I'm looking for a solid well built budget ATX case that is QUIET. Mini- to Mid-tower... not too huge. I'm not too picky with the looks of the thing, it will sit under a desk in my home office. But all other things being equal I'd lean toward simple/subdued styling.
Budget? The lower the better for cost, but I am willing to spend up for really good build quality. I want something that will last, is easy to build in and upgrade in over the years.
And while it doesn't need to be whisper quiet, I really do want something on the low-end of the noise spectrum.
Thermal performance is probably not too important. I'll be building a modest mid-range workstation... probably a core i5-2500k, with stock cooling, no OC'ing, initially I'll use the i5's integraded graphics. Eventually I'll upgrade to a dedicated graphics card (for some CAD work and HD movies (watching and transcoding blurays), and light gaming) again with stock cooling and no OC'ing. I don't expect to be pushing thermal limits, but this won't be an ION or Fusion build either...
So case opinions? My first stab is the Bitfenix Outlaw. Thanks for any and all other suggestions...
I'm in the market for a quiet(er) case right now too. I've been scowering the net and there are only a handful of quiet mid tower cases while there are hundreds of gaming cases. The one listed above is in the running along with one of the Antec ones. There is a review of this model done well by some Canadians on YouTube.
The sockets are different and so you will need a motherboard with USB 3.0 and also a case with USB 3.0.
You could still use the USB 3.0 on the back, the ones on the motherboard themselves though (motherboard dependant). It just means that if you have a flash drive that is USB 3.0 then you would have to reach around the back of your computer everytime to plug it in.
Good thinking. That Outlaw is a very nice looking case!
Yeah, I like the looks, and the Anandtech review really sold me on it. I won't be OC'ing so for running stock it was one of the quietest cases they've reviewed, and they didn't have many complaints about building in it. And heck, it was $55 (plus shipping & tax, so really closer to $70, plus $12 for the USB3.0 bracket... oh well). I'd have spent over $100 on the base price of a case if I felt it was worth it, but couldn't find any reviews of any cases that made me think they were worth $50 more than the Outlaw. We'll see...