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Old 01-08-2013, 04:01 AM   #1
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Default Sub-$50 Case Conundrum

I've been looking at cases, and I've found 4 sub-$50 cases I like.
One main feature that I'm looking for is the painted interior.
Side window would be a plus, but it's not necessary, since I can make one myself.

The challenge is now, which to pick?
Which do you think is the best, based on price & features?

Rosewill CHALLENGER ~ $49 on eBay

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 ~ $45 on Newegg

Xigmatek ASGARD II ~ $34 on eBay

XION XON-180 ~ $35 on Newegg ($25 with $10 mail in rebate)

Let the battle begin.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:20 AM   #2
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This should be in the Cases & Cooling subforum.

Best $50 case in my opinion: NZXT Source 210 Elite $50 (temporarily out of stock). Xigmatek Asgard Pro $50 could be good as well

For less: CM Elite 430 $40 on Amazon
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:59 AM   #3
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USB3 version of Challenger is a good buy at $40 right now. Builder friend uses it for his own budget case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147060
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:56 AM   #4
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USB3 version of Challenger is a good buy at $40 right now. Builder friend uses it for his own budget case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147060
Wow, that does look like a great case. Routing, tooless entry, back pannel for mobo. Nice!
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:11 AM   #5
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Ok now it's defintally between these two cases:
Both have wire routing, 2 side panels, 3 Pre-installed fans.

ZALMAN ZM-Z9 U3 ($48 after rebate)
Pros:
Front pannel display
Side Window

Cons:
A bit more expensive
Mail in rebates are VERY sketchy.

Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 $40
Pros:
Screw-less features
Less expensive

Cons:
No real cons, just a few less features than the Z9
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:29 PM   #6
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I am using a rosewill challenger case right now. It works great, especially since I use my mouse on the top and it tracks perfectly. However I would not trust the front usb ports. I wouldnt even connect them.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:15 PM   #7
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This should be in the Cases & Cooling subforum.

Best $50 case in my opinion: NZXT Source 210 Elite $50 (temporarily out of stock). Xigmatek Asgard Pro $50 could be good as well

For less: CM Elite 430 $40 on Amazon
+1 on the source 210. I have the original (non elite), only difference I think is USB3.0 ports. I love mine (even took my computer out of my antec 900 to put it in this. Much better looking, IMO.
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