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April 22, 2010 5:05:55 PM

Whats the best computer case for atleast 160$?

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April 22, 2010 5:16:51 PM

Define "best". Cases are very much up to personal taste. What components will you be putting in the case? Are you looking for a mid tower or full tower? Do you like side windows and LED lights?
April 22, 2010 5:19:17 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Define "best". Cases are very much up to personal taste. What components will you be putting in the case? Are you looking for a mid tower or full tower? Do you like side windows and LED lights?


Mostly full tower and keeps my components cool. Doesn't need to be that fancy at all as long as it keeps my graphics/motherboard/ram and the other stuff cool
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April 22, 2010 5:25:49 PM
April 22, 2010 5:33:52 PM



Thanks alot, i think im going with the Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced or would the In-Win Maelstrom Big Tower Sort be a better choice?


April 22, 2010 5:38:35 PM

Again, that's up to your own personal taste. I really don't like recommending cases because what I like and value in a case is probably different than what your taste and preferences are. They're both nice cases. Pick whichever one has the look and options you want and fits your budget.
April 23, 2010 7:18:18 AM

I am also planning on doing a home build slowly over time by salvaging parts from my old PC and working slowly up. So because I do not know in advance what I will be putting into the case my main concern is flexibility. I will likely start by buying a case, mobo and CPU and then taking parts out of my old Dell to make up the rest. This will get the PC up and working and from there I will upgrade parts on a rolling basis.

I honestly do not care what the case looks like or weighs. These are not concerns, and LEDs and all that fancy stuff is just not interesting. If the case weight a ton and is covered in lights so be it, but if its as light as a feather and plain and boring then thats fine too.

What I mostly want in order of importance is:

Flexibility of future upgrades fitting as many product types as possible, especially huge graphics cards running in parallel.

Cooling Heat sinking properties.

Roomyness inside for future tinkering about, trailing of wires and addition of components.
April 23, 2010 4:17:24 PM

The two consensus full tower candidates are the Antec 1200 and HAF 932. Best way to buy the 1200 is ($230):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

which comes with the best PSU buy on the market (where else can you get a PSU w/ a 10 performance rating from jonnyguru, that's on silentpcreview.com's editor's choice list and pay $70 for it in the combo ? It's specifically made for only 5 Antec cases (1200, P183, P193, DF-85, DF-30). Comparable PSU alternatives are over $100 more.

Antec SG-850 - 10.0 ($250)
XFX 850W Black Edition 10.0 ($170)
Corsair HX850 850W - 10.0 ($170)

With the HAF 932, I'd put in a Corsair HX850.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($170)

The above assumes you'll eventually have two GFX cards in SLI / Xfire and will be OC'ing.
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