My Build – Choosing A Case

So as previously discussed, I may or may not need a new PC, and after much arguing with myself I’ve decided to go ahead and build one. To celebrate the decision and maybe to ensure I don’t change my mind again, I’ve bought my first part, the case.

I had very few real requirements for the case;

  • Support for up to a full ATX motherboard
    I want my system to last a long time (my last one still being good after 10 years, so I want to be able to expand my system if the need arises so it’s very unlikely I’ll end up with an ITX or even a Mini ATX Motherboard.
  • Glass Side Panel
    If you saw my old build you’ll know I let it get very dusty inside, what I couldn’t see I didn’t clean and while I didn’t have any issues, I feel if I’m going to build a new computer I should try harder to keep it clean and look after the components better.
  • Dual Chamber
    If I can see the inside of this thing I want it to be neat and tidy and it’s very difficult to do that in an old school empty box case where your power supply and hard drives are on show, at the very least I want the power supply and hard drives hidden from view.
  • Budget
    I’m not wanting to blow my budget on a case, there’s no need to go weird and wonderful, it’s not going to be shoved under the desk on the floor like my old machine so I do want it to look good, but I don’t want to spend a fortune to acchieve that.

I’m not looking to water-cool my system with a custom loop so I don’t have to worry about getting a case that will accommodate any reservoirs and I don’t plan to overclock my system so airflow isn’t a huge deciding factor for the build.

Enter The MSI MAG VAMPIRIC 010 Case

The MSI MAG Vampiric 010 Case is a budget case at under £50, which I don’t feel too bad about spending. The Vampiric 010 despite not being a fat dual chamber case I was originally looking for has a nice simple design which hides the power supply and hard disks meaning I should be able to make it look quite neat inside which I’ll be able to see through the light grey smoked 4mm tempered glass side panel.

Now I just need to figure out what to put in it.

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