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    Yeah, my coworker built in a Corsair 600T and it was a very nice case to work with. He brought it into work during it's construction so that we could all check it out.

    I love having room for cable management, but I don't need or want huge cases anymore. So, I try to find the smallest form factor case, but with good cable management options and quiet fans.

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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I would not mind using a different case for my conversion project. But for me it is not very practicaql because

    a) I really like the looks of the Dell case,
    b) I have very little room on my desk and a bigger case would not fit. And there is no room under the desk either,
    c) Because of my poor eyesight and the arthritis in my hands a have to have a local computer shop do the work. I do not want to generate unneccessary work for them having to rip out everything from the Dell box and installing it into a new box. I really only want to change the board and the CPU and replace my old OCZ Vertex with the new OCZ Vector.
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  3. #73


    Wolfgang, I understand completely, I reuse older Dell cases all the time, but I really needed more room and ease of access since I'm constantly changing things around, adding, swapping, etc... I usually don't keep the side panel on the PC, but the new case has two nice lever to lift and easily remove and replace the side panel, so that's perfect for me...
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  4. #74


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Nice work, the new case looks easy to work on, congrats.
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  5. #75


    Thanks! I really like the case!!
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  6. #76


    Overclocked the 3.5Ghz CPU to 4.4Ghz and temps went up by 5 degrees and all is stable!
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    My Radeon 7770 video card didn't like any overclocking at all, so I replaced it with an nVidia GTX650, which is running happily at 4.4GHz, versus the stock speed of 3.5GHz. The viedo tests all failed and the error messages all said "No DirectX support detected". After I uninstalled the Radeon drivers and replaced the card and installed the 310.90 drivers for the nVidia card, all is fine!
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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    What brand of HD 7770 did you have?

    I just got a Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X, which is factory OC'ed and easily went higher, I was happy with the OC and didn't even get to bump the voltage.
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    Dave, This 7770 is the MSI "overclocked" version. It has dual fans and a 6 pin power connection. The video card would lose it's DirectX features when I overclocked the PC and after going back to default CPU values in the BIOS, the card wouldn't work properly until I reinstalled the drivers and software. This leads me to believe that this is a software issue but I'm taking the card back to MicroCenter today for a refund as I'm using a GeForcs card in its place and the nVidia card has no problem running at 4.4Ghz (overclocked from the 3.5 stock speed). With the 7770 card, I couldn't run any benchmark programs because they would all report the same "halted due to no DirectX support" with that video card. Very strange...
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  10. #80


    I just returned the 7770 card at the MicroCenter in Madison Heights, MI and there was no problem as I had everything in the box and the receipt. I'll be putting a GTX-660 in my PC tonight, so we'll see how that goes...
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