Advice on buying a case - UK

Hi,

I am looking to build a new computer and i am currently looking at what case i should buy for the system, my budget is around £50 and i want good cooling and airflow.
I am not that bothered about windows in the case however i would prefer a clean simple design on the case rather than a bulky one. I'd also like some toolless instalation as this will be my first build.
The case is for an ATX mobo and i plan to install a gtx 670 or AMD 7950 in it eventually.

Some cases i have picked out so far are.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cases/cpc-t45ub-u01.html
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cases/nov-prowle.html
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cases/t9value-green.html
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cases/midgard.html

i quite like this case however i'm not sure if it's good quality and it's slightly over budget.
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cases/4044951012374.html
http://www.cclonline.com/product/79782/CCC-AE37BS-U02/Cases/Xigmatek-Asgard-Pro-Gaming-Case/CAS0584/
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-elite-430-all-black-in-out-mid-tower-case-with-side-window-120mm-front-led-blue-fan-w-o
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  1. Paul F1 said:
    Hi,

    I am looking to build a new computer and i am currently looking at what case i should buy for the system, my budget is around £50 and i want good cooling and airflow.
    I am not that bothered about windows in the case however i would prefer a clean simple design on the case rather than a bulky one. I'd also like some toolless instalation as this will be my first build.
    The case is for an ATX mobo and i plan to install a gtx 670 or AMD 7950 in it eventually.

    Some cases i have picked out so far are.

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cases/cpc-t45ub-u01.html
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cases/nov-prowle.html
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cases/t9value-green.html
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cases/midgard.html

    i quite like this case however i'm not sure if it's good quality and it's slightly over budget.
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cases/4044951012374.html
    http://www.cclonline.com/product/79782/CCC-AE37BS-U02/Cases/Xigmatek-Asgard-Pro-Gaming-Case/CAS0584/
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-elite-430-all-black-in-out-mid-tower-case-with-side-window-120mm-front-led-blue-fan-w-o

    i quite like the sharkoon T9 case for a budget case,i would get it with blue,not green,just my preference,and it has some cable management options,take a look at some reviews of it on you tube,if you are building a good system,you may as well have a good case

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsdwEUxWyBg
  2. Get a Corsair Carbide 500R, little bit more money(£80), but as MrClownFace said "If your building a good computer, you may as well have a good case".
  3. Has very good cooling options if you plan to overclock with your cpu or gpu.
  4. If you want good cooling and airflow, then you should go with one which has a fan/vent at the top.
  5. I would like to point you at this case http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-037-ZA&groupid=701&catid=7&subcat=736

    I have my main build in the Z7 at the moment. I have used several cases and find the Zalman cases to be pretty good for the money.
    Check for things like included fans etc which ever case you buy. Some come with a nice range of fittings and some come with nothing. be sure to read customer reviews before deciding.

    Mactronix :)
  6. If you're looking at the Sharkoons, I can safely say that the T28 is a great choice (better than the T9 at least), only problem is the same as any other case at that price point, it feels cheap, and performs as such.

    It has no venting on the top of the case, which makes adding in a water cooling heater will be a problem (or any other extended cooling to be frank), the middle HDD bay is detatchable, which is nice if you have a long card, but the case as a whole is loud, the panels feel really cheap and it's not well insulated, I've found my components are very dusty, even after only about 6 months (compared to other cases I've had), plus the graphics card and CPU cooler sound pretty darn loud thanks to thin and cheap panels, and also gaps. One of the things that grates people like me, is that there's hardly any space to put those unused cables behind the motherboard, so I've resorted to bringing them back around and now they're dangling below my hard drives, very annoying and very ugly.

    My advice would be, buy trusted brands, like Corsair, NZXT, Antec or Coolermaster, they all do fan-fuckin-tastic cases, will keep your stuff cool and quiet, even if it costs an extra little premium, I'm sure as hell pissed off I didn't when I had to buy a new case for a longer card, and now I'm stuck with the Sharkoon T28, bummer. (I'm a sucker for LEDs though, and that green polish inside tickled me in all the right places)
  7. Be aware of the quantity of fans that come with it. They can cost around £5 each.
  8. Thanks for all the advice, I'll have another look at the cases especially the brands you pointed out to me.
    By the way is In Win a good brand? I saw this case with options for up to 7 fans so i thought it would cool my system quite well.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/inwin-mana-137-midi-tower-black-mesh-gaming-case-w-o-psu
  9. Paul F1 said:
    Thanks for all the advice, I'll have another look at the cases especially the brands you pointed out to me.
    By the way is In Win a good brand? I saw this case with options for up to 7 fans so i thought it would cool my system quite well.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/inwin-mana-137-midi-tower-black-mesh-gaming-case-w-o-psu


    Don't know. Take a risk and do a review. Better still: Google Search for "In Win Mana 137"
  10. I had a look for reviews and I couldn't find much, just an overview. (Mana 137)

    Anyway these are the cases that I have picked out:

    Xigmatek Midgard with 4 fans installed/upto 7 £50.38
    Enermax Ostrog with 1 fan installed/upto 7 £35.52
    In Win Mana 137 with 2 fans installed/upto 7 £42.44
    Zalman Z9-U3 with 3 fans installed/upto 5 £45.95
    Zalman Z11 plus with 5 fans installed/upto 6 £47.98
    Coolermaster Elite 431 with 1 fan installed/upto 5 £47.02
    Source 220 with 2 fans installed/upto 7 £47.06

    What would be the best choice out of these and also are there any cases I've missed that are good or any with windows to see into the case.

    The T28 cases by Sharkoon look good but I don't think the cooling is too great.
    The Corsair Carbide 300r looks good but is over budget and needs a couple more fans

    Also forget to mention the case will need to fit a coolermaster hyper 212
  11. Use the force: -

    Go for the one which makes you feel better at the thought of getting it, and that you believe will make you feel better once you have got it.
  12. In Win Mana 137 with 2 fans installed/upto 7 £42.44
    Zalman Z9-U3 with 3 fans installed/upto 5 £45.95
    Zalman Z11 plus with 5 fans installed/upto 6 £47.98

    I think I would narrow it down to these 3 then, any advice on which to go for as i like features on all three such as the Zalman's have windows. The Z11 and 137 are toolless and the Z11 has dust filters.
    Between the z11 and z9, do the toolless features make it alot easier to install the drive bays etc or do they just make it quicker?
  13. Thanks everyone for the advice, it's been quite helpful. I've decided to go with the Z9-U3 case for my build as i think it's the best value for my budget as well as having good aesthetics.
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