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[Anand] BitFenix Merc Alpha: Just How Much Can $39 Buy?

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BitFenix's Merc Alpha is first and foremost an extreme budget case. While I've personally often considered cases at the $99 mark to be "budget" because I'm spoiled rotten and used to big and fancy stuff, $39 is really about as low as anyone should want to go. Thankfully, no one at BitFenix is sacrificing quality to get there.

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Bottom line is this: if you're on a severe budget and looking to maximize the amount of value you get for your dollar on every component you buy, you should probably be shortlisting the Merc Alpha. It has plenty of room to grow with your build, as well as solid enough thermal and acoustic performance to get the job done. If you have the money, I'd still recommend spending up to either BitFenix's Shinobi or even a Fractal Design Arc Midi, but if you need to cut corners and save some bank, you could do a heck of a lot worse than the Merc Alpha.
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The fact that this $39 case has cable management is amazing to me.
Edited by onoz - 10/5/11 at 9:15am
 
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pretty nifty for $39.

has plenty of airflow as well.
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I'm still leaning towards NZXTs offerings at this price range.

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I'm still leaning towards NZXTs offerings at this price range.

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NZXTs are nice, but I don't know of any cases at <$50 with good cable management features/options.
 
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I paid 100 bucks for my case and cringed hugely while doing so. I don't know why anyone would pay any more than that for a case, really. Or to put it another way, I don't see what makes case makers think their cases are worth $200, 300, 400+.
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I paid 100 bucks for my case and cringed hugely while doing so. I don't know why anyone would pay any more than that for a case, really. Or to put it another way, I don't see what makes case makers think their cases are worth $200, 300, 400+.

The same reason that BMWs are more expensive that a Yugo. wink.gif


Aluminum cases are a fun to mod.... steel, not so much.


OT: Are Fractal cases avaliable in US yet?
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The same reason that BMWs are more expensive that a Yugo. wink.gif


Aluminum cases are a fun to mod.... steel, not so much.


OT: Are Fractal cases avaliable in US yet?

Not sure I get why steel would be less fun to mod. A dremil blade cuts either one without issue...

I'd always prefer aluminum for weight reasons of course.

Nice case for the price.
    
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OT: Are Fractal cases avaliable in US yet?

yeah, you can get them on newegg.
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I wish I did my research before buying my case frown.gif
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Originally Posted by onoz;15188458 
NZXTs are nice, but I don't know of any cases at <$50 with good cable management features/options.

The nzxt gamma and source 210 cases aren't bad at all for that.

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