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Cheap MicroATX gaming case

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March 29, 2012 10:43:32 PM


So I'm looking for the best case I can get for under $50, or so that:
A) Is small. The case doesn't _have_ to be microATX, but no sense having the extra space and not needing it.
B) Fits all of my components (obviously)
C) Has either a side or back 120mm fan slot

Anyways, here's all the important kibbles and bits about my computer:

PSU: OCZ ZX Series 850W Modular:
Antec Kuhler:
--Yes, I know that a big air cooler is better in almost every way, shape, and form, but when I bought this, I still wasn't sure if I was going to end up having room for one.

And these were the various cases I was considering (I would be open to other suggestions if you have them...)

Also, as a side note, does anyone know where I can get fans that plug in to the CPU cooler slot? The Kuhler runs off of the 3-pin header, leaving the 4-pin one bare...

Thanks in advance
a b ) Power supply
March 29, 2012 10:58:00 PM

$49.99 after rebate:

Antec 300, I have it and love it. Smaller sized but big enough to provide good cooling (2 front 120mm, 1 side 120mm, rear 120mm and top 140mm). Has USB 2.0 on front, plenty of room for cables, or you can get the 302 ($69.99), it has USB 3.0 on front (along with audio on both models).
March 29, 2012 11:34:12 PM

I know that the 300 is a good case. As far as I can tell there's really nothing wrong with it, besides the fact that I used it when building my roommate a desktop and I don't really want to use the exact same one as him....
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a b ) Power supply
March 30, 2012 12:45:12 AM

Then based on looks, I like the Apevia 1st, the CM 2nd, but don't like the Rosewill due to the size. If you're gonna game, you need airflow and that disqulifies Rosewill IMO.

A lot of picking a case I believe is personal appeal, since that's the one part of your rig that actually gets seen by you on a regular basis (why I originally got the 300, I love the mesh).
March 30, 2012 4:46:16 AM

I think I will go for the Apevia, in part for the looks, but also because it has more slots for bigger fans. Thanks for all of the input.
March 30, 2012 4:46:21 AM

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