I have ones I will use temporarily but I'm getting a new mouse, keyboard, and monitor in the near future. I dono what mouse or keyboard but they are likely to be wireless, the monitor will probably be the Dell Ultrasharp U2410.
dell ultra sharp u2410... is that the IPS monitor from that video? what does that run $$ wise?
Yeah, that is the one in the video.

Here is a link to it:
Dell UltraSharp
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28 Sep 2010   #59
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtyElf View Post
dell ultra sharp u2410... is that the IPS monitor from that video? what does that run $$ wise?
Retail is about $599...I've seen it occasionally around the $475 mark. it's a great monitor.
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28 Sep 2010   #60
Lollies

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtyElf View Post
dell ultra sharp u2410... is that the IPS monitor from that video? what does that run $$ wise?
Retail is about $599...I've seen it occasionally around the $475 mark. it's a great monitor.
I'll be on that in a week or so

I'm getting everything else on Thursday
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