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#27 Apr 06 2014 at 12:27 PM Rating: Good
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I really, really like the look of the Fractal case...

Right now, depending on my CPU/GPU choices, I'm looking at anywhere from $640 to $820.

I'm probably going to fight my inner-optimizer and head back down to the lower end of that budget range. There's always a case for why spending $40 more is a good idea. So while having a 770 and a quad core are appealing, I don't really think I need them. I mean, I'm not going to be playing BF4 on ultra settings...

I think I'm going to behave and go for the i3 and the 670...
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#28 Apr 06 2014 at 12:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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You really want a cooler master CM690-III or a Cooler Master HAF case.
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#29 Apr 06 2014 at 12:33 PM Rating: Good
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Why is that?
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#30 Apr 06 2014 at 12:40 PM Rating: Excellent
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because they are easier on the knuckles when assembling computers, have very large and very quiet fans, are mainly tool less for assembly requirting only a screwdriver and a pair of scissors, all the cables are pre-sleeved, they come with good fans, and the metal quality of the case will last along time without issue if you move them a lot.
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#31 Apr 06 2014 at 1:15 PM Rating: Excellent
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I don't have a ton of case advice except to pick a mid-sized or better. Trying to build a system in a small case was annoying as **** plus there's zero cable management opportunities in the thing. My mid-sized case is much more pleasant to work in.

Of course, read the buyer reviews and see what they have to say about airflow and work room. And I suppose cable management is less of a worry without a side window although a kraken of wires can still ***** with your airflow.
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#32 Apr 06 2014 at 1:47 PM Rating: Good
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Those are some nice cases. I'll have to add them to a NewEgg wishlist so I remember when I upgrade my box.
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#33 Apr 07 2014 at 9:46 AM Rating: Good
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Working a few miles from a Newegg warehouse has its perks. My order is already ready for pick-up. Smiley: lol

Then I just need the prime order to come in. Same-day delivery isn't terribly uncommon with Amazon in NJ, so it's possible I could have all my parts today for orders yesterday, and no shipping costs.

NJ may not have many perks, but shipping is one that is generally in our favor.
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#34 Apr 07 2014 at 4:22 PM Rating: Excellent
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You have/remembered an OS, I hope Smiley: wink2
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#35 Apr 07 2014 at 4:43 PM Rating: Good
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In theory that's covered. Grabbed it from software swap subreddit. If it doesn't work, I can get win 8 for cheap from work.
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#36 Apr 08 2014 at 8:30 PM Rating: Good
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It lives, IT LIIIIIIIVES!

And I think I managed to get it living without busting any parts, which is a small miracle.

My cable management is a train wreck... but it's about as good as it's gonna get atm. OS is installing now. Smiley: grin
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#37 Apr 08 2014 at 10:35 PM Rating: Excellent
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Congo Ratulations! Now you can upgrade it!
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#38 Apr 09 2014 at 3:06 AM Rating: Good
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Okay, so, help?

Last night, I shut the computer down normally after installing some drivers (was on for an hour, max). Today, it won't turn on.

Was hoping it was an issue with the case, but when I go to short the power button leads...

AND NEVERMIND, the 20 clip had slipped out of the mobo slightly. It purrs, again. Smiley: grin
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My cable management is a train wreck... but it's about as good as it's gonna get atm.

Benefits of a windowless case Smiley: laugh
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#40 Apr 09 2014 at 8:32 AM Rating: Good
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Right?

I may pick up some extenders or something at some point, because I'm not entirely comfortable with some of the wiring just from a utility standpoint. But it's acceptable for the moment.
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#41 Apr 09 2014 at 10:39 AM Rating: Good
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I have a non-modular PSU, and man did they want to make sure there were enough connections for everything you could possibly want, and then probably double that amount. I can't even hide them behind the mobo. Smiley: lol
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#42 Apr 09 2014 at 12:09 PM Rating: Good
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Mine is semi-modular. Next time, I'm paying for a fullly modular PSU.
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#43 Apr 09 2014 at 4:23 PM Rating: Good
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Mine is semi-modular. Next time, I'm paying for a fullly modular PSU.

As long as everything except the 20 pin is modular you're set. The 20 pin is kind of required.

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#44 Apr 09 2014 at 5:05 PM Rating: Good
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The 20 pin and the 6 pin were both connected to the PSU. It then had 4 pin and sata modular options. I just don't particularly like the structure of those cables.
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#45 Apr 10 2014 at 8:11 AM Rating: Good
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Since this is a build thread, below is the list I'm ordering today or tomorrow (as soon as my stupid client pays up, he's 3 weeks late already). The only thing I'm still debating is getting the regular PSU vs the exact same one but modular for €8.01 ($11.11) more.

The case has room behind the motherboard for cables and stuff so it's not like spare cables are going to get in the way much or anything. Also upgrade plans for the machine are a second 770 and another set of ram later on this year as well as some soundcard/external amplifier stuff to turn it into a stereo.







*link breaks [url] code thingy because = signs, I think. Or because brackets in link... doesn't even work like this.

http://azerty.nl/winkelmandje/winkelmandje/?legen=1&product[549886]=1&product[540449]=1&product[568285]=1&product[635645]=1&product[653070]=1&product[258095]=1&product[652391]=1&product[558883]=1&product[620113]=1&product[634347]=1


Edited, Apr 10th 2014 4:13pm by Aethien
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#46 Apr 10 2014 at 8:34 AM Rating: Good
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I feel like $11 is a small price to pay for going modular.
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#47 Apr 10 2014 at 12:19 PM Rating: Good
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The choice was made for me because the modular one was at 10+ days delivery time.
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#48 Apr 10 2014 at 1:11 PM Rating: Good
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Awwww, womp. I was able to pick up my PSU the day I ordered it from Newegg, because their warehouse is like an 18 minute drive from my work (with heavy traffic).

Had to wait two days from my prime shipping, though. :(
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You can make your other one "modular" with a good pair of pruning shears (going the other way might be trickier)
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#50 Apr 10 2014 at 1:24 PM Rating: Good
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I'll have to wait 2-3 work days because they didn't have the GPU, mobo and some other parts in stock (but those were in stock at their suppliers), the modular PSU was not in stock with their supplier so time is basically an unknown on that one, I'd rather deal with some cables.


I'm just praying for a Saturday delivery now.
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#51 Apr 10 2014 at 3:56 PM Rating: Excellent
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Looks good. Only two things I'd mention is that the Case comes with fans in it, and the CPU comes with an adequate CPU cooler so you may not need those components. Good choice on the SSD and the rest of it.

You definitly wanted the modular power supply though.
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