I ordered all my parts for my new i3 2100 / Radeon HD 6850 (which will be OC'd) and they'll be here Thursday. The problem is that I was just going to use my 7 year old Raidmax Mid Tower case but I don't think it will have enough airflow. It has 1 80mm front intake, 1 80mm side window intake, 1 80mm rear exhaust and 1 80mm top exhaust (custom cut and drilled, with grill).
My budget is $50, I want bottom mounted PSU (Antec VP-450) and preferably 3-4 120mm fans (led or not, don't care). My budget needs to incorporate the cost of case and fans. With that being said, here is what I've found:
A lot of it is personal preference and aesthetics, since the tower is really the only thing you see in a computer setup.
That said, I like the Future also based on looks (personally) and the support for up to 6 fans. I know your budget is $50, but don't skimp on fans, since they are the life blood/air, whatever for your case. Also might want to do some input/output airflow calculations and decide if you want negative or positive airflow.
Thank you sir, Jared Allen is a beast and I've been a Vikings since I was a wee little lad. Anyway, if I had the tech specs on the fans it came with I could at least get an idea on the kind of airflow.
I like the Future because it comes stock with 4 fans with options for 2 more. Bang for buck. But if they have crappy flow then they're not worth it and I'll have to swap them out and waste money on good fans.
What I meant was if I spend the extra money because a case comes with fans to save money by not buying fans and they suck, I have to invest money in good fans to replace the crappy ones when I could have just bought a different case, cheaper and spent money on good fans in the first place.
I've never heard of them, and tend to stay away from things that have no "Scottie Track Record". Not much feedback to go off of, but the feedback there isn't grand at best... Might be a coin flipper...
I appreciate your info and insight. I just grabbed an Antec Gaming Series One from a guy in my town on Craigslist. It was brand new, sealed box. No damage to the box or case. I got it for $45 which is $5 cheaper than Newegg and didn't have wait for shipping, happy day to me.