Just ordered the following components to build myself a new mATX box:
Intel Core i5-4670K Processor - $209.99
GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-D3H 1.0 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 motherboard - $84.99
HyperX Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $64.99
Corsair CX500 Modular 500-watt Power Supply - $54.99
SilverStone PRECISION Series PS09B Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mid Tower - $39.99
Component Total - 454.95
S+H - $9.18
Grand Total - 464.13
Grand Total after $20 MIR on Corsair PSU - $444.13
I have a spare windows 7 ultimate license and some spare hard drives and a SSD to toss into the system. Will hold off buying a GPU until prices drop and/or I get more cash freed up, but dang, that's still a pretty decent system for the price.
Was debating getting the Thermaltake Urban S1 case for $44.99, which had an extra 3.5" bay, but was down on maximum video card length (10.2" vs 14" on the PS09) and no foam padding; in the end, decided I'd prefer the extra freedom in GPU length (most 760 GPOUs are 10" long, but some are 11" or more).
Guess you can get a pretty good build if you're careful not to overspend (a Corsair 350D or Silverstone TJ-08E would have been nice, but would have cost me an extra $50-70, a not inconsiderable amount when talking about a budget build).
DPete27 wrote:Volednuit, please let us know your impressions of the Silverstone PS09B case. That looks like a very good case to me, so I've recommended it to a few people in the forums. I'd be interested in using it for future builds if you like it.
Updates for DPete27: Silverstone Precision PS09 case impressions.
Hi, the case and motherboard arrived today; sadly UPS is not as good as ONTRAC, and my tigerdirect order isn't here yet. The light has been pretty bad in the Pacific Northwest, so I don't know if I'll be able to post pictures; in the meantime, here are my thoughts on the Precision PS09.
This case is tiny. Really tiny. It is dwarfed by my hp micrATX tower by over 1 5.25" drive bay, although it is slightly deeper. You will need to plan your build very carefully, starting with bulkier components and then working your way down the pecking order. Not for first-timers.
Case seems pretty rigid, although the side panels are a little flimsy when removed. They have a nice heft to them due to the foam padding, but can wobble* despite the stiffening effect of the ridges. The motherboard tray area is reassuringly solid despite having a huge cutout for backplate access.
* EDIT2: While the side panels can wobble when removed, they are reassuringly stiff to even firm pressure when installed. I wouldn't worry about any structural issue or noise problems from their relatively thin gauge (don't have a micrometer, but assuming they are 0.6SECC).
The paintjob is pretty good internally and externally. The plastic front fascia is tastefully painted and has a resemblance to brushed aluminum without being too obvious that it is plastic.
It'll swallow a 14.1" long video card. Many full-ATX cases can't manage that.
Lots of screws and an adapter to screw in the motherboard standoffs using a Phillips head screwdriver
The left and right side panels and air filters are interchangeable. This is just clever, efficient design, allowing Silverstone to cut down on BOM (Bill of Materials) and allowing users to swap panels if one side gets scratched/dented (eg if one side is visbile while the other is hidden).
2x USB3.0 front ports
I can't test the efficacy of the acoustic padding until I build my system, will update later, but hey, at least it's there, right?
This case is tiny. Plan your build carefully, or you'll have to laboriously remove any previously installed components to gain access if you change your mind halfway through a build.
Cable management is minimal, with very little space behind the motherboard tray and few locations to even attach cable ties to.
The air "filters" are just big open holes. I've seen reviews where there was wire mesh behind the plastic vents, but there was no such thing on my unit. Cost-cutting at work? Anyway, still disappointing.
Filling the hard drive bay will block off a significant amount of area to the intake fan. I've ordered a spare 80mm fan to go in the bottom 80mm slot just to be safe.
Only 1 intake fan and no exhaust fans. Depending on the build, this will not be an issue, but don't expect to run a FX-8350 and a R9 290X in here without additional cooling.
First Impressions Conclusion:
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this case, but as I have said more than once, this is not a noob-friendly case. For easier builds, perhaps a Thermaltake Urban S1 or Antec NSK-2xxx or 3xxx series for those on a budget, and maybe a Silverstone TJ-08E, Corsair 350D or Nanoxia Deep Silence Mini if you can spare the cash.