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DangerousKitten

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I have a gaming computer which is slightly past warranty. A while ago, I got a new motherboard and found out that it could not be attached to the case. Since then, I have been using the computer without the components all being attached. This has recently caused it to start vibrating, which I assume is bad. I know that I need a new case, but I'm not sure how to start.
Basically, do all cases work for all computers? I have a 750w power supply. Do I need a special case for that? Will my motherboard fit in any case? I have a crossfire video card setup. Will any case have enough slots for that? Thanks.
 

dtpollock

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Hi DangerousKitten

As long as you take your system specifications to a reputable computer company, they should be able to point you in the right direction as to what size case you require.

Best of luck with it, and please don't hesitate to come back if you have any further questions
 

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Is this "gaming computer" a big box system ie dell, alienware, etc?

If your mb is a standard atx, then you can use an industry standard atx type case. Buying a case is a VERY subjective endeavor; here is just one of many cases you can purchase.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
Yes, I'd have to agree that you should be able to use any case that will accept a full size motherboard, so you have hundreds to chose from, but you probably won't need a special case for your power supply. You should be aware, however, that some cases that have a bottom mounted power supply may have problems with the cable length on some power supplies. Generally, though, this only happens with cut-rate power supplies, and in a pinch you can get extenders.

I think the first thing you want to do is pick a price range for a case. After that, it's a matter of checking out the selection. Antec, Corsair, and Thermaltake all have decent cases that won't bust the bank. Rosewill has a couple of cases that have been well reviewed, but my experiences with Rosewill products have been abysmal; though I seem to be in the minority. Basically, I think you can get a very nice case for a hundred bucks or less, if you don't have to have all sorts of Captain Billy Whizzbang features.
 

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Certainly! If you have any other questions about specific models, brands, or whatever, feel free to keep posting to this thread.

EDIT: Mostly, these days, I do most of my builds in Antec 300 cases. That would be the basic case without LED fans or other useless crap. They cool very well, and it's easy to filter all the air intakes. Good fit and finish. But, you might want something a little different.
 
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