hello. i'm doing my own heading here. i want to chose a PC case (only have around £80), preffibley a Mid-case because i only have a M-ATX MOBO on my gaming PC and the smaller the Cheaper.
i've looked at three main companies to turn to: Antec, CoolerMaster,Thermaltake.
at the mo i have a Jeantech AQUA Gaming case, and it's not very good (no dust filters so my new shiny 9800GT is filled with dust.) i'm not the person that actually has a social life (goto lan parties) so i don't care about how heavy the case is.
the main cases i've been looking at are:
thermal take M9D
thermal take Element G
thermal take Armour + MX
thermaltake Xaser MX
Cooler Master Haf 922
antec Mini P180 - my favourate
The reason that it is so hard is that even after you weed out the crap, there are still a lot of good cases to choose from. I had pretty much made up my mind to get a HAF 932, and then the Antec 900 went on sale, so I bought that.
Read the reviews, remember that none of them are perfect, and even the good ones have bad individual boxes. If you are getting a big CPU cooler or GPU card, make sure it will fit and then get one. If it doesn't work out, RMA it and get another one.
It's hard to choose because it's tough to give advice- my criteria (love the industrial look of my antec 900 that cost me $69) may be different from your criteria (maybe you want it to look like Optimus Primes head, or want to spend $300 for something that'll accommodate water cooling)
That said, the one thing I don't llike about the Antec 900 and maybe the 300 too, is that if you want both fans in front, you only have 3 5.25 (or 2 5.25 and one 3.5 bay) to use.
Go for the HAF 922, it's the best of the 7 you listed, or pick the CM storm sniper if you can afford it, both share many good features but the sniper is larger and better, in fact I see it as the best case in its price range.
I have a TT Lanbox. It's ok, but there's only 2" clearance between the PSU and CPU cooler (I have a TT Toughpower 750W and Q6600). I'd love to OC my CPU but I can't get a decent cooler due to space restrictions.
Having said that though, I love when people see it and go "WTF is that?"
Also love not having a big-ass tower taking up half the room
I recently bought a CM Storm Sniper and it was love at first sight, it cost me £119 with free shipping from Ebuyer.
Its got a mesh side panel but you can get accessories from C.M. on-line parts shop such as extra 200mm fans &
a side panel with a perspex window but the main thing i like is the ability to control the speed of all the fans from
the single controller knob which also has a button for switching the L.E.D`s off. Cable management and air circulation
are first rate and if you go to LAN parties, the keyboard and mouse cable lock shud come in really handy for protecting
those really expensive peripherals.
I like the Antec 300 but for me it has to have the right PSU; if you happen to have one with a 120mm fan underneath
then you are gonna have to mount it upside down which makes cable management ugly and increases the possibility
of dropping a screw in there when changing a drive or something. Its a great case if it has the proper Antec PSU with
front to back airflow aided by 2x80mm fans.
The other case i really like and is within your budget is the CM Storm Scout and it has a good air flow, looks good and
designed for Lan Parties so its lightwieght.
I confess i'm a cheap bastard, i'll use whatever case that has decent airflow and will hold my components. I'd rather spend my money on things that increase performance. So +1 to the Antec300 or even the Antec200.