Buying a case?

I'm a new computer builder starting on my first build. Looking around at cases, I find that many of them are $50 to $100 dollars, just for a case! My question is, do cases even matter that much? I mean, other than aesthetics, will buying a high quality, flashy, $100 case help my build in any way rather than picking up an on sale $25 case?
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  1. Cases make a big difference, not in the performance of your system, but in how easy it is to put it together, maintain, and modify/customize. 50 to 100 dollars is not alot of money for a well built case. You need to set your sights a bit higher.
  2. feedtheduck said:
    I'm a new computer builder starting on my first build. Looking around at cases, I find that many of them are $50 to $100 dollars, just for a case! My question is, do cases even matter that much? I mean, other than aesthetics, will buying a high quality, flashy, $100 case help my build in any way rather than picking up an on sale $25 case?


    I think with Corsairs 400R you can get a nice modern flashy case with all the bells and whistles

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008
  3. Okay. So, I want a case that is easy to put together and looks relatively good. Having some lights and a small window on the side is always a plus. My budget is $50 or less. Any suggestions?
  4. This is the only case in that price range that I would recommend.

    Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129182
  5. I like those. But what should I look for in a case?

    And what do you think about these cases:
    1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
    2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
  6. Neither of those two cases has USB 3 ports on the front panel, which knocks them out of my running immediately.
  7. Oh yeah, I see. But you couldn't just add an expansion card or something to the front? Because I want it to have an sd card reader too, so...
  8. good point. I see Newegg even has a multi card reader with a USB3 port
  9. Out of those two links i would only pick the antec300
  10. Uther39 said:
    Out of those two links i would only pick the antec300

    Why? What's wrong with the other one? In my personal opinion, I don't really like the plain box cases. I don't know why, but they just don't appeal to me that much.

    And what card/usb reader should I get? Would I install this just like a cd drive?
  11. Case:COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119257#top
  12. Case:Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008#top
  13. Case:COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240
  14. OK stop it already and read the whole thread will you, his budget is $50 !
  15. feedtheduck said:
    Why? What's wrong with the other one? In my personal opinion, I don't really like the plain box cases. I don't know why, but they just don't appeal to me that much.

    And what card/usb reader should I get? Would I install this just like a cd drive?


    you might like these then

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146058
  16. Thanks for all these case selections! I like these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227&Tpk=N82E16811119227
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146058
    Which one do you think would be best (in terms of performance, airflow, easy to use)?

    Also, I like the cooler master design, if anyone could recommend some good cooler master cases?
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