I found this site while doing research for my next computer. This is my first post to SPCR. If I had another month or two to cruise the fantastic pages of this site, I think I would rather buy a slide-rule. Please, that was not an insult; I just research everything to death and 7 times out of 10 make the wrong choices anyway. A chunk of the hardware for pc-2006, and near future tweaks, has SPCR advice incorporated.
My objectives for the new "pc 2006" were:
1. Durable components,
4. Low vacuum cleaner tendancies (dust),
2. Speedy components,
3. Quiet running;
and, basically, in that order, if I had to choose.
I am not good with hardware mechanics. Today I delivered my final instructions to the shop that always repairs my pc's but has never built one for me until now. The Antec P150 will go well with our kitchen remodel, if it needs to move. I was going to order a SeaSonic S12-380w PSU, just in case, but the salesman knew the model and heard of no problems. His interest was piqued, having the same "problem" model in his own case.
To the subject..........
The best way to shop, for cases especially, is the display models on the shelf. I figure that a case spending a week on Frye's display floor is equivalent to a year on my own at home. While hunting for a case, I found numerous "eyebrow stretchers" in Antec models. The p180 was too big for me, and the faceplate just didn't look and feel very permanent. I was down to Lian Li and the p150/Solo siblings when I discovered my son had replaced his flashy speed boat with a less noisy Lian Li. A desperate effort with my 6-year-old Enlight case - it's still the same, only with two USB ports now - and a few parts salvaged from the pc-recycler told me that I should learn to like kitchen appliances holding my pricey computing components. I had to buy a case from the shop for the warranty, anyway. And, I think the p150 can be tweaked easier than most other cases to avoid "vacuum cleaner syndrome."
No computer with adhesive-backed rubber feet has died with its original legs in my home. The Enlight has three. I think earlier, sub-gig computers had bolt-on feet, but those rattled loose. A search through the bins at Lowe's yielded no ready made substitutes. Pc-2006 will have those little runners locked down, somehow. If not already in the caverns of SPCR, the solution may be a small contribution on my part.
Well, that's all for now, other than to say this has been a great, usefully informative site. Thank you all for your efforts in helping me.
Bruce, in Seattle