View Full Version : Building a PC - Help with picking a tower

Indefatigible Snoozer
01-11-2011, 08:06 PM
So this will seem totally dumb, but I decided to build my own PC, prompted by the writings of the authors of this very site. Never done it before, but I'm a smart guy, I can figure it out, right?

So I ordered everything, it arrived, and, like a kid on Christmas morning, I sat down to put it all together. Except the DVD player didn't quite fit. One blunted kitchen knife and a few millimeters of dvd casing later, it did fit. I felt quite proud of myself for that bit of improvisation.

But the power supply doesn't fit. And no amount of plastic shaving is going to fix that - i just fundamentally bought the wrong tower. Sigh.

So, RPS tech people, please assist. I just need a tower that will fit my stuff. My PSU is a Corsair HX 750, I have a P8P67 motherboard (not the -M) and a palit geforce gti 560 2mb graphics card. Black preferred, but I don't really care about the colour.

I did read about ATX and mATX before i bought all the stuff, but guess I didn't read the part about PSU sizing... Or perhaps I just bought a poorly made Tower?

Price isn't really an issue - the first one was EUR 20, so maybe I should spend a bit more.

Thanks in advance.

01-11-2011, 08:40 PM
If you don't want to spend much then I highly reccomend the Bitfenix Merc Alpha case at just 32 - http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/BitFenix+Merc+Alpha+Black+Midi+Tower+Chassis+?prod uctId=45928

But personally I would spend a little bit more on a case even if it's just enough to get something like an Antec 300

01-11-2011, 10:23 PM
I finished my first build last week, using a Corsair Tx 750W PSU and also a gtx 560 (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-gtx-560ti-oc-twin-frozr-ii-40nm-4200mhz-gddr5-gpu-880mhz-shader-1760mhz-384-cores-plusfree-b) which I assume are of similar size.

The case I am using is a Cooler master Enforcer (http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2011/08/18/cm-storm-enforcer-review/1). Despite the slightly ridculous name and packaging, I am very happy with it. Managed to fit everything in nicely and didn't feel too cramped working inside it. Originally had the power cables routed round the back of the mother board, but couldn't get the side panel back on. After getting a little creative with cable ties was still left with a neat finish and a decent air flow. The front fan is LED lit (red) which wont be to everyone's taste. No issues with noise either, but then again I don't mind a noisy computer. Cost me 75

I watched the newegg videos for guidance during the build and they used a Coolermaster Obsidian 650D (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139006), and a Coolermaster HAF9 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233) which are a bit more low-key in appearance. Kind of wish I had enough pounds for the 650d, but hey!

Also I'm greener than green when it comes to pc building I think coolermaster seem like a respectable manufacturer.

EDIT: The Bitfenix looks good for that price!

02-11-2011, 02:33 PM
I have a Coolermaster 690 II Advance and a Corsair Obsidian 650D and so far haven't found anything I couldn't fit inside either. From what I hear the Coolermaster Storm Sniper and HAF 912 Plus and the Corsair Carbide 400R are also excellent mid-tower cases with great airflow and roomy interiors.

If you never want to worry about space go for a full tower, but for most people a good mid-tower is more than enough.

04-11-2011, 08:50 AM
Fractile R3.

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/Fractal+Design+Define+R3+Black+Pearl+V2+Midi+Tower +Chassis+w%2F+USB3.0+?productId=46520

05-11-2011, 04:50 AM

I did read about ATX and mATX before i bought all the stuff, but guess I didn't read the part about PSU sizing... Or perhaps I just bought a poorly made Tower?

There are indeed different sizes of power supplies for ATX and mATX specs. Micro ATX PSUs are smaller, with smaller wattage and/or a higher price/watt.

06-11-2011, 12:55 PM
I too decided to build a PC thanks to this bloody site, I'm still waiting for the parts to arrive but just for your infoknowledge I bought a Corsair 850W PSU, GTX 580, P8Z68 and I hope to stuff it all into a Fractal Design Define R3 (in black, thank you very much for asking). Nothing in my research/discussions with smart people has suggested that this will be a problem, but I'll report back when the parts have arrived (should be tomorrow, but if not I can't check until friday) to let you know if it'll all fit. Also the R3 cost me 75 or so, which isn't too expensive, really.

07-11-2011, 01:34 AM
The important thing to consider with a computer case is whether you're paying for looks or for better cooling. For the money, I would estimate that Antec probably has the best cases.Could be biased, but I will say that my Antec 900 works amazingly. Never had temperatures above ~30C

Indefatigible Snoozer
11-11-2011, 10:50 PM
Thanks for all the help. I got bitfenix, it arrived and everything fit perfectly.