What kind of Cases are best for AMD?
What kind of cases are the best bang for the buck? Just like the great AMD procs.
You might get some info here.
Cases are not processor-specific. There aren't separate "Intel" and "AMD" case lines.
Whilst cases are not manufacturer specific per say...amd recommend certain manufacturers that they have tested against their chipsets and cpu's as muchmark suggested above check out amd's site (the other thing in relation to cases is the power supply, there are lots of 250W powered cases out there...if you want a good upgrade path seek out a 300W or 350W at least ...your xp and higher standard athlons aren't gunna be too happy sharing power with lots of other equipment...eg hdd's, cd's, dvd, extra fans for cooling etc. Try and make your system so it has an abundance of power rather than too little)..
Hope this helps (and its just an opinion ) Dave
The LiteOn FS020 is a good, sturdy, roomy mid-tower case, that gives plenty of ventilation options. I've got 120mm fans both front and back, the power supply is up out of the way, and heat from the power supply stays away from the cpu. Get a good power supply (Enermax is a great line, get a 350W or higher, not too expensive). Access is easy with a side panel, and you can get at most everything. Only drawback is you can't get at the front intake fan filter for cleaning unless you remove the side panels to get at some clips... not a real big deal... I clean mine 2-3 times per year.
I've used this case for two PCs: an old classic Slot A 700@850 OC'ed, and a 1.2gHz@1.4gHz OC'ed. Have been real happy.
"ATX" as they give you more room for expantion.
"AT" if you don't have much room to put it anywhere.
For a basic system consisting of motherboard, CPU, expansion cards, 1 harddrive, and 1 or 2 CDROM/CDRW drives, go with a midtower case with an AMD approved power supply, preferably 300W or better. You could do with a microATX case, but most of them have smaller PSU's and don't have adequate airflow to keep an AMD processor happy and stable.
If you plan on running multiple hard drives and a couple CD drives, then you should look into a full tower case with at least a 350-400W PSU, you will need the extra wattage to support those drives and the cooling fans to keep everything kosher.
Personally, I like the Antec KS-282+ case with the 300W PP303X power supply. It has great airflow characteristics with extra mounts for both front and rear case fans. You can find it at Best Buy for $59.95+tax, which is pretty handy if you have one nearby.
I just completed a system for a customer with an XP1600+ and KG7-RAID, 512Mb DDR, 2 40Gb Western Digitals, Pioneer 106S DVDROM, LiteOn 12x10x40 CDRW, and Radeon AIW. Very stable system, with a case temp of 83ºF the CPU idles at 78ºC , and maxes out at 104ºF @ 100%. This is with a Thermaltake Volcano 6cu+ w/ Arctic Silver II heatsink paste & a neat little utility called Vcool running.
You see, it's not just the case or the HSF that keeps everything running stable, it's all the components working together.
If you have the space, I would recommend a full tower case vs. a mid tower case. Not only will you be able to work inside the case more easily, the case also runs cooler since it has more space for air flow. Another benfit would be for future upgrades since most ful tower cases have more external 5.25" bays...
AMD's tend to run a little hotter so it may be beneficial to look for some cases with fans. Blowholes work well since heat rises and they are right on top. This case looks promising for the price. Its not a full case like NDC recommended but it would be cooler than most cases. If I needed another case I would probably look at this one.
*Edit: It can be found here. Its the 4th one down. Not bad for $47 IMO.
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Check out NewEgg. They are selling a case from EverCase that is a totaly screwless mid tower case. I have built 2 systems using this case and they rock. Is pre cut for a side case fan and has 2 front USB ports. 300 watt ps. You can install all of the drives in about 5 minutes. No screws needed to attach the cdroms or the floppy. The hard drive bay slides out for easy drive installation.
Even a clip mechanism to hold down the AGP and PCI cards, no screws necessary. Dosent look to bad either. Also plenty of room for fans front and back.
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