Cases & Powersupplies
For some people, choosing a computer case (also referred to as a chassis by some) is one of the most exciting parts of building a new computer. For others, it's just a box that holds the rest of the parts. Either way, selecting a case for your homebuilt computer is one of the most important steps in the planning process.
The case you choose will determine what form factor motherboards you can use, how many drives you will able to install, how easy the computer will be to assemble and maintain, how hard it will be to keep your computer cool, and how many front-panel ports you'll have available, among other things.
It's a lot easier to assemble a computer when the case has been intelligently designed. A poorly-design computer case can make what should be a fun experience a downright miserable one.
So whether you want a fancy case with LED lighting and glass panels, or a plain box to hold the rest of the parts together, take some time and do some research before making your decision.
As important as the choice of a computer case is, it's also where you can save some money if you're on a tight budget. There are many excellent, but inexpensive computer cases from quality manufacturers like Antec, Cooler Master, Corsair, Rosewill, Thermaltake, and others that can save you hundreds of pounds compared to cases with fancy lights and other purely cosmetic bells and whistles.
It's those bells and whistles that tend to drive up the prices of computer cases. If you don't need them, you can save a lot of money. But if they're important to you, then choose a case that you'll be happy with for as long as you own the computer.
Choosing a case wisely can save you many hours of annoyance and expense later on
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