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June 5, 2013 10:53:58 AM

So building a gaming rig for my friend and don't have much experience when it comes to picking out cases. Just trying to get the best bang for buck with his build and size requirements wise aiming for a single MSI Twin Frozr Radeon HD 7850 2GB and maybe upgrading to two down the road.

So I went to newegg / slickdeals and came across a few cases within the same price range and wanted to know which one you guys think is best. Don't want to spend the extra $20 unless its worth it. Thanks!

$30 - Corsair Carbide Series 200R

$32 - COOLER MASTER Elite 431

$50 - COOLER MASTER HAF 912

$50 - Corsair Carbide Series 300R
a b 4 Gaming
June 5, 2013 10:57:31 AM

just pick up the 200R. and as for the 7850, the 1gb cards are all you need. the extra frame buffer doesnt do too much when your card isnt powerful enough
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June 5, 2013 11:16:35 AM

TheBigTroll said:
just pick up the 200R. and as for the 7850, the 1gb cards are all you need. the extra frame buffer doesnt do too much when your card isnt powerful enough


Thanks for your input! And yes I'm aware of what you said about the 7850, its just there's an insane deal going on today for it otherwise I wouldn't be considering it :) 

Okay so is it not worth the extra $20 to go for the 300R over the 200R? Seems like the case has better noise levels / cooling (and looks better imo with the side window). Thanks again!
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June 5, 2013 11:25:17 AM

Here's some cases around the $50 - $75 range I would recommend:

- Antec 302
- Fractal Design Core 3000
- Cooler Master HAF 912
- Corsair 200R
- NZXT Source 210
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a b 4 Gaming
June 5, 2013 11:27:41 AM

blitzace said:
TheBigTroll said:
just pick up the 200R. and as for the 7850, the 1gb cards are all you need. the extra frame buffer doesnt do too much when your card isnt powerful enough


Thanks for your input! And yes I'm aware of what you said about the 7850, its just there's an insane deal going on today for it otherwise I wouldn't be considering it :) 

Okay so is it not worth the extra $20 to go for the 300R over the 200R? Seems like the case has better noise levels / cooling (and looks better imo with the side window). Thanks again!


build quality is about the same on both cases with the 300R being slightly better. but then the window doesnt really help you. save that money for something else
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June 5, 2013 12:02:11 PM

TheBigTroll said:
build quality is about the same on both cases with the 300R being slightly better. but then the window doesnt really help you. save that money for something else


Ok great going to go with the 200R per your recommendation! You're right, better to put that $20 towards something else where a real performance boost will be noticeable. Thanks again I really appreciate it! :) 
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June 5, 2013 12:34:52 PM

I just built my rig with the 300R windowed, and I love it. I lot of the reason I love it is that it had lots of room for extra fans, I have 2 140mm input fans up front. If you don't want the extra cooling, the 200R is fine, and really easy to build with.
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June 5, 2013 3:13:43 PM

Llorelie said:
I just built my rig with the 300R windowed, and I love it. I lot of the reason I love it is that it had lots of room for extra fans, I have 2 140mm input fans up front. If you don't want the extra cooling, the 200R is fine, and really easy to build with.


I'm glad to hear that the 200R is still easy to build with. My last few builds for friends we went super cheap on the cases (like $20) and I was not expecting how cramped some of the cheaper cases could be! The wiring was especially a nightmare. Looking forward to a roomy build :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 5, 2013 4:54:41 PM

its not roomy as you think it will be, as in the 24pin cable in the back isnt the best fit and you will have to be pretty neat with the cabling but it isnt the 20 dollar stuff where nothing goes in the back side and rainbow coloured cables
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