PC Cases

  Mastermind 11:16 15 Jul 2003
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It seems like I've been looking at computer cases for ever.

I have been seriously considering getting a Chieftec (Dragon) DH-01W, DX-01W or DA-01W.

I'm after two similar cases, one for a main PC and one for a smaller PC. They'll both be based on ATX motherboards, but the main one requires plenty of drives space. They need to be beige and I don't want doors on the front.

However, I haven't managed to get much information about the Chieftec cases and someone has now suggested that I look at Antec or elsewhere. Previous cases that I have used have been far from ideal, so I'm prepared to pay a resonable amount to get quality cases.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  rawknroll 11:25 15 Jul 2003

hi, chieftec and antec are all good cases, you cant really go wrong with either, its realy down to size and cosmetics, check click here
for some specs and good prices. they are pretty kwik on the dispatch also, i ordered a mobo yesterday and it arrived this morning :-)

  Mastermind 11:37 15 Jul 2003

Thanks rawknroll, but I think've already looked here.

The problem is most suppliers only sell the coloured versions and those with doors.

I'm after a beige case without a door.

  -pops- 11:45 15 Jul 2003

I've used both and they are fine. Strongly constructed and heavy!!! (not for moving around a lot).

What's wrong with a door? Useful if there are kids around to stop them pressing the off switch in the middle of a download and the other things kids are prone to do.

If you're thinking of installing loads of hardware, ensure the PSU is adequate for your needs.

Brian

  Mastermind 12:11 15 Jul 2003

I'm now considering the Antec SX630II and SX835II, as well as the Chieftec models that I mentioned in my original post.

  Mastermind 12:52 17 Jul 2003

I was looking at this click here

However, a couple of people have questioned the 300W PSU and have suggested that it won't be up to the job.

I have little knowledge about PSUs.

How do I determine what wattage I'll need for this?

I'm planning the following set up:
Athlon XP2500+ 333FSB (Barton)
Asus A7NXP or Abit NF7
Crucial PC2700 DDR 2x256MB
Abit GeForce FX5200
IBM Deskstar 180GXP 60GB

52x CD-Rom Drive
Floppy Disk Drive
Modem?
Couple of 80mm Case Fans?

I'd also like to learn how to do this for future builds.

Thanks.

  Jester2K II 13:04 17 Jul 2003

Seen a table where you add up whats in there and it tells you the minimum PSU you should have

AGP video card - 20-30W
PCI video card - 20W
AMD Athlon 900MHz-1.1GHz - 50W
AMD Athlon 1.2MHz-1.4GHz - 55-65W
Intel Pentium III 800MHz-1.26GHz - 30W
Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz-1.7GHz - 65W
Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz-2.0GHz - 75W
Intel Celeron 700MHz-900MHz - 25W
Intel Celeron 1.0GHz-1.1GHz - 35W
ATX Motherboard - 30W-40W
128MB RAM - 10W
256MB RAM - 20W
12X or higher IDE CD-RW Drive - 25W
32X or higher IDE CD-ROM Drive - 20W
10x or higher IDE DVD-ROM Drive - 20W
SCSI CD-RW Drive - 17W SCSI CD-ROM Drive - 12W
5400RPM IDE Hard Drive - 10W
7200RPM IDE Hard Drive - 13W
7200RPM SCSI Hard Drive - 24W
10000RPM SCSI Hard Drive - 30W
Floppy Drive - 5W
Network Card - 4W
Modem - 5W
Sound Card - 5W
SCSI Controller Card - 20W
Firewire/USB Controller Card - 10W
Case Fan - 3W
CPU Fan - 3W

  Jester2K II 13:05 17 Jul 2003

I KNEW THAT WOULD COME OUT A MESS!!!

Seen a table where you add up whats in there and it tells you the minimum PSU you should have

AGP video card - 20-30W


PCI video card - 20W


AMD Athlon 900MHz-1.1GHz - 50W


AMD Athlon 1.2MHz-1.4GHz - 55-65W


Intel Pentium III 800MHz-1.26GHz - 30W


Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz-1.7GHz - 65W


Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz-2.0GHz - 75W


Intel Celeron 700MHz-900MHz - 25W


Intel Celeron 1.0GHz-1.1GHz - 35W


ATX Motherboard - 30W-40W


128MB RAM - 10W


256MB RAM - 20W


12X or higher IDE CD-RW Drive - 25W


32X or higher IDE CD-ROM Drive - 20W


10x or higher IDE DVD-ROM Drive - 20W


SCSI CD-RW Drive - 17W SCSI CD-ROM Drive - 12W


5400RPM IDE Hard Drive - 10W


7200RPM IDE Hard Drive - 13W


7200RPM SCSI Hard Drive - 24W


10000RPM SCSI Hard Drive - 30W


Floppy Drive - 5W


Network Card - 4W


Modem - 5W


Sound Card - 5W


SCSI Controller Card - 20W


Firewire/USB Controller Card - 10W


Case Fan - 3W


CPU Fan - 3W

  Jester2K II 13:07 17 Jul 2003

However you are better off just getting a quality 450 or 500 w model. Someone here will advise specific models / brands...

  Mastermind 13:38 17 Jul 2003

Thanks for the information Jester2K II.

I probably would opt for a decent PSU if I were building for myself, but it's for a friend. Also, I was planning to buy the case for this machine and possibly my next computer from sagemaster.co.uk. All their cases have PSUs included. I'd rather not have to go out and buy a replacement if I can help it.

From you info that means that:

Athlon XP2500+ 333FSB (Barton) = ?

Asus A7NXP or Abit NF7 = 40W

Crucial PC2700 DDR 2x256MB = 40W

Abit GeForce FX5200 = 30W

IBM Deskstar 180GXP 60GB = 13W

52x CD-Rom Drive = 20W

Floppy Disk Drive = 5W

2x80mm Case Fans + CPU Fan = 9W

This totals 157W which leaves 143W for the CPU and future upgrades. Isn't that sufficient?

Does this mean, however, that if I buy this for my next build click here that I'll need to replace the PSU? I'm planning a system around the Intel Pentium 4 2.4C.

  Mastermind 16:00 17 Jul 2003

Any further advice on cases and PSUs would be appreciated.

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