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Old 12-16-2012, 09:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is what I currently have:

Cooler Master HAF 932 (broke)
EVGA X58 SLI LE Mobo (broke)
Intel Core i7 920 d0, socket 1366
OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Platinum Triple Channel 3x2gb
EVGA GTX 480
Coolmax CUQ Series 1200W PSU

harddrives:
640gb
1tb
1tb [samsung barracuda; model: ST1000Dm005]

I need a new case and motherboard within the next few weeks for break, but I am not sure what is cheap and good with socket 1366 i7 that I have. If I can find a nice, new full tower, cpu, and mobo (and heatsink) for a decent price, I wouldn't mind just switching out cpus. Mine runs hot anyway and I do not really OC the thing.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How did you break a 932?

If you really want to retain your current setup eVGA has 2 X58 boards for fairly cheap that will do fine.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The 932 is in bad shape after transporting multiple times, all the front usbs are broken and some cords were ripped out of place.

could I get a good replacement for around $400-500 for case, cpu/heatsink and mobo?
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Combo: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
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ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$311.98 w/$10.00 Mail In Rebates

Newegg.com - Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$119.99 w/ $20.00 rebate card

Newegg.com - NZXT FS-200RB 200mm SLIENT Case Fan (for side of case)
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You could get a 3570k and ASRock Extreme 3 Z77 then have plenty of room left for a good case. I would get 8GB of DDR3 1600 while you are at it since it is dead cheap. No need to OC the 3570k currently.

Edit: Trotter that case is overly huge and expensive for basically a bunch of plastic IMO. He would be much better off with something cheaper and more simple like the 300r or a nice Fractal case.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Combo above: Combo: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
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ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Memory: Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $40

Case: Newegg.com - Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan $115

(maybe) Heatsink: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ $25

I could push out a little more money if there's any huge improvements I could make like a better cpu or something
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I would get a different kit of RAM. Corsair, G.Skill, Patriot, or Kingston. Do you really need such a large case?
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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After looking at specs for my large psu, it looks like it will fit into a smaller case i think. So I could take any size that is big enough to fit the gtx 480 and I'm set. I will look into a different ram too.

What case would you suggest?
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That Coolmax looks no bigger than my old 1000w TT unit. I have fit that thing in cases as small as the old Raidmax Scorpio.
Anything that suites your fancy really. I mean if a full ATX tower is what you want then by all means. I just don't see the point in huge pieces of metal if you don't use water cooling and only have like 1 drive.
Personally I like a few BitFenix, Fractal, and Corsair cases lately. I'm hoping to get the 200r on review, or if I have to purchase my own new Socket 2011 board it will be mATX and I'm getting this.
Newegg.com - Fractal Design Arc Mini Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 Fractal Design Silent Fans

I like simple and small since I attend LANs frequently. Currently I have the HAF 922 which is my backup case and it is considered a mid tower. It stands taller than my 2 monitors while sitting on my desk and is about 6" taller than my old NZXT Beta.
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I had water on the 920 now for about 3-4 years and so I was just used to a larger case. I wouldn't mind a mid size that has 3.0 usbs.
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