Solved

Case Selection Help <$75

Trying to put a computer together and set aside a budget of <$75 for my case.

At first I was going to get the Rosewill Challenger(link below) but been looking around and have stumbled across a couple of others that will do a good job.

I do keep my computer on 24/7 & very rarely turn it off. I let it do updates & anti-virus scans while I'm at work or sleeping. Not sire if this is needed or not, but know size of GPU does matter. I have an Radeon HD 5770.

Cases I was looking at (including the one listed above)
Rosewill Challenger
Antec 300 Illision
RAIDMAX SMILODON

I like the front of the RAIDMAX. I'm looking for something that won't sound like a fighter jet taking off but would also like to have good cable management & cooling. I don't plan on overclocking or CF/SLI.

Are these good cases for my criteria? Are there better ones within my budget range?
18 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about case selection
  1. Thermaltake V black editions (V3, V4, V5 and V6) are also excellent options for that price range... so is CM Haf 912... Antec has the best build of all the cases, Haf has the size to accommodate a lotta things inside and TT's have insane airflow...

    The rosewill challenger is also a good overall case but i have faced QC issues with them before...
  2. Here's a site with some great reviews of cases.
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/page/case

    The 80mm fans on the Smilodon are usually louder and move less air then 120mm fans.
  3. This case is superior to those you've listed.
    COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119215
    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id=19&product_id=2971
    Replaced an Antec 300 with this case.
  4. 300 Illusion or the HAF 912 are you're best bets. 300 especially if you don't mind doing a little light modding to make it more cable management friendly.

    Otherwise if you have any extra 120mm or 140mm fans kicking around, I'm sure you can find a CM 690 II Basic or if your lucky and advanced for under 75 bucks. Better case then all the rest. The extra fans really only applies to the basic but can't hurt either way.

    Edit: Davcon beat me to it.
  5. Does the Cooler Master have air filters?
    Found this for 90 - but http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00336EM0W/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

    Went to local computer shop, they have a Thermaltake V9 for $99. Is that good?

    The link to NewEgg that Davcon posted doesn't work for me.


    Both of the ones I listed above go over what I budgeted, but I can lower the my budget in other areas.
  6. trickynick said:
    Does the Cooler Master have air filters?
    Found this for 90 - but http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00336EM0W/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

    Went to local computer shop, they have a Thermaltake V9 for $99. Is that good?

    The link to NewEgg that Davcon posted doesn't work for me.


    Both of the ones I listed above go over what I budgeted, but I can lower the my budget in other areas.

    Yes the 690II Basic/Advanced versions have intake filters .
    The Advance has some extra features.
    And free shipping is nice.
    Refresh your browser if the link is doing that goofy about/blank thing.
    Just watch the vid at the CM site i linked or this one.
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/27448-cooler-master-690-ii-advanced-video-review.html
    btw i don't usually slag products but Thermaltake isn't near the same quality as Antec or CM.
  7. What's the difference between the Basic and the Advanced CM 690 II?

    The video has convinced me to get it, but would like to know what the difference is.
  8. Also, it seems that the case has grounding issues on the front panel.
  9. trickynick said:
    What's the difference between the Basic and the Advanced CM 690 II?

    The video has convinced me to get it, but would like to know what the difference is.

    The Advanced has a couple of extra features like the hdd hot swap,the ssd drive cage,gpu retention bracket,and a 140mm top exhaust fan.
    I happen to have the Basic version and the only thing i added was a 140mm top exhaust fan and just ordered a windowed side panel that's made for both version.
    http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/product_info.php?products_id=447
    http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/product_info.php?products_id=460
    Btw i've also replaced an i3 530 cpu and H55 mobo with an i5 760 and P55 in the case and no problems with the front panel.
    And that includes discrete sound cards also hooked up through the front panel.
    Don't know where you got that from but i haven't had any issues after 10 months of use.
  10. NewEgg reviews...the one and two egg reviews talk mostly of that, but that was on the advanced one, not the basic.

    I don't really need any of the extra features, so I should be fine with the basic, right?
  11. trickynick said:
    NewEgg reviews...the one and two egg reviews talk mostly of that, but that was on the advanced one, not the basic.

    I don't really need any of the extra features, so I should be fine with the basic, right?

    Absolutely i don't miss or need the hot-swap or the fancy brackets.
    It's a great case with excellent cable management and plenty of room for large gpu's.
    It's also wide enough for any 160mm tall cpu cooler which is like 99% of them.
  12. What about these? (I will add more as I view them)

    NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146025

    XION Predator Gaming Series AXP 970-001BK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208036

    NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061
  13. Best answer
    Not even in the same league as far as quality of construction and materials go.
    looking at the weight of a case can help you determine the quality of steel used.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%2050002120&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=7%7C11-119-215%5E11-119-215-TS%2C11-208-036%5E11-208-036-TS%2C11-146-061%5E11-146-061-TS%2C11-146-025%5E11-146-025-28%23
    There is no substitute for choosing cases in person it can change your mind in a hurry.
    If you have a decent pc shop in your neighbourhood i encourage it.

    I went with a client to the local pc shop and looked at cases he liked from browsing online and had a budget in mind of $60 tops for a case.
    Gamma($20)wow so cheap,Antec 300($55),ThermaltakeV3($40)was his favourite, after actually handling the display models he saw and felt the difference in quality (thickness of steel/especially the side panels)
    The Gamma and Thermaltake are featherweights = gauge of steel.
    He liked the 300 but was concerned about cable management i suggested the CM690II($70).
    He could see the value and features in the CM690II and it was worth the extra $15 to him.
    You have to remember that most people use their cases for more then one build.
    Cases are a personal thing so choose whatever you like but just keep in mind what i just posted.
    All i know is that Antec and CM stand behind their products.
    I can tell by your last post that you obviosly like flashy/gamer style cases.
    I like gamer style cases too but with much less of a plastic look.
  14. I'm just looking for something that looks good, but within my budget. Had some expenditures come about where I can technically still afford the more expensive case, I'd like to keep it within my budget I had assigned earlier.

    The local computer shop really only had the V9 in stock and they were saying it's really what I should choose for a gaming case.
  15. How about this one? Cooler Master Storm Scout? just 5 dollar over my budget.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196&Tpk=SGC-2000-KKN1-GP
  16. I'm going to go with the 690 II. Haven't fully decided on Basic or Advanced. Will make that determination when I find out total cost of my other parts. Thanks Davcon & everyone.
  17. Best answer selected by trickynick.
  18. Good choice.
Ask a new question

Read More

Power Supplies Cases Computers Components Product