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Sub-$50 Case Conundrum

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Poll: Sub-$50 Case Conundrum (3 member(s) have cast votes)

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  1. Rosewill CHALLENGER (0 votes [0.00%])

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  2. COOLER MASTER Elite 430 (2 votes [66.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  3. Xigmatek ASGARD II (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. XION XON-180 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Other (1 votes [33.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

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#1 zantaff


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:58 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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#2 zantaff

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

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)
Front pannel display
Side Window

A bit more expensive
Mail in rebates are VERY sketchy.

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

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

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:51 PM

To be honest...I've always considered the case...the least important consideration in a system, assuming that proper ventilation is afforded. I've never seen anyone report computer problems/disasters as the result of the case which the system components happened to be in at the time.

I'm much more concerned about every other component, including cables.

Some people like "nice/expensive" cases but I find that ordinary does the job.


Edited by hamluis, 08 January 2013 - 01:52 PM.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

Hi zantaff

I have to side with Louis. I've never seen a case cause a computer crash.

In My experience the biggest difference in cases is do you like the looks, does it feel cheap (flimsy). Does it have enough 5.25" drive bays for DVD or BluRay drives?. Are there enough 3.5" bays for a floppy drive or a card reader or USB3 front plate? Are there enough internal 3.5" hard drive bays?
Does it have any 2.5" SSD drive bays? Does it have a Bottom front and a rear top fan for air circulation?

My experience is that the cheaper cases can be flimsy and easy to strip out the screw threads. Or they have poor fit.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:41 PM


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:29 PM

I'd go for the Coolermaster case because it's a well built case.

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