When it comes to cases, i say "cheap cheap cheap cheap" when selecting, but i see that there are cases for upward of $350
What is the most high priced case you guys have ever bought, any why did you buy it? (Or pick one you would buy if You got a double bonus this year or something - and why)
When you buy high dollar cases, what are you looking for?
Faktrl is Best Pony
10th September 2007
Antec 900 AGC.
Mostly for durability, size, and flexibility. Haven't looked back.
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
My Antec 300. I paid around $50 for it way back when from Newegg. I made my own wire management holes and painted the interior black. Its pretty small compared to most gaming cases which is one of the reasons i like it. It fits on the bottom shelf of my TV stand (i use my 1080P TV as my monitor), and is very easy to move around. Just like the rest of the antec series, it has excellent airflow. I have a i7 860 and a GTX 470, both with good overclocks, and everything still stays nice and cool.
I have seriously considered getting a Antec 1200 though.
that's not too bad, it actually looks like a nice case for the price. :)
on both lol
My case at the moment is the Antec Nine Hundred Two, which I bought for ~$200 NZ. It's a good case; I think it looks good, it keeps everything cool, and its tricool fans are very quiet at the lowest setting, yet still provide good enough airflow. The only thing I can hear from my case is my 4870 fan, which is actually turned to as low as it'll go - 20% or 25%, I think it is.
While there are some very good cases for relatively cheap (a good example being the Antec 300, in my opinion) in general, cheap cases are something to be steered away from. Cases have to be able to protect your components from trauma (casual kickings, things being dropped on them, and dust is always a big problem), as well as keep your components cool. Most cheap cases that I've seen usually fail at one or both of these; they are gaudy-looking pieces of crap (for lack of a better phrase) with no regard for manufacturing quality or function - I have a particular distaste for clear acrylic cases.
Recently I've seen a slew of very good (though to be fair, also rather expensive) cases - the RV02 and FT02 from Silverstone I find particularly interesting, Corsair's 800D, and CoolerMaster's ATCS 840. Next build, if I don't go with my Nine Hundred Two, I'll probably pick one of those four, unless something newer comes by (quite likely, I won't be looking for a new computer for at least a couple more years, most likely until I graduate in 4 or 5 years time and get a job).
the 3 computers I have build used the cheapest cases i could buy...
a $30 combo deal on my desktop that was case, PSU, keyboard, and mouse... The case is flimsey but it gets the job done and the 400 Watt PSU does what i need - No Problems (other than that the mouse and keyboard are garbage :p ) I also modded in 4 fans - 120 MM over the CPU - two 50 MM over the GPU, and one 120mm on top between the CD drive and PSU (then the normal fan spots used)
the other build (the 3rd one was a used case so pff) I used a cheap linkworld case from newegg... was microatx, has 2 fans and a 400 watt PSU - Very small case (beige, so it looks old but IDC)
I loved it as the steel was good quality and the case worked exactly as it was supposed to in general. (Only complaint on that one is the plastic nub for the CD drive panel was too small and broke, very quick fix though) but for $20 it worked great.
Most I've paid on a case was $150 for a Lian Li. but my benching station that I have now costs around $300 to have one custom-built for you.
Srsly though, once you go caseless you'll never want a case again.
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
HAF 932 cost around £90. Nice to see a new version of that case out though that is now painted black on the inside even though they have not added the side fan. Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932-KWN3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Side window
kow_ciller;5402383Srsly though, once you go caseless you'll never want a case again.
Lol, it is kinda fun to screw a mobo to a piece of wood isn't it :D (I was testing a bunch of old mobos for life last i did this.)
My NZXT Tempest cost me €100 (about $130). My ATCS 840, which I have at the moment and I don't see myself replacing for a long while, cost me €200, or about $280.