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    Need help picking a case and CPU.

    THIS IS A REPOST. I changed some things in the topic that's why I decided to repost. Thanks everyone who replied to my other post but I didn't get much recommendations and I'm still lost because of the wide variety of PSU's and cases available. I don't know which are the leading brands in those industries.

    Hey guys.

    So this is my build thus far:

    Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4. Picked this because from what I read it's the best bang for the buck out there at the moment. It seems recent and compatible with the rest of my hardware.

    CPU: i5 3750k. Very good reviews. Was on the verge of swapping it out for an AMD FX 8350 but it turns out it's only better for streaming (which I never do and don't plan on doing at the moment). I'm more comfortable with the i5 3750k with my budget and all the positive reviews I've read about it.

    CPU Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO. Very favorable reviews and very nice price.

    GPU: EVGA GTX 670 SuperClocked 4MB

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB. Or perhaps Kingston Hyperx 8GB (2x4GB). Not sure if the G.SKILL will fit on my mobo

    Internal HDD: Western Digital WD Blue 500GB. I'm really trying to cut down on costs because of my tight budget. 500GB will do just fine for me and I decided to get an SSD some other time. I simply cannot afford one right now.

    Optical Disk: Gonna use an old one from my old computer since I almost never use this anyways.

    So as you can see the only 2 things I'm missing are the PSU and the case. I have no idea which ones to get because of the huge selection.

    For the case I'm looking for a mid-tower one with holes for cable management those are the two most important features for me. A window is optional. Additional fans would be nice. Don't need a lot of drive bays will only be using 2 max probably. Preferably something with those trays that let you easily install HDDs/SSDs. But just to make something clear regarding the case I DO NOT GIVE 2 SHITS ABOUT HOW IT LOOKS. I just really need to cut down on costs so the best reasonably priced shit-looking case that's compatible with my build will do.

    For the PSU I'd prefer 80+ Bronze, Modular, and around 600-650W. Not sure how much watts I'd need for my build but I'm guessing around 650 sounds about right.

    Could really appreciate your help. Thanks

    Resolution: 1920x1080 single-display not planning to ever go double-monitors or more.
    Games / Settings Desired: Mostly Guild Wars 2/WoW/Planetside 2/Bioshock Infinite/Farcry 3/Dishonored/L4D2/Borderlands 2 etc. I'm hoping to play most titles going out this year on High if possible (not Ultra.)
    Any other intensive software or special things you do (Frequent video encoding, 3D modeling, etc): Fraps perhaps and a bit of streaming but these aren't so important. I'm on a budget so can't be picky.
    Country: I live in Kuwait in the Middle-East but will probably be ordering from a US website and have it shipped to an American friend of mine who will ship it here.
    Parts that can be reused: None.
    Do you need an OS?: Nope. Already have Windows 7 Home Premium
    Do you need peripherals (e.g. monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc)?: Nope. Already have all the peripherals. Just missing a PSU and case.
    Last edited by Googles; 2013-01-31 at 03:08 AM.

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    Moderator chazus's Avatar
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    First, you won't need 650. That system doesn't break about 350w. So anything over a 450 isn't necessary.

    That said, the Seasonic is a great brand.


    That's what I usually recommend above 450w. I have the "Non Modular" version, which is silly because the only non-modular part is the motherboard cable which.... 100% of all boards have. So making that modular seems like a waste of money, but it's only $3 difference anyway.

    Also, might want to change post to "Case and PSU" instead of "Case and CPU". People may get confused and start recommending stuff when you already have that locked down.
    Last edited by chazus; 2013-01-30 at 11:37 PM.

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $135.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 18:39 EST-0500)

    That would be my pick.
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    It's discontinued on Newegg now, but the Cooler Master Silencio 450 has front USB 3.0, excellent cable management, and removable hard drive trays for ~$70 I believe. Very hard case to beat at that price point

    For PSU, do you plan on running a second card ever? If so, the SeaSonic X650 and Corsair HX650 are both great, and the Corsair is on sale currently.

    If you have no plans to run a second card ever, the SeaSonic M12II 520W is a good choice
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $175.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 18:45 EST-0500)

    Same case I'm using and has nice cable management and lots of places to put fans

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    This is the case I've got, I like it. I've got that same mobo too.

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    Thank you all for your replies you've been very helpful.

    And yes I meant PSU my bad always mess up between those 2 ^^

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