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Old June 25, 2012, 03:10 PM
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Here is my build as it currently stands...

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core $216.79
CPU Cooler Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid $99.99
Motherboard Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 $235.79
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $119.99
HDD Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $109.99
SSD OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" SSD $69.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB $289.99
Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $76.48
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) $105.92
Keyboard Microsoft Desktop 400 w/Optical Mouse $26.99

The above prices are approxmates. Getting them through my preferred dealer would likely cost around $1535 or so. However, that quote still lacks two key factors that I still need help with: case & power supply.

Case requirements: - height maximum 19" + balance of airflow and noise reduction
Power Supply: figuring on 650W - does that seem right for the above components?
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Old June 25, 2012, 03:41 PM
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Looks like a solid build. The Seasonic X660 and AX 650 from corsair are good psu's at that wattage. Where are you going to buy from? NCIX can pricematch all those items and save you a few dollars.

edit: I think some of the Lian Li mid towers are just under 19 inches high. PC-9F and PC-8FIB for example.
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Old June 25, 2012, 03:55 PM
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I would be buying from Tigerdirect. True, I might save a few bucks buying from NCIX or Newegg, but I figure that I gain by avoiding shipping charges, maybe enough to them to assemble it for me. Besides, I am a little leary of spending so much on computer equipment & waiting a week, only to find out that I received damaged product. Yes, I know that many people have had great mail-order service; just saying that I prefer dealing in person.
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Old June 25, 2012, 04:29 PM
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NCIX has its own service for $50 that will assemble any computer you pick. You can also get free shipping on certain items on sale during the week and ncix almost always has better prices than tiger direct.
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Old June 25, 2012, 05:09 PM
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your going to let some stranger fondle all your baby's parts? the thought of that gives me the shudders.

besides, building it is half the fun!!!
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Old June 25, 2012, 07:13 PM
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Still no advice on the matter of 19" or shorter cases that could still hold a GTX 570 video card?

How about CoolerMaster's Elite 360 case? Based on the positioning of the power supply, it looks like the larger video cards won't fit. True?
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Old June 25, 2012, 07:22 PM
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its pretty hard to recommend a specific case because everyones taste is different and there is very little other than looks to differentiate them from eachother. i would recommend coolermaster as a brand though, if asked. i have always had a great time building with cm cases, they are always high quality (in my experience) and well designed. i just put together a storm trooper and it was smooth as silk. i mailed customer support before i bought the case for some measurements, and again after i built it to ask about buying more fans and some accessories and the guy i talk to is a champ (thanks J.D).
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Old June 25, 2012, 07:39 PM
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Anybody have some RL experience with the Antec Skeleton? It does look cool and apparently dust is no more an issue than it is with an enclosed case. What about noise? And does the GTX 570 fit inside the Skeleton?
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One thing tho, IMO spend a little extra and get an ONFi 2.x (synchronous) SSD (for example the vertex 3 is ONFi2.x while the agility series uses 1.x).

As for case the Lian-Li PC-9F dandelioneater suggested would be a real good option, or maybe go silverstone FT/RV02...
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Old June 26, 2012, 12:00 AM
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okay, I think I have basically sorted out the kind of system that I am looking for...

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core $209.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid $99.99
Motherboard Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 $235.79
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $119.99
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $109.99
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" SSD $89.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB $289.99
Case Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower $38.88
Power Supply Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $117.49
Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $76.48
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) $105.92
Keyboard Microsoft Desktop 400 w/Optical Mouse $26.99

Again, that is an approximate cost. By going through Tigerdirect, the cost would be roughly $1,650, but with no shipping since I would get the parts locally; as it turns out, the pricing from Newegg would be within a few dollars, while NCIX doesn't seem to stock Win7 (or maybe the PC Parts Picker database was off.) The only change I may make is downgrading from the Corsair Hydro H100 to the H60 in case the H100 might not fit.

Any other suggestions?
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