need help picking prebuilt case for sli

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im looking for a case w/power supply that will work for the asus a8n sli deluxe mobo
i like the non windowed cases like the thermaltake soprano or tsunami dream, but i fear these cases would not work with thier included power supply
i will also be using a sata hdd if that matters
so basically i am looking for a tower in line of style with the soprano or tsunami dream lines with no window and a build in power supply that will run 2 pci express cards and a sata hdd
thanks in advance for any help!
 

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Why do you NEED to get a psu/case combo? I doubt it will save much on cost and shipping.
Just get a case that you like and buy a nice high end PSU from Antec, Fortron Source, Enermax, etc to go with it.

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i was looking on zipzoomfly.com
i cant find any options there that will get me into a tower for under 150 if done separately, suggestions?
 

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You can get cases for under $20 so it is definatly possible to get a case and psu for under $150.
The RAIDMAX ATX-208 is pretty decent for being about $20. Then you cold get a very good PSU such as the Antec True480 and come in under $150.
Those case/psu combos that say they have high wattage psus such as 500watt or so I wouldn't trust at all. Something like this piece of garbage: <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-162-003&depa=0" target="_new">http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-162-003&depa=0</A>

If you are going to do SLI you are going to need a psu well over 400watts. One of the Antec cases comes with an Antec True430 power supply for $125. That psu alone is about $80. That leaves $45 for the case, I'm sure that is about what would be charged for the case if it was sold separately. There arn't many case/psu combos with high wattage psus. All the ones avaliable from brands I trust have prices that arn't much different from the psu and case separatly.

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I don't know which PCI-e cards you will be using but an nVidia 6800 card is good foor about 100 watts, say you have 2 with of course mainboard, mem, drives and cpu you'll need a psu with a lot of amps (25+ i think) on the 12V rail.