Perhaps a Lamptron FC Touch is more within your price range?
Unlike the CW611 it's a touch screen controller. I've never had one so I can't speak to it first-hand, but have read that it has similar auto temp control settings. It just doesn't have the pump / flow meter features or as high a wattage rating. Not sure that it will ramp up / down fan speeds in steps like the CW611 does though. I think it might just bounce back and forth between your min and max fan speed settings.
With fan controllers you get what you pay for. It took me a long time learning the hard way that it doesn't pay to load up the channels with enough fans that their combined operating amps go much over ~50% of the controller's rated wattage capacity, especially for cheaper FCs. I've personally killed controllers from NZXT, bitfenix, Aerocool, and sunbeam. Of those only the Sunbeam rhoebus was able to handle loading it up with ~6 or more fans per channel for any length of time before it croaked. In my experience running fans near full blast wasn't a big deal, but dialing down the fan speeds is usually what killed them. They all tend to get pretty hot the lower volts/RPMs I'd try to run the fans at.
For now the Lamptron CW611 is meeting my needs, but my next controller is going to have to be an Aquaero 6.
Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 3/3/14 at 9:38am