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[MaxPC] Best Case for Your PC Build: 8 New Chassis Tested & Rated

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When you're outfitting a new computer, it can be tempting to just buy the cheapest no-name case you can find, slap your new parts into it, and call it a day. While that might have been a valid choice in ye olde beige days—heck, early Dream Machine builds didn't even list the case—it's not one we'd recommend today. Enthusiast components today put out a lot of heat, and if that heat isn't dealt with, your rig's lifespan and performance will suffer.

That doesn't mean you have to spend an arm and a leg on your chassis, though you certainly can. This month, we round up eight cases, from the budget to the extreme, to see how they measure up to the task of holding your precious modern components.
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post #2 of 58
read this yesterday, still want the fractal case.
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3xWD RE4 2tb Crucial M4 128gb none Corsair h80 
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3xWD RE4 2tb Crucial M4 128gb none Corsair h80 
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Windows 7 Pro 64-bit HP ZR30w 30" IPS Corsair vengeance k60 Corsair hx850 
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post #3 of 58
silverstone ftw.
post #4 of 58
Damn the tj-11 is so sexy.

I've heard mixed reviews about the rv-03 when directly compared to the rv02-e. If it were down to it, I would probably get the rv02-e to avoid the plastic and I think I read a review mentioning the PSU placement wasn't as good at the 02 series.

The 650D is also awesome, although it's on the pricey side, anyone else agree?
    
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filco majestouch 2 ninja cm silent pro 600w cm 690 II razer deathadder 
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samsung 830 256gb+ 1tb wd green + 3tb hitachi corsair h60 windows 7/slackware/arch linux/gentoo dual 28" i-inc 
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filco majestouch 2 ninja cm silent pro 600w cm 690 II razer deathadder 
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post #5 of 58
the 650D is definitely too much money. it should be $99-$129. Corsair is kind of making up for it with the Carbide series cases.
post #6 of 58
on what grounds are these picked and how are these ugly looking krap the best cases
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Dominators GT Red 3x2gb 7-7-7-20 G.Skill Pheonix Pro 120gb WD1002FAEX 1tb ASUS 
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Thermaltake Venomous X Black Windows 7 Professional Dell U2311H Filco 104 Brown 
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Dominators GT Red 3x2gb 7-7-7-20 G.Skill Pheonix Pro 120gb WD1002FAEX 1tb ASUS 
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Thermaltake Venomous X Black Windows 7 Professional Dell U2311H Filco 104 Brown 
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post #7 of 58
I am a fan of the BitFenix and Fractal Design. I want a small tower, not a full blown beast of a case. The Corsair looks really nice though, but yea expensive.
   
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Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Corsair H50 Windows 8.1 64-bit ASUS VH238H 
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SteelSeries 6G Corsair Professional HX650W Fractal Design Define Mini SteelSeries Ikari Laser 
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RunCore 30GB mSATA SSD + Western Digital Caviar... LG BD-ROM / DVD RW Cooler Master NotePal U2 Windows 7 Home Premium 
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Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Corsair H50 Windows 8.1 64-bit ASUS VH238H 
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SteelSeries 6G Corsair Professional HX650W Fractal Design Define Mini SteelSeries Ikari Laser 
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Intel Core i5-2410M Lenovo NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1GB GDDR5 Samsung 8GB 1333MHz CL9 
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RunCore 30GB mSATA SSD + Western Digital Caviar... LG BD-ROM / DVD RW Cooler Master NotePal U2 Windows 7 Home Premium 
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post #8 of 58
is fractal trying to make everyone review it first then release to retail it been so long geez. Hope they release it this month....$110 isn't that bad
Edited by ITaoI - 6/14/11 at 6:10am
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Steel Series 6Gv2 Corsair AX750W Fractal Design Arc Midi Alienware TactX 
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Originally Posted by woonasty;13866153 
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The 650D is also awesome, although it's on the pricey side, anyone else agree?

thumb.gif "That is my next case - yes, it is pricey, but when you compare it to other cases with the same features the 650D turns into a great deal!"

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post #10 of 58
I like the 650D.
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Samsung 500GB SSD 840 EVO Samsung HD103SJ 1TB 7200RPM OCZ Synapse 64GB Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS x64 
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LG 24MP77HM-P 24in IPS Widescreen LED LG 24MP77HM-P 24in IPS Widescreen LED Ducky Mini Cherry Blue Xigmatek 750W Modular 
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Samsung 500GB SSD 840 EVO Samsung HD103SJ 1TB 7200RPM OCZ Synapse 64GB Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS x64 
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LG 24MP77HM-P 24in IPS Widescreen LED LG 24MP77HM-P 24in IPS Widescreen LED Ducky Mini Cherry Blue Xigmatek 750W Modular 
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