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    I am going to be building a fantastic computer over the next 3-4 months and I figure the first thing i should look for is a case. Of course, I know that depending on what I'm going to be putting in the case will help be pick the case, but i don't know yet.

    The few things i am sure of are these:
    • Size doesn't matter.
    • I want a case that can handle any motherboard and any extras i put on it. I plan to have this computer for 5-10 years. So i want it to be easily customizable.
    • I do take pictures, so card readers would be great to have on the case, but not crucial.

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    Default Re: Step One: Case

    Your specs don't narrow the field down very much yet. While I have been fond of several of the Thermaltake models, I have tested many from different manufacturers that are very well built and have feature lists that will suit many needs. Your budget would be helpful for this item also.
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    I agree with Darth. We need to know your budget. Do you plan on overclocking? If so, you probably want a nice case with a side duct and room for fan upgrades - 120mm and a few 80's. You also want to see what power supplies are offered with the cases. If you have a powerful one, that's great. If not, there are plenty of good ones to chose from. You'll need a high powered one if you plan on overclocking. If you want it to last those 10 years, it's always a good idea to get a really nice one with a lot of power.

    Suggested brands: Antec (personal favorite), Fortron, Corsair, OCZ, Enermax, and some others.

    Suggested case brands: Thermaltake, Aspire (nice and look cool), Lian, Antec (if you can afford it), and many others.

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    Default Re: Step One: Case

    Card readers? PSUs? These are things you should purchase separately from the case.

    Any computer you build now will be virtually obsolete in five years, and completely obsolete in ten. Unless you mean you'd like to slowly upgrade it over that period of time, but at that point the case is the only thing that will really last. Even then, ten years from now I really doubt we'll still be using ATX cases.

    In any case, you should just go to Newegg (provided you're in the U.S.) and search for cases. With a few customization options under a Power Search, you'll find something appropriate for you quickly.

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    I have some cases book marked from Newegg from recent purchases so I figured I'd share my favorites with you. These 2 cases from Newegg seem like they might have good cooling potential if you ask me, thats one of the most important features to look for when buying a computer case in my opinion.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811221002

    These are basically the same as each other.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811290002
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811103010

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    Well, my OVERALL budget is around 2,000. wow first time i thought about it... anyways

    I guess for the case 60-120?

    And yes i do plan a slow upgrade of the parts. Spongebob, thanks for the tips.

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    Bigger cases usually make it easier for you to upgrade, and since size isn't a problem, I'd say get a big case! I just bought an Antec P180 off a friend, and although I haven't put anything into it other than a motherboard and a cpu, it's of pretty decent quality and is supposed to be good at keeping things cool and quiet. Man, I wish I had two thousand bucks to spend on a computer...

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    haha I don't know if i am including the 1250 dollar 30" monitor from dell in that budget yet, so don't get to mad...
    Last edited by CColtManM; 01-09-2007 at 02:39 PM.

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    Well, if you fit the $1250 into the $2000 budget, you won't get much for a computer. You will get some performance, but it won't be extroadinary.

    Are you absolutely set on that monitor? Do you need something that big? I just purchased a Hanns-G 19" Widescreen using my Christmas money. I love it!!! It's huge and a really good value at $180.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824254005

    My point is, that monitor is really expensive. It might not be comparable to future models especially if you want it to last 10 years. Get something cheaper, or you might be disappointed as time goes on. maybe???

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    Well, remember I do expect to change virtually every piece of the computer once, twice or more in the ten years to keep up with change and Murphy's Law.

    That monitor may be too big, i was also looking at Dell's 24" series, but i have a 19" and a 17" dual monitor setup now. The 19" $99 dollar monitors that were on the Deal of the Day here at TT would look good next to a 24" or 30" monitor. Basically, i haven't made up my mind yet on monitors. That will be the last or second to the last thing i buy.

    But you're 1250 - 2000 dollar budget remark as got me a bit sad, i would think for that cash i'd fit in the above average to better versions of products out there.

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