I'm doing my first build (gaming PC for just over $1,000) and I need recomendations for cheap cases.
I'm not overclocking, but the case needs to keep cool as my room really heats up during the summer. I'm hoping to avoid doing after market work like installing extra fans or heat sinks on my own.
I would also like it not to be ugly. Black is good, and the fewer lights the better. I am willing to go over $100 if you can convince me I need to. Please help. Oh, and I am going with an Intel i5-750 CPU with a Radeon 5850 and a corsair 750 watt PSU if that helps.
You're building a new custom machine but you don't want to add fans?
I add fans to everything I build. I like the Antec 300 cases- they look good, are easy to build, have plenty of room inside, have plenty of ventilation. Some people don't like mounting the PS at the bottom of the case though.
I've built 5 in the past year for myself and my office. The case comes with 2 fans already in it, one in the back and one in the top. I add 2 fans in the front. These machines aren't real quiet but I overclock them so I'm more concerned about them staying cool than staying quiet.
There are lots of good cases available, even at low prices. The Antec 300 can be found for around $50 if you look hard, and they even have a version for a few more dollars that already comes with 4 fans.
I live in sunny southern Arizona where the temps can reach 115F or more in the Summer. The A/C in my apartment is okay but not great so I get higher cpu temps for half the year. On the plus side I don't have to shovel snow!