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June 13, 2011 6:32:59 AM

I am building a budget gaming rig and have narrowed it down to these five cases.
I can afford them all but I want to know which is the best bang for the buck.

Cooler Master Elite 310- $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Elite 430- $36 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake V3- $28 from local store after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Challenger- $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 300 Illusion- $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I leaning towards the Thermaltake purely because of the price but are any of the others worth the extra money?

TIA

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June 13, 2011 6:52:20 AM

Hi t3chnique!
i would consider the best to be the antec 300 aesthecally.So i would pick them out of the 5.
Besides a pc is meant to last for 2 to 3 years.Getting an ugly case would make you feel its cheap.

There shouldnt be any noticable differences apart from passive cooling that is most prominent in the antec illusion.
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June 13, 2011 8:13:55 AM

I like the TT as well, dont like the looks of the rosie or the antec,
but I see cases not as they are, instead its in terms of how they can be modded to what I want them to be :) 
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June 13, 2011 8:37:46 AM

I have built a PC with Elite 430 for my sis and it is quite a fun case to use and put in all the parts together was also easy. Provides decent cooling and looks good as well. So i would vote for it.
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June 13, 2011 9:02:38 AM

I've always been happy with the build quality of Antec cases even in their budget segment.

That Antec 300 gets my vote.
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June 13, 2011 3:03:09 PM

I am currently rocking the Elite 430 and absolutely love it. It has great air flow and tons of space. It even surprised me when it fit the 11"+ MSI HD Radeon 6950 in it!

You won't be disappointed by the 430.
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June 14, 2011 8:34:19 AM

^^I agree. Its an awesome design for a cabbie so cheap!
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June 16, 2011 4:24:38 AM

Thanks for all the replies everyone!

I ended up getting a CM Elite 430 from the local Micro Center for $43.49 plus $10 MIR!! :D 
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June 16, 2011 4:25:24 AM

Best answer selected by t3chnique.
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