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Offline Tatoosh  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 11, 2016 6:52:16 AM(UTC)
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What is the consensus on the Corsair Carbide SPEC-01 wish is under $50 and Corsair 500w powr supply - for $45? About $95 for the pair delivered.

Sound good for a budget case with upgrades down the road? Mid-towr for a mini-ATX MoBo.

And Hello USA - nice to be back. Please note- My old 2008 MacBook does not seem to work well with this site - I can't put paragraphs in that stick. They are there in the edit field, but not when I make the post - I've tried Chrome and Safari browsers - restarted my MacBook (Snow Leopard) and all the text just jams up together - so it goes.

Edited by user Tuesday, October 11, 2016 2:36:54 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Fromatting

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#2 Posted : Wednesday, October 12, 2016 1:32:31 AM(UTC)
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A) Welcome back!

B) Formatting seems to be messed up right now and it is being looked into

C) The case looks good, also, remember to look at the PSU rating!

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#3 Posted : Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:01:18 AM(UTC)
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PSU rating? Oh, I think it is Bronze and 500 watt. Of course, I don't have the stats on my old system, but I'm hoping that 500 watts will handle my needs. I have been using a MacBook and I am now convinced, I'm not a Mac sort of person at all. Not even a little bit. When the formatting issue is resolved, I'll post my little diatribe.

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#4 Posted : Wednesday, October 12, 2016 11:51:37 AM(UTC)
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Testing paragraph formatting here.

Please disregard this message.

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#5 Posted : Wednesday, October 12, 2016 11:56:33 AM(UTC)
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Testing now on Chrome.

For Windows 10.

The most current version of each.

Thanks!

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#6 Posted : Wednesday, October 12, 2016 11:57:35 AM(UTC)
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One more time,

now with single

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#7 Posted : Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:08:52 PM(UTC)
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Seems as if it works...

maybe...

we'll see...

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#8 Posted : Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:09:25 PM(UTC)
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PSU rating? Oh, I think it is Bronze and 500 watt. Of course, I don't have the stats on my old system, but I'm hoping that 500 watts will handle my needs. I have been using a MacBook and I am now convinced, I'm not a Mac sort of person at all. Not even a little bit. When the formatting issue is resolved, I'll post my little diatribe.

See if you can get a solid list of your parts :P

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#9 Posted : Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:21:58 AM(UTC)
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I will try to unwrap my little bundle of electronics I carried over in checked luggage. It got scanned I'm sure, but some where far from me - the bags go on a conveyor and disappear while people get directed to an immigration officer.

Anyway - I had originally meant to post a link to the case/power supply on Amazon, but the formatting issues here got me all di[censored]bulated and I forgot to get it in. So now may I present the link: Corsair Case & Power Supply

I think 500 watts is enough. I hope it is. But this is older tech. I know that the newer tech takes less power. And I'm not planning on multipe GPU's or liquid cooling. Nothing really super hot that would make you let out a low wolf whistle and consider spending a whole weekend with it behind closed doors.

Like I was going to say in my original post - I'll upgrade the cheap 1 gig graphics card I brought with me down the road. I'm running Windows 10 on my system and I like that quite a bit. No big bumps upgrading from Win 7 pro 64 bit. I expect to build a second computer in less than a year and it will probably be a more serious and much more contemporary system. But this should let me play Battle Pirates on FB, World of Warships, and stream some movies to a 1080p flat screen.

I am currently using a 2008 MacBook that is a bit of purgatory for some past sins, I'm sure. It has convinced me I will never buy a Mac for myself. I will for my wife because she wants one and I like seeing her smile. But my desktops, laptops, or tablets will never ever be Apple in the future. Does that convey a sense of distaste for Macs? Good!

And yes, thank you - it is very nice to be back in the USA. Adapting to the US after 10 years away was easier than I expected. Rent went way up, some prices are bad but many are the same as what I encountered in the Philippines or even cheaper. Of course, I'm still a few months away from making bacon again. So I haven't priced pork belly here. I may oink with dismay when that happens, but I hope not.

Tatoosh - now located up near the Canadian border but a tad south of 49th parallel and a smidgeon east of the Puget Sound.

Edited by user Saturday, October 15, 2016 12:06:48 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Missing Paragraph!?!

Offline Blackhawk8100  
#10 Posted : Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:04:30 PM(UTC)
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Sorry about the censor, but it doesn't look bad!
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#11 Posted : Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:38:35 AM(UTC)
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Okay, well the case showed up today. Power supply is not due in until mid week. I got the old Motherboard unwrapped and took a peek. It is an ancient Intel Desktop board - DG31PR. I have a 250 gb Crucial SSD for my primary drive (OS) and a 350 gig HDD for secondary (data). Graphics are the old GForce G210.

No optical drive currently but I will add one in later. I just need to see if I can get it up and running. Any good tutorials for first time assemblers? Since it is coming in parts I've brought and case I bought, I may need to get some cables? I expect to spend the next few days YouTubing on assembly, while waiting for the power supply to arrive.

Just for note, I did upgrade from a Corsair Carbide SPEC-01 to a SPEC-02 since it was only 5 bucks more and looked like a better case when I replace this motherboard. And the power supply is a 600 watt Bronze Corsair so a bit stronger than the one I showed before.

DG31PR Desktop MoBo

Corsair Carbide SPEC-02

GForce G210 GPU

I picked up an old Dell 19 inch monitor to use until we decide on a TV, since I plan to use this for gaming and streaming Netflix and such. But I need something to use while putting the system together and for a backup if necessary.

Got my fingers crossed that the Mobo and drives are still good after crossing the ocean and going through Customs.

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#12 Posted : Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:41:01 AM(UTC)
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You guys still fighting with the forum software stripping out the paragraphs? Come on, free the Paragraphs! Free the Paragraphs! Paragraph repression!
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#13 Posted : Saturday, October 22, 2016 12:07:42 PM(UTC)
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Paragraphs...

Should...

Work...

And the cables may come with the case or the power supply, take a peek around.

Offline Tatoosh  
#14 Posted : Thursday, November 3, 2016 9:57:38 PM(UTC)
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Well, I very much like the case. It comes with USB3 on the front and my board only has USB2 headers so I will need a little adapter for that. My cabling is a horrendous mess, but I did get the puppy up and running. Not everything is connected but enough it is a functioning unit.

I ran into an older Radeon HD6950 GPU for $40 and could not resist. Yes, it is too old. But hey the Mobo is kind of a match for it. And it lets me kick up World of Warships substantially in the Graphics dept.

Assembly was a challenge, I wiped out one Sata cable, managed to disengage my ram, so I thought I'd fried the Mobo intially (3 beeps and no boot) but once I re-seated the ram, it started behaving. The GPU was a tight fit on this micro-ATX Mobo. But it finally fit.

My broken Sata cable allowed me to get the right one (with a 90 degree connector) that fits much better. I will take it apart and re-run the wires pretty soon, now that I see where they go and the "better" paths this case allows.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with the Corsair Carbide case and I'm glad I grabbed a 600 watt power supply. The HD6950 recommends a 500 watt unit and a bit extra doesn't hurt.

Hope you are all well and preparing for the holidays!

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