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Old December 5, 2012, 07:31 AM
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You'll find building in a 'new' generation case to be miles ahead of building in a case that's 5 years or older. From the 'tooless' design, to the way the cables are routed, everything is just so much easier to work with, and a pleasure to put everything together. Of course, price = experience. I built my main rig in a Coolermaster 690II Advanced, which is a $120 case. I then built my son's rig in a Bitfenix Shinobi, which is a $70 case. While the two cases technically had similar features (tooless drive bays, hidden cable management, etc) the Coolermaster just seemed better thought out and used better materials (thicker metal, so less flimsy, for example). When it comes to cases, you get what you pay for. While <$100 cases can be feature rich, the experience of building in a >$100 case just seems 'nicer'.

EDIT: Also, it looks like you made the right choice when it comes to picking the GTX660Ti over the 7950.
Radeon HD 7950 vs. GeForce GTX 660 Ti revisited - The Tech Report - Page 1

HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Zalman FX70; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI GTX960; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 4TB WD Red, 2x 2TB WD Green; Corsair RM650I; Corsair Carbide 600C;
Son's Rig: M5A97; FX8350; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; Powercolor 7950; 250GB Crucial MX200; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;

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