Deal of the week: an Antec mid-tower for 25 bucks

Our deal of the week this time is a pretty simple one.  Newegg is selling Antec’s black mid-tower ATX case, the VSK-2000, for $25 total. The initial price is $34.99, but there’s a $10 mail-in rebate and, if you enter the promo code "junefsant", you can get free shipping. The VSK-2000 looks reasonably decent for a basic enclosure, and it even has room for a 120-mm fan around back.

The case will accept mATX and mini-ITX motherboards, as well as full-sized ATX boards, and it has six 3.5" drive bays. You could pair it up with an affordable PSU, a cheap DIMM, and a $69 Atom motherboard to make a simple home storage server. If you prefer something more competent, a dual-core Atom plus Ion motherboard for $159 might do the trick for you. And I’d better say something about cheap, AMD-based mATX motherboard and CPU combos now that we’re in this territory. 75 bucks for a "real" CPU, a mobo with a GeForce IGP, and a CPU cooler would be unwise to overlook.

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    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    thats funny, cus that’s what my 300 cost last year.

    • MuParadigm
    • 9 years ago

    An even better deal, probably, than the old X2 Sempron with a GeForce MB shown above for 75 bucks, is this $70 combo of an AMD 785G AM3/AM2+ MB and a Sempron (Athlon II) 140 Single Core (Second core frequently unlockable):

    §[< http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.422547<]§ Essentially, you're getting the CPU for free, and the MB has a relatively up-to-date DX 10.1 GPU core that supports HW Flash acceleration. Probably make a pretty good base for a cheap / starter HTPC. .

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    I’d pay $25 to have that canker sore of a case removed from my property. Uuuuugly.

      • VILLAIN_xx
      • 9 years ago

      I have to agree. I usually dont care about cases if the price is right from a reputable manufacturer. This case looks* like it was made from left over odd case parts.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    Are you seriously suggesting a $25 Rosewill power supply?

    • clhensle
    • 9 years ago

    If the ion board had raid it would be perfect low power replacement for my file server that has bulging caps. ASRock makes one with ddr3 and raid, but its single core :\

      • ImSpartacus
      • 9 years ago

      Could you get a raid card?

      • FuturePastNow
      • 9 years ago

      Why not software RAID?

    • Farting Bob
    • 9 years ago

    Pretty good deal. Budget cases tend to be pretty awful with poor fittings that vibrate and no thought to ease of installation.
    Antec however make damn good cases and even their cheap ones carry some of the clever design ideas of their more expensive siblings.

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