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Antec's GX500 Gaming Case Costs Just $50

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Antec's GX500 gaming case is now available around the world.

PC case and power supply company Antec has announced the immediate availability of the GX500, the latest chassis in its GX line of gaming cases. This one has actually been available for a little while already, but we're assuming Antec is celebrating wider availability with today's announcement.

The GX500 is aimed squarely at the budget conscious gamer and sits quite low on the range of cases the company offers, rivaling the pricing of cases seen in the company's 'value solution' product category. This ATX/Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX case boasts room for four fans in total (two 120 mm in front, two 120 mm on top, and one each on the left side panel and in the rear) with three pre-installed (one in the rear, two on top). Fans are controlled via two channels; the case has room for a radiator measuring 240 mm max. 

There's also space for two 5.25-inch drives (external, tool-free) as well as one 3.5-inch drive (external, instead of one 2.5-inch drive), four 3.5-inch drives (internal), and one 2.5-inch drive (internal, instead of one 3.5-inch external drive). It fits a standard ATX PSU (not included with the case), as well as seven expansion slots. Max GPU length is 380 mm (or 15 inches), while CPUs can be no taller than 158 mm. The I/O panel offers support for two USB 3.0 ports and one audio in/out. 

Pricing for the Antec GX500 is $50 in the U.S.A. and Canada, or £44/€48 in Europe.

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    BulkZerker , April 7, 2014 11:11 AM
    Shame those aren't 140 mounts.
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    RazberyBandit , April 7, 2014 11:40 AM
    This case looks alright. But I agree with BulkZerker -- it's a pity the fan openings don't support 140mm fans.

    Jane, a minor mistake you may wish to correct:

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    This ATX/Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX case boasts room for four fans in total (two 120 mm in front, two 120 mm on top, and one each on the left side panel and in the rear) with three pre-installed (one in the rear, two on top).


    2 front + 2 top + 1 side + 1 rear = 6 fans in total, not 4.
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    spartanmk2 , April 7, 2014 11:40 AM
    Not bad, I like it.
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    Junit151 , April 7, 2014 1:23 PM
    Correction: It has room for more than "4 fans in total" it has room for "six".
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    _BigHead_ , April 7, 2014 1:25 PM
    woah, a 158 mm tall CPU?? thats enormous... i wonder if it could run crysis?
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    monsta , April 8, 2014 12:33 AM
    Great case for its price
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    TheMentalist , April 8, 2014 4:46 AM
    Awesome for the price really
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    Jeffrey H , April 8, 2014 4:53 AM
    I say one of the more Decent Cases I have seen so far on the market, and something that should be looked at if you want to work on a budget.
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    spookyman , April 8, 2014 6:43 AM
    Its good enough for a cheap box for a cheap build.
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    f-14 , April 8, 2014 7:28 AM
    Quote:
    This case looks alright. But I agree with BulkZerker -- it's a pity the fan openings don't support 140mm fans.

    Jane, a minor mistake you may wish to correct:

    Quote:
    This ATX/Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX case boasts room for four fans in total (two 120 mm in front, two 120 mm on top, and one each on the left side panel and in the rear) with three pre-installed (one in the rear, two on top).


    2 front + 2 top + 1 side + 1 rear = 6 fans in total, not 4.


    she's getting hip to being part of the common core generation!
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    artk2219 , April 8, 2014 1:10 PM
    That side panel looks like there is enough space to mount a 200mm fan without much of an issue if they would have just made the mountings for it and meshed it out (obviously not included it though, not for $50 dollars). But i guess that's a feature that's still reserved for the more expensive cases.
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    alextheblue , April 8, 2014 6:01 PM
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    she's getting hip to being part of the common core generation!

    Common Core is so ridiculous. "Our students are ignorant and bad test scores are reflecting poorly on us. We can't seem to be arsed to make them learn or hold them accountable for their lack of effort, so we're changing the tests instead."
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    alextheblue , April 8, 2014 6:06 PM

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    That side panel looks like there is enough space to mount a 200mm fan without much of an issue if they would have just made the mountings for it and meshed it out (obviously not included it though, not for $50 dollars). But i guess that's a feature that's still reserved for the more expensive cases.


    I think that overall it's a really, really nice case for $50. Budget gaming at its finest. But it also has a lot of modding potential. I mean, like you said the side panel is ripe for a larger fan (140mm at a bare minimum), and you could probably add another intake fan to the bottom of the case between the hard drive rack and the PSU intake.

    If you added an intake to the bottom you could just slap a magnetic filter on the bottom. I'd also like a closer look to see if filters could be added to the front without too much effort. You could potentially set this up like a much more expensive case with a few minor modifications.

    Even bone stock it's really nice for $50 though.
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    thundervore , April 8, 2014 7:51 PM
    Its going to be tough to beat the HAF 912 which is under $50, and supports 200mm fans in the top and front and a 140mm on the side.

    Honestly, I refuse to buy another case unless it supports dual 140mm in the front and dual 140mm fans in the roof. Im done with side mounted fans unless they use some kind of contact technology so I can take off the door with the fan mounted without unplugging the fan (Thermaltake uses this technology but I refuse to buy Thermaltake)
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