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Help me pick affordable case for my new build

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January 23, 2013 1:29:20 PM

Hi everyone,

When I started to search components for my build I thought to take my old case. Since I took almost everything brand new Ive deiced to take new case too. Problem is that I cant spent too much money on new case.

These are my components:
- Intel i5 3570k
- 2 x 4GB Kingston HyperX Beast 2400MHz
- Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H
- Seasonic S12II-620Bronze or Seasonic M12II-620Bronze (second one is modular)
- Seagate Barracuda 1TB, SATA 3, 64Mb Cache
- Sony DVD/RW

These are my requirements for case:
- $30-60
- USB 3.0 ports on front are more than welcome
- dust filters are desirable
- good airflow in case
- good build quality

So far I found:
BitFenix Merc Alpha -
Enermax Ostrog -
Sharkoon T9 Value -
Sharkoon VS3-V -
MS-Tech CA-021 -
MS-Tech CA-0210 -

Feel free to share your prepositions or let me know what is your favorite from my list.
a b ) Power supply
January 23, 2013 3:55:12 PM

Of those cases the Ostrog seems like a good case with nice features, but I don't know about the build quality. I could suggest you some cases:

Haf 912:
Zalman Z11 Plus
Corsair 200R:

Any of those three cases have a good build quality, nice features and fits your budget.
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a b ) Power supply
January 23, 2013 4:33:04 PM

The Bitfenix Mec Alpha seems like a good quality budget case, also the Bitfenix Outlaw. Search something from NZXT, like the Source 220, Source 210/210 Elite.
January 23, 2013 4:45:35 PM

My friend from Geneva is not impressed with NZXT cases, so I would pass that brand.
January 23, 2013 5:43:49 PM

Antec is great, but in Europe on-line markets I cant find anything under $80 :fou: 
January 23, 2013 5:54:01 PM

Bitfenix makes some amazing budget cases. The outlaw would be an excellent choice.
January 23, 2013 6:06:16 PM

gamingboy said:
Bitfenix makes some amazing budget cases. The outlaw would be an excellent choice.
For now that my favorite too. But I will wait a little longer, maybe someone will come up with even better solution.
January 25, 2013 12:23:51 PM

Please let me know what you do you guys think about this case Cooler Master K280:

(Up to three fans on front, USB 3.0 on front, 3 tool-free slots, 3 centimeters wider than BitFenix Merc Alpha). I am worried about PSU mesh, is it too small? How do you compare this case to BitFenix Merc Alpha?