Originally Posted by pursuinginsanity
The Phantoms go on sale all the time, got mine from Amazon for 110. If you're patient, it might pay off.
The Lancool K62 is in your price range, can be found on Amazon, but Amazon themselves don't carry it. It's a sweet case though.
Two great suggestions, but sadly after retaining the same case for 11 years, now that I finally have started thinking about an upgrade I found myself ridiculously impatient. I'm sure a phantom will go on sale next monday, ah well. The K62 was definitely a contender, but unfortunately the $20 shipping cost (for ground, vs. $0 for 2 day) felt like a real killer to me dollar for dollar.
I was seriously torn by the 922 as well, such a big open spaced beast, the only problem was the top clearance of the 200x30 mm fan was a hair too thin for my liking with my mildly ridiculous A70 cooler. I know you can probably find a thinner profile fan, but again I prefer to be able to have everything go out of box, and slowly tweak from there over time.
Originally Posted by NguyenAdam
If you aren't in the US, then you could grab a Fractal Design R3? Its a bit over $100.
Sadly I am in the US, as I hear great things about the Fractal Design cases, but alas, they are not for my yankee self.
My last serious thought, which I know everyone on Overclock.net hates, was the Azza Hurrican, a Full Tower ATX case that comes equipped with 8 monstrous fans, in a design style most call "ugly as f***" but I kind of liked. However I truly despise MIRs, and some complained of its noise levels, and the fact that you can't turn off any of the fan LEDs killed it for me (I sleep with the damn thing facing my bed).
So... in the end when another CM II 690 came on amazon for sale, I jumped on it. Hot swap SATA port, Spacious, Toolless, tons of (quiet) fans, a weird ass little mounting bracket for my GPU that I can put my old 80mms on (buried deep inside now of course), etc. How could I resist? And on it's way to me for $70 Shipped! I can't wait to get it and start tossing stuff inside of it.
EDIT: Make that $73 Shipped, and it arrives tomorrow, yipee!
Thanks a lot to everyone for their great suggestions, and it was a lot of fun looking at all the different options, and I definitely have some future thoughts for when I'm less poor and thinking of another rig.
I repped everyone who had a helpful suggestion Edited by ocpokey - 1/21/11 at 11:23am