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  destro521

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OP  1/17/13 2:36:59 AM#1

Hey guys i need some help picking a case from this website as they are custom building my computer

http://www.ple.com.au/ViewCategory.aspx?CategoryId=227

 

i am trying to pick between a HAF X -http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=601778&CategoryID=227

Phantom 820 -http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=611238&CategoryID=227

switch 810-http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=610161&CategoryID=227

CM Storm Stryker-http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=610108&CategoryID=227

i am looking for a Full-Tower so i have space for a Maximus V formular , and a 7970 matrix platinum and future upgrades

i am looking to air cool not water cool so high airflow is nice

please feel free to include personal experiences with the cases ion the website

  miguksaram

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1/17/13 6:00:10 AM#2

With the kind of money you putting into that beast you might as well go full board on the case too.  In which I'd say just skip the rest and pick the baddest boy on the block from the cases available on that site, the Coolermaster Cosmos II.  Stupid expensive but as you can see from the below link it does outperform all other tested cases (even if just slightly) in pretty much EVERY category that matters.  It's also not to hard on the eyes.  I used to own the Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 and while it was a BEAST of a case it was a shear thing of beauty and despite to stupid high price tag I felt it was worth every penny.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5451/cooler-master-cosmos-ii-large-and-in-charge/7

 

Now with that said as an owner of the Silverstone FT-02 if the hardware you looking at will indeed fit in the Silverstone RV-03 offered on that site I have only great things to say about that particular setup.  And it's actually a bit cheaper than the cases you were looking at.  Again you will need to double check the specs but if you parts fit it's a GREAT case in terms of thermals temps and general silence.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4501/silverstone-raven-rv03-streamlined-bird-of-prey

  Elsabolts

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1/17/13 6:05:19 AM#3

Large case check out the CM - Stacker you want good air flow to disapate heat and room to install items.

Stay with Coolmaster

  destro521

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OP  1/17/13 7:15:08 AM#4
With my budget being 2400$ and my build with HAF X being 2395 would you suggest the stryker over the HAF X for cooling or not?
  miguksaram

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1/17/13 11:25:39 AM#5
Originally posted by destro521
With my budget being 2400$ and my build with HAF X being 2395 would you suggest the stryker over the HAF X for cooling or not?

Nearly every review both personal and professional I was able to find regarding the comparison of the HAF X vs the Storm Stryker or Trooper (one is black and the other is white, there are a few other very minor difference but really it just boils down to that) gives the edge to Coolermasters "Storm" lineup over their High Air Flow models.  The largest complaint I saw regarding the HAF X specifically is the fact it appears to be a "dust magnet" vs the trooper/stryker without really offering any real advantages.

  destro521

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OP  1/17/13 11:53:31 AM#6

i have reworked my build now incorperating the storm stryker over the HAF X and the build now costs 2381 AUD, which is great but there isnt anything that costs 19$ on the website haha :D ive got all the stuff i have wanted (and more) in this build which is great :)

CPU: i7 3770k

GPU: Asus Rog matrix platinum 7970

Motherboard: Asus Maximus V formula ( im gonna OC and love the features of this board)

Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo

RAM: GeIL 16gb 2x8gb evo veloce c9 @ 1600Mhz (not sure if i can OC ramas this will be my first time overclocking)

Keyboard: Razer Deathstalker or steelseries 6gv2 mechanical i dont know which one is better

OS drve: 120GB SSD silicon power velox v30

HDD: 2tb toshiba @ 7200 RPM 64mb cache

Monitor: asus 21.5" 1080p LED or 23" Acer 1080p LED ( i dont know which one is better)

OS: Windows 8 OEM

Wireless networking: TPLINK-951N PCI adapter

Case: storm stryker as above ^^^

i dont know whether to chuck in a blue or green LED strip or 2 to go with the white LEDs on the fan

 

  miguksaram

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1/17/13 2:58:01 PM#7

If you are going the mechanical keyboard route I would HIGHLY recommend you skip the "big name" gaming brands and go for professionals who specialize is just that, mechanical keyboards and nothing else (given the money you would be spending anyway).  I'm a huge fan of both Ducky (current keyboard is a Ducky Shine II), Das and Deck.  Also the Vor Tex brand offer some SERIOUS space saver keyboard with literally no extra space wasted.

http://www.duckychannel.com.tw/en/keybroad.html  (The site you are ordering from offers these)

http://www.daskeyboard.com/

http://www.deckkeyboards.com/

http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/ (Good site to check out all the popular brands)

Also if you have never used a Cherry MX based keyboard before I'd personally suggest you start out with Cherry MX Browns as they tend to be the perfect medium between typing/gaming keyboard.  The most popular gaming ones however are the Cherry MX Blues but be warned they are also the noisiest.

  destro521

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OP  1/17/13 11:09:38 PM#8
Noise isnt really much of a problem and the ducky mech boards look nice and perform well
  miguksaram

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1/17/13 11:46:45 PM#9
Originally posted by destro521
Noise isnt really much of a problem and the ducky mech boards look nice and perform well

Yeah, I actually swapped out my Razer Blackwidow Ultimate for this Ducky Shine II and while it meant I gave up the built-in macro capability of the Razer there is really no comparison in overall feel/build quality, Ducky wins hands down!  The lack of macro's for me was not an issue as I use a Logitech 13 gamepad and a Logitech G600 mouse.

And for those who might say the Ducky is more expensive so it should be aware I purchased the Razer when it first released which was at the $129 price tag so a different of roughly $15 at that price point isn't really much a difference at all.

 

  grndzro

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Posts: 1103

1/18/13 12:17:59 AM#10

Antec Three hundred V2.

What's wrong with the Build I made from PCcasegear.com?

Oh well, when your quad core bogs down in a couple years you'll wish you had a socket 2011 system.

  destro521

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Posts: 48

 
OP  1/18/13 1:30:25 AM#11
Nothing is wrong with your build bro, im weighing out my options so bring it to a low simmer :) The most expensive keyboard i can get from PLE is the steelseries 6gv2 is it any good? because else i would go over my budget. For teh monitor im going for the ASUS 21.5" monitor but theres a 23" 1080p one for 6$ extra
  levin70

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1/18/13 3:04:18 PM#12
If i can make one suggestion, drop the Hyper 212 EVO and pick up the Noctua NH D14 instead.  The Hyper 212 EVO is great for budget builds, but fo you, go straight to the top and grab the Noctua as you are planning for big overclocks
  Ridelynn

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1/18/13 4:07:40 PM#13


Originally posted by grndzro
Antec Three hundred V2.

What's wrong with the Build I made from PCcasegear.com?

Oh well, when your quad core bogs down in a couple years you'll wish you had a socket 2011 system.


Really...

In a couple of years, when that quad core bogs down, he'll be wishing he had a Broadwell on whatever socket/motherboard (if they really do kill the socket), having paid $350ish for a CPU/motherboard combo now, and then again in "a couple years down the road" - not some 3+ year old Sandy Bridge antique (even if it does have 6 cores) that cost $1200+ up front, or even $500 up front if you want to get the "cheap" CPU that gets outperformed by current CPU's.

  jdnewell

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1/18/13 4:43:06 PM#14
Originally posted by grndzro

Antec Three hundred V2.

What's wrong with the Build I made from PCcasegear.com?

Oh well, when your quad core bogs down in a couple years you'll wish you had a socket 2011 system.

WoW

I just had to LOL at this post. Another round of bad advice avoided by the OP sounds like.

  destro521

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Posts: 48

 
OP  1/18/13 11:59:16 PM#15

Im really thinking hard about that Noctua so many reviews say how great it is the big question is, should i ( in your opinions ) downgrade my keyboard from a razer deathstalker to a Arctosa? i should be able to grab the Noctua then :) and i am looking for some substantial Overclocks on both the Cpu and the GPU.

Ive already spent more than 150 hours looking at reviews for parts that i want to use to make sure i have the best quality components but with every forum post or review i always find myself asking more questions haha :)

I didnt want the X79 Board because i wanted to OC i made a system on that website for 2400 including a 4gb 680, a 3930k and all of that but the shipping costs would have been substantial, whereas my z77 build that this thread and my other thread is about is going to be built by a company 20 mins from my house and deosnt have shipping fees because i can pick it up

 

 

 

Just calculated it the best i can get is the Noctua  NH up 12

  grndzro

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1/19/13 12:26:42 AM#16
Originally posted by jdnewell
Originally posted by grndzro

Antec Three hundred V2.

What's wrong with the Build I made from PCcasegear.com?

Oh well, when your quad core bogs down in a couple years you'll wish you had a socket 2011 system.

WoW

I just had to LOL at this post. Another round of bad advice avoided by the OP sounds like.

Really? the SB-E quad core hits 4.75-5 ghz reliably and is on par and ahead of the 2600k in benchmarks.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/intel_corei7_3820/3.htm

A couple years down the road who's to say a 6 core IB dosen't pop up on ebay for a few hundred.

Having quad channel also insulates him from the need to upgrade to DDR4 since he has 2x the bandwidth of 1155.

  Cleffy

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1/19/13 12:35:14 AM#17

It feels like a waste to me to get all those top of the line performing parts, but skimp on the only parts you will ever notice; your output devices.

In your budget, I would definetly go for a 24"-27" monitor.  The premium you are paying for a GTX680 and Core i7 can be used to pay for a better monitor.

As far as input devices, I would probably look at mechanical keyboards and a SteelSeries mouse.  Durability and tactile feel to me are a bit nicer than LED lights and a bunch of tiny buttons.

As far as cases, unfortunetly that site does not have the Big Bad Brutes.  Most of them are mid-towers.  In those I would definetly consider the CoolerMaster's first.

  HeroEvermore

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1/19/13 12:38:32 AM#18

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  miguksaram

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1/19/13 4:00:14 AM#19

Unless you are a "must have the best possible equipment" type person a quality keyboard/mouse will last you many builds.  Which is the reason I don't hold back my pocket book on those.  Even if I am able to load a program faster or perhaps it even looks better the fact still remains the number one issue is user interface (U/I)  for which the keyboard and mouse play number one.

Much like a SSD, once you go mechanical you will NEVER go back to standard dome factor keyboards, PERIOD.  And that statement can be confirmed over several levels of multitudes vs cost.  It's just THAT much better!

  destro521

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OP  1/19/13 4:22:16 AM#20

I bought one of those Ducky mechanical keyboards and im loving it :D my mouse is a razer Naga and i just love the mouse i have had it for a year now and have no regrets.

In terms of Monitors i am  looking at the option of a bigger screen later on in the year as i am studying a certificate 4 in interactive entertainment and will be able to get a qualified job this year or next.

I am begginning to wonder if the 7970 matrix Platinum is cost effective as it costs 599$

but i can get 2 http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=611431&CategoryID=259 with my 750W PSU and have 87$ spare for a bigger monitor ( Dell s2340L 23" IPS monitor )

What should i do guys? as i am not 100% sure

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