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Old 01-23-04, 10:22 PM
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Can I get some opinions on a

CASE. What is the best case to purchase. Im looking to spend no more than 100 dollars. Atx brand. Looking to build a P-4 Intel. Can I get some replies???
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Please provide more complete thread titles. The suspense of finding out what you're asking can be too intense for us.
Old 01-23-04, 10:54 PM
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Pick any of the Antec brand with a trupower antec power supply

Since it is obvious you are not sure what you want, this will work for you



http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...tby=14&order=1
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I just ordered and received the Antec Lifestyle Sonata. It's about $5 over your max, but it's a real nice case. The main reason I opted for it: the cover on the front, to keep my little one from hitting the power supply; the 120mm fan included (with room for one more); the piano black finish just looks damn good; and all the reviews I've read indicate that it's pretty quiet even with those big fans.
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People opt for big fans (120mm) due to their high air flow at low rpm = low noise lvl compare to small fans at high rpm.

The Antec performance series w/ True Power PSU is the best deal IMO.
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I have the Antec Sonata too and really like the case. Looks good and is very quiet.
Old 01-24-04, 09:37 AM
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I also just bought an Antec Sonata. I'm impressed with it. A few weeks ago it was $80AR at Best Buy. I don't know when/if they might have that deal again, though.
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Thanks guys, im going to check out that case. I have heard good things about Antec.

How is Aspire brand? Any good?
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I was looking at the Aspire cases and found one for around 100 dollars. Its a server case. Does this matter? Can I still use it?
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Here it is: 95.00 dollars at Newegg


ASPIRE Silver Turbo Case Super Light Weight Heavy Duty Aluminum Server Case with 420W Power Supply and Side Panel Window, Model "ATXA7AW-AL/420 -RETAIL


- Specifications -

Material: Aluminum
Form Factor: ATX-Up to 12"W x 13"L
Drive Bays: External 5 x 5.25" - 2 x 3.5" Internal 5 x 5.25", 1 Tool Free Removable 3.5" Drive Cage
Expansion Slots: 7
USB/IO: Dual Front USB 2.0+ Firewire + Audio Ports
Case Fans: 6 Green UV Sensitive 8cm Fan installed for max. cooling, 2 on Rear, 1 on Side Window and 2 on Front Panel (w/ LED Light & X-Alien Fan Grill)
Power Supply: 420W P4 Silent Dual Fan Power Supply w/UV Sensitive Wire Sleeve
Approx. Dimensions (LxWxH): 18.6" x 8" x 20.5"

Model#: ATXA7AW-AL/420
Item#: N82E16811144034

Rating: Vote(s): 4 Review(s): 4
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I have the green Alien Aspire case. It has 6 fans, and plenty of space for hard drives. I got the taller one with five 5.25" drive bays. Could it be quieter, maybe, but that's not an over-riding concern of mine.
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Hey Patman, so it being a server case dosent matter as far as building a personal computer. Thats what im concerned about. I have had people say "why are you getting a server case" . Basically I just like some reasurance that I can build a computer for home use using a server case rathe than a Standard, Mid Tower, etc...... Thanks for all the responses so far.
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Are Aspire and Antec from the same manufacturer?

After looking at some of their case at CompUSA, other than very minor front cosmetics, they look almost identical to me!
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Im not sure if there from the same manufacturer. Good question.
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This style's very very common because it's made by Chenming. Almost case company's using this style. It was made popular by Antec, then everybody just followed.
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No one really hit on my question. Is a server case ok for home use?
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Sure, why not? Server cases are usually just bigger (more drive bays) and a beefier power supply.

My last 3 PC cases have been server-sized cases because I like the room to upgrade and grow.
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Thanks Patman. To tell you the truth im kinda nervous about putting this together. It will be my first time but I feel confident about it though. So any ideas on a good MOBO and CPU ??
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do u have a CPU bias? if not, go with AMD XP2800+. more bang for you buck. and its nicely placed b/w the low end and high end CPUs. don't skimp on the motherboard. get fast memory (256mb minimum, or 512mb ideally). if money is low, get a mobo with onboard sound and lan (asus a7v600 for AMD - comes with gigbit lan), and then get a better sound card later on. don't go buy the latest ati/nvidia video card if you're not a gamer. fx5200 or ati 9200 cards are decent enough for everyday use. and get atleast an 80gig drive. dvd burners (4x) are pretty cheap now. they burn regular cds as well, so no need for a cd burner. monitor is another thing thats really important. 19" minimum if its a CRT, 17" if its a LCD.

i'd like to vote for the antec sonata as well. really nice and quiet. i had server case that lasted me for over 4 years, but the thing was huge and noisy. the new sonata case is soo much nicer and has a nice layout inside. the Ide Harddrive mounts come with rubber vibration absorbers. it also has a 380W power suppy. I wouldn't buy any case with less than 350W now.

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Originally posted by sniper78
So any ideas on a good MOBO and CPU ??
It all depends on how much you have/want to spend.
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Originally posted by Shadow Ace
It all depends on how much you have/want to spend.
And what you expect to do with it.
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I plan on using it for all around stuff. I like to game, as well as surf the web with speed. I dont do digital photo or anything. At least not yet. There was a question above asking me if I had a CPU Bias. Well not really. i dont know much about AMD so thats why I am building a Intel. I have always owned Intel so I figured since I havent had any problems so far, might as well stick with it. About the money issue, thats not really an issue since I have been saving for a year or so to start buying my parts. So as far as the MOBO, dont really want to go over 125.00. The CPU, I was leaning towards the Intel P-4 2.8 ? Is this a good CPU. I was really thinking 2.6.

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