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Howdy,

I'm about to pull the trigger on the components for a new gaming rig. I've built 1 system before. When I check the reviews on Newegg 2 of the components are uniformly described as "huge". I'm not sure where to get the dimensions I need to see if everything will fit.

Here are the items in question:

EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58
Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm Fan CPU Cooler
Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

The rest of the parts:

ZEPHYR HEC-750DR-AT 750W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X

Thanks for any and all comments
 

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Dang! Good call. I've switched to this in the cart:

Rosewill R5601-BK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
 

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Thanks. Seems like $10 well-spent.

What do you think about fitment for the heat sink and video card?
 
I don't know that case. I found a comment at Newegg saying it has 11.5" for the video card. That's not good when you want to fit a GTX 260. It may fit, but I don't know for sure.

Can you afford $30 more for an RC-690? That one has 0.5" more available for big coolers (8.4" width instead of 7.9"), can fit any video cards, and has 3 fans + 4 extra fan mounts instead of 2 fans.
 

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Wow. Nice case. Seems to get great reviews and impresses all with the amount of room. This "budget" build has spiraled out of control quickly, lol.

Thanks for the suggestion. I think I'm going to get it.
 

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It started as a core duo machine. No, really. The real trouble started when I convinced myself an i7 was the way to go for long-term use. There's no way to stay on a budget since the compatible parts are fewer and more expensive. With a touch of judicious overclocking this should be a decent gaming rig for the next couple of years.