Computer Cases are Cooler than Ever
Chad chimed in with some really good suggestions from the two categories he covers here at TweakTown. You wouldn't normally think a computer case or CPU cooler would make a great gift, but after I looked at the selections I quickly came to the conclusion that any of these products would be a welcome site under my tree.
The Silverstone Temijin TJ11 is a case of grand scale, but it has a price tag to match. Expect to spend over 500 Dollars for this award winning case. I'm sure your loved one will return the favor or at least be very grateful going into 2012.
For half the price of the TJ11 and with nearly all of the same features, my choice is the Corsair Obsidian 800D. When talking to Chad about the 800D as a possible choice for this article, Chad stated, "It's nearly three years old."
A few weeks ago Corsair sent an 800D over for me to build a test system in and I have to say that I don't care how old the design is. The case is just awesome and at the new 259.99 price point this case is one of the best there ever will be.
If your loved geek has been talking about Intel's new X79 platform, then you are in for a sticker shock. It's best to let them choose the motherboard and processor, a combination that can reach as high as 1,600 Dollars. They will need a new CPU cooler, though, and this is where you can be a superstar.
Choosing a premium CPU cooler is very easy these days with the new Phanteks PH-TC14PE on the market. The PH-TC14PE is backwards compatible with nearly all modern computer systems, so your loved one will be able to use this premium cooler today and migrate it to their new computer later.