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Case and space question
12-08-2010, 01:23 PM,
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Case and space question
So I was curious. When I do build my own computer would it be best to get a case that fits all the stuff just right or can I get any case even if it's too big for all the stuff and there would be empty room? I figured it would be ok to have my empty space so the air can circulate more? Or am I completely off base?
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12-08-2010, 01:27 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-08-2010, 01:27 PM by Andrew J.)
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RE: Case and space question
Assuming their is no physical space problem in your apartment/house, then the bigger the better is the general rule.

However, a mid tower is plenty for 90% of people including myself, as full towers cost much more.
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12-08-2010, 01:47 PM,
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RE: Case and space question
Well my thinking was when I do build a computer I wanna get the case I really want and a power supply that is way more than what I need so in the future when I upgrade the parts I don't need to get a new case or power supply.
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12-08-2010, 02:37 PM,
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RE: Case and space question
If you can, go visit a local computer store, to get an idea of how big cases can get.

I use a mid tower case myself, plenty big. That's what I recommend for most builds too, until you reach higher-end ($1500+) where you have multiple hot video cards.

Either type of case is fine and as Andrew pointed out, a bigger case usually means more airflow for your components.

For an upgrade point of view though, a mid tower won't limit you, unless you're looking into getting 3-4 video cards or many (5+) hard drives.
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12-08-2010, 05:16 PM,
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RE: Case and space question
I just put my rig together with the Antec 900 case and it was kind of a tight squeeze. My Radeon 6850 fits fine but a longer card I'm pretty sure would not such as the 6870. my main issue was the 359302651 cords that come attached to my Corsair PSU but that isn't the case's fault. Bottom line though I recommend getting a bigger case if its not too much more, comes down to personal preference though.
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12-08-2010, 05:40 PM,
#6
RE: Case and space question
Well I am looking for a case that has green accents and green LEDs. However there are not many out there. The ones I was shown are the Nvidia edition ones.
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12-08-2010, 06:20 PM,
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RE: Case and space question
(12-08-2010, 05:40 PM)Phrosty Wrote: Well I am looking for a case that has green accents and green LEDs. However there are not many out there. The ones I was shown are the Nvidia edition ones.

Nothing stops you from buying case fans with green LEDs and a few cold green cathodes. Wink
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12-08-2010, 08:53 PM,
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RE: Case and space question
And if you want to spend a little time, you can sand down and paint any aluminum or steel case you like. Lots of videos for that on youtube if your interested.
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12-08-2010, 09:23 PM,
#9
RE: Case and space question
Hmm I may do that. Are there any cases that are 100% clear?
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12-08-2010, 11:08 PM,
#10
RE: Case and space question
My friend got a case from here about a year back.
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