Computer cases: Good ones. Cheap ones.

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#1 Posted by realguitarhero5 (3900 posts) -

What is a good case that has easy installation?  Looking to pay between $50 and $75.

I don't really care what it looks like.  However, I would rather it be more of a "black box" look...

4136_99_bitfenix_shinobi_window_mid_towe4086_99_corsair_obsidian_650d_mid_tower_

Than a gaudy "please kill me" look.

Dracula_case.jpgCS859SL-unit.jpg

#2 Posted by LordEC911 (9972 posts) -

I would suggest in purchasing something of higher quality for two parts out of a new or first time build.
A case and a power supply.

Now keep in mind that doesn't mean to go crazy or way over budget but these two components can last for multiple builds.

A case is completely a personal decision depending on what your priorities are; lots of space, watercooling, good airflow, compact size, silence, etc.

A power supply is simply about brand and quality. A gold rated 500-650w PSU is the sweet spot right now and 700-750w in case you ever plan on going with a highend dual card setup. Corsair and Seasonic have great build quality and general have very good prices on newegg, there was just a deal on a Seasonic X750 for $90 after all savings.

#3 Posted by realguitarhero5 (3900 posts) -

I was planning on going with a X750!

What would be a "higher quality" case, you think?  Are the Corsair Carbide series cases high quality or should I go with Obsidian?

#4 Posted by LordEC911 (9972 posts) -

I was planning on going with a X750!

What would be a "higher quality" case, you think?  Are the Corsair Carbide series cases high quality or should I go with Obsidian?

realguitarhero5

It really depends on what you are looking for. Myself, I like the whole sleek industrial look. My first real case was a Antec P180b because I was focused on silence at the time. My second and current case is a Cooler Master ATCS840 because I wanted a full tower so I could full enclose my watercooling loop.

I personally like metal cases, they are heavier but IMO look better and just feel like higher quality.
Features I love:
A removeable mobo tray with holes for CPU heatsink access and PSU cable routing. OMG it makes modding/updating your build so much easier, you just unplug everything slide out the tray and do your thing, you don't have to remove all the other components and all the freaking mobo screws.
Bottom mounted PSU. It allows for the higher TDP components to be at the top of the case and hopefully gets them better airflow.
Removeable hard drive cages with SSD adapters. Again, makes swapping things in/out so much easier when you can work on it outside the confines of your case.
Simple airflow concept. Once you start getting too many fans involved you really have too many variables to try to find your best config. I personally like to set up my cases with positive air pressure to reduce the amount of dust in my system and to move as much cool air as possible through my radiators.

 

So for straight forward advice, outline what you want from your case and narrow the search that way.
As far as brands there are too many to list but just a few off the top of my head; Antec, CoolerMaster, Corsair, Silverstone, Fractual Design, Lian Li, Rosewill, ThermalTake and NZXT. With that sort of price point you are looking at midtowers which should suit your needs just fine.

#5 Posted by DieselCat18 (2960 posts) -

What is a good case that has easy installation? Looking to pay between $50 and $75.

I don't really care what it looks like. However, I would rather it be more of a "black box" look...

4136_99_bitfenix_shinobi_window_mid_towe4086_99_corsair_obsidian_650d_mid_tower_

Than a gaudy "please kill me" look.

Dracula_case.jpgCS859SL-unit.jpg

realguitarhero5

$59.99 after $20 MIR + Free S&H ....... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216

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#6 Posted by ionusX (25715 posts) -

[QUOTE="realguitarhero5"]

What is a good case that has easy installation? Looking to pay between $50 and $75.

I don't really care what it looks like. However, I would rather it be more of a "black box" look...

4136_99_bitfenix_shinobi_window_mid_towe4086_99_corsair_obsidian_650d_mid_tower_

Than a gaudy "please kill me" look.

Dracula_case.jpgCS859SL-unit.jpg

DieselCat18

$59.99 after $20 MIR + Free S&H ....... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216

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$59.99 BEFORE 10 dollar MiR + free S&H...... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060

$65 ...... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108406 (comes in black at other retailers)

#7 Posted by avneet1 (236 posts) -

I'm a fan of the Storm Scout 2 myself. Lots of airflow that will be great for keeping your computer cool.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119263&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

#8 Posted by MonsieurX (29975 posts) -
300R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011
#9 Posted by realguitarhero5 (3900 posts) -

Is the Zalman Z11 Plus anygood?  It's pretty cheap and has good cable management behind the motherboard as well as a spot back there for a 2.5" SSD as well.

#10 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -
I see your budget, but I can only recommend the Corsair cases, like Obsidian. They have that black box-clean professional look.
#11 Posted by Toxic-Seahorse (4125 posts) -

I'd also recommend the Antec 300 Illusion for $60 + free shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

It comes with 4 fans (2 front intake, 1 top exhaust, 1 rear exhaust)

#12 Posted by RushKing (1771 posts) -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146078

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146077

#13 Posted by --Anna-- (4489 posts) -

Hmm.... low budget then: Cooler Master Haf 912.

#14 Posted by kraken2109 (13027 posts) -

Antec 300 (or the new version, 302 is it?)

Corsair 200r, 300r etc

#15 Posted by demi0227_basic (894 posts) -

I would suggest in purchasing something of higher quality for two parts out of a new or first time build.
A case and a power supply.

Now keep in mind that doesn't mean to go crazy or way over budget but these two components can last for multiple builds.

A case is completely a personal decision depending on what your priorities are; lots of space, watercooling, good airflow, compact size, silence, etc.

A power supply is simply about brand and quality. A gold rated 500-650w PSU is the sweet spot right now and 700-750w in case you ever plan on going with a highend dual card setup. Corsair and Seasonic have great build quality and general have very good prices on newegg, there was just a deal on a Seasonic X750 for $90 after all savings.

LordEC911
This. A great case and PSU won't be outdated like other hardware and it well worth a heftier initial investment. I love higher end cases. Save up another $50-$100 for your' case/psu...your' options will be a lot better and you'll enjoy building more often. My Cosmos II has a door on it that makes getting in for maintenance oh so very easy. Was it overkill? Absolutely, but when my computer is 60lbs...that just makes it rewarding for me. ;)
#16 Posted by sleepingzzz (2260 posts) -

What ever case you get just make sure it has USB 3.0 for a front panel. May seem like a small thing but having to plug an external hard drive or 3.0 pen drive in the back of your case is going to be annoying once 3.0 becomes very common.

#17 Posted by CPX7700 (21 posts) -
Does anyone know where you can get a 90s style beige ATX case (preferably with good airflow) My monitor and keyboard are old, but my PC is new, and it would be cool if it matched them. There is one on newegg but it is a desktop case, and I would prefer a tower.
#18 Posted by kraken2109 (13027 posts) -
Does anyone know where you can get a 90s style beige ATX case (preferably with good airflow) My monitor and keyboard are old, but my PC is new, and it would be cool if it matched them. There is one on newegg but it is a desktop case, and I would prefer a tower.CPX7700
Why would you do that instead of just buying a modern keyboard and monitor?
#19 Posted by realguitarhero5 (3900 posts) -
[QUOTE="CPX7700"]Does anyone know where you can get a 90s style beige ATX case (preferably with good airflow) My monitor and keyboard are old, but my PC is new, and it would be cool if it matched them. There is one on newegg but it is a desktop case, and I would prefer a tower.kraken2109
Why would you do that instead of just buying a modern keyboard and monitor?

Juxtaposition, I assume. Try small businesses around where you live. I know my father has some old computers just like you are looking for, and I am sure his company is not the only one.
#20 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -
I know it is out of your price range, but this is a great case. It is the case I bought for my new Build I am working on. Just CPU and GPU left to get.
#21 Posted by kipsta77 (984 posts) -

Tomorrow im picking up the Centurion 6 from Cooler Master, I've always loved the Centurion line, just a great all-rounder case that looks clean and has heaps of features!

For $80Aud its a steal!

#22 Posted by richard040375 (2 posts) -
Hi there! An 11-Bay ATX Transparent Blue Computer Case with 3 LED Fans is one option for you. Another would be a CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Case with USB 3.0. There a lot of brands that would claim to be the best pc cases but it would greatly help if you check through brick and mortar stores before going online. You can also check this: http://www.squidoo.com/best-pc-cases
#23 Posted by richard040375 (2 posts) -
Hi there! An 11-Bay ATX Transparent Blue Computer Case with 3 LED Fans is one option for you. Another would be a CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Case with USB 3.0. There a lot of brands that would claim to be the best pc cases but it would greatly help if you check through brick and mortar stores before going online. You can also check this: http://www.squidoo.com/best-pc-cases