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Do I need to spend £90 on a case?

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by Criller, 16 Apr 2010.

  1. Criller


    Joined: 7 Dec 2009

    Posts: 11


    Just looking at cases for a new PC build. Looking at the various threads I see people happy with £30 cases and others happy with £90 cases. I like the look of the Antec 902 and Coolmaster CM-690 II Adv. But do I really need to spend as much as £90 for a case?

    Another thread highly rated the £30 Akasa Freedom Xone so I'm confused.

    I don't intend to do any overclocking.

    My main concerns in buying a case are:-

    1. Must have good airflow for conventional fan cooling. In the past I've bought cheap cases and suffered overheating.
    2. Must accept PSU's from any/most manufacturers.
    3. Musn't be too big. Normal desktop tower size, which i know leaves it quite open but it needs to fit comfortably under a desk.

    What suggestions do you experts have?


  2. pastymuncher

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 12 Jul 2005

    Posts: 19,108

    Location: Aberlour, NE Scotland

    Cases are more of a personal choice than other components as it's the one thing that will be starring you in the face every day. It's also probably the component that you will have the longest so it's best to buy a decent one in the first place. As a rule, the more you pay the better the build quality and features although it's not always so clear cut as that. At the end of the day people can recommend a case to you but it's really only something that you can decide if the build quality, features and looks are worth the extra cost of a more expensive case.
  3. Nefluw


    Joined: 12 Apr 2010

    Posts: 13

    Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

    If you care about things like cable management, tool-less design, water cooling options etc. then yes.

    though, If you don't want spend too much on a case then you should look at the NZXT Beta Evo. TONS of great features for the money :)
  4. shahpor


    Joined: 13 Mar 2007

    Posts: 833

    I'm in exactly the same situation as you.

    Not sure if I should spend the money on the CM-690 or go for the much cheaper Akasa (got a Akasa Zen at the moment and it has not done badly).

    The thing is, I keep reminding myself, there must be a reason for the extra expense, and i'm sure most of it is to do with the construction of the case.

    Also, I tend to keep my cases for a while, so my thinking now is; am I really gonna miss the extra £60 years from now?

    The answer is no. So for those reasons, I think I am heading towards the Coolermaster myself.
  5. DavieJG


    Joined: 24 Sep 2009

    Posts: 619

    as with everything u get what you pay for.

    if u dont need the features, no need to spend £90
  6. shahpor


    Joined: 13 Mar 2007

    Posts: 833

    Well, I have just bought a CM-690 II, so I guess I do need a £90 case. :)
  7. SupermotoMX

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Feb 2010

    Posts: 1,090

    will add a cheaper case in, am using nzxt m59 case (windowd one) there are so many slots for fans, the inside is painted in a nice black, and the customer service is the best ive ever had. (2 fans + tshirt for 1 shatterd fan)

    thats just me, it had cable management holes, and tooless drive's also, it does feel kinda flimbsy but once its all together and sat ontopof my desk you couldnt tell. suggest you see what your needs are before you fork out on a case :)
  8. lazer46


    Joined: 14 Apr 2010

    Posts: 519

    Antec 300 is a very good case indeed and doesn't cost the earth.
  9. Servo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Nov 2003

    Posts: 1,526

    Location: Cumbria

    The Akasa Freedom Xone is really good value, I've built two so far. It does have alot of features not normally found on budget cases, like cable management, 140mm fans, cut out on motherboard back panel. white led fan on the front and much more.

    For £30 buy it.
  10. C64


    Joined: 16 Mar 2007

    Posts: 12,811

    Location: London

    It mainly comes down to looks as well as features mainly build quality which can be less noisy than some cheaper cases.
    There's perfectly good cases out there such as the akasa one you mentioned though.
    Last edited: 18 Apr 2010
  11. eggbert


    Joined: 27 Mar 2010

    Posts: 51

    +1 For the Antec 300

    Relativly cheap with good cooling options, Stock fans are loud on highest setting though.
  12. Andre


    Joined: 25 Feb 2003

    Posts: 2,659

    Location: Deep dark hole

    +1 for the Akasa.

    I normally pay a bundle for cases as I keep them 5+ years (last one was 10! - still going strong, but air flow isn't up to modern standards, so relegated to spare machine) - but just for a change thought I'd try the Akasa and I am most impressed with the quality. Toolless for all but the motherboard standoffs/screws

    When it arrived it was a foot down - quick request to OcUK and one flew through my door direct from Akasa a few days later.

    Already put three different HSF on the CPU and am I glad it has a cutout in the motherboard!
  13. smilertoo


    Joined: 4 Aug 2005

    Posts: 3,077

    I recommend the antec1200, its expensive but its big and will last for years...its also very well cooled so you can run fans on low speed settings..thus reducing the noise.
  14. Souljacker


    Joined: 18 Jul 2009

    Posts: 678

    Location: UK

    Antec 300 or Coolermaster 690.
  15. cook001


    Joined: 25 Jan 2009

    Posts: 295

  16. Skillmister


    Joined: 3 Oct 2009

    Posts: 19,786

    Location: Wales

    Antec 300 all the way
  17. Hotwired


    Joined: 17 Aug 2009

    Posts: 8,519

    I'd recommend my case to anyone. Antec Mini-P180 mATX case. Used to be about £90 now you can get it new for ~62.

    Mind you, it's not a floor kind of case, PSU intake is underneath and theres a door to open. Fairly low tower so its good for perching next to a monitor.
  18. Camoe


    Joined: 6 Jan 2010

    Posts: 795

    Location: Peterborough, UK

    Antec 300 it is..
  19. kalvindeane

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

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    Location: A box in the Astral Plane

    Me too ! Great case :p
  20. EdwardTeach


    Joined: 18 Mar 2010

    Posts: 3,567