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    I've decided to start building a computer, and figured I would start out with a case. However I don't know too much about them. All I know is that I don't wanna spend more than 60 bucks and that its a good case with lots of room to upgrade and has a good power supply.
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  • #2
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    May wanna look into a case that has the ability to mount fans for lots of things, If your building something new.

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    • #3
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      Check out Good deals, goods prices.

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      • #4
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        for 60 bucks you can get a great case and power supply....thats actually a perfect amount to spend on a case
        that sounds like a good idea trooper.


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          Nice case & power supply.

          COOLER MASTER Centurion 530 RC-530-SSN1 Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

          ENERMAX Noisetaker EG495P-VE SFMA ATX 485W Power Supply

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            If you have the money I'd buy the case and the PSU separately. I did my first new build this past summer and spent about three months researching parts. I pretty much had an unlimited budget so I spent what I wanted...I went with the Thermaltake Shark case...It was about $140 with no power supply...but there was a $50 rebate on it when I bought it.

            Some of the psu's that come loaded into a case are of lower wattage and not quite up to par when it comes to quality. irregular voltage drops and spikes etc... I went with an Antec trupower 550W power supply...again a little bit more but it had a nice rebate when I purchased it.

            I looked at many many forum sites and did lots of asking around when it came to parts...I found a great community of helpful, experienced computer builders at It was there I learned about sites like and look for reviews of the parts you are considering and also look at the manufacturer websites and the technical forums...for instance I learned that my motherboard wasn't really compatible with ATI video cards...

            You've heard the phrase measure twice cut once...measure 10 times when it comes to picking computer parts.

            I learned that you should not skimp on the motherboard and the PSU...These two items are the heart and soul of your computer. If you put more money into those you can always upgrade the other components later on. I could've went with an Athlon64 3500 and saved $100 or so. I coudlve went with the 6600GT for video card and saved $120 and could've went with a sound card for 1/2 what I spent on the Audigy 2ZS. I was fortunate to have the bucks. I don't mean to say what I bought is better than anyone else's rig but 3 months into it, knock on wood, i'm doing okay with no major issues...BF2 runs like butter on highest settings across the board.

            PS If I had to do it over again I'd go with an SLI rig now. I had purchased the Graphics card earlier in the year for an aging dell and I wanted to keep it I went with an AGP only MB. If you don't know what I'm talking about do yourself a favor and cruise the tech forums on the internet until you'll thank yourself in the long run
            My rig now: with newegg item numbers and pricing from july 2005

            PS...I'm not trying to brag by including the price...I went over the top..I know that...belive me my wife let me know about it too...I just wanted to give you some context...

            Thermaltake SHARK VA7000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case -
            Item #: N82E16811133143 $149.00

            ASUS A8V DELUXE Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
            Item #: N82E16813131510 $114.00

            eVGA 256-A8-N344-AX Geforce 6800GT 256MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail
            Item #: N82E16814130203 $288.00

            1 Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
            Item #: N82E16817103931 $115.00

            AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3800BPBOX - Retail Item #: N82E16819103531 $367.00

            QTY 2 CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model VS1GBKIT400 - Retail
            Item #: N82E16820145440 $167.98

            Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
            Item #: N82E16822144160 $186.00

            SONY Black IDE DVD Burner Model DWQ28A - OEM
            Item #: N82E16827131256 $42.99

            Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS GAMER Limited Edition 70SB035000013 8 (7.1) Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
            Item #: N82E16829102171 $114.00

            ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Copper Heatsink - Retail
            Item #: N82E16835118115 $47.99

            Microsoft Windows XP Professional With Service Pack 2 - OEM
            Item #: N82E16837102153 $146.95

            + 19 inch Samsung 930 B lcd monitor with 8 ms refresh rate
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