As cheap as possible case for secondary rig

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  1. Smartazz

    Smartazz Diamond Member

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    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.
     
  2. crazymonkeyzero

    crazymonkeyzero Senior member

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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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    kleinkinstein Senior member

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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.
     
  4. Smartazz

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    Wow, that Lian Li looks great. Will I find it that cheap usually?
     
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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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    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.
     
  9. lehtv

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    NZXT Source 210 $30AR

    CPU cooler clearance 160mm so it'll fit the Tuniq Tower
     
  10. Smartazz

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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.
     
  11. Smartazz

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    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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    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
     
  13. sigmas

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    nice to see all comments :p
     
  14. Smartazz

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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.