Originally Posted by gammite
dude, most cases are sheet metal and plastic. the cost to make them in china/asia (where most of them are made) is probably less than 3 bux. yet we get conned into spending 50/100 bux or more for a good case.
other items like cpu's and gpu's and power supplies i can understand. there is alot of engineering and fabrication involved in that hardware.
a case..... metal presses and plastic molding. not so impressive as to command a 100 buck or more price point.
reminds me of the monster cable debate. if you want to spend a few hundred bux on an optical cable or an hdmi cable go right ahead. i think i will spend 3 bux at newegg.
when it comes down to it most cases are just metal/plastic boxes. common sense says that a metal/plastic box does not cost 100 bux.
if consumers paid exactly what it cost to actually make something, the world wouldn't function. there are markups on every single thing you buy.
metal presses cost money. design and fabrication takes money. r+d costs money. all the other bits cost money.
while i agree that for the most part buying a high-priced hdmi cable is stupid, there are differences between cheap cables and cables that are manufactured well. same goes for cases. its not just a box. there are many factors that go into defining a good case, and although some manufacturers may charge higher prices, you usually get what you pay for. u pay 3 bucks for a case u get a cardboard box. have fun. when i do builds i want to know that im not making a piece of crap, so i buy decent stuff.