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Old September 23, 2008, 02:37 PM
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I've been conscripted to build a quick/simple/CHEAP PC, and I've gotten everything squared away except a case. What are people using these days that has decent airflow and space, but fits in the ~$100 range? If possible, something that looks half decent as well. I was looking at the Antec Sonata III, but as I've only ever built pretty high-end gaming rigs, this is all new to me.
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Old September 23, 2008, 02:49 PM
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Cooler Master 690.
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Old September 23, 2008, 02:54 PM
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With our without PSU? Cooler Master CM 690 is about $80 without a PSU and a good solid case. I still like the Antec line of cases, Antec Mini P180 is about $90 with no PSU. With PSU an Antec Sonata III comes with a 500W and s a good price at $97.99. All prices from the HWC Price Compare link.
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Old September 23, 2008, 03:17 PM
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CM 690 is around $72 right now, and a very nice case, even enthusiasts like us use it, I've seen people use it for water cooling.

Although if you can get a P180 for less than $100, go for it!!..
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What Dwayne said. :)

CM 690 for case without a PSU & Antec Sonatta III if you need a PSU.
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Old September 23, 2008, 03:44 PM
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I've got a PSU already, so that's taken care of. The CM690 looks a little too big, methinks. The Antec P180 is about right, but I'm worried about fitment. How are they for video cards? I've got to fit a 9800GT in there somehow.
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Old September 23, 2008, 04:19 PM
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Antec 300, classified as a mini, not mid tower.

For only 65 bucks it a pretty nice little case.

NCIX.com - Buy Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio - THREE HUNDRED In Canada.
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Imo I'll get a P180 over a Antec 300 anytime... Seriously the CM 690 does look big, but it sure is a very very nicely designed case, you'll love it.
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Heck I'm going to have a pretty darn good deal on some 300's very soon. Just went to a supplier show and they had some great show specials. Ordered 20, should be able to sell them as low as $50 brand new sealed in box.
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themraltake soprano RS101 = 58$

psu, OCZ StealthXtrem 600W was 48$ after MIR on DC
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