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Best Budget Case?

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by Ice Rich, 24 Jan 2006.

  1. Ice Rich

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Dec 2004

    Posts: 2,414

    Hello all,

    What is the best budget case?

    Im after something cheap but dont want somthing badly made.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Rich

    Edit: No PSU required.
     
  2. Raikiri

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,315

    Location: Brighton

    Antec SLK3000B Midi Tower Case £32
    CoolerMaster Centurion 530 ~£40
     
  3. hogfather

    Mobster

    Joined: 8 Jun 2004

    Posts: 3,074

    Location: Sarrrf London

    The asus ones are good because they come with a good PSU too, artound the 36 quid mark.
     
  4. mosfet

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Sep 2004

    Posts: 1,152

    Location: London

    Antec SLK3000B or 3700B. Both supurb cases.
     
  5. Yewen

    Capodecina

    Joined: 9 Nov 2003

    Posts: 17,719

    Location: Leeds

    No PSU, then its the CM Centurion 530, good little case that.
     
  6. Ice Rich

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Dec 2004

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    Nice suggestions,

    Antec SLK3000B seems like a popular and good choice, anyone have any pics with the front open?

    Are there any none problems with the case? Is it loud?

    Thanks

    Rich
     
  7. Ice Rich

    Wise Guy

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    Ive place an order with the SLK3000B - seems like a good choice, right? :)

    Has everything I need - ATX, additional Fan holes (Are fans supplied). + it seems roomy so should be easy to work with.

    Thanks
     
  8. W00dy

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Beside the Seaside !

    The SLK3000B has one rear 120mm fan IIRC (and space for a further 120mm up front).

    The case is excellent quality and easy to work in, despite the fact it has no removable motherboard tray.

    One suggestion - fit your PSU BEFORE fitting the motherboard as the bar across the case will make fitting the PSU after the mortherboard has gone in difficult.
     
  9. Raikiri

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    Location: Brighton

  10. alexakasloth

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Aug 2004

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    Location: Sussex

    Another vote for the antec 3000b Superb cooling for that price.
     
  11. Ice Rich

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Dec 2004

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    My 3000b is now set-up, its looks great. Very quiet and cool.

    Thanks for all reccomendations!

    Rich
     
  12. alexakasloth

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Sussex

    What actual temps are you getting, and what cooling are you using?
     
  13. madmaca

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Staffordshire

    I've just built a system for a friend using the Thermaltake Soprano (£47). Very impresses with it. 2 x 120mm fans, totally tool-less drive bays - and no cut fingers during the build :)

    The paint finish on the door is even better in the flesh too :)
     
  14. Sandmaster500

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Jan 2005

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    Location: Leeds/Oxford

    Centurion 530! It has the same features if not more and has the bonus of looking like a much more expensive case :)

    Fully recomend it!
     
  15. SidewinderINC

    Soldato

    Joined: 8 Feb 2004

    Posts: 5,213

    Location: Dartford, Kent

    i'd even go as far as saying the Lian li PC-7 Plus is a budget case! for what you get with that case its an unbelievable price!

    its £12 more expensive than the 530, but so much better all round!
     
  16. Yewen

    Capodecina

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    Location: Leeds

    The PC-7 is a budget Lian Li!

    :D But its still a Lian Li :D
     
  17. flipside

    Gangster

    Joined: 22 Nov 2005

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    Antec SLK3000B Midi Tower Case £32

    Is the best choice in my opinion and well done for ordering it ;)

    I have one and they're excellent.
     
  18. Tens

    Gangster

    Joined: 22 Nov 2004

    Posts: 326

    i tihnk its worth getting a nice case unless your only ever going ot open it once, im really glad about my case as its really simple fitting things like drives
     
  19. hogfather

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    Location: Sarrrf London

    yeah, i LOVE my antec aria. Sure, temps are silly and its a little noisy at the moment, but I'm fixing it slowly :D

    Totally worth it :)
     
  20. Ice Rich

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Dec 2004

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    Ive had a few people mail me about my new case (SLK3000B) and what i think about it.

    I was after a cheap case that looked ok and performed well- which is exactly what I got.

    The build was really easy (even though it does not have a motherboard tray). Im using a XP-120 heatsink with a stealth fan - the supplied case fan is only a little louder on slow speed which is great considering the stealth is almost silent. The only thing I can hear is my 9800PRO fan. Temps are good (28-30 Load) on the my 3000 Winnie.

    Case is big enough to house all my tagen 480w wires comfortably too. Im very please.

    Rich