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Old 01-20-2006, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Aluminium PC Case + PSU + Ram on £130 Budget

I was wondering if anyone can provide some advice.

I have £130 to buy the stuff in the thread title.

The cases I was looking at include the Thermaltake Tsunami which is around £75 with VAT. I was considering the Soprano, but I dont really like steel cases. Other brands are pretty expensive, like the Lian li 6070 What would you guys buy? Are there any good cases with PSUs included?

Also, since my old PC I has 512mb of PC3200+ ram, which Im giving to my little bro, would it be better to buy a good 512 stick for the amount I have left over? Or try and find some value product with 1Gb?

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Old 01-20-2006, 11:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, there's a Xion II. Good reviews, lots of room, LED fans built in(and some pretty good ones at that) and it has a 450 W power supply. It is steel though. On the note about the power supply, don't use the one built in unless you're not overclocking, in which case you should just get any old RAM.

I'd recommend getting a 1 gig if youre not overclicking, because many games are starting to require that.

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Old 01-21-2006, 12:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Look at the Super Lanboy by Antec if you are wanting a light case. It looks pretty sharp, and has good ventilation. No PSU though.

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Old 01-21-2006, 02:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks, Ill look into them.
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Old 01-21-2006, 03:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I bought an antec lanboy. It's not the sturdiest case, but that's because they were aiming to make it light.
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Old 01-21-2006, 04:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Are steel cases really **** at dispersing heat compared to aluminium alternatives? I like the Xion II mentioned above, but its steel.

EDIT: Nevermind, read
Myth busted!

Which is the better case? The Thermaltake Soprano or the Xion II?
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Old 01-21-2006, 06:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The soprano has cheap plastics at the front, and no vents for air getting to the 120mm fan.

The Antec super lanboy is nice, and the Hiper type R will sit nicely in there for £60-£65.

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Old 01-21-2006, 11:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Ive also found the Raidmax Scorpio 668, which has 5 preinstalled fans, a stable 420 watt psu and made out of aluminium for $89.99, which is around £52. Only bad thing is I cant find it anywhere =S

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