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Hey guys, any help with my next Price Step Chart?

johnwaskins

82 months ago

OK, so I've been making some price step charts on the forum. They're really long article/topics about what to buy, why, and what knowledge you want to have when buying your next PC component.

So, I'm not too knowledgeable about great gaming-grade cases for ITX, MicroATX, or budget (sub-100$) purposes.

That's why I'd like you guys to help me out.

I need three options for the following choices:

Full ATX and MicroATX at 60$

Full ATX and MicroATX at 80$

Full ATX and MicroATX for 100$

MicroATX up to 150$

MiniITX at 60$

MiniITX at 80$

MiniITX at 100$

MiniITX at 150$

If you guys feel like it, I'd also like help with a price step chart for Full ATX (I mean any ATX compatible case, be it mid tower or full tower).

Full ATX at 100$, 130$, 150$, 180$, 200$, 250$, 300$, 375$, and finally 500$

I'd like several suggestions, so I can compare and check what'll be most interesting according to the reviews, purposes, acoustics, thermals, build quality, functionality/practicality, upgradability, etc.

Many thanks in advance. I can probably handle most of the FullATX price step chart, but I'd like to have a Micro ATX and MiniITX step chart available too. Anyways, thanks guys.

Good luck. Game on.


EDIT: Guys, if you can provide great links to help me make the topic/article, here are some examples of what I'd like to see:

http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/1017-best-gaming-cases-ces-2013

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/2620/11-computer-cases-tested-from-p70---p110

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/3850/12-mini-itx-chassis-review-compact-quality

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Mid-Tower-Case-Roundup/?page=1

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I can fill in a few off the top of my head. At $100 ATX, the NZXT Phantom 410 or Fractal Design Define R4 are great choices. The Bitfenix Prodigy is a nice Mini-ITX case for $80. For small form factor cases, Silverstone is a great brand to keep in mind.

  • 82 months ago
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Yeah, the NZXT Phantom 410 and Fractal Design R4 were on my shortlist already. I also plan on keeping the NZXT Phantom 630, NZXT Phantom 820, Cooler Master Cosmos II, Rosewill THOR V2, Corsair 800D, Corsair 650D, Corsair 550D, Corsair 600T Mesh, BitFenix Ghost, and others on the list.

I was hoping others might be able to offer suggestions to diversify the selection, and fill in the other price ranges that haven't been filled in yet.

  • 82 months ago
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i'd love to help but can only offer a shortlist for eatx and micro cases

eatx

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc932kkn1gp 175.00

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefxlr2ti 145.00

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/inwin-case-dragonrider 150.00

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-blackhawkultra 150.00

mini

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcaarcminibl 110.00

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/silverstone-case-tj08be 110.00

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/inwin-case-dragonslayer 80.00

i liked all these for various ever changing reasons. i'm only a noob builder in the planning/design stage for the moment - just so as you know.

hope this helps in some way

  • 82 months ago
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For EATX, I'll have these as my shortlist:

NZXT Phantom 820, NZXT Switch 810, Corsair 800D, Cooler Master Cosmos II, Rosewill THOR V2, and Silverstone RV-03B (various models).

However, I'll research a couple of other ones: the Antec 193 V3, Thermaltake Level 10 GT LCS, Silverstone TJ09-BW, Fractal Design Define R2 and Silverstone TJ07B-W.

I those seem to be the cream of the crop, at least from what I know.

The Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra just won't make the cut, sorry, because there are some quality issues it has, even though price and performance make it excellent. You can check the reviews by anandtech and other websites. Even the ARMOR EVO, due to Anandtech's reviews, wouldn't make the cut. Only the Rosewill THOR V2 makes the cut in the Rosewill camp, and it'll definitely make the E-ATX shortlist.

Thanks for the help. I think I'll also look up the Inwin Dragon Rider, but I'm not sure the Cooler Master HAF 932, because it seems a little bit outdated, even though it's price/performance ratio is good. It'll make the cut for a solid performer, but that's only if you can can accept a no-frills case (for today's standards).

Now, as for MicroATX... I'll research more cases, considering those as well. Thanks for your help.

  • 82 months ago
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SilverStone’s Sugo SG09

i'm back to looking for micro cases and this little sugo has come up again for ~110$

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like a great case. Send me some reviews of it. n.n

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

it sounds a bit too quirky for me

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6390/silverstone-sugo-sg09-case-review-someone-at-silverstone-loves-tetris

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/SilverStone-Sugo-SG09-Case-Review/1684/1 seem to overlook the quirks

some nice features but kinda build specific by the sounds of it - the expensive slim optical drive doesn't help

although some folks here: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1697899&page=12 like it ok

i dunno - i'm sticking with the temjin for now. it's a bit bigger an looks waay better

  • 82 months ago
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Hhmmm...

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  • 82 months ago
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  • 82 months ago
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Thanks, man! n.n

I've heard great things about all those cases, except the Fractal Design Core 3000 (because I haven't heard anything about that one, actually).

Also, I'm not sure if the HAF 912 or HAF 922 are really the better options at that price, especially considering that Cooler Master has released similarly-priced Storm series cases, like the Storm Scout. Could you tell me why the HAF series is still worth it, considering the newer (and similarly priced) Cooler Master Storm series? Or, if you don't feel like telling me, could you point me towards a website that might shed some light on that?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

The original Phatom at $119 <3. Fantastic case.

The corsair 600D (that's the name right) I think it's $235

Any of the HAF cases

Oh, and my dream case, the Phantom 820

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

There's the Corsair 600T Mesh, and the Corsair 650D. They're both under 150$.

It's the Corsair 900D that's really expensive, along with it's cousin, the Corsair 800D. The price of the Corsair 800D for around 250$ sounds about right.

The original Phantom is a nice case, sure, but there are newer cases out there. The NZXT Phantom 820 and NZXT Phantom 630 just sound like better options, or even the Phantom 410.

The HAF cases are legendary, of course, but aren't the Cooler Master Storm Series cases (which are available for a very similar price) better options? Do they have better functionality, quality, appearance, features? Or not? That's what I'd like to know. (I actually asked that in my reply to the post above.)

  • 82 months ago
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a mid-tower case i'm considering - Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 ~100$

http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=2&prod=113

it's not listed on the site yet but has been suggested for addition into the pcpartpicker database

  • 82 months ago
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Thanks, I'll definitely consider it. n.n

  • 82 months ago
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another mid-tower @~110$

Thermaltake's New Soprano

the front side io connections might be the deal breaker for me over the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2

  • 82 months ago
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Hhmmm, seems awesome, for the most part, but I've only checked a quick view of the specifications and materials.

However, it doesn't seem to have a side fan, making it less interesting for hardcore gaming solutions. After all, a cool GPU makes the gamer a lot happier.

But I'll have to check the reviews, to be able to make my choice.

  • 82 months ago
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dang - i believe you are correct

neither does the arc midi for that matter, as far as i can tell anyway

:|

sawsall?

:)

  • 82 months ago
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Yeah, I think so.

However, not all mid size ATX cases need that.

For example, the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 (and 2) are interesting, although they're (thus far) unavailable in the US.

However, there are plenty of good options at the lower end.

At the bottom end, we'll see the Antec GX700, for around 60$. We'll see the Fractal Design Define R4, the NZXT Phantom 410, the Corsair 300R, etc.

n.n

  • 82 months ago
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Could you share some good reviews for these cases? Maybe with some thermal and acoustic benchmarks?

  • 82 months ago
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I do not personally own this case yet (I'll be getting the Z9-U3 in a week) but for this price point it is the best case I've seen. The Z9 Plus holds up to 7 fans and the Z9-U3 up to 5 fans. Front and bottom fan filters, lots of room for cable management, black interior, usb 3.0, front fan controller, digital thermometer, and so on. But I don't know what's the purpose of you doing this?

  • 82 months ago
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Well, the purpose is so people in this forum, and builders in general, can know what to buy given a certain budget.

Like, "what's the best 100$ case to buy?" ...

  • 82 months ago
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it's a good idea and I think I chose a good $60ish case or Cooler Master HAF 912 $55 but it's not painted inside

  • 82 months ago
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Nice.

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