When building a gaming PC and have chosen all of the hardware parts you want for your build, you have to then have somewhere to assemble and put them into. In this article I discuss four steps that you should go through when making the decision as to which computer case you should purchase. Four Things to Keep in Mind When Purchasing Your Computer Case: Choosing the right computer case for you can be as tough as you want it to be, and can change based on a few variables. The selection of cases out there are vast, and the prices vary just as much, so when choosing the right case ask yourself these four questions:
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Here I will lay out a simple gaming build utilizing the Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz Quad-Core Processor and as the NVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards are cheaper now, I will be using these as well.
Build 1: $750 @ Amazon
1. Processor:Intel Core i5 750 Processor 2.66 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I5-750BOX
2. Power Supply Unit (P.S.U):
3. Computer Case:
4. A MotherBoard:MSI LGA1156/Intel H55/4DDR3-2133(OC)/ATI CrossFire /GbE/HDMI/DVI/VGA/1394/eSATA ATX Motherboard H55-GD65
So you want to play your games on ultra high resolution/quality, but don’t have a ton of cash? Games like Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, the new Fallout new Vegas etc. will all play great at 1080p resolutions on ultra graphics with these builds. When looking into a gaming PC you want to look for decent processing power, around 4Gb RAM, and a good (not best) graphics card.
Let’s take a look at a couple of builds that you may be able to use / work around to get you what you need:
Build 1: $685 @ Amazon
So you are wanting to build a cheap basic HTPC build to set beside your entertainment system/television for your basic entertainment needs. This means that you can create a PC that will play full 1080p video but is missing all the fancy whistles such as a separate sound-card, tv-tuner, tv-recording, video encoding, video recording etc. This is not to say you cannot add them later, but for now let’s focus on what’s cheapest.
I derived a couple Intel i7 860 2.8 GHz builds, so take a look and see what you think. The prices in both could be lowered a tad if you were to choose a cheaper computer case, different power supply, less than 4GB RAM, different/less than 500GB hard drive, or a cheaper video card than the Radeon HD 4870. I chose these components because I believe that they can act as a solid baseline for purchasing a build that includes a processor like the Intel i7. The Radeon HD 4870 has a max resolution of 2560 x 1600, and can most likely play allot of games at pretty high settings, so if something like this is of no concern to you, by all means go for a cheaper card like the Radeon HD 4850.