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#893935 - 06/12/13 10:44 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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Who would have thought that the most time consuming aspect of Part 3 is choosing a Case? And of course the one I most like visually at ECollege is one of the most expensive....Good Grief slapforehead

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Special Edition White
The above Corsair also has a feature that I always thought was a good idea but never ask anyones opinions on it. It has filters on the intake fans and also for the PSU to help filter out dust before entering the case. Any opinions on having Case filters...good, bad?

In addition to the one Draclvr sugested I also like this one but I am going to have to go over all my options again. Also so far I have only been playing at ECollege so next up I am going to play over at CyberPower.

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Is it advisable to upgrade from any stock Intel Heatsink/fan?


Edited by GreyFuss (06/12/13 12:06 PM)
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#893955 - 06/12/13 12:27 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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Go to Newegg and read user reviews about the cases to see what people think of them. Definitely go for the fan filters - they really help with the dust intake. My Antec 900 doesn't have them and I have to open up the case and blow it out at least every 3 months.

That Corsair Graphite series is very cool looking and also very highly rated. Personally, I find picking out a case I love to be the most fun part!

I don't upgrade from the stock heatsinks and my CPU always runs nice and cool. If you overclock, then you definitely need to upgrade. But if you don't plan on overclocking, it's more of a personal preference.

I notice eCollegePC still has the 5% discount if you enter BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
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#893956 - 06/12/13 12:28 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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It is always advisable to use an aftermarket heatsink/fan . They do a better job of cooling . I like the cooler master case myself . As for a dust filter for the psu , that is a good idea . It would definitely come in handy if the psu was mounted with the fan facing down . With the fan facing up , not a whole lot you can do .

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#893960 - 06/12/13 12:31 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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Posting at the same time, I see! And the heatsink upgrades aren't all that expensive - it's only another $25 - $50 unless you get the really high-powered ones.
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#893970 - 06/12/13 12:51 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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That Corsair Graphite series is very cool looking and also very highly rated.
And not only does it filter the dust but you don't notice it as much on the white Case thumbsup The fan speed dial looks to be very handy but I am not sure...what do you-all think about it?

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Personally, I find picking out a case I love to be the most fun part!
I have seen you talk about cases alot here in the past and I knew you enjoyed it. I get the feeling that even though a case might have much more room for options I won't need it still helps in air circulation.

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I don't upgrade from the stock heatsinks and my CPU always runs nice and cool. If you overclock, then you definitely need to upgrade. But if you don't plan on overclocking, it's more of a personal preference.


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It is always advisable to use an aftermarket heatsink/fan . They do a better job of cooling . I like the cooler master case myself . As for a dust filter for the psu , that is a good idea . It would definitely come in handy if the psu was mounted with the fan facing down . With the fan facing up , not a whole lot you can do


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I see! And the heatsink upgrades aren't all that expensive - it's only another $25 - $50 unless you get the really high-powered ones.

Yes it is inexpensive and I guess it could only help right?



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I notice eCollegePC still has the 5% discount if you enter BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Oh boy, thanks for this info, might make it easier to accept the Corsair Case with the 5% extra money.
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#894089 - 06/12/13 11:03 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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After researching the Corsair Graphite some more I didn't realize how massive in size it is and will have to choose something else. This is getting to be harder than I thought especially after playing around over at CyberPower. I would really like more opinions from all of you on system components and/or whole computer configuration. Others suggestions on cases would be great and any more input as to why some of you prefer CyberPower over ECollege and vice versa would be helpful.
HELP I am drowning in information
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#894092 - 06/12/13 11:20 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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As perhaps you noticed , Cyberpower has a better selection of parts to choose from . Better , in that it is more varied . How about this case : Coolermaster HAF 912

Looksxlike a nice enough case , although it would need a side fan and top fan .

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#894098 - 06/13/13 12:42 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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If you are looking at a mid-tower case, it is definitely going to be MUCH bigger than what you're used to. The Graphite series isn't all that much bigger than most other mid-tower cases. But a decent video card can be quite large and may not even fit into a small case.

Personally, I'd just pick out a case that appeals to you and go from there. The choices out there are dizzying for sure. You just have to pick a budget and go from there. There is no reason you shouldn't be able to get one built for around $1000 that will last you for a very long time.

I always tell people the first step is to decide what your budget it and then go from there.
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#894138 - 06/13/13 07:23 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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I don't know a lot about cases GreyFuss...but with the Googling I have done I really like that. Corsair that you picked out...I think I would deal wilth the weight considering all that it has and how roomie it is :-)
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#894155 - 06/13/13 08:34 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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I like the Corsair too.

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#894181 - 06/13/13 10:15 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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Take another look at the Corsair White Carbide series... It is very close to the size of my Antec 900 and is also great looking. I like the black mesh front and top with the white sides. The Graphite is definitely 2 inches wider and about 4 inches longer than mine, but I would love it if mine were wider just for cable management.

If you are concerned with portability, I got a base on wheels for mine as it is really heavy. I can roll it around and dust underneath it.

As I said before, any of these mid-sized cases are going to look huge compared to what you have now. I'll grant you the White Graphite is big, but unless you are cramped for space, it's still an amazing high-end case. You should never put these higher end computers in small enclosed computer desk slots anyway - unless you use water cooling. I like mine out because it just looks great!

Here should be your thought process with the emphasis on the "KISS" method. Going with AMD or Intel or Nvidia is mostly a matter of preference; one is not necessarily better than the other.

Case
AMD or Intel CPU
Pick a CPU
Motherboard
Video Card, Nvidia or AMD
Pick a video card
RAM
Power supply

DONE!
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#894194 - 06/13/13 11:08 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: Creeping_Doom]
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Originally Posted By: Creeping_Doom
As perhaps you noticed , Cyberpower has a better selection of parts to choose from . Better , in that it is more varied . How about this case : Coolermaster HAF 912

Looks like a nice enough case , although it would need a side fan and top fan .


My son pruchased this case a while back when we put together a new rig. It's actually quite nice to work with; you've got a lot of "hand" room on the inside.

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#894256 - 06/13/13 04:07 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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Newegg has pictures of the Coolermaster HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Nowhere near as pretty as the Corsair (IMO), and no front port for USB 3.0, but it's quite a lot cheaper, 1.3" skinnier, and about 10 pounds lighter.

Both put the power supply on the bottom.

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#894284 - 06/13/13 05:31 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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NZXT Phanton

and a review

review

more stuff

Still like the Corsair


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#894286 - 06/13/13 05:41 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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I got an incredible system from ecollege 1.5 year ago and can play/do anything and haven't had any issue. And it cost about $800 (about half of what I'd pay from a bigname company). In fact I think I posted it back then.

As for case I got a elite Cooler Master.
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