I'm new to the site - it's been 9 years since I did my last PC build. For work I've been editing in Final Cut for several years, so it's been strictly Macs for a while. Now I'm a stay-at-home dad and recently I've been rediscovering the joys of PC gaming with some friends every Thursday evening. Unfortunately my MacBook is the low-powered anchor that prevents our group from playing higher-end games. Since I've been enjoying those Thursday evenings so much, my wife has OK'd a $2000 budget from our savings for a new gaming rig.
When playing solo, I enjoy atmospheric games like STALKER, so low noise levels are important to me to help keep the mood. Also, I value stability and longevity, so I plan on buying top-tier components, but NOT doing any overclocking or Crossfire/SLI. Just one GPU (most likely a GTX 580), the 3770K i7 Ivy Bridge when it comes out (more efficient than Sandy Bridge, and the "E" series seems like overkill), and a 256 GB SSD (seems to be the "sweet spot" right now for size/price).
That's just the background. My real question for this forum has to do specifically with my selection of case and PSU. After reading reviews, I think I'm pretty well sold on the Antec P183 case. I like the look and the separate chambers, it's well reviewed, and it would seem to work fine for a non-overclocked, single GPU system like what I'm trying to build.
Ah, but which PSU?
An online power requirement calculator put my needs around 550W based on the outline above. With some headroom, it seemed like the SeaSonic X650 would be ideal. Aside from it being highly efficient and quiet, the neat freak in me also liked the completely modular cable system.
But then I wondered how well it would work in the P183, which - although it supports traditional PSUs - really seems designed to work with Antec's proprietary PSUs like the CP-850 that pass air straight through.
The CP-850 would fit better in the P183 in the sense that it's designed to work in that type of a chamber. But it is way more wattage than I need, it's older and less efficient, and the cabling is a lot more unwieldy than it would be with the SeaSonic.
I can see pros and cons to either one. Can anyone say whether the standoff in the bottom of the P183 allows traditional PSUs with bottom-mounted fans to pull in enough air to stay cool? In the pictures it just looks restrictive, but it seems that people do it . . .
Many thanks in advance!