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Good Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX case that's less than $80

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I'm building a Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX PC for my GF's friend. She just want's it to be quiet so I'm using a G620T Sandy Bridge 2.2GHz because it's 35w, since it runs cool (hopefully on the stock HSF) & it's more than powerful enough for what she needs graphically.

for mobo im considering the following depending on the case

mini-itx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131727

micro-atx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128486

What would be a good quality case under $80? Looking for something with good build quality, dont care about toolless if a tooly case is more solid w/ less rattle.
    
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http://www.overclock.net/attachments/off-topic/215192d1308013778-one-really-better-pictures-girl-asdfasdf.jpg


Thats a little over budget, I just bought the white version of it.


http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=103_361&products_id=23390

also a pretty solid case.
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That's a cool looking case. I'm only seeing the black version on newegg though. There's one that comes w/ a 300W SFX PSU, will it fit a standard ATX PSU? I'd like one that will take a standard PSU so I can go with a 80 plus that's modular to keep the clutter to a minimum & keep it quiet.
    
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whats with the first link??
    
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Originally Posted by pale_neon;13862860 
G620T Sandy Bridge 2.2GHz because it's 35w, since it runs cool (hopefully on the stock HSF) & it's more than powerful enough for what she needs graphically.

Very good CPU choice. Go mini ITX and get her an Antec ISK 300-65 or ISK 310-65 (same case, different face). It comes with a 65W fanless PSU. There is an 80mm case fan. If it is too noisy, replace with a fan off this list. The case takes a slim optical drive and two 2.5" drives.
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