73 months ago
Here's my case-less build (I'll also type it out at the bottom of the post).
I've never picked out a case (my current, and first, case was given to me as a gift but won't work with my new setup) and would like suggestions!
I've tried to write down all aspects worth judging in a case, and I ordered them in (my opinion of) importance.
- Everything can be arranged for good ventilation (I'm not currently planning on liquid cooling, see possible future additions).
- Adequate number and location of external features (3.0 usb ports in front, a couple of external bays, appropriate sockets/ports in the back, non-awkward power button placement, etc)
- Everything can be arranged for easy installation and maintenance.
- Sturdy. It'll ride in the backseat for the full day's drive when I visit family (happens about 10 times a year at most).
- Price. I don't have a concrete budget, but I also try to be smart with my money.
- Ease of opening/closing.
- Possible future additions. I plan on using this build for awhile (more than 3 years) and only updating hardware as needed. Assuming my build isn't flawed (please check!), I won't need liquid cooling until far enough in the future that possibly having to buy a new case is more related to the above-mentioned price consideration than anything else. Hope that wasn't confusing...
- Aesthetics. I don't really care what it looks like, and it kinda sits out of sight anyway.
Big please and thank you for any suggestions!
I linked my build above, but here it is as well:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
- Storage 1: Seagate 600 Series 240GB 2.5" SSD
- Storage 2: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal HD
- Video: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB
- Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX
- OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)