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September 23, 2009 8:45:34 PM

I am building my own desktop computer in the next month or so and was wondering which budget case I should go with. After scanning the threads for a few weeks, these three seem to be the most popular:

1. COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was wondering which one of the three was the best and why? Thanks community. :) 

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a b ) Power supply
September 23, 2009 8:54:50 PM

The Coolermaster is the largest in terms of depth (better for long GPUs), it also has an E-SATA port on top if you use an external hard drive. I'd rate it as the best, with the Illusion because of the extra fans coming in 2nd with the basic 300 as 3rd.
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September 23, 2009 9:07:55 PM

I would go with the 300 Illusion due to the fact that you get 4 fans included and the airflow is overall superior than the Coolermaster.....

As far as the GPU clearance, I have the 300 and a GTX 260 and there is still about half an inch of clearance between the card and HD cage.....
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a b ) Power supply
September 23, 2009 10:43:47 PM

Antec 300 - either one.... widely regarded as one of the best budget PC cases around, simply because of the airflow.
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a c 246 ) Power supply
September 23, 2009 10:47:13 PM

All three cases are very good. My personal preference would be the Coolermaster 690. Right now the CM 690 includes free shipping while the other two cases do not.
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September 23, 2009 11:39:28 PM

Thanks for all the input guys. I'm going to go with the Illusion case cause my friend said that I would probably need the better airflow. Should I get the case now while its on sale or wait or what?
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a c 246 ) Power supply
September 23, 2009 11:44:24 PM

If you are in the USA, then you might want to wait until Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving. Lots of bargains and special promotions that long holiday weekend.
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a b ) Power supply
September 24, 2009 2:01:55 AM

If the Antec 200 had the same front bezel as the 300 I would buy it in a heartbeat, but unfortunately it looks kind of wack IMO....

The reason I would go with the Illusion is basically because each of those fans would have cost aprox. 15.00$ and that doesn't even include shipping... you do the math....
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