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January 8, 2013 10:40:27 PM

So, I'm getting closer and closer to the day I order my parts (If things go as planned, it will be the 14th of this month), but I need some help with cases.

The two cases I'm looking at:
Rosewill Challenger U3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Newegg has a deal for $20 off which is tempting) $40 with the code I think

Or...

NZXT Source 210 elite: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $50

My mobo is an ASrock H77M LGA 1155- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and the graphics card is a Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 So it will need to fit these components.

The ideal case has to be under $60, have some decent cable management, and of decent quality. I don't mind not having bright glowly LED lights or anything. So if anyone could give me some advice on these two cases (or perhaps a entirely different case).
The build will not be doing any OCing, Crossfire, or any other "advanced" stuff. It is just a $600 build in all.
As usual, any help is appreciated.

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January 8, 2013 11:06:57 PM

Hi Baker,

By all accounts the HAF 912 is an excellent case. It should provide really good airflow, and has brilliant cable management options.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If your dead set on one of the 2 you suggested, I would go for the NZXT. I had a Phantom from them, and it prove to be a very sturdy case as you would expect from a reputable case manufacturer. I haven't heard much about Rosewill, so imho it isn't worth the risk.

January 8, 2013 11:30:02 PM

That looks to be a very excellent case I looked over, but it doesn't look to have USB 3.0. Would that conflict with the mobo which has front port USB 3.0?

Also, sorry but I forgot to mention that the width should be under 9", and the dimensions are larger than that. That's my bad, the space I'm fitting it into is only 9".
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January 8, 2013 11:50:27 PM

As well as the USB 3.0 header on the MB, there will be a few USB 2.0 headers, as many cases still use USB 2.0

With regard to the width, cramming a PC into a tight space can often be detrimental, as airflow is easily reduced, I woukd try to find somewhere less restricting to place it.

If you can't, then the NZXT would be a good choice if you deffinately need USB3.0 (Many devices do not support it, so will use it as if it was USB2.0), if not then the antec 300 is worth a look:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
January 9, 2013 1:20:11 AM

That also looks to be a nice case, a bit pricey but it looks solid for the price. I'll have to consider it or the NZXT if the Rosewill isn't worth it.
January 9, 2013 10:28:47 AM

Yeah, the Antec cases are all generally very solid, I've had a few and the airflow is always incredible, might be better if you have to fit it into the 9" space.

Like I said before, NZXT cases tend to be good quality, the Antec would be more of a personal choice for me.

Whats the specs of the rest of your build?
January 9, 2013 11:53:51 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wqpJ

That's my build, the case is a price placeholder there. Also, after measuring the complete area I have to put the computer(Which I should have done earlier, I admit) my dimensions are 15.5" x 9' x 20" (In length x width x height). So I may have to go with the shortest(in length) of the three. I wished there was somewhere else I could place it, but it's either this or on carpet unfortunately.

EDIT: Given that most cases have stands that are further towards the middle, the length problem shouldn't be too big of a concern if the case has stands that are shorter than the length of the case. (Just tested it with an old PC case)
January 10, 2013 12:01:41 AM

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I wished there was somewhere else I could place it, but it's either this or on carpet unfortunately.


I was in a similar position a few years back after moving house. I ended up using a piece of MDF that i got from my local hardware store to stand the case on on the floor. Just an idea, as I would hate to see you regretting your choice of case later.

That build is similar to one i just did for a friend, the AMD processor is a little more powerful than the Intel one, and the board is a full ATX board, so there will be more room for upgrades later. The HDD is different as well, just personal preference really, I have a few of the barracuda's and the are bulletproof. If you haven't already started purchasing then it might be worth a look in this direction.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wMd4

Feel free to pm me if you need any help, i'll do my best. Good luck.
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