Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

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Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

Postposted on Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:27 pm

I've been trying to hunt down an inexpensive mid-tower case without all the flashy fans. I got a core 2 duo machine for free but the case is completely covered with flashing lights and other terribleness. Ideally just a straight black case with good cable management as well. Any recommendations?
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Re: Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

Postposted on Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:55 pm

I like the simplicity of the $70 Antec Three Hundred Two. Cyril found the $60 Corsair Carbide 200R to be even better.
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Re: Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

Postposted on Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:13 pm

Sales on "cheap cases" can really affect what you choose depending on how long you want to wait.

The NZXT Source 210 for $46 shipped includes two 120mm fans and has cable managament holes.

Regarding the Carbide 200R. I saw that for $30 after MIR and free shipping when Cyril's review came out. I suspect that was a special holiday sale price though since I haven't seen it anywhere near that price since.
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Re: Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

Postposted on Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:29 pm

DPete27 wrote:The NZXT Source 210 for $46 shipped includes two 120mm fans and has cable managament holes.

Yup, I used one of these for my last work build. Other than the sheet metal being a little on the thin side (not unexpected for a budget case), it is decent. If you're looking for an inexpensive case with a basic black paint job, no windows, good airflow, bottom mounted PSU, and cable management holes, look no further.
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Re: Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

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Re: Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

Postposted on Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:32 am

If you're in Europe, the Coolermaster Silencio 550 is ridiculously good value, understated, well-built and designed to be easy for a builder. You also get a hot-swap 3.5" bay and a card-reader.
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Re: Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

Postposted on Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:56 pm

The Fractal Design Core 1000 is also worth a look.
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Re: Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

Postposted on Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:24 pm

I was buying the Cooler Master Elite series for a lot of my low end builds. Used 3 now and happy with the construction. $35-50 higher $ comes with power supply

The Cooler Master HAF 912 is now in the under $50 crowd too.
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Re: Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

Postposted on Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:59 pm

Since no budget was specified, I'll throw in a plug for the Antec Sonata Proto, which is less than $80 shipped. Everything you need, nothing you don't, and a very clean appearance.
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Re: Looking for a Cheap but decent ATX Case

Postposted on Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:05 pm

You might like the Cooler Master Elite 361. It's a revised version of the older Elite 360 case which I used for several "smaller" gaming PC builds. It has the PSU mounted in the front bottom. It's a cheap case, so SECC and plastic are the order of the day, but it's very sturdy and surprisingly small. °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°
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