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Legendary budget cases in terms of build quality

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Can I get some recommendations for a reasonably priced case I can use for my home server? Something that has a good build quality, specifically a very solid steel construction. What I don't want is a tool-less case with 30 120mm fan mounts and a "military inspired" plastic front panel if you get what I mean.
Budget is $30-50, at least mATX, and at least room for 5 3.5" harddrives.

The Antec 300 seemed like the perfect case for my needs until I saw it's price of $60. Perhaps there are better, cheaper options out there.

EDIT:
I'd like to make a quick list about all the cases I have experience with that could be candidates for my server:

NZXT Source 210: Currently own one, if it wasn't for the weird front panel and no dust filter options it would have chosen it.
Fractal Design Core 1000: Great case, could be a bit more sturdier if thicker steel/reinforcement was used, can only accommodate 2 3.5" drives
Lian Li PC A05FNB: Other than being extremely light-weight the thin aluminum made it acoustically and structurally inferior to a cheap steel case.
CM HAF 912: Excellent build quality, if it wasn't for being designed to aesthetically appeal to a 12 year old I would have chosen it.
Compucase Enterprise: Got it for $10 AR and regret it. Need I say more?
Edited by CrazzyRussian - 8/18/13 at 4:13am
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Check out the Antec One. It's not one of Antec's cases with legendary quality, but it's much better than average.

EDIT: The NZXT Source 210 also comes to mind for cheap cases. I believe it's only mATX, or maybe that's Fractal Design's Core 1000 I'm thinking about...
Edited by SweetPotato - 8/18/13 at 2:25am
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Corsair 200r?
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Check out the Antec One. It's not one of Antec's cases with legendary quality, but it's much better than average.

EDIT: The NZXT Source 210 also comes to mind for cheap cases. I believe it's only mATX, or maybe that's Fractal Design's Core 1000 I'm thinking about...

I'm using the Antec One for my home server!
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