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Posted 04 March 2012 - 13:15
Posted 04 March 2012 - 13:32
Posted 04 March 2012 - 14:48
The case is cheap, looks good (to me) and has good reviews - albeit a limited number of them
Nothing on this list is final though; this is a first for me so I'm open to suggestions.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 16:16
Posted 04 March 2012 - 16:24
Posted 04 March 2012 - 16:41
Oh and it might be worth shopping about a bit, especially for that version of Windows
Here's a list from Aria.co.uk which do cheap prices and are reliable (I've not had an issue over the years). You might consider purchasing a few items from here to cut your costs further (e.g. Win 7 and motherboard).
Intel Core i3-2100 Retail - £71.99
ASUS P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 - £63.31
Windows Home Premium 7 OEM 64bit - £58.75
8GB Corsair Vengeance Black (2x4GB) £35.19
430W Corsair Builder Series 430CX - £29.99
OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive - £53.25
1TB Western Digital Caviar Green 3.5" - £66.50
Sharkoon Vaya Value Black w/ USB3.0 - £25.00
LG 10x Internal BluRay BD Combo - £39.81
Total (inc vat & delivery) £542.18
Oh and http://skinflint.co.uk/ is what I use to compare prices for parts. Be careful though to only choose big retailers
Whoops destroyed the formatting just now...
Ultimately it's your decision which case you go for. Back when I built my first PC, I brought a similar design case and I was really disappointed with it. It turned out to look quite cheap and tacky and ended up being a ~£50 doorstop. I shelled out £100 or so for an Antec case instead, which I still use it to this day. Your budget might not stretch that far but a machine I built for my brother a few years ago had an older variant of the following case which I loved the design and quality of:
I ended up learning from my mistake so just passing on my experience which may end up saving you some £££ and disappointment
£72.98 - HDD - Western Digital Caviar Green Power 1TB 64MB Cache Hard Disk Drive SATAII 300MB/s <8.9ms - OEM
Have a look at Seagate's, I've had terrible experience with WD passport drives. I'm currently on my 5th replacement from them and I always recommend to friends to avoid WD like a plague.
I would strongly suggest you to hold off for a month. With the new Ivy Bridge intel core i series, there will be a lot of improvement in the graphic area. You could stay still and watch how it goes.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 16:41
Posted 04 March 2012 - 16:45
This looks solid
Yes, you'll be able to fit the SSD, with a little work.
As for the HDD, both Seagate and WD are excellent. Choose whichever one is cheaper. They both offer terrific value for money
Posted 04 March 2012 - 17:04
Posted 04 March 2012 - 18:12