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Best small ATX case for < $80?

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I am looking to get the best case I can for OCing that is under $80. I do not need a PSU. I don't care that much about looks but more about function and size (smaller the better.)
E8500 @ 4Ghz
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E8500 - 4.0Ghz ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA X48 ATI 4870 G.SKILL (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 
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Vista Ult 64 bit 28" HannsG LCD 600W Centurion 590 
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E8500 @ 4Ghz
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E8500 - 4.0Ghz ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA X48 ATI 4870 G.SKILL (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 
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Vista Ult 64 bit 28" HannsG LCD 600W Centurion 590 
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post #2 of 8
I'm a fan of the Thermaltake Soprano it's a mid tower case and pretty cheap. Great build quality. LINKY $59
Good Luck on your decision .
Game System
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AMD FX 8320 ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z Asus GTX 980 TI GTX980TI-6GD5 Corsair Vengeance 
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Crucial BX100 SSD 1TB LG CDRW/DVDRW Liquid cooled Windows 8.1 64 bit 
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27" Qnix QX2710 LED Blackwidow Ultimate Battlefield 3 Edition EVGA SuperNova 1300W Rocket Fish Full Tower Custom Modded 
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Razer Deathadder Razer Exactmat Logitech G900 Headset  
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AMD FX 8320 ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z Asus GTX 980 TI GTX980TI-6GD5 Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 SSD 1TB LG CDRW/DVDRW Liquid cooled Windows 8.1 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
27" Qnix QX2710 LED Blackwidow Ultimate Battlefield 3 Edition EVGA SuperNova 1300W Rocket Fish Full Tower Custom Modded 
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Razer Deathadder Razer Exactmat Logitech G900 Headset  
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post #3 of 8
I personally like to stay away from small cases(space/cooling)...but I have a pretty decent gaming laptop as well as a desktop so I assume I get the best of both worlds. Anyways if you choose to go with a very small case make sure the items you put in it are compatable. If you are going with air cooling I suggest the Vantec Tornado for cooling. I believe they come in 80-92mm sizes and they push out more air than a 200mm and they also sound like a small desk-fan =p.

~Doogiehouser
Edited by Doogiehouser - 7/10/08 at 10:19pm
post #4 of 8
I run a Mini Tower which supports ATX motherboards.

It's a tight fit but it's convenient.

I highly recommend my Antec, but it comes with a 380watt power supply.
post #5 of 8
I second the Soprano.
Zaxbuild Mk II
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Intel 2500k Asus P67 WS Revolution EVGA GTX 670 SC 4GB 2x4gb G.Skill Rip Jaws CL6 
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Crucial M4 128gb & Crucial C300 60gb SSD & 2x 1... Asus 24x CD/DVD-RW XSPC RASA 240 Kit Windows 7 Pro 64bit 
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4 x ASUS VN247H-P's in Surround + Accessory Logitech G15 Corsair HX750 NZXT Phantom-White 
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Logitech G5 Razer Kabuto Asus Xnonar DX 
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Zaxbuild Mk II
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Intel 2500k Asus P67 WS Revolution EVGA GTX 670 SC 4GB 2x4gb G.Skill Rip Jaws CL6 
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Crucial M4 128gb & Crucial C300 60gb SSD & 2x 1... Asus 24x CD/DVD-RW XSPC RASA 240 Kit Windows 7 Pro 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
4 x ASUS VN247H-P's in Surround + Accessory Logitech G15 Corsair HX750 NZXT Phantom-White 
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Logitech G5 Razer Kabuto Asus Xnonar DX 
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i5 2500k 560 Ti Windows 7 Professional 24" VH238 
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Seasonic 650w 
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i5 2500k 560 Ti Windows 7 Professional 24" VH238 
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post #7 of 8
my antec 300 is amazing for the price, i dont know about how small you are actually wanting though.
post #8 of 8
I'd have to say that the Antec 300 is about the best for that price. On the otherhand, You can get the Antec 900 on newegg for $80 after mailin rebate, so if you want to include that, then that would be best.
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