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Looking to get a new case, but am on a tight budget, so looking for the best case in the 50-60 dollar range
Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 14
Rosewill Challenger, hands down. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147153

$50 for a case that's fully powder coated in and out, the size of a CM 690, has great airflow and fair cable management. Winner.
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I like the Cooler Master 430. Decent case for 40$....black inside. Bottom mounted PSU...


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post #4 of 14
+1 for the Rosewill Challenger.

Medium-High end features on a budget.
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post #5 of 14
$36

$50

$60

Also the aforementioned Rosewill Challenger.
Edited by jagz - 10/24/11 at 7:09pm
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post #6 of 14
I would always go with a HAF 912 for a budget build.
post #7 of 14
nzxt gamma all black inside and out seven fan mounts truly amazing for the price.
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post #8 of 14
Having actually owned a M59 (which uses the same chassis as the Challenger and Gamma), I would definitely recommend going with a HAF 912.

Black interior is nice but cable management leaves much to be desired.
     
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post #9 of 14
What size video card is involved, what look do you prefer?
Challenger comes with 3 fans, very good especially on sale.
Lian Li Lancool (some offer more fan mounts than others, PC-K58 a winner.
NZXT Source 210 (or Elite) and add fans
Cooler Master 912
post #10 of 14
antec 300
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