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Hey guys. So i'm looking to build a system soon and waiting for that conroe...but meanwhile i was hoping to buy a case so i can get things started. I'm a noob when it comes to these things, and I was wondering why people opt for the expensive hundred bucks one rather than this per se http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...P702-7&cat=CAS .

It's only 30 and it comes with a power supply, and everything seems to be good. There's enuff expansion, a while ago geeks.com had a 11 bay one for around the same price. But anyways, i was just curious at what the differneces betwee this one and say http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...550-DT&cat=CAS . Am i missing something here? Are the more expensive ones like better somehow, made better and such? And should I go with the 30 bucks one? Thanks. I really appreciate it.
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The power supply in a $30 case is pretty much guaranteed to be crap.

The reason people buy $100+ cases is for quality, space, and airflow. They tend to include higher quality parts, be stronger, and have fewer sharp edges. A cheap case may easily flex, warp, or break, whereas a well built case (like my Thermaltake Armor (which will be here soon )) is much more likely to be sturdy. More expensive cases also generaly have higher quality fans, and more of them, to help cool the components.

Basicly, you get what you pay for with cases. There's no problem with a $30 case (just don't use that power supply), it just won't have the quality a really nice case will.
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I used to own cheap cases and they are usually pretty good, in terms of value for money and are great for modding as they tend to be made of quite thin aluminium so they are easy to cut trough. They're also relatively light, which can be an advantage.

My current case cost about $140 USD and I only got it because I needed the space for water cooling and the cheap cases don't seem to be particularly generous with internal space...

I have noticed that, with the more expensive case, it is heavier, with relatively think steel (rather than aluminium) which is so robust I found I needed titanium coated drill bits to drill into it! It also comes with lots of high quality extras and seems to have been very well thought though as a design; with its function in mind. It's just a better quality really, which, if you haven't seen or owned an expensive case before, you don't really appreciate, or at least I didn't.

I always used to think that it was a total waste of money to spend any more than $50.00 USD or so on a case, but now I would be happy to spend up to $175.00 USD for the right case and I do believe it is money well spent. After all, components may change over the years, but a decent case will last a long time, as long as the basic industry standards remain.

Still, if you are building a budget rig, or have limited funds but still want decent components, I still belive a case is something than can be overlooked in terms of spending a great deal on it. I think it's probably wiser to spend more on your motherboard, CPU and graphics card than on your case and if you can claw back some cash by getting a cheaper case and spend that money on other critical hardware like the motherboard, you will be better off doing so, imo.

If you have the extra cash though, a quality case is a good investment!

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