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Hi All. I’m trying to find some recommendations for a computer case for under $50. I have an Asus P5KC motherboard (ATX) and a Q9300 cpu. I plan on buying a Tuniq Tower Heatsink. It look as though it will fit in a midtower atx case….but just barely.

I’m looking for recommendations on a case that will fit the above and for under $50. I plan to OC my chip a bit. What will go into the case:

HD5770 gpu (sapphire)
Q9300 cpu
PSU (still need to buy one)
8 sticks of 2GB Gskill DDR2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231151

Tuniq Tower cooler
Asus P5kC mobo


Any suggestions for a good quality case for around $50 that will fit my setup? Thanks everyone!
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Corsair HX750 Haf 932 
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2600k can't OC :( Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Sapphire 6950 2gb Flex 16gb Gskill Ripjaws X 1600 
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=nzxt%20gamma
 
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post #3 of 16
NZXT M59 Would be perfect and fits your budget.
    
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post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions so far. Love the look of the two cases you recommended.

Is a case with more fans better? What are your thoughts about the Rosewill Challenger? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...l%20Challenger
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Crucial M4 Corsair H80 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 700DD 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Haf 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k can't OC :( Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Sapphire 6950 2gb Flex 16gb Gskill Ripjaws X 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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3820 For Me
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2600k overkill
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SB-E 3820 Asrock X79 extreme6 Sapphire 2GB 6950  G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 Corsair H80 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 700DD 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Haf 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k can't OC :( Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Sapphire 6950 2gb Flex 16gb Gskill Ripjaws X 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB F3 Asus Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U23h11 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 750HX HAF 932 Gigabyte something or other um, who cares really? 
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post #5 of 16
I wouldn't recommend cheaping out on your case because it is very important in the cooling of your components. My friend has a M59 (Gamma with a side window) and that thing traps the heat in his case that it becomes like an oven.
post #6 of 16
As said, case choice is important and going cheap isn't always the best thing to do. However, if you want to go under $50, Tom's Hardware reviewed several of them and branded the Rosewill Challenger the best buy.

link to review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...n,2723-16.html
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post #7 of 16
better get this one HAF 912 $50 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=haf%20912


Rebates with NZXT takes long long time. I bought my case last FEB and I just got
my $15 rebate today.
Edited by dhenzjhen - 8/15/11 at 2:15pm
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[XFX] 650W [Cooler Master] HAF X [Logitech] G400 
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990X 6.5Ghz EVGA X58 3 way SLI classified XFX GT 240/modded 8800GTS/8800GTX/5870/4980/FIR... Corsair Dominator PSC  
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Haf 912!
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500GB Western Digital Blue LG DVD-Burner Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Home x64 
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Samsung 226BW 22" LCD 2ms Logitech K120 XFX Core Edition PRO-550W Cooler Master HAF 912 
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post #10 of 16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146075

u can also go with white
NZXT M59 is also better option with side panel
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