Which case for a gift build?

Building a system as a college graduation present for my brother - he'll be doing content creation and media editing as a career. He isn't a system builder himself, but is software tech savvy and may want to get more into hardware as time goes on.

Now, I'm trying to pick a case and have it down to two. I've allocated about $60-$70 for a case and want to get one with these features:

1.) Handles full ATX boards
2.) Good/clean cable management and airflow
3.) Front USB 3.0 (essential - he'll be transferring big media files)
4.) Black is preferred color and quieter the better

I usually choose Lian Li for my own cases, but most of their model are out of the price range. I did find one with the features I'm looking for at $70:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112319

But there are limited reviews (though they are positive) and I haven't used this series before. It also only has one USB 3.0 front port (the second front port is 2.0).

There's a Rosewill case that is a bit smaller, but with great reviews and a Tom's recommendation for $10 less. It has dual USB3.0. But I've had bad luck with Rosewill products in the past and generally prefer to stay away. It's this case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060

I feel like the Lian Li might be a bit more solid and would be a better base for him to re-use in the future than the Rosewill, but want to get the thoughts of the community.

What would your choice be? Which would you want to receive (presuming the internals are the same) and why? Other options in that range?
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  1. Hmm, the Lian Li I picked is apparently made by a sub-standard subsidiary. Maybe this instead?

    NZXT for $55: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146084

    Or still the Rosewill???
  2. I think that in this price range I really like the BitFenix Outlaw:

    http://www.xoxide.com/bitfenix-outlawcase.html

    It is very quiet and highly rated. You may wish to check out some of BitFenix's other offerings at the same website. They are excellent cases at affordable prices. I'm planning a build for my Dad with the Outlaw.
  3. buzznut said:
    I think that in this price range I really like the BitFenix Outlaw:

    http://www.xoxide.com/bitfenix-outlawcase.html

    It is very quiet and highly rated. You may wish to check out some of BitFenix's other offerings at the same website. They are excellent cases at affordable prices. I'm planning a build for my Dad with the Outlaw.


    Unfortunately, that case only has USB 2.0 on the front..which is my biggest problem with finding a case...
  4. i love the haf series and would suggest this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    great airflow(maybe a bit loud) looks cool and 5 stars
  5. samdsox said:
    i love the haf series and would suggest this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    great airflow(maybe a bit loud) looks cool and 5 stars


    Again, only usb 2.0....I really think he'll appreciate the 3.0 on the front, given that he'll be transferring media.
  6. Spend a little more money.
    Corsair Carbide 400R 2 USB 3.0inputs with motherboard header. 5 Star reviews, and the company backs their products well.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008&Tpk=400R
  7. 1foxracing said:
    Spend a little more money.
    Corsair Carbide 400R 2 USB 3.0inputs with motherboard header. 5 Star reviews, and the company backs their products well.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008&Tpk=400R



    I did see that case...and it looks very nice. But I'm already shoehorning a 2500k into a budget build and would prefer to save a bit on the case if I can.
  8. The I5 2500K is on sale at NCIX now for $200, with the $30 saved over everyone else you can get the 400R :D
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1065
  9. If anyone's wondering, I found the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer for $75 on TigerDirect. Looks like it'll meet all my needs!

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7258569
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