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Roundup: Four Gaming Cases Under $150

Element V Elements

Several large holes allow easy ingress and egress for hiding power cables behind the motherboard tray, while the largest of these holes permits access to CPU-cooler support plates without removing the motherboard. A variety of threaded standoff holes are also available to rigidly support motherboards up to the Extended ATX form factor.

A total of 11 5.25” external bays are reduced to five through the placement of three triple-drive racks and triple-bay cover panels. Anyone who really wants an extra three (or six) external bays could remove these parts without modifying the case.

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Thermaltake’s hard drive cages are designed for optimal airflow, rather than the greatest number of drives, supporting only three 3.5” drives in three 5.25” bays. Anyone who wants to add even more drives can find four-drive horizontal backplanes that fit within the same three-bay space, but smooth-sided five-drive vertical backplanes won’t fit due to tabs that separate each of the case’s half-height bays.

Our biggest concern for long-term use is Thermaltake’s unique side fan, which is wired directly to a set of spring-loaded contacts. Replacements are only available from Thermaltake, which is why we wish there had been a three-pin connector between the contact pad and fan cable.

  • skora
    Good article. But I'm a little surprised that the Element actually found the Buy award. Usually seems like that's set aside for superior products that don't have the QC issues this did.

    I'm sure there will be request for this case and that and across a lot of price ranges.

    If you do enough of these, you could do a "Best Gaming Case for the Money" series. Or is that peeing in Don's yard?
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  • sarsoft
    No Antec Nine Hundred case...
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  • p1n3apqlexpr3ss
    That wouldnt be a bad idea tbh skora, would like to know what the best budget case is out there... not excactly a fan of the antec 200/300
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  • 4ILY45
    No CM 690 II??
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  • bk641
    the cm doesn't have a fan control option, afaik.
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  • Gosh, that Zalman is butt-ugly.
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  • zoemayne
    ANTEC 902?
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  • sarsoft
    More cases need to be added. There are other case under $150 that are better choices.
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  • bk641
    the lancool (lian-li) k62 is a very, very good case for a sub $100 range. i'm using one, and it has pretty much everything you'd want in a mid-tower case. i especially like its HDD bay system, which can be configured to have the hard drives straight on, or perpendicular. in addition to that there are four quiet fans (two on top) and room for two 5870s.
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  • Crashman
    sarsoftNo Antec Nine Hundred case...No OLD cases. The Cooler Master case ended up in here by mistake, it was supposed to be for stuff released from November onward.
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