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Old 11-08-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default As cheap as possible case for secondary rig

Hi all, I have a Q6600 and all the parts lying around for a secondary rig. The case needs to have room for an ATX motherboard, a Tuniq Tower and a 6870. I have two 120mm case fans that I can also add to the case. Any recommendations that are very cheap $50 tops would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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My recommendation would be the Antec One. It is probably the best, full featured mid tower you can buy for under $50. Great clearance for large heatsinks, and also good ventilation and cooling design for fans.


A slightly cheaper alternative is the NZXT Source 210.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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Ahhh c'mon, for $50 shipped you need a windowed Lian-Li to show off that Tuniq Tower. I still have mine. What a classy classic! Or you could just go super el cheapo and snag a $15 Gigabyte box.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:02 PM   #4
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Ahhh c'mon, for $50 shipped you need a windowed Lian-Li to show off that Tuniq Tower. I still have mine. What a classy classic! Or you could just go super el cheapo and snag a $15 Gigabyte box.
Wow, that Lian Li looks great. Will I find it that cheap usually?
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:23 PM   #5
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Nope. Never. And nowhere.
http://camelegg.com/product/N82E16811112238?locale=US
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:33 PM   #6
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The NZXT is the cheapest case now, I believe ($30AR). I've seen some as low as $15 but those are few and far between.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:29 AM   #7
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What about this case? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811237036

I'm not sure if it'll fit the Tuniq Tower but it's quite cheap.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:05 AM   #8
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I got a free-after-rebate Diablotek case that seems to be working okay. I wouldn't use it for high-performance gaming or anything, and it came with broken "tool-less" plastic bits and no side or top fan mounts, but I can't really complain, given the price. Also, it fits a Hyper 212+ cooler which is unusual for the really cheapo cases. So maybe just wait for a sale on some crappy case.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:07 PM   #9
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NZXT Source 210 $30AR

CPU cooler clearance 160mm so it'll fit the Tuniq Tower
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:26 PM   #10
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Is Antec usually good with mail in rebates?If so I'm going to order the Antec 300 for $35 after mir later today.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:07 PM   #11
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NZXT Source 210 $30AR

CPU cooler clearance 160mm so it'll fit the Tuniq Tower
A good deal, but I bought the Antec 300 for the same price. I wonder how it'll compare to my 1200, I assume not quite the same quality given that I bought this case for $170 years ago.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:26 AM   #12
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Antec 300 is sturdier than NZXT Source and has an extra fan, but NZXT Source has better cable management, black interior, more space and a bottom PSU fan intake area
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:00 PM   #13
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nice to see all comments :p
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:59 PM   #14
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Pretty impressed by the Antec 300. Haven't had the chance to build the computer but the build quality is great for $30. Makes my Antec 1200 look gigantic too.
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