Looking to build a PC

By msdstc
Jan 2, 2011
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  1. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    You by no means have to, I build many machines for my customers without an anit stat and haven't zapped anything yet, I just think for first time the $9.95 thermal, and $8.00 anti-stat are cheap insurance, however, entirely your call. :)
  2. msdstc

    msdstc Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 94

    So was wondering, I Have an old HDD with XP on it, but it's really seen better days. If I was to put that in before installing my new HDD/OS would it run? Noobie question, I apologize.

    edit- also is the thermal compound on it or no? I'll probably just order the 9.99 one, but who knows.
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    no it would not...99.5% of the time. when you install the OS, it 'marries' the hardware you are installing it on. if you just plug the HDD into a new machine, its going to be looking for the hardware identifiers and not find them. And your asking for problems installing a "seen better days" HDD anyway.

    yes the stock Heatsink will come with a thermal pad on it.
  4. msdstc

    msdstc Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 94

    Alright I figured as much. I'm probably going to have to slave that drive somewhere else and extract the files off it that I'm looking to save.

    Also is this case alright? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119161

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147023

    also this one is only 40, is this one any good?
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    yeah its okay, I built my daughter a gamer with that for Christmas. its basic, but the fit was pretty good.
    watch out for some sharp edges in the drive bays.
  6. msdstc

    msdstc Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 94

    Sorry I edited in a second one. It's really the last thing here, once I pick the case I'm ordering it all. So should I go with the first or the second?
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    after building with both, I like the Antec 300 a bit better.
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    IMO cooler master has higher quality.
    Rosewill is fine for cases, but I would definitely NOT buy their powersupplies.
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    I bet after using both of these particular cases, you would go for the Antec. its finished better.
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    It is also more expensive. I am really impressed with the Antec 300 though. Only thing is that it was a little big for it's purpose.
  11. msdstc

    msdstc Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 94

    alright so I guess I'm going with the cooler master. So I guess that's it for now. Anything else I should consider looking into?

    If that's it for now, thanks so much for the help gys, I'll probably be bumping this when I recieve my parts! When the parts come, does it usually come as one, or will everything ship seperately?
     
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    thats for better air circulation! :p it is on the tall side for a mid tower
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    I think both times I've gotten everything together.
    Newegg has pretty quick shipping too.
    EDIT: Come to think of it, maybe my case shipped a day earlier...
  14. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    If its one order, Newegg will usually ship the internal components together, and the case separate.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    Would it be a bigger drawback to have a case that's too big, or one that's too small.

    I currently have a desktop computer built in an Antec 900, and another in a Cooler Master Storm, "Scout".

    Both cases are approximately the same size. Both cases, (IMO) have similar build quality. However, when it comes to airflow the CM doesn't come near the Antec.

    The CM "Scout" is (again IMO) a bit more stylish, (or perhaps, "stylized").

    So, at the end of the day, the "Storm Scout" is more show, and The Antec 900, is more "go"!

    There is a version of the Antec 300, called the "300 Illusion", it ships with a full complement of LED fans, for not much more than a standard 300. Look for it on sale, that version would meet your needs, and be more ready to go right out of the box.

    I have to add, that the handle on the Scout, along with its blacked out interior, does appeal to me very much.

    This is a bit of a slam dunk, since most cases aren't reboxed, shipping in their factory container.

    I'm a bit superstitious, and separate component orders by virtue of promotion and free shipping offers. In my case, I'm very close to Newegg's North Jersey warehouse, and if it's in stock there, then it's overnight guaranteed, via UPS Ground. "Do-dads" seem to all come from CA, and delay delivery to the East Coast.
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    Well of course it does...convenient for transport to all of those Lan parties you attend :wave:
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    Puuting a Death Grip on the Old Handle.......

    Well not exactly, it facilitates the substitution of that "pornograph", for another.
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    I used to have a 'pornograph', but I used it too much and wore my stylus down.
  19. msdstc

    msdstc Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 94

    hmmm... so should I not go with the Cooler Master then?
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    "To style you my mistress, it would be so sweet".

    (Quote attributed to the "Sultan" From "Annachie Gordon", Traditional Celtic Song).

    You were referring to something along those lines? :rolleyes:
  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    Why of course I was...what else?:eek:
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    As I've been alluding to, this is not really a black and white issue.

    That said, the aesthetics of low end Cooler Master cases, doesn't really appeal to me. Hence the CM Storm "Scout". I grabbed it Black Friday @ $60.00 bucks, to replace a CM "Elite 335" housing the same computer. The 335 is a decent case, but is is rather tinny and bland.

    I do think that the Antec 300 is well ventilated and constructed, but it isn't the fanciest case in the world.

    With a little patience regarding price applied to your case issue, I think there are many time during the year where you could step up to the Antec 900, or Storm Scout fairly painlessly.

    If your going to game mercilessly, I think either of the Antec offerings would cool better than the CM Case being discussed. (But let me go back and check that).
  23. msdstc

    msdstc Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 94

    Well I'm not going to be gaming at all though... i'm really just going to be doing audio/video editing, maybe some old time gaming as in Quake 3 or Counterstrike, but I mostly play all my games on all consoles.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    Then the Antec 300 should be your go to case.
  25. msdstc

    msdstc Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 94

    Well what's wrong witht he cooler master? Just wondering? I mean if you really think the investment is worth it I'll go for it, but I was just wondering what's wrong witht he other one I've chosen?


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