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Sub-$50 Case Conundrum

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January 8, 2013 7:00:56 AM

I've been looking at cases, and I've found 4 sub-$50 cases I like.
One main feature that I'm looking for is the painted interior.
Side window would be a plus, but it's not necessary, since I can make one myself.

The challenge is now, which to pick?
Which do you think is the best, based on price & features?

Rosewill CHALLENGER ~ $49 on eBay

COOLER MASTER Elite 430~ $45 on Newegg

Xigmatek ASGARD II ~ $34 on eBay

XION XON-180 ~ $35 on Newegg ($25 with $10 mail in rebate)

Let the battle begin.

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January 8, 2013 7:11:29 AM

Go with the Rosewill or Cooler Master. Anything below the $50 is usually cheap for a reason, i.e. shoddy build quality etc.
January 8, 2013 8:23:48 AM

personally i will go with CM elite, looking from its photos, it should have pretty good air flow from front to back/top
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January 8, 2013 1:18:11 PM

Oh, I missed that Z9 because of the rebate. It looks pretty swish!
January 8, 2013 2:13:41 PM

Ok now it's defintally between these two cases:
Both have wire routing, 2 side panels, 3 Pre-installed fans.

ZALMAN ZM-Z9 U3 $48 (after rebate)
Pros:
Front pannel display
Side Window

Cons:
A bit more expensive
Mail in rebates are VERY sketchy.

Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 $40
Pros:
Screw-less features
Less expensive

Cons:
No real cons, just a few less features than the Z9
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