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February 17, 2010 6:41:45 PM

This one for $50

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

or this one for $40. I'm on a tight budget :/  I would get the $50 one free shipping by purchasing $100 worth of merchandise. (I am going to get the Athlon II 240)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or another one in the price range!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/catego...

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a b ) Power supply
February 17, 2010 8:34:46 PM

In terms of "Bling" factor the Xion wins - and its the only one that appears to have 2 x 120mm fans installed.
February 17, 2010 9:00:03 PM

I think spending a little bit more for one of these would give you more long term satisfaction.

Antec 200
50$ shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfCJBOSh06c

NZXT Gamma
$49 shipped
http://www.buy.com/prod/gamma-chassis-mid-tower-11-bays...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCTK_7miEoE

NZXT Beta EVO
$54 shipped
http://www.buy.com/prod/beta-evo-chassis-mid-tower-9-ba...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiXDgIMZ1sk

NZXT M59
$56 shipped
http://www.buy.com/prod/m59-chassis-mid-tower-11-bays-b...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lue7vlG8To

Cooler Master Gladiator 600
$63 shipped
http://www.buy.com/prod/cooler-master-gladiator-600-cha...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IfHjTmAPlQ

The first 3 really need at least one additional fan and while those prices are the best I could find at the moment they're not really discounted that much so you might be able to get a better deal if you're willing to wait a couple of weeks.

(I'll let you be the judge of some of these case's questionable styling)

Edit: Added links to 3dgameman's video reviews of these cases so you can get a good look at the features.
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a b ) Power supply
February 18, 2010 5:51:08 AM

Of the 2 you picked the Xion wins in my book for having 2 120mm fans. Of Logans suggestions I would go with the cooler master gadiator or the nzxt m59. Having your HDDs twisted 90 degrees makes cable management easier and adds a little extra room for those longer graphics card. Even in my antec 1200 I can't put a hdd in from of my gtx285.
a b ) Power supply
February 18, 2010 8:08:24 AM

What kind of powersupply do you have? If you have a PSU that draws air from the bottom, it will not be good for a top mounted PSU casing as hot air will be stuck on the top of the case ( the part of the case at the back of the PSU ) and will affect your system temperature.

And do you already have a cooler or planning to buy one?

For me, deciding on a case depends on these as if you get anyone of your original choices and then plan to buy a cooler later, you will be limited to the low profile ones. So tell us this and we will advice you on best case for your budget.
a c 105 ) Power supply
February 18, 2010 11:32:18 AM

Of the cases that have been listed, I'd probably buy the Antec 200, but my taste in bling is minimal.
On a tight budget though, check out any of the cheap Rosewill cases; plan to add a front 120mm fan if you need more cooling than the standard 120mm rear fan alone provides. These cases are typically <=$30 plus shipping, or as low as $40 total.
February 18, 2010 2:49:43 PM

PsyKhiqZero said:
Of the 2 you picked the Xion wins in my book for having 2 120mm fans. Of Logans suggestions I would go with the cooler master gadiator or the nzxt m59. Having your HDDs twisted 90 degrees makes cable management easier and adds a little extra room for those longer graphics card. Even in my antec 1200 I can't put a hdd in from of my gtx285.


I actually really like this one...
http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Tower-interior-chassis-CS...
February 18, 2010 2:55:35 PM

randomkid said:
What kind of powersupply do you have? If you have a PSU that draws air from the bottom, it will not be good for a top mounted PSU casing as hot air will be stuck on the top of the case ( the part of the case at the back of the PSU ) and will affect your system temperature.

And do you already have a cooler or planning to buy one?

For me, deciding on a case depends on these as if you get anyone of your original choices and then plan to buy a cooler later, you will be limited to the low profile ones. So tell us this and we will advice you on best case for your budget.


I got a free 550 Watt Antec Neopower.

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=n82e168...

It was from my dad.
a b ) Power supply
February 18, 2010 3:05:23 PM

If you can stretch the budget a bit while waiting for a MIR - then this Thermaltake V9 Black edition would be my choice with 2x 120 mm fans and 2x 230mm fans included for $99.99 - $15 for the Promo code and then - $20 for the MIR for a final cost of $65 !
February 18, 2010 3:19:26 PM

:o  that looks nicee :)  but it would take $25 more to get that one..... :/ 
a b ) Power supply
February 18, 2010 3:37:33 PM

nickelodeon said:
:o  that looks nicee :)  but it would take $25 more to get that one..... :/ 


Maybe Dad could lend it to you until the MIR comes back - and by the time it comes back he might forget about it and let you keep the $20 rebate for something else !!
a b ) Power supply
February 18, 2010 9:28:48 PM

nickelodeon said:
I got a free 550 Watt Antec Neopower.

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=n82e168...

It was from my dad.


That is good one.

As for the case:

The NZXT M59 Classic Series may appear cheaper but as you can see in the pictures it does not have any fan at all. Easily could cost to $80 to furnish. The Thermaltake V9 Black Edition comes complete with top, side, front and rear fans. The only drawback I can see for this is whether you will be able to mount a high profile Coller ( ~160mm ) because it seems that the side fan will be on the way.
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