just brew it! wrote:@JAE...
Hance might not consider the NZXT I recommended to be a quality case, I can't speak for him.
On the one hand, all a case needs to do is hold your system components together. I've been known to zip-tie the components of a system (or two!) into a $5 plastic storage crate.
On the other hand, you've got elite cases costing upwards of a couple hundred bucks.
I tend to look for sub-$70 cases with good ventilation and lots of internal bays, that aren't likely to slice my fingers up when I work inside them. Current systems are mostly in old Chieftec full towers I got on clearance from TigerDirect (bulky, heavy, likely to survive a nuclear apocalypse).
I will also, however, occasionally bite on too-good-to-pass-up deals sight unseen.
just brew it! wrote:@Hance...
That's some beautiful cable management there, and the HAF XM is a great looking case. But given the OP's requirements the NZXT is probably a better fit given that it hits his price point, and has more internal drive bays.
If he's willing to bump his budget up and doesn't need the extra 2 internal bays, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the HAF XM either. The overall build quality is almost certainly better than the NZXT. Coolermaster produces quality (and cost-effective) products, in my experience.
Hance wrote:the side that opens with a handle like a car door (that's frickin awesome BTW)
NovusBogus wrote:My thoughts on cases are that unless you're a system-building enthusiast that will be cracking it open a lot to tweak things, it doesn't really matter so get whatever you like the looks of. Just don't cut money out of CPU/GPU/RAM/HD because you feel like you 'need' an expensive case, unlike system internals it has zero impact on how well games and applications will work. As far as recommendations, I'd go with that VSK-3000 that JAE dug up but my idea of cheap is ten bucks.
A case+PSU combo might be viable, but I do suggest going with a good PSU because a bad one can blow up and bbq components. I speak from experience. Cooler Master and Rosewill aren't no-name brands though so you should be safe.