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#1 EuroFight

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:00 PM

I'm looking around for a new case for my gaming PC, since my dad nicked my old one. I have a budget of around £30, but could probably go up to £40 if necessary.

I was looking at the XCilo Touch 320 a while ago but can't find it anymore :(

Essentially I need a standard ATX case with decent cooling potential and basic cable management. I would like a couple of front USB ports and, although not essential, hot-swappable drive bays would be preferable.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:58 PM

Not sure if you like the style, and not sure what color you're looking for.  But the Xigmatek Asgard is good case at a fair price.  Think you might have a hard time finding a case with h-swappable drive buys for the amount of money you're willing to spend.

 

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 01:52 AM

You should give the bitfenix merc alpha a look. It has decent cable management and options for adding more fans.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 04:55 AM

Also consider the Antec One Hundred, Antec One and Fractal Core 1000. I have worked with all of these and they are good solid cases for the money.


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:29 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions everybody, unfortunately the Fractal Core 1000 only supports Micro ATX motherboards, and the Antec One Hundred is slightly out of my budget. The Antec One remains a possibility, but I am personally not particularly fond of the aesthetics of the case itself.

 

The Xigmatek Asgard looks good in terms of the tool-less drive bays and the cable management capabilities. It has an excellent price point as well, but again, I am not particularly fond of the styling.

 

I have to say, for me, I do like the look of the BitFenix Merc Alpha, with a bottom-mounted PSU and tool-less drive bays, the 4 USB ports on the front, and the two 120mm(?) fan slots on top, as well as the 120mm on the back, it looks like it has decent cooling potential, although the apparent lack of a front fan bay is the only negative I can think of.

 

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:41 AM

BitFenix merc alpha does have front fan bay; it can take upto 2 120mm fans at front for intake, another 120 mm for intake at the bottom. I am using this casing and have got a intake fans at the front and bottom.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 07:51 AM

BitFenix merc alpha does have front fan bay; it can take upto 2 120mm fans at front for intake, another 120 mm for intake at the bottom. I am using this casing and have got a intake fans at the front and bottom.

 

Thanks for the heads up - I'll order the case soon :)


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 08:46 AM

No problem. I am sure you wont be disappointed with the buy



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 11:20 PM

There's also the Zalman Z9 which is a great case..we've already had 2 of them the plus and the non plus..build quality is great and they look good on the inside aswell

We use the non plus atm, cause we had the plus..but the temp on the front was ugly especially in contrast to the blue fans.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 02:37 AM

Some of the good choices should be: BitFenix Merc Alpha, NZXT Gamma, Antec One etc etc.


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 02:52 AM

As I mentioned previously, unfortunately the Antec One is sightly out of my price range, as appears to be the NZXT Gamma (in the UK they are selling for £135!). The Zalman Z9 does look interesting especially with the large vents on the side panel, but it doesn't look like there are any top fan spaces. It does look good though.

 

Overall, I think I am won over by the BitFenix Merc Alpha at the moment, the only flaw in my opinion being the plain bit at the front could be a vent for the fan, which makes me stuck between that and the Zalman Z9.

 

What do you guys think of the Cooler Master Elite 430? In my opinion, it looks awesome, and it appears to have decent cooling potential. Unfortunately no cable management though :(


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:37 AM

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I had a 430 for a while, it was a pretty sweet case and while there is no specific cable management you can still manage cables haha

Granted I modded the case slightly with the read shroud up top. But without it there is still two exhaust fans.

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