I'm having trouble deciding between two cases that fit my budget of $100. (I live in Australia so the prices may seem unreasonable at first)
The two options are the Cooler Master HAF-912 Advanced and the Fractal Design Core 3000.
I also need a case that has front USB 2.0 ports, not 3.0, as my current motherboard doesn't have any internal 3.0 connectors and I do not wish to upgrade the motherboard for quite a while as it suits my current needs. I don't have any USB 3.0 devices as of yet either.
I currently like the aesthetics of the Fractal Design Core 3000 and it also appears to have more features.
So all I am asking is which one is better and why.
I just did a build in July with the Fractal Design case. Great price, very sturdy/quality, comes with 3 very quiet fans (and fan controller), and I prefer the more `adult` look. A lot of game cases seem a bit (sorry) childish for me in my 30s. I considered a HAF case - but I really don't care for the CoolerMaster logo on the case. Yeah, my decision was based mostly on asthetics.
I will say the case has NO problems with airflow - so don't go with the HAF for just that reason. (Although I know the HAF case is considered excellent for airflow.)
I would definitely recommend the Fractal Design case - I have no regrets. The only thing I found lacking was, as it comes configured with 3 fans, there are 2 open fan spots that I felt it necessary to buy some magnetized screens to stop dust from getting in. Some might not feel the need - I did though.
The 3000 does have USB 2.0 ports in front - like you want.
Can't go wrong with either case - but that's my 2cents on my new case that I'm very happy with. I guess if I'm being completely honest, the blue LED by the power switch is too damn bright. My computer is in my bedroom and on almost 24/7 - so I have to put something over that bright light. Haha...