Hey there, so Im looking for a case under $120. If I stumble upon an amazing deal for a bit more, I dont mind jumping. But honestly, from all I've read, I should be able to get most everything I want around this price range.
: The below is listed in order of priority. I know at this price range I probably cant have it all. Of note, as I am heavily considering water cooling in the future, it may be of higher priority than air cooling. In fact, as I plan to WC ~2-3 months from now, perhaps Air Cooling is the lowest priority.
, I'd like it to be able to have decent airflow. Im a big fan of large fans, in order to keep noise levels down. Rosewill's Thor is the only one that comes to mind immediately; though I cant say Im tempted enough to leave my price range for it.
, I'd love for the case to have the ability to be water cooled. I dont plan to get into any extensive WC loops or anything (so no need to mention the 800D at massive mulla
), but would love to toy around with basic/intermediate loops a few months from now. Antec 902 v3
, Xigmatek Utgard
, CM 692
(though has issues with grounding apparently)
, well they are nice
. Easy installation / upgrading, cable management, and Hot Swapping? Haha. Honestly, mainly looking for ease of installation / upgrade... thumb screws, simple HDD installation, etc. That and fan control wouldnt hurt. Hot swapping was a joke for this price point (and I probably wouldn't use it lol), although Thermaltakes Armor A60
seems to have it (along with seemingly good airflow) o.O.
, Im a major fan of sleek and elegant. NZXT H2
and Fractal R3
come to mind, though air flow worries me on this design style. The white or black NZXT Phantom
are also appealing, for a more "exotic" look; though at the very top of the price range.
Although only indirectly mentioned. Loud noise and annoying installation are two mjaor turn offs.