Looking for a case.

Budget around $80/£50

I'm looking for a new case as the one I have does not have any fans in it which makes my components get a quite a bit hot.

I'm not looking for anything fancy just a good case with fans and good air flow.


PC specs to get a idea of how big it needs to be:

I'm not sure what model the mobo is but I'm pretty sure it's an ATX (Came in Packard Bell ixtreme M5800)

Antec 25 VP550P 550W PSU

Intel quad core i5 CPU 650 @3.2ghz

PNY NVIDIA 550ti GTX
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  1. I was looking at this http://www.xcase.co.uk/gaming-pc-case-p/case-803.htm

    Does anyone know if this is a good case and the measurements for it?
  2. This eats up almost every penny of your budget, but it's a really nice case and comes with great cooling options.

    Supplied with 3 fans (one front, one roof, one rear) and space for up to 7 fans.

    Fractal Design Core 3000 £49.49
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/fractal-design-core-3000-mid-tower-performance-case-w-o-psu
  3. I'll keep it in mind but I'd rather not spend the whole budget, even though I know that the budget is quite small.
  4. Do you care about noise? Are you someone who remembers to clean dust from their PC? There are no right or wrong answers, just things to keep in mind.

    I have a Fractal case myself so accept a perhaps biased view point but that case AdrianPerry prompted comes with 3 fans Fractal quiet fans worth £7-10 each (depending where you buy them from) and it also has filters to restrict the amount of dust that gets into your system. On that basis it really is a fantastic product at a great price. Currently just short of £45 on ebuyer
    http://www.ebuyer.com/270598-fractal-design-core-3000-case-fd-ca-core-3000-bl

    Other cases may not have quiet fans and may not have filters to restrict dust getting in. If none of those are concerns then just get yourself a case within your budget that allows you to mount the PSU at the bottom of the case from a practical cooling point of view.
  5. Well I'd like it not to be very loud but I'm ok with some noise. What do you think about the one I linked further up in the post?
  6. Preferably I would like a few filters but if not I have no problem with cleaning out my pc once in a while.
  7. As for the case you prompted with, it's not my personal choice as I would prefer the quieter fans and filters. That aside and given they are not factors, no problems :) Just make sure your fans don't conflict with airflow when you set them up and I am sure you will have no problems. Don't have first hand experience of that case so can't comment how easy it is to use when it comes to installations or material finish.
  8. This is going to be my next case: http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&manufacture=ZALMAN%20TECH&promoid=1211


    It has spots for 7 120mm fans.(comes with 4 120's) Cable management area. Cutout behind the motherboard so if you install an aftermarket cooler you don't have to take the board out to mount it. Also has spots for 2 SSD's, hot swappable HDD trays, dust covers on the fans, internal temperature sensor. It even has holes predrilled for water cooling. Best sub $50 case going IMO.

    Here are some links to UK sites:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004FPQL0E/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1/279-5961008-2359447?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_r=0HEJYA36M6GHZMCK3FFX&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=103612307&pf_rd_i=B004FPS9PO (read the customer reviews at the bottom of this page) Maybe the most reliable link, since I don't really know the best places to order from in the UK.

    http://skinflint.co.uk/eu/594278#ang A bunch of different sites you can order from in this link. Starting at £ 38.14
  9. Can someone link a well known and trusted UK site?
  10. www.scan.co.uk
  11. Have a good look in tis section anything with 3 stars will serve you well.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/cases-pc/performance-cases
  12. Wait for minute.

    Are you said you pc is from Packard Bell ? If yes, you have double check you MB from Packard Bell website by you PC serial number.

    Because most OEM like Dell and other, they made their own pc, which is not compatible 3rd party pc case.
  13. How would I find it on the website?

    I just looked in the ixtreme section and it only has the new models.
  14. cin19 said:
    Wait for minute.

    Are you said you pc is from Packard Bell ? If yes, you have double check you MB from Packard Bell website by you PC serial number.

    Because most OEM like Dell and other, they made their own pc, which is not compatible 3rd party pc case.


    On CPU-Z it says in the motherboard section,
    Manufacturer: Packard Bell
    Model: ixtreme M5800

    and then my chipset, Intel Havendale/Clarkdale

    BIOS,

    Brand:American Megatrends Inc.
    Version: P01-A2
    Date:04/21/2010
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