Monday, December 26, 2011

Choosing a Case

Another name for a computer case is a chassis. There's are lots of possibilities when buying cases. The two biggest rules is the case has to fit your motherboard and there needs to be enough space for your video card.

Motherboards are designed to fit certain cases. The different layouts are called form factors. Thankfully, most companies agree to use the common form factor called ATX. There are other types of form factors out there but just make sure they're compatible with your case. Below shows a example of what to look for.

There are many different sizes of cases. Most cases are considered a mini or mid tower. The biggest difference is the amount of drive bays inside. 3.5 inch bays are common for CD drives or hard drives. 2.5 inch bays are normally for solid state drives. It also helps to get a larger case if you buy a large video card. High end video cards can be over 300 millimeters in length. It would be a huge disappointment if you bought the parts just to find out that the video card wouldn't fit in your case. Find out what other buyers have to say about the length before purchasing.

Most of the things about a case are personal preference. You may want check how many USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports it has. Read reviews about how well it's built. Make sure it has sufficient air flow. Does the case have a side air duct. Maybe you want it to be made out of steel versus plastic. Above all, make sure the case has a good reputation.

No comments:

Post a Comment