Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Choosing the right case !

Lian LI Pc-P60

The first thing you gonna have to decided upon when designing and building your own monster gaming rig is what type of case your going to use. The problem with this is that the market is huge, there are thousands to choose from, Each with their own pros and cons. Do you want a case to show off all your top spec kit? do you want a case that's to be tucked away in a cupboard? or would you be happy with something plain and simple that does the job of holding all your stuff in one place? The choice is yours but there are a few pointers to keep in mind when making your decision.

Coolermaster Elite 330

1. Look for a case with enough room to house all you kit. Some of the latest Graphics cards are very long, the last thing you want is to find that, after spending a load of cash on a case, your new uber Graphics card is hitting your hard drive bays.
2. Gaming rigs generate a lot of heat, look for a case with good airflow and plenty of fans. If you gonna be using a water cooling system go with a case that has an area for a rad built in.
3. Aluminium cases tend to be a little more expensive than steel cases but the build quality is, in most cases, far better.
4. Tool free access is now being offered on most gaming cases, this is a god send and a must for anyone building their own rig. Try and get a case with tool free drive bays and effective cable management as part of the design you'll thank yourself in the long run.
5. Cost! Don't spend mad money on an all singing all dancing, neon bay lit, spinning multi coloured led fan disco case if its gonna sit in a cupboard. Save your cash for the kit that goes inside.

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