greg woulf

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I'm setting up a cheap gaming build. I'm happy with my components so far and I'm closing in on everything pretty well.

I was just going to pick one out around $100 and go with it and then I saw one listed SSD compatible. As far as I knew every case was SSD compatible, does anyone know what they meant by SSD compatible? Was it just having a 2.5 drive, cause that's on every case I'm looking at.

I've bought expensive cases and cheap cases and I haven't found one that I'm even satisfied with, but they've all worked.

I don't want any LED's or even fancy facing, just a case to hold my computer well, cool it decently, and hopefully not be too loud.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm going to have an ATX motherboard, 6850 gfx, 16RAM (1600) with an SSD (120GB) I haven't finalized the Motherboard/Processor choice yet between AMD and Intel, but it'll be lower middle on those.

 
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As far as I knew every case was SSD compatible, does anyone know what they meant by SSD compatible?

It means you don't have to buy an 3.5 / 2.5 adapter to mount it.

I was just going to pick one out around $100 .... 16RAM (1600)

I'd suggest 8GB and using the savings to bump up the case cost. In this day and age, I'd not consider any case that doesn't have a front USB 3.0 port.

Corsair 500R is the lowest cost case I'm using in any Gaming or Workstation build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006654&isNodeId=1&Description=Corsair+500R&x=0&y=0

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4408/corsair_carbide_series_500r_arctic_white_mid_tower_case_review/index8.html...

At your price point, probably the best option is the Fractal Design Define R3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352016
Especially if you can find it with cheaper/free shipping (take a look at Amazon and NCIX)
 
As far as I knew every case was SSD compatible, does anyone know what they meant by SSD compatible?

It means you don't have to buy an 3.5 / 2.5 adapter to mount it.

I was just going to pick one out around $100 .... 16RAM (1600)

I'd suggest 8GB and using the savings to bump up the case cost. In this day and age, I'd not consider any case that doesn't have a front USB 3.0 port.

Corsair 500R is the lowest cost case I'm using in any Gaming or Workstation build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006654&isNodeId=1&Description=Corsair+500R&x=0&y=0

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4408/corsair_carbide_series_500r_arctic_white_mid_tower_case_review/index8.html

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=61&limit=1&limitstart=5

Tier 3 120/128 GB SSD list
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-review-benchmark,3139-6.html

MoBo / CPU - If ya can't find a reason ya "need" Z68 (I can't ... read link to decide)

http://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk/difference-between-h67-p67-z68-and-h61-chipsets-a-22.html

$365 - Asus P8P67 Pro w/ i5-2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.840971

Not thrilled with the PSU and ya don't need the 2600k.....but nice price on this Z68 combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.816534
 
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