What case for a newbie?

hi guys, after looking at reviews etc i have picked up to know couple of cases what case would you think i should get as a newbie builder?

antec p183
corsair (monster)
lian li a71f
zalman hs1000

i love the corsair but it does not do well with air cooling, i dont want to go to water cooling as yet!
cheers
mark
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  1. What type of system are you building? Basic? Gaming? Home Theatre?

    I am a novice myself... but people seem to like this one a lot -

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&cm_re=antec_three_hundred-_-11-129-042-_-Product
  2. i am not a gamer i dont like the look of gaming pc`s, hence my choices!
    i do photography, storage is the main thing and memory!
  3. I would have to recommend, if you're in that price range, an HAF from cooler master. They have great air flow, they're huge, and they have space behind the motherboard for cable management.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160&cm_re=HAF_932-_-11-119-160-_-Product
    Full tower

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=HAF_922-_-11-119-197-_-Product
    Mid Tower
  4. Of the ones you listed, the Antec P183 will be the best price/performance wise, and I'd put the Zalman last.

    However, do you need such expensive cases? Premium cases offer little benefit over better middle class ones like the CM 690 or HAF 922, Antec 600 or 900 and so on. The money saved can be better spent elsewhere (or simply saved).
  5. The Antec Three Hundred doesn't look like a "gaming rig" to me. It looks like a very simple (basic) black steel case.

    At $55 it seems like an excellent choice for a basic system.
  6. gfergo said:
    The Antec Three Hundred doesn't look like a "gaming rig" to me. It looks like a very simple (basic) black steel case.

    At $55 it seems like an excellent choice for a basic system.


    You nailed it. The 300 is cheap and simple yet offers all the features you need in a simple design and compact size. It's an excellent case if you don't want to break benchmarking records and/or don't want a mini-disco standing on your desk. I like it a lot for lower end PC's.
  7. When you use the side-by-side compare feature on newegg.com, it looks like the P183 costs twice as much (more actually) and weighs twice as much (30 pounds versus 15 pounds).

    Seems like you are paying a lot for noise reduction.

    If you need something EXTREMELY QUIET and you don't mind paying the extra $85, go for it!

    But if you want more "Bang For Your Buck" then it seems like the Antec Three Hundred is the way to go! :-)
  8. The P183 is a fantastic case....one of the best things about it is that you can put CPX form factor PSU's in it. Put a CP-850 in there and you're golden.
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