I finally managed to convince one of my friends to join the PC master race, so over the next few weeks I'll be helping him build his first rig.
We aren't entirely sure about the budget, but it's probably around $1200. That leaves around $150 for each component: CPU, RAM, Mobo, PSU, HDD, GFX, Case, and Cooling.
For the build we plan on basically hiding the PC behind the desk, and mounting various devices (USB Ports, CD/DVD Drive, etc.) under the desk.
Because of this, the case really doesn't need many (if any) 5.25" expansion bays. We just need some internal 3.5" bays in the front (6+).
He plans on water cooling the rig, hence why we want a larger case. Hopefully, we could put a two-fan radiator on the front or bottom (as intake radiators tend to lead to lower temps). We'd also want to have a rear output fan and two on the top.
I have seen some cases that have the hard drives in the bottom, this might in fact be better as it would allow for the front radiator.
Whether we want intakes on the side panel we don't know, as whether they actually improve airflow seems to be debatable...
Oh, and it'd definitely have to be a bottom-mound PSU.
And it doesn't really have to come with much, no fans would be preferable - normally they come with cheap 800 RPM fans, we've found some nice 2400 RPM (75 CFM) fans for a great deal, so we'd probably use those anyway.
And a front panel isn't necessary either, since the computer will basically be hidden from view. Just another uselessly added cost.
Of all the cases I've looked at, two seemed pretty good to me, the Corsair Graphite 760T and the Thermaltake Core V71 were nice fits, especially within our price range...they don't quite match exactly what we're looking for, so I'm just posting this here to look for some more suggestions. Thanks!
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