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What is the best case for the GTX280? I'm considering the CM 690. But, I'm not sure. Budget for Case...less than or equal to $170.
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post #2 of 8
Dude your GPU costs $500+

Don't be cheap on what's gonna be the garage of your ferrari (one metaphor does it)
post #3 of 8
Almost any case will fit the card, there isn't a "best case".

The Stacker 832 is a tiny bit out of the price range but here it is anyway: http://www.sundialmicro.com/Cooler-M..._1928_965.html

Other than that, the CM690, the one you mentioned, is a great overall case: http://www.provantage.com/cooler-rc-...p~7COOL023.htm

If you can spring for a little more, the Cosmos S is the best, no doubt about it: http://www.provantage.com/cooler-rc-...p~7COOL035.htm
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i would hardly call a $170 case a budget case or call someone cheap for wanting to pay 170 or less
    
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How about mATX cases?
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post #6 of 8
dont skip out on the case the case is all about airflow keep that sweet card cool
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Whoa folks. I've seen good cases for 50 bucks. Remember the the Coolermaster Centurions? I have mine fitting just fine in an Antec 500 (ok, it's not a 280, it's a 260, but same footprint) I could fit a second if I got creative with HD placement.

So, IMO, the ANTEC 900 is a good option. It can be had for 119.99 USD at Newegg.
Also, the card will fit in a P180, P182, and ThermalTake Armour JR (although the egg seems to not carry them. I had to trim the HD cage on the Armour to fit an 8800GTX

Also, I wouldn't recommend a small form factor case. Even if you found one that the card fit in, the airflow won't be as nice as a nicer midtower or larger.
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