I know. Just kidding... The next time I open the case might be to upgrade, clean or fix maybe. So don't wanna spend anything more for now :)
Thanks.. Now you got me thinking about the cooler... :)
That's a good suggestion. I did that with my build. No reason to keep the cage unless you want to add an additional fan there (impossible with this card), or a third drive.
Got it from the pcpartpicker store. Don't see a link to the store now.
Nice choice. Interior looks the same and will give you the same cable routing options. The Thermaltake is a full tower and here and there you might need extension cables in case you want to route the cables neatly (am guessing). The Phantom is not as big, but still bigger than any case I ever had earlier.
So pretty much it comes down to two things: Think of the size you want (full or mid), and also think of the looks you like more. (Cost also if you are on a budget). Anyway go for what you really like man, your case is there to stay with you for a long time!
The case has three blue LED fans which give ample light. I had already ordered the two meter LED case light. So just connected those instead of returning it. I leave them off most of the time, except when one needs to show off the fireworks to people. :)
Most good cases have detailed step by step assembly reviews somewhere. They deal with the case in detail with lots of pictures. Those help. An example that helped me: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5157/nzxt-phantom-410-the-boutique-favorite-goes-on-a-diet
Good luck with your build! Have fun!
That's what I also did. Only thing, I did an external build and was ready to short the pins, but when the moment of truth came - no speaker. Since I was too lazy to spend time opening the monitor box, I just did a complete internal build, connected monitor and powered on. Worked fine.
Your's is a nice clean build BTW (where it matters at least :) )...
Figured it out. Does not come with board or case. Can get one here... (or from an old PC lying around)
Dude, this space is for showing off completed builds, not wishlist items.
I can totally understand!
My system is also in the works and am hoping to take some good pics with a DSLR, newly brought flash, diffuser, heck I will even use a snoot. ;)
Thanks for the excellent suggestions. I don't plan on overclocking, that's why I chose this processor and board.
Have an external 1TB that I was planning on connecting and using whenever the space gets full on the SSD, but if that HDD mentioned is pretty good then I don't mind spending $70 more. I will update the list with that. I got the SSD already for a sale at $119.
Don't have any previous experience with Graphics cards, so I just looked at a lot of benchmarks, posts and there is so much debate from either camp. Whenever I decide on one card, for just a few $ more there is another better card. :) It has to stop somewhere, so I decided to stop at 660. I am also considering the 7870 LE (which seems close to 7950). http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
But again I hear the cry from some that I will lose the 'cuda' cores?! So the 660 and 7870 LE are the latest contenders for now until I buy the parts in a few days. Thanks much for all the great input!
Is there any way to know about the space compatibility you mentioned before buying the case and GPU?