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Mid Tower Case for under $45 with good cable management

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November 15, 2013 12:19:05 PM

I've been looking into cases for my next build and cosmetically, they meet my criteria: nice design outside (not to blocky or flashy), big side view window, and blue trim (not required but is a plus. There seems to be one downfall in the reviews I've been reading: little to no cable management room/holes. I want to have my build look nice outside AND inside. I don't want to see a whole bunch of cables in there. So if someone could recommend a case for me for under $45? Awesome. P.S. preferably no mail in rebates. My build is on a small budget as is.

Speaking of the build...:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22OJf
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22OJf/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22OJf/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($85.38 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $281.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 15, 2013 12:32:44 PM

The only budget case I can think has a window is the NZXT Source 210, although is a little tight on allowing big GPUs (the 7770 is fine) it does seems to have good cable management.

That said, for a budget build, I'd consider the Corsair Carbide 200R.
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November 15, 2013 1:23:06 PM

Cooler Master Elite 311 is the case I looked at that I'd base my criteria on. Yeah its 50 bucks, but I have heard that the cable management space is rather small and tight.
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November 15, 2013 1:33:38 PM

PepitoTV said:
The only budget case I can think has a window is the NZXT Source 210, although is a little tight on allowing big GPUs (the 7770 is fine) it does seems to have good cable management.

That said, for a budget build, I'd consider the Corsair Carbide 200R.


The NZXT looks great for what I want! Throw some LEDs in there and it'll look awesome! Would upgrading to a better card in the future be a huge problem seeing that they will be a tight fit?
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November 15, 2013 1:55:27 PM

Aaron Robbins said:
PepitoTV said:
The only budget case I can think has a window is the NZXT Source 210, although is a little tight on allowing big GPUs (the 7770 is fine) it does seems to have good cable management.

That said, for a budget build, I'd consider the Corsair Carbide 200R.


The NZXT looks great for what I want! Throw some LEDs in there and it'll look awesome! Would upgrading to a better card in the future be a huge problem seeing that they will be a tight fit?


It shouldn't. A large GPU will enter into the disk bays space so as long as you don't put your HDD right in front of the PCIe you're using you will be ok. The case comes with 6 bays so this shouldn't be an issue.

That said, that's fitting your budget, there are better cases out there for not much more money, again, for windowed cases I like the Bitfenix Shinobi Window.

Or, you can always pick whatever case you want and mod a window into it using a Dremel-like tool and some acrylic.
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November 15, 2013 2:07:47 PM

PepitoTV said:
Aaron Robbins said:
PepitoTV said:
The only budget case I can think has a window is the NZXT Source 210, although is a little tight on allowing big GPUs (the 7770 is fine) it does seems to have good cable management.

That said, for a budget build, I'd consider the Corsair Carbide 200R.


The NZXT looks great for what I want! Throw some LEDs in there and it'll look awesome! Would upgrading to a better card in the future be a huge problem seeing that they will be a tight fit?


It shouldn't. A large GPU will enter into the disk bays space so as long as you don't put your HDD right in front of the PCIe you're using you will be ok. The case comes with 6 bays so this shouldn't be an issue.

That said, that's fitting your budget, there are better cases out there for not much more money, again, for windowed cases I like the Bitfenix Shinobi Window.

Or, you can always pick whatever case you want and mod a window into it using a Dremel-like tool and some acrylic.


Extra, unrelated question: aftermarket CPU cooler for this build? It'll be my first one. I know the importance of the cooler compared to the one that comes stock, but I'll be using this for gaming, office work, and possibly streaming on twitchTV; so I'm not entirely sure if it is completely necessary.
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November 15, 2013 2:13:55 PM

An aftermarket cooler is always welcomed, although the stock one will suffice if you're no overclocking (and even for light OC).
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