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I'm in part of planning a birthday gift for my little sister, since I'm the only one around my house who knows how to build a computer, and my mother knows that it's more expensive to buy a prebuilt than to build it.

I'm mocking up multiple theoretical builds for my mother to look at, and I'm currently looking for easily-affordable uATX cases that don't have a window, and aren't too hard to work with. In the computer, I plan to not have any expansion cards at first, then gift my sister my 5770 once I've upgraded my GPU, so it needs to be good for both. She will be running a Richland-based semi-mobile desk computer with an Antec EarthWatts 380D, one cool-running HDD, one ODD or BRD, and a quad-channel 8GB set of RAM in the hottest scenario (along with the 5770 by the end), and a Regor-based immobile desk computer with an Antec EarthWatts 380D, one caviar black, one ODD, and a triple-channel 6GB set of ram in the scenario the favours me the most (for private reasons).

This case needs to be good for both.

Note: In the Regor-based option, there's onboard video on the motherboard, so I need good case circulation options.

Since she's a younger girl, the case needs to be receptive to stickers, so no piano gloss. She also doesn't like having a computer in the way, so no desktop cases.

The budget for a case can be, at most, $90. Also, use Canadian Newegg to link cases, because I'm Canadian, and I don't like how it takes 30 seconds to load American Newegg, but 5 seconds to load Canadian Newegg. Other retailers are not acceptable, since my mother doesn't trust anyone but Newegg when it comes to parts.

EDIT: For an example of what a good case for her would be like, look to Fractal Design's cases. But, they're too expensive.
Edited by kinkinkijkin - 3/2/14 at 10:53am
post #2 of 22
By uATX I assume you mean mATX?
post #3 of 22
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er... yes. I prefer using the mu, though, since it actually means micro, and m could be anything. Even though I don't actually have a mu on my keyboard.
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Originally Posted by zemco999 View Post

By uATX I assume you mean mATX?

uATX is mATX (u=micro) thumb.gif
post #5 of 22

CoolerMaster N200?

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By uATX I assume you mean mATX?

Yup,

Okay, I got some ideas, but depends on whether or not the front has to be receptive to stickers. Sounds like you only need a pretty basic build so here we go

Rosewill FBM-01, as basic as can be. Also, its glossy, ahah.
Fractal design core 1000. Simple and sleek, but slightly cooling limited.
Rosewill Line-M, the most versatile one here if you ask me.
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This rosewill case checks all your boxes $38

http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-Micro-ATX-Computer-12-5-Inch-LINE-M/dp/B00AAJ0ZGK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1393801901&sr=8-4&keywords=matx+case

again on newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147166

only thing is not much cable management but airflow is good, USB 3, easy drive bays and in expensive.
Heres a cheaper case, i own this one and its definitly no frills but is super cheap. $30

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LIDU5S/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0SPQVFK5KGXBHKGHCDA8&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846

Cooler master N200 for $50

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-N200-Computer-Mini-ITX/dp/B00COGDERY/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1393802186&sr=1-2&keywords=micro+atx+case

Silverstone matx $37

http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Tek-Micro-ATX-Mini-ITX-PS08B/dp/B00A1ZU1I0/ref=sr_1_13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1393802338&sr=1-13&keywords=micro+atx+case

Xigmatek matx case $30

http://www.amazon.com/Xigmatek-Micro-Case-AEOS-USB3-0/dp/B00EM7L5JW/ref=sr_1_12?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1393802338&sr=1-12&keywords=micro+atx+case


Theres definitly more out there but these are the ones i can find that are more budget oriented, the silverstone and the first rosewill are in my estimation the best deals because of the USB 3 and the better fit and finish, but the cheaper ones you wont feel bad if your sister sticker bombs them.

Hope I helped!
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post #8 of 22
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CoolerMaster N200?

I'm using N200 currently and it's a great buy.

The Fractal Core 1000 could do just as well, but offers less in water cooling expansion and is a top mount PSU configuration. Both a good bang for the buck per your size requirement.
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Based on her aesthetic preferences, some really nice little differences on the inside that will help with an APU, obviously-superb cable management system, USB 3.0, and bottom-mounted power supply, I think I've chosen the N200. Still open to more suggestions, though.
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Based on her aesthetic preferences, some really nice little differences on the inside that will help with an APU, obviously-superb cable management system, USB 3.0, and bottom-mounted power supply, I think I've chosen the N200. Still open to more suggestions, though.

She probably won't like the aggressive gamer-style look, but the NZXT Vulcan meets those criteria, other than the USB 3.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146065
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