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post #1 of 16
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I am looking for the proper case for my new parts coming in this weekend or on Monday. I have already made one post regarding all cases, in hopes of weeding them out, unfortunately the ones suggested were mostly out of my budget. With the combination of the fewer cheaper ones in that post, and my own searching I have came up with these few cases. Through searching, I noticed that TigerDirect had more reasonable prices than NewEgg on some certain cases...and also a bigger selection of non-name brand cases. When it comes to the chassis of something not moving around, I really don't think an off name will hurt it.

Choice #1 - Thermaltake V3
This one I am not sure is the "Less off rebate" a mail in, or instant off? I like the price on this one, if it's for less.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=T925-3018
Choice #2 - NZXT GAMMA Classic
A lot of people find this ugly, but I like it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146061
Choice #3 - NZXT Evo Beta
Nice and clean...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=beta%20evo
Choice #4 - HAF 912
Kind of pricey.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=C283-2094
Choice #5 - Apevia Black/Black X-Plorer
Love these kind of cases, the looks and all. However I don't want my room lit up too much at night where I can't sleep.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=A107-3016
Choice #6
Love this case and price. Possibly my favorite.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...6&Sku=ULT33182

Go ahead and critique these all. Or suggest others. Prefer $30 to $55 max. (WITH Shipping.)
Edited by Stripes - 1/7/11 at 6:38am
post #2 of 16
I think the HAF912 is best choice out of those you listed.
post #3 of 16
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A lot of people suggest it, but I think it is only because it is popular...don't these other cases have a better chance or better looks? Unless they all suck and have heat problems.
post #4 of 16
Choice #5 and #6 have a top mounted power supply. Choice #1 is barely 17 inches tall and the hard drives mount pointing front to back. Choice #2 and #3 are good bargain choices but may lack in quality. The best choice is the HAF 912. Best overall size and quality. Plus it comes with a removable hard drive bay.
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post #5 of 16
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Is there something wrong with top mounted PSU's? And how tall should my case be?
post #6 of 16
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What case out there would I be able to get for around ~$40 shipped that has enough space for a Radeon 5770? That's all I really want I guess.
post #7 of 16
The Nzxt Gamma is 50 shipped from Newegg but you can't go wrong with it.

It's got lots of expandability with cooling options, plenty of features for it's price point, and can easily fit the 5770 you have. I've worked with it before with a friend's build and it's a fantastic budget case.
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Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
What case out there would I be able to get for around ~$40 shipped that has enough space for a Radeon 5770? That's all I really want I guess.
Food for thought to answer your question: I know you want to save money, but sometimes it's worth just spending just "a little" more and get a better product.

For instance I have 3 computers in which I'm in process of finding new computer case homes to. Two are AMD AM2 (4800 & 5000) processors and one I'm itching to put together is a Q6600 Intel quad core system.

I already purchased one case a Cooler Master HAF 912 and let me tell you that it's a well built "tank" of a case, doesn't feel cheap nor is flimsy. Sometimes of trying to spend a little less money one gets a case in which rattles and such and to me just not worth it to me. The HAF 912 has part of the hard drive cage that is modular which can be turned around or even taken out for additional air flow and or to accommodate longer graphic cards. Behind the front bezel it can also fit either 2 120mm fans OR one 200mm fan (which I have for this case) which will move air while keeping on the quieter side, the same will fit on the top which another 200mm fan I have for there too will go. Also has top notch cable management! I do recommend this case if you don't mind the non-black interior.

So now I'm hunting for two more computer cases in which I need to make up my mind to as well as what system now goes into the HAF 912 I have.
post #9 of 16
beta or the 912

uh i say no to ultra tigerdirect brand
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post #10 of 16
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I still don't think the cases that are off brand are a bad choice? I can fix rattles if they have any. I can drill holes if I need to. I can Put more pop rivets in if need be. I just Don't know the perfect dimensions for a gaming case...with stock cooling? Height and Length?
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