Thermaltake Versa H22 ATX Mid Tower: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Pm4gXL ... b300m1nn00
Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/ZHmxFT ... focus-bk-w
Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower:
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FCs8TW ... ec300ptgbk
I'm trying to determine which case is more appropriate for my build. I don't care much about the LEDs or the side window. Functionality, value and sturdiness over aesthetics.
I would be open to other budget cases. I also have a workshop if I need to make any hardware mods.
While my usage is gaming, my job requires me to be traveling constantly, sometimes months away from home, so I won't be able to use the desktop rig as much as I would prefer to until either I switch job (not likely as I like my current one) or I get promoted to a position where less travel is involved, which could take years.
I plan on doing light OCing without using excessive voltage increases and limited by the stock coolers. I won't buy any aftermarket coolers, and any fan upgrades to the case will be from eBay or dumpster diving.
I would also like to be able to "upgrade" to a used Zen 3 CPU 1-2 years after Zen 3 is launched, and also try to at least retain the case for a post Zen 3 upgrade.
This is my planned build before I came across two additional cases to consider: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/pJCjP3
Modifications to the list (all of the used parts will come from eBay unless if I had aqquired free ones):
- Used Ryzen 1600 or 2600 (whichever one has better value on eBay)
- Used RAM (if the 3600 MHz 16GB one is only a few dollars more compared to 3200 MHz, maybe get it?)
- Used RX 570 or 580 8GB (Not sure if I can get away with 4GB VRAM for 1080p and avoid stuttering, but I'm willing to keep graphic details at medium. I have used Reshade for my laptop to substitute MSAA with less computationally intensive AA methods)
- Used free 128GB SSD
- 2 sets of used free HDDs (500 and 320GB, one will be a standby replacement when the other dies). I have plenty of spare USB sticks and a USB hub to setup around 60 or 80GB of Ready Boost flash cache for the HDD if I can figure out how to get Windows 10 to enable Ready Boost on a secondary drive as I will install Steam on the HDD.
- Used free 1080p, 60hz 24" monitor. Will be trying to overdrive it to around 70hz. This is a hard constraint on CPU/GPU as I don't plan on replacing the monitor until it breaks or I find a better free one.
- Used free USB powered 2x 92mm axial fans and 4x 92mm blower fans from scrapped laptop coolers.
With the estimated eBay prices, my build cost is in the high $300 to low $400 range, lower if I go for the Ryzen 1600, 3200 MHz RAM and RX 570.