Someplace to stash my stuff
new case & mobo to keep up with the times
Published on July 7, 2012 By starkers In Personal Computing

 This.....

            arrives at my place Monday.

It's the new Thermaltake Chaser Mk 1... see external link for more info.

The main reason I'm upgrading my case is to have access to 2 front USB3 ports and an eSata port up front as well.  More importantly, however, is the HDD dock on top, allowing me to plug in any SATA drive [HDD, SSD] without power or USB cables... and I do have several drives without cases, so it saves me having to swap drives in and out, etc.

To enable these new features, though, I have to get this....

It gives me the header to connect the external USB3's my current board doesn't, plus it gives me x 8 internal Sata's and x2 eSATA's on the back panel... meaning I could have a total of 11 SATA devices.. not to mention 10 rear USB's and 4 front USB's, so there's plenty of room for expansion should I need it.  Besides, the black mobo will look rather grand in that case, eh?

And to juice this up I'm getting the 8 core AMD FX8170 CPU.  Total cost [case, mobo, CPU]... AUD$540.00

Will post some pics once I've got it all together.


Comments (Page 1)
on Jul 07, 2012

Cool

on Jul 07, 2012

neone6
Cool

Very!!!!!!

on Jul 07, 2012

Mark... wishing you years of health to enjoy real fun and joy with your speed demon! Enjoy!!!!! 

 

 

 

on Jul 07, 2012

That's a real beauty of a case! Have fun.

on Jul 08, 2012

neone6
Cool 

RedneckDude

Quoting neone6, reply 1Cool

Very!!!!!!

DrJBHL
Mark... wishing you years of health to enjoy real fun and joy with your speed demon! Enjoy!!!!!
Wizard1956
That's a real beauty of a case! Have fun

Thanks guys, I sure will enjoy this beauty... I'm SOOOOOOO looking forward to the parts arriving tomorrow... then putting it all together, which for me is the fun part. While it is all tool-less assembly, I always enjoy the challenge of cable routing to have the least inside to block airflow, etc... which reminds me.  This case has great cooling with x2 22cm fans on top; x1 22cm fan on the side; x1 120cm fan rear; x2 1210cm fans front and x1 120cm fan on the bottom. I took the optional fans as well because of the heat factor here in summer [sometimes up to 42c - 44c] and if they're anything like my current Thermaltake fans it'll still run quite quietly, almost silently.

on Jul 08, 2012

[quote who="starkers" reply="5" id="3188098"] I took the optional fans [/quote

I knew you was full of air lol     

on Jul 08, 2012

That was a steal @ AUD$540.00! Here in the states that might be like 6 or $650.00 (guessing here). A speed demon like that all together off the shelf would be like......a thousand bucks! I'll do what you did and save the rest. lol

on Jul 08, 2012

mrs_starkers
I knew you was full of air lol

You should know... having to retrieve  the bed covers from the ceiling fan once or thrice.

That was a steal @ AUD$540.00! Here in the states that might be like 6 or $650.00 (guessing here). A speed demon like that all together off the shelf would be like......a thousand bucks! I'll do what you did and save the rest. lol

Uvah, the CPU alone is in the vicinity of $320 in the US, and I think that's just for the FX8150... link.  I'll be getting the FX8170, a latter version, for $189.00 AUD.  The case is around $169 in the US, I'm getting it for $145.00 AUD, and that's with 3 optional fans installed as well.  The mobo cost me $204.00 AUD, and I've seen it going for around $239 - 260 in the US.

Hehe, it's about time we Aussies got our PC parts cheaper than in the US.  I used to look at US component prices and cuss like all f**k that we'd be paying anything up to 35% - 40% more for ours, so yeah, I'm tickled that the boot's on the other foot right now.  I'm getting more bang for my buck and I don't have to save as hard to get what I want/need... and at these prices I can do it more often, too.  My next purchase will be a 1200w PSU to replace my 800w, but that'll be a couple of months or more away, me thinks.  US price $309, I will pay $286.

Anyhow, just one more sleep and it'll be here... then the fun begins putting it all together.

on Jul 08, 2012

starkers, you will enjoy working in the case as I have already built two systems with them for customers.

the only issue with the side fan is it will push DUST into the case which will build up and block the cpu/gpu fan/heatsinks.

the top two fans and the back fan SHOULD be blowing OUT, with the side and front fans blowing in, the front fans have a dust mesh in front of them and it is easy to pull the front/top  fan covers off .

anyway ENJOY the new system

harpo

 

on Jul 08, 2012

Arriving at my place Tuesday 

damn holidays 

on Jul 08, 2012

starkers
x1 120cm fan rear; x2 1210cm fans front and x1 120cm fan on the bottom.

Must be one effing big case..... Spell checker

 

Do you sit inside it too?

on Jul 08, 2012

Do you sit inside it too?

lol!

on Jul 08, 2012

Starkers, if you turn that 1210CM fan on high, the whole room will fly away. Better tether down anything you don't want leaving with it.

on Jul 08, 2012

harpo99999
starkers, you will enjoy working in the case as I have already built two systems with them for customers.

the only issue with the side fan is it will push DUST into the case which will build up and block the cpu/gpu fan/heatsinks.

the top two fans and the back fan SHOULD be blowing OUT, with the side and front fans blowing in, the front fans have a dust mesh in front of them and it is easy to pull the front/top  fan covers off .



anyway ENJOY the new system

harpo

Yeah, I've worked with Thermaltake cases before and liked them.  In fact, my current case is the V9 Black Edition, which is a nice case but it lacks the HDD dock and front USB3 ports I want for greater convenience.

As for the side fan blowing in dust, I have a rather fine mesh filter to hopefully keep the majority out. I've also had a bottom fan fitted to blow in, which should help with circulation and blow dust from the side fan up and away from the CPU/GPU, etc.  Well that's the theory, not that it'll replace a thorough regular cleaning... about every 6 - 7 weeks with a can of compressed air and a small brush to move those stubborn bits that can collect in the CPU heatsink fins.


Quoting starkers, reply 5x1 120cm fan rear; x2 1210cm fans front and x1 120cm fan on the bottom.

Must be one effing big case.....

 

Do you sit inside it too?

Bugger it....  damned typos... and I did a quick check, too.  Obviously not well enough.

on Jul 08, 2012

Back to pretending to be serious then...

I only use Antec Sonata cases myself.  Mesh lets the noise out when I've used it (CM-690)