question about pc case and psu
Posted 10 September 2005 - 05:05 PM
Posted 10 September 2005 - 06:11 PM
Having said that, I have purchased Antec and Chieftec cases (both having Dragon series which are very similar). Because, years ago we purchased a nice Alienware system that came in an Antec case (bought it for my son for gaming, etc.). The Dragon style series (Antec and Chieftec both) are great, look nice, but more importantly they are easy to access via the side panel and the internals are very easy to work with having removable components making it easy for installing or replacing disks, motherboards, power supplies, etc., plus the air-flow fan options are nice for high-performance (hot) components that need additional cooling...
I have also purchased and like the Antec TruePower power supplies. They come with some cases or can be purchased separately. Be sure to scope out your power supply requirements and get a power supply that is large enough in watts (300+ maybe) to support all your components being planned for inclusion in your system (sum up all the power requirements and then decide what you need)...
What you get depends a lot on what your particular needs are. I tend to get a little bigger or roomier case (size and PS watts) for some expandability, but they can also come at a premium cost too, but reliability and stability are key for many people. There are other models (Antec, etc.) available on Newegg, TigerDirect, etc. at fairly low prices (case, fans, and power supplies included and not too expensive on shipping cost either).
Newegg and TigerDirect are both very good sources for cases and such...
Edited by cyberCrank, 10 September 2005 - 06:18 PM.
Posted 10 September 2005 - 06:34 PM
Posted 11 September 2005 - 07:43 AM
The bundled standard power-supply included (and 27 reviews) seem good:
Newegg is a good site and I have never purchased anything from them (at work or at home) that failed or failed to met reasonable expectations, but they have been good about returns too as needed if the wrong thing is ordered, etc.
I tend to lean toward tower cases, but ATX Mid-Tower cases are very functional now and are OK with "large" GByte (some very large) high-performance disks in small 3.5" sizes. In other words, the need for installing many disks internally for adequate storage (depending on your needs) has significantly reduced over the past few years and ATX Mid-Tower cases are often more than adequate for desktop-type applications, some gaming systems, and even for some small server-based applications. As long as you have the room you need in the case, adequate power supply wattage for your components, and good air-flow for keeping things cool where needed (CPUs, Video adapters, disks, etc.) then you should be good to go.
You mentioned keeping your unit "hidden" in your desk, so let me remind you (as I do for others) to be careful doing that and ensure that it has good ventilation and you keep the fans/filters clean so nothing overheats (over the decades working with systems I have seen many people have system problems from heat-related failures). But good motherboards now have BIOS with health (temperature) monitoring, so that helps too. In others words, don't just tuck it away inside your desk and not keep an eye on it periodically, and also check "all" the fans/filters, maybe every 6 months or at least annually, to be sure they are clean/cleared and ventilation is good...
Best of luck on whatever you get, but let us know what you get and how it all pans out.
Edited by cyberCrank, 11 September 2005 - 07:50 AM.
Posted 11 September 2005 - 12:51 PM
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