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Need help with choosing the right case and monitor.

FreeKnight

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Are you planning on adding more HDDs down the road for media storage?

Is portability important at all or will the desktop stay put the next few years? They're a couple questions that seem to get overlooked every so often. I'm all for minimizing case size when you can get away with it, but it also helps to know if there's anything you'd like to do with the case.

If not, some others have made some good suggestions already right now. NZXT has some good mid size towers as well that might be worth considering.
 

MARSTG

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The rule of thumb for choosing a PSU is to have the max wattage of the system delivered at 50% of the PSU's rated wattage. If, let's say your system would take 350W at full load on all components you would want a 700W PSU, because maximum efficiency is at 50% load on PSU's rated wattage. This, in case you care about your electricity bill. If not, you can move that threshold to 75%.
 

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As for case anything from the Eclipse series from Phanteks that has TG window and RGB lighting.
 

Izerous

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The rule of thumb for choosing a PSU is to have the max wattage of the system delivered at 50% of the PSU's rated wattage. If, let's say your system would take 350W at full load on all components you would want a 700W PSU, because maximum efficiency is at 50% load on PSU's rated wattage. This, in case you care about your electricity bill. If not, you can move that threshold to 75%.
With modern efficiency curves this isn't something I'd follow anymore. Maybe if your computer was at 100% load 100% of the time sure i'd aim for that sweet spot and hope for a ROI over time vs the cost of a more expensive PSU. However how often are you web browsing etc a 500W peak computer might spend 80% of it's time at 100W. That means a 1kW PSU you would be spending 80% of your time in the 10% load of the PSU instead of say the 17% load of a 600W unit. Then based on the small difference in efficiency can you make up the $50-100 a larger peak PSU might cost etc on your electric rates etc.
 
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