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    Default Need advice on PSU & Case

    Hi all,

    This is my first post, so please be gentle as I am a newbie.

    I will be buying GA-P55-UD5 or UD4 with (CPU) i7-860

    I will add 2 x 1Tb drives plus (later on) a solid state disk.

    Memory - starting at 8Gb and later increasing.

    The system will be used as W/S & Server (no games) for software development under Ubuntu (64) and Windows using VirtualBox.

    Question: I would like to receive suggestions about a suitable case (nothing flashy, example no lights etc) and an appropriate PSU size.

    Thank you for your assistance.
    Last edited by Koala15; 10-19-2009 at 07:36 PM.

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    Default Re: Need advice on PSU & Case

    Assuming a mild over clock to 3.4GHz (about the same Turbo would push the CPU to) you should be more than fine with a decent 500-600W PSU. Not only is wattage important, but it's also nice to hit the "sweet spot" when it comes to efficiency and noise. Most PSU's are the quietest and most efficient combined, at around 50%-75% load. Take into account a bit of capacitor aging and you have your ideal figure. Often, for a little more cash spent now, you can have a PSU that will last you for the next 2-3 builds.

    My personal recommendation would be either a Corsair HX520 or HX620. Both ate over 80% efficient, and are ultra quiet. They're made by Seasonic and use Sanyo Denki 120mm fans. They're a favourite among quiet PC fans and are rock solid stable. The 520 would be around about right, and the 620 would allow you to transfer it to another build in the next 2-4 years. Price difference is minute really.

    Other PSU brands to consider are Tagan, FSP, Be Quiet, Antec, OCZ, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic. Also consider, if GPU power is a non issue, getting a card that doesn't need a PCIe power connector. This will cut wattage needs by 75W for each 6 pin PCIe power connector NOT present, out of a max of 2 per card. Something like a 9400GT or HD4670.

    I'm a fan of clean, fresh looking cases. It really depends how much you want to spend and what you want your case to be made out of. Aluminium is the most expensive, but IMO looks the sleekest when combined with a brushed black finish. There are also some good quality steel cases out there which are ofc heavier. Most of the cheaper end of the market will also be steel.

    A Lian Li case doesn't have to be expensive. Theyre nice to work inside and cone in all different sizes to suit all tastes. This one for example is the same price as a low-mid end steel case, but about 500% better quality: Lian-Li PCA06B Aluminium Black Mini Tower Case Without PSU - Scan.co.uk

    Akasa's Eclipse and Omega are both exceptionally good all rounders with excellent cooling. Thise are mid price cases. AK-BKCSE-05 - Akasa Omega - Black Aluminum Case Alu door & IO Inc HD Audio, ESATA & 2 x 12cm Lo-noise fans - Scan.co.uk and Akasa Eclipse-62 Midi Tower Case - Hi-End w/o PSU - Best Seller - Scan.co.uk

    You do come across the very high priced cases, usually 200/$350 +. Some are worth it, others not so much. One stand out case in this range is the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D. It's a mix of steel and aluminium (aluminium front panel), is large enough to be used as a server case or one where storage expansion is planned. The cable management is amazing. In about 30 minutes, even an inexperienced builder can get results that look like professional builds. CC800DW - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D, Black, Full Tower Case, with Side Window, 3 x 140mm Fans, w/o PSU - Scan.co.uk

    You don't need an all out over clockers case really for a workstation, just something practical with enough cooling. A 120mm intake, preferably passing over the HDD's (often overlooked when it comes to cooling), and a 120MM exhaust on a mid sized case, combined with the PSU exhausting air if at the top, or another 120/140mm fan if the PSU is bottom mounted. This is really all that's necessary to maintain good temperatures and hopefully help ensure data integrity and stability.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: Need advice on PSU & Case

    Thank you Psycho101 .... you are very kind with your full (time consuming response).

    One (among many) reasons for the "case" question was that I wanted to ensure that the case would "support" all the back plane USB connectors (about 14 of them).

    Should I be wary, or do most (if not all) cases support the I7 (socket 1156) Gigabyte mobo.

    Thank you again.

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    Default Re: Need advice on PSU & Case

    You'll be ok with any standard ATX case with regards to accomodating USB ports. If the board itself contains 14, then the backplane it comes with (all boards include a custom IO shield to install in your case) will be tailor made for that.

    If by support you don't meen fit, but "be strong enough to handle" then again, you'll be fine. Even the cheapest of cases have good secure mountings. You'd be very unlucky, even with a 20/$30 bargain basement case.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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