Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Computer Cases › Good air cooling case under $150?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Good air cooling case under $150?

post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
Hi all, I'm in the market for a case.

I'm looking to stay under $150. I would love to have a full tower, but am willing to go mid-tower if it has awesome reviews.

I've been looking at:

NZXT Phantom
NZXT Tempest Evo
Rosewill Thor
Azza Hurrican
Xclio Windtunnel


Which one would give me the best value for the money? I really like the looks of the Phantom and the windtunnel, but think the multitude of fans in the Thor, Tempest and Hurrican would be better.

Thoughts? If you could help me out that'd be great! thumb.gif
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3-2120 Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3  XFX Radeon HD 6770 G.Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Seagate Spinpoint F3 Crucial m4 SSD Sony Optiarc DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 
PowerCase
Antec BP550 Plus Zalman Z9 Plus 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3-2120 Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3  XFX Radeon HD 6770 G.Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Seagate Spinpoint F3 Crucial m4 SSD Sony Optiarc DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 
PowerCase
Antec BP550 Plus Zalman Z9 Plus 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 39
phantom,hafx is what i would go for maybe rv02 smile.gif
Little One
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
C2D E6400 @2.8Ghz 1.216V Asus P5N-E-SLI EVGA GEFORCE GTX260 4GB G.Skill DDR2 800mhz 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Maxtor 200GB W7 Ultimate 64bit 19"Viewsonic-VX1935wm 23.6"ASUS-VE247H Leopold FC500  
PowerCaseMouse
Coolermaster eXtreme 500w Raidmax Sagitta Logitech MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
Little One
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
C2D E6400 @2.8Ghz 1.216V Asus P5N-E-SLI EVGA GEFORCE GTX260 4GB G.Skill DDR2 800mhz 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Maxtor 200GB W7 Ultimate 64bit 19"Viewsonic-VX1935wm 23.6"ASUS-VE247H Leopold FC500  
PowerCaseMouse
Coolermaster eXtreme 500w Raidmax Sagitta Logitech MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 39
HAFX, HAF922.

HAF 922 is what I have and it has VERY nice cooling.
My gaming rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 4670 MSI Z87i MSI Radeon HD 7870 2gb 2x4 G.Skill Snipers 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Seagate ASUS Reader Windows 7 64bit Acer  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill 850w Rosewill HIVE Semi Modular Bitfenix Prodigy Razorback 
Mouse Pad
Mousepad 
  hide details  
Reply
My gaming rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 4670 MSI Z87i MSI Radeon HD 7870 2gb 2x4 G.Skill Snipers 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Seagate ASUS Reader Windows 7 64bit Acer  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill 850w Rosewill HIVE Semi Modular Bitfenix Prodigy Razorback 
Mouse Pad
Mousepad 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 39
Under 150 (or around), your best bet is going to be the HAF932 or the Antec DF-85 and the RV-02.

EDIT:
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-Tower-SuperSpeed/dp/B001EPUQAE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1305609450&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - (RC-932-KKN5-GP): Electronics[/ame]
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-Computer/dp/B002M78KZG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1305609470&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: SILVERSTONE RV02B-W 0.8 mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case (Matte Black): Electronics[/ame]
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Gaming-Case-Desktops-DF-85/dp/B003JH7MIO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1305609482&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: Antec Gaming Case for Desktops DF-85: Electronics[/ame]
post #5 of 39
Yea, the HAF series should do you just fine. HAF does stand for High Air Flow, after all.
Beast of Burden
(19 items)
 
Cool story, bro!
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference Ripjaws Z 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Caviar Black ASUS DVD XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK FC-7970 w/ Backplate Copper/Acetal RX360 w/ 3x Yate Loon High Speed in Push XSPC Dual Bay Res w/ D5 Pump Windows 7 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VE226H ASUS VE226H Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid Corsair HX850 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
HAF 932 Advanced Razer Deathadder QcK Mini 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550@ 3.5GHz w/ 1.191v Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Sapphire Reference 5850 @ 775/1100 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial C300 Spinpoint F3 Caviar Black ASUS DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung 23" Saitek Eclipse III 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 430W NZXT Source 210 Wolf King 
  hide details  
Reply
Beast of Burden
(19 items)
 
Cool story, bro!
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference Ripjaws Z 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Caviar Black ASUS DVD XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK FC-7970 w/ Backplate Copper/Acetal RX360 w/ 3x Yate Loon High Speed in Push XSPC Dual Bay Res w/ D5 Pump Windows 7 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VE226H ASUS VE226H Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid Corsair HX850 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
HAF 932 Advanced Razer Deathadder QcK Mini 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550@ 3.5GHz w/ 1.191v Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Sapphire Reference 5850 @ 775/1100 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial C300 Spinpoint F3 Caviar Black ASUS DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung 23" Saitek Eclipse III 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 430W NZXT Source 210 Wolf King 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 39
I would choose the Phantom because I did a built with that and I LOVE the built in fan controller! It helps alot with organizing ur fan wires and that feature alone makes it a better value than all ur other choices. The airflow and build quality is superb also! BTW the cable management is WAY BETTER in the Phantom.
i5 Dragonlord
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 EVGA GTX 560Ti sc 8gb RipJaws X 1600 ddr3 9.9.9.24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
640gb WD black(boot) Samsung F4 2TB(storage) Samsung DVD writer Windows 7-64bit Ultimate ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Alienware backlit Seasonic X750 80+ gold Lancool K-62 Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse Pad
Razer MantisControl 
  hide details  
Reply
i5 Dragonlord
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 EVGA GTX 560Ti sc 8gb RipJaws X 1600 ddr3 9.9.9.24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
640gb WD black(boot) Samsung F4 2TB(storage) Samsung DVD writer Windows 7-64bit Ultimate ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Alienware backlit Seasonic X750 80+ gold Lancool K-62 Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse Pad
Razer MantisControl 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 39
RV02 FTW! Best air cooling case out there!
Equinox
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4790k Asus Z97I-Plus Galaxy 780 Ti HOF Edition Kingston Hyper X Fury 16 GB 1866Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial MX100 512 GB Corsair H55 dual fan (CPU) NZXT G10 Corsair H55 (GPU) 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro SP1 Asus PB278Q DK-9087 MX Red White Leds Seasonic 660X 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Silverstone FT03 Logitech G400S Razer Sphex Fiio E17 / E9K 
AudioAudio
Fidelio X2 HE-400i 
  hide details  
Reply
Equinox
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4790k Asus Z97I-Plus Galaxy 780 Ti HOF Edition Kingston Hyper X Fury 16 GB 1866Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial MX100 512 GB Corsair H55 dual fan (CPU) NZXT G10 Corsair H55 (GPU) 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro SP1 Asus PB278Q DK-9087 MX Red White Leds Seasonic 660X 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Silverstone FT03 Logitech G400S Razer Sphex Fiio E17 / E9K 
AudioAudio
Fidelio X2 HE-400i 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 39
I could throw a recommendation towards the Tempest EVO, here's mine.


psu2.jpg


It's not perfect but it's pretty good. Great for the price. Only other case in its range I would recommend is the CM 690 II advanced. That's one hell of a case.
The Blevinator
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom X4 9650 Agena 2.8GHz Biostar TA790GX A2+ Sapphire HD 4870 512mb 790MHz/1000MHz G.Skill 2 X 2gb DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Blue 500gb + 250gb Sony Optiarc DVD burner win32/ Linux Dell 17" 1280 x 1024 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Lycosa Antec Truepower New TP650 NZXT Tempest EVO Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse Pad
Razer Goliathus Fragged control 
  hide details  
Reply
The Blevinator
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom X4 9650 Agena 2.8GHz Biostar TA790GX A2+ Sapphire HD 4870 512mb 790MHz/1000MHz G.Skill 2 X 2gb DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Blue 500gb + 250gb Sony Optiarc DVD burner win32/ Linux Dell 17" 1280 x 1024 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Lycosa Antec Truepower New TP650 NZXT Tempest EVO Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse Pad
Razer Goliathus Fragged control 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 39
My vote is def for any HAF series of cases.
KhAoS v1
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @ 4.7ghz-1.392v ASUS P8P67 EVO MSI GTX 570 Twin Frozr II G.Skill Ripjaws X 4gb 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1x WD 1tb, 1x OCZ Vertex 2 50gb HP 24x DVD/CD Burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit 23" ASUS 1080p 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 850TX HAF 932 CM Storm Sentinel 
  hide details  
Reply
KhAoS v1
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @ 4.7ghz-1.392v ASUS P8P67 EVO MSI GTX 570 Twin Frozr II G.Skill Ripjaws X 4gb 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1x WD 1tb, 1x OCZ Vertex 2 50gb HP 24x DVD/CD Burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit 23" ASUS 1080p 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 850TX HAF 932 CM Storm Sentinel 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 39
Bit fenix colossus. Would have got on myself had they been in stock in Canada but they seem to be out of stock everywhere I checked so I got my R3 frown.gif

http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/colossus-window
Silence
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 4ghz HT Asus Rampage III Extreme ATI 5830 Corsair Dominator GT 6gb CAS 7 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
50gb Vertex 2 - OS,1.5tb Storage Win7 64 bit Saitek Cyborg OCZ 700W 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Define R3 Logitech G500 Steelseries Glass 
  hide details  
Reply
Silence
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 4ghz HT Asus Rampage III Extreme ATI 5830 Corsair Dominator GT 6gb CAS 7 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
50gb Vertex 2 - OS,1.5tb Storage Win7 64 bit Saitek Cyborg OCZ 700W 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Define R3 Logitech G500 Steelseries Glass 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Computer Cases
Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Computer Cases › Good air cooling case under $150?