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Best sub $100 case?

post #1 of 31
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I'm making my first rig and looking for the best sub $100 case I can get. Let me know what you think the best option is along with why it is better than other cases in that price point!

Thanks!
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post #2 of 31
what do you want in a case?
because what you are looking for in a case will determine what makes one case better than another.

But my vote: NZXT Vulcan
    
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post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for a quality case. Main priorities are good airflow and good cable management. Want the size to be compatible with most if not all graphics cards as well.
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post #4 of 31
I like my Antec 300 but some people say not to get it for whatever reason.
Personally i like the simple designs, not the ugly HAF cases.

You can pick up a 300 for around 50 bucks. Mine stays cool so i dunno what people complain about.
    
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post #5 of 31
Antec 900 is for 100 USD I believe. The Antec 300 is also a good little one, but not the best for cable management. It can work out though since there is some room behind the 3.5 inch bay to hide cables. Not sure what other cases since I haven't tried other ones. Antec 300 might be the best 60 dollar case though... anyone agree? Only bad thing is the 60 dollar version comes without 2 intake fans and no blue LEDs.
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post #6 of 31
The Antec 900 SE is going for $70 free ship from Fry's right now:
http://www.frys.com/product/6075488?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

My vote would probably go for the CoolerMaster CM690 II:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...rder=BESTMATCH

NVM: Shipping unavailable now at Fry's on the Antec...was there earlier. Boooo
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1TB Samsung F3, 2TB WD Green Asus DRW-1814BLT Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Westinghouse LVM-37W3 
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post #7 of 31
I like my 300, it comes with no BLUE leds, but the 70 dollar Illusion model comes with blue fans stock.

There is some room for cable management though.
    
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CoolingMonitorMonitorKeyboard
2X HWLABS GTX360 (2x) 1440p QHD PLS MicroBoard 40" 4k MVA Corsair K70 RGB 
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Corsair RM1000 Custom Build Logitech G900 Yamaha RX-V465 + 5.1 Surround 
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CoolingMonitorMonitorKeyboard
2X HWLABS GTX360 (2x) 1440p QHD PLS MicroBoard 40" 4k MVA Corsair K70 RGB 
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post #8 of 31
The Haf 912 is a great case if you only ever plan a couple expansion cards.
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post #9 of 31
Thread Starter 
What about the HAF 922? Any thoughts on that?
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i5-2500K ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 8gb RipJaws (1600) 4gbx2 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb 7200 RPM 
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
i5-2500K ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 8gb RipJaws (1600) 4gbx2 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb 7200 RPM 
Optical DriveMonitorPowerCase
24x DVD Drive ASUS VH238H 23 inch 700W OCZ CM 690 II Advanced 
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Razer Deathadder Razer Scarab 
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post #10 of 31
I like the Vulcan because its small (mATX though) and it has good room for cable management. and it stays very cool because the whole side panel is mesh.
    
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA w/Lightscribe Corsair H60 Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorPowerCase
Acer G235HAbd 23'' WideScreen LCD monitor OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W Modular PSU Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k OC'd 4.9GHz Asus P8P67-M PRo Asus GTX-560 Ti Direct CU II  PNY XLR8 8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA w/Lightscribe Corsair H60 Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorPowerCase
Acer G235HAbd 23'' WideScreen LCD monitor OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W Modular PSU Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
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