Sub-$50 Case Conundrum

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  1. zantaff

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    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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    Wow, that does look like a great case. Routing, tooless entry, back pannel for mobo. Nice!
     
  6. zantaff

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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
     
  7. sm625

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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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    Chapbass Platinum Member

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    +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.