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Any good mid ATX casing or any for the budget gamer

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January 7, 2013 3:46:35 AM

Hi tom's hardware,

We are going to change cpu casing for our acer veritron x4620g. What's a good mid-tower ATX or any tower that we can replace it with?

http://www.acer.com.au/ac/en/AU/content/model-datasheet...

I will also be changing my PSU to 500w. :D 

Thanks!

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January 7, 2013 4:18:25 AM

Antec 300 is a good choice if you're looking for something cheap and solid. I haven't looked much into the mid-size range in quite a while so there might be some better options. But I've done a few builds with the 300 and its always been solid choice.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 7, 2013 4:26:00 AM

imasauce said:
Antec 300 is a good choice if you're looking for something cheap and solid. I haven't looked much into the mid-size range in quite a while so there might be some better options. But I've done a few builds with the 300 and its always been solid choice.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


so will the parts of the veritron fit to antec? :D 
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January 7, 2013 4:33:51 AM

k_z199 said:
so will the parts of the veritron fit to antec? :D 


I'd assume so, but I can't give you a definitive answer. Any idea what the the MOBO's form factor is? The Antec 300 will fit just about any Form Factor so I'd assume it'll hold your current setup.

What are you looking to change the case on the Veritron for?
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January 7, 2013 4:37:28 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... My choice would be the corsair 300r. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Mid-Tower-Compute... I have the antec 300 illusion myself but it is a rather old case and lacking in features compared to today's cases, namely front usb 3.0, cable management, and psu air filter, all of which the 300r has. The 300r also fits 140mm fans which would be quieter. You also don't have to remove the side panel to remove the front air filter. If you get the antec 300, get the illusion, it always goes on sale for cheaper than the regular. It is the same thing with extra fans (4 instead of 2). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It has also been replaced by the antec 302 which has fixed these complaints but the 300r is better.

The mobo is micro atx so will fit pretty much any case.
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January 7, 2013 5:11:06 AM

k1114 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... My choice would be the corsair 300r. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Mid-Tower-Compute... I have the antec 300 illusion myself but it is a rather old case and lacking in features compared to today's cases, namely front usb 3.0, cable management, and psu air filter, all of which the 300r has. The 300r also fits 140mm fans which would be quieter. You also don't have to remove the side panel to remove the front air filter. If you get the antec 300, get the illusion, it always goes on sale for cheaper than the regular. It is the same thing with extra fans (4 instead of 2). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It has also been replaced by the antec 302 which has fixed these complaints but the 300r is better.

The mobo is micro atx so will fit pretty much any case.


I love 300R but that doesn't come cheap here but yeah, it's worth the price... though I'm aiming for 25-35$ casing... :D  and hopefully with a 3.0 usb ports @_@
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January 15, 2013 12:18:25 AM

What can you guys say about the NZXT 210 Elite Case? :D 
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January 15, 2013 12:36:28 AM

Well it looks a bit cramped and maybe won't get the best airflow, but if you typically buy preassembled computers/locked cpu's than that would be more than enough. If your looking to do upgrades in the future the cooler master haf 992 is a pretty good deal at $85.
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January 15, 2013 12:48:19 AM

hdeezie80 said:
Well it looks a bit cramped and maybe won't get the best airflow, but if you typically buy preassembled computers/locked cpu's than that would be more than enough. If your looking to do upgrades in the future the cooler master haf 992 is a pretty good deal at $85.


Unfortunately, this is the first time they bought a preassembled computers. And yes, I think this should be enough considering I'll be placing here parts coming from a Micro ATX. I do have one problem, how do I know where to place the "standoff" screws placing a microATX mobo from this midATX case? I'll be transferring the parts of an ACER Veriton x4620g.
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January 15, 2013 1:04:59 AM

I'm not sure which haf you are referring to but the 912 is $60 (no usb 3.0) and the 922 is $100, no haf at $85. Either are more than what he is looking for anyways.

I don't think it is cramped at all. It is a regular mid tower size, the same as all the others I suggested. It can have 7 fans. The front intake may not be so good but it does have a bottom intake. It doesn't have air filters but everything else is good.
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January 15, 2013 1:06:16 AM

You'll have to line up the screw holes on the mobo to the spots on the case unfortunately.
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January 15, 2013 1:44:04 AM

k1114 said:
You'll have to line up the screw holes on the mobo to the spots on the case unfortunately.


If ever that I'll be getting the 210 Elite these will be the accessories that comes with it

On this site: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4331/nzxt_source_210_e...

They refer the motherboard mounting screws as the "brass risers" so is it the one that I will be using? Sorry but this is my first time doing it all, especially transferring an assembled computer.
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January 15, 2013 1:48:18 AM

Zalman Z9 FTW, game over lights out.
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January 15, 2013 2:10:32 AM

cmi86 said:
Zalman Z9 FTW, game over lights out.


Yes, I know but I'm all good with the suggested cases above. Maybe on my next build. But can you guys check my new thread... new problem I guess :( 
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January 15, 2013 2:32:10 AM

The brass colored ones are the standoffs. You'd have to line them up with a new build too. There will be a manual with the case that says what all the screws are for.
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January 15, 2013 4:01:50 AM

Sadly for 210 Elite there's no manual :) )
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October 12, 2013 10:02:15 AM

Old thread, but I just bought a NZXT Source 210 standard Mid-Tower to rehouse my Small Form Acer Veritron M4618G
and it certainly came with a manual. Anyone care to comment?
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