I've been shopping for cases, and I still can't come to any conclusion.
My predicament is:
A budget of $100 including which needs to encompass:
-Optional Case fans
Fits a Mugen 2 rev. B
Fits a XFX 5850
Needs to be not completely immobile, so some of the huge cases might be out.
Not obnoxiously loud
Not Lit up with LEDS all over the place.
Possibilities so far that I've come up with:
Lian Li Lancool K7B ($90, but it has free shipping)
Antec 300 w/ additional 3 Scythe "Slipstream" Case Fans rated at 24db (totaling around $97 w/ shipping)
Lian Li Lancool K60B (comes to $105 with shipping, but 5$ isn't that much of an issue)
These are only a few of the possibilities, but you guys know better than me about cooling and such.
So far the Antec 300 setup sounds the most appealing, with 5 fans, 3 rated at 60+ CFM and low db. The Lian LI Lancool K7 has the removable motherboard tray and top mounted power supply that appeal to me, however, I do not know about the cooling on the K7, as it only has 2 front intake fans and and one outtake. It depends on the PSU to be the other outtake to balance the 2:2 ratio. The K60B is the biggest of the three, and might be overkill, but I'm not completely sure.
most people don't base buying a case on performance, they base it on astetics. A case can 'perform well' and have great airflow, but if you hate how it looks.. than you wouldn't buy it.
I like the antec 300 - it's cheap, but has bad cable routing.
If I were to choose a mid tower case right now, i'd go for the CM 690 II basic (in your price range) or the Fractal Design R3 (whenever they come out - but not in your price range)
Cmon rison. the 300 is a nearly 5 years old case. You can find younger and cheaper case that are better:P ere is a little list ( my fav are the BETA and the CM 430...the 430 is dead AWESOME )
NCIX.com - Buy NZXT Beta Evo ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front Audio USB Black - BETA EVO In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy NZXT Gamma ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 7X3.5 Front USB Audio eSATA with 120MM Rear Fan No PSU - GAMMA In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Gladiator 600 ATX Midtower Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front USB eSATA Audio No PSU - RC-600-KKN1-GP In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Elite RC-330 ATX Blk Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS 1X120MM Rear Fan Front I/O Panel - RC-330-KKN1 In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Elite 430 Black ATX Mid Tower Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Sound - RC-430-KWN1 In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster CM 690 II Basic ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 6X3.5INT Front USB eSATA Audio *No PSU* - RC-692-KKN3 In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA - RC-690-KKN1 In Canada.
The 690 2 basic and the CM 430 are far my fav. They hae more place inside compare to any antec case with a good built quality and palce to add so many fan. Take a look at these;)
Cm690II basic can be had on sale all the time for around $70 , and wipes the floor clean with the Antec 300, ten times over.
haf922 in super special? altough shipping will go over 100 buckers
I am with Kayen on this, no contest.
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 1X3.5EXT 6X3.5INT *No PSU* - RC-692-KKN2 In Canada.
I have a friend who Used to buy 200 dollar cases, he bought this for his new build and loves it. It's got good cable mgmt and an awesome look - keeps his rig nice and cool, and with the extra coin was able to upgrade to the 5870.
Newegg.ca - HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case w/ Front Blue LED 120mm Fan & Top 120mm Fan
i personally like the cooler master storm scout fans are pretty nice and room for 2 120mm on the sidewindow.nice size,although larger vid cards would be an inch or so inside the hdd bay
Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $107 cad,it's a shame that its only $70 usd including shipping
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