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Antec 300 Two or BitFenix Merc Alpha?

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  • 58% (7)
    BitFenix Merc Alpha
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    Antec 300 Two
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post #1 of 14
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I'm in the market for a cheap case to house my Q6600 and two 4850s. I don't want to spend more than 50$ on the case, the Bitfenix looks to be a nice deal for 35$, while the Antec 300 Two is 47$.

I like the features in the 300 Two so I'm already leaning towards getting that, it seems to be worth paying 10$ more for. However, the fact that the inside is not painted black annoys me a little.

I'm also thinking about the Zalman Z9

Anyway I will be ordering tonight, thanks in advance for any input.
Edited by james_ant - 4/9/12 at 10:21am
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post #2 of 14
I can only speak for the Antec 300 v2. I have built two custom computers for my family and a friend. I have used the 300 for both. Both times everything was fantastic quality. I like the easiness of the case with removing front panel, the side panels come off easily, and much more. Honestly the antec is worth the buy. thumb.gif
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post #3 of 14
I really used to love my 300 and now with dust filters and USB 3 ports you cant go wrong, I recommend some extra fans to really chill it out.

The Bitfenix is alot bigger of a case, looking at it but is black coated inside if looks are important.

Both don't have cable tidy holes but both can hide wires behind the tray by putting them behind the HDD cadies.

What ever you like the look off is my answer, their both good
Edited by Chobbit - 4/9/12 at 10:37am
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post #4 of 14
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Hmm I just found out that the 300 v2 is more like 70$, 47$ with a mail in rebate. So that rules it out. I don't want to be spending so much on a backup rig.

Thanks for the responses so far, rep given.
Edited by james_ant - 4/9/12 at 10:39am
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post #5 of 14
between the bitfenix and the Zalman Z9 Plus, I would choose the Zalman. No tools needed for HDDs. It also comes with a fan controller. looks better to me than the bitfenix.

also i didnt like that the power and everything on the bitfenix was on top. just my 2 cents.
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by The Lurking Ninja View Post

between the bitfenix and the Zalman Z9 Plus, I would choose the Zalman. No tools needed for HDDs. It also comes with a fan controller. looks better to me than the bitfenix.
also i didnt like that the power and everything on the bitfenix was on top. just my 2 cents.

I agree the Z9 does look a bit better than the bitfenix, but their decent looking cases. It would still be a difference of 35$ vs 50$, and that fan controller can only control two fans.

I'm thinking it's probably better to just get the bitfenix and spend the saved money on some Yate Loons.
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by james_ant View Post

I agree the Z9 does look a bit better than the bitfenix, but their decent looking cases. It would still be a difference of 35$ vs 50$, and that fan controller can only control two fans.
I'm thinking it's probably better to just get the bitfenix and spend the saved money on some Yate Loons.

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post #9 of 14
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What about the NZXT Source 210?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075

I like it. But it's still more expensive than the Bitfenix, NCIX has it for 53$ with a 10$ mail in rebate. The Bitfenix is 35$ without a mail in rebate.

Feature wise it seems the only edge it has over the Merc Alpha is the tool-less drive mounts, which I don't consider all that important.

Rep + for the suggestion.
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The Silverstone Precision series is worth looking at, especially the PS-05 and PS-06.
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