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Whilst I'm familiar with the basics of putting components in a computer, I've never tried to set up a whole case before. However, my current GPU is packing up and most of the ones I'm considering replacing it with won't fit inside my current stock case. With this in mind, I'm looking for a fairly cheap case (I'm not looking to spend much over £50) that's simple to set up, won't end up a huge mess and will do a decent job of keeping my components cool. I don't need huge amounts of space (I have one GPU, a uATX mobo, one HD and not much else) or anything atypical.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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CM 690 II (original version is good too) is absolutely wonderful for a cheap case but might be a bit over your budget.. not exactly sure.

The Cooler Master ELITE series is a step down in both price and quality but is still great.

There isn't a whole lot other than cooler master that is all that good for the price you are looking at... maybe a few xigmatek and enermax cases.
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I have made a few basic build with this case. Although it is currently out of stock in the US newegg.

It is a nicely built case all black interior, toolless HDD and optical installation.
It is $40 usd (not sure what that equals in £)
But if you can find it I say get it.
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if you buy a full tower case you wont have to worry about anything, when ever you decide to go extreme it will come in handy to have a case that u can fit anything.


edit...lol just waking up.
Edited by -javier- - 4/17/11 at 7:59am
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Originally Posted by Dan17z View Post
I have made a few basic build with this case. Although it is currently out of stock in the US newegg.

It is a nicely built case all black interior, toolless HDD and optical installation.
It is $40 usd (not sure what that equals in £)
But if you can find it I say get it.
Oh yeah I forgot about that one. was actually my second choice to the 690 II for my HTPC. Good find.

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Originally Posted by -javier- View Post
if you buy a full cover case you wont have to worry about anything, when ever you decide to go extreme it will come in handy to have a case that u can fit anything.
Full tower you mean? Not everyone needs a full tower. If its not needed its wasted money and space.
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I've used an Antec 300 for builds before; it's a pretty decent case but does have its limitations, cable management-wise.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post
Oh yeah I forgot about that one. was actually my second choice to the 690 II for my HTPC. Good find.



Full tower you mean? Not everyone needs a full tower. If its not needed its wasted money and space.
Here's the interior of my 690 II Advanced:



Please don't ask me about where to get those grommets as I was very fortunate to get them and no one has been able to since.
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hthis would be good

if you could find it where you live that is.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nickt1862 View Post
Here's the interior of my 690 II Advanced:

Please don't ask me about where to get those grommets as I was very fortunate to get them and no one has been able to since.
Very pretty grommets... may I steal barrow them?

BTW you can take out the 4 lower HD bays and increase airflow and decrease noise. Great if you only use one or 2 HDs
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post #10 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post
Very pretty grommets... may I steal barrow them?

BTW you can take out the 4 lower HD bays and increase airflow and decrease noise. Great if you only use one or 2 HDs
I tried that config, I actually get better cooler temps the way it's now set up.

In fact I've tried many air cooling configs till I settled on what I have now.

Those grommets are not for "steal" lol!

I had to use/operate on 4 grommets to make it work for the upper and lower by the PSU.
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