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Old 05-12-2005, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Best budget ATX case?

I'm building a computer for the first time. I have a lot of experience with hardware and software, but have never actually built before. (I'm sure I'll be posting several more threads here before I'm done!) Anyway, I'm curious as to the best cases for under $50. I've been searching all day, and I've narrowed it down pretty well to my liking, but I'd like to get some opinions from others. I'm looking for something decent-looking, fairly sturdy (I won't be taking it to LAN parties or throwing it off of my roof or anything), and well-ventilated. Also, while I'm on the topic, what is recommended for the power supply? I've been reading several reviews, and it seems to me that any PSU that comes with a case just plain sucks. Is this true? Anyway, I'll leave you guys with a couple options I've found that I like at the moment. (Windowed cases with LED lights would be nice, but since it's something extra, I'm not looking exclusively at those kinds of cases. Some opinions on clear acrylic cases would be helpful, too. They seem pretty sweet.) Thanks guys!

A nice Powmax that caught my attention:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811145054

A bit more basic design:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811116166
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Old 05-12-2005, 08:07 PM   #2
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The first case you have listed doesn't have an air duct or any fans.. so you'd have to invest into some sort of cooling system (Factor that in for a price).

And the second, basically along the same lines with only 1 fan which wouldn't keep the system cool enough to be in a safe region.

I'd look at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156148 which has a 420W power supply and 6 80MM Fans..

Or..

the one I've chosen for my system to build..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144089
which has a 500W power supply and 5 80MM Fans..
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yeah but watch out for the PSU that comes with the case...if the case is that cheap the power supply is gonna be crap
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I own the raidmax case but in blue and that 420w psu is ok. It holds its own.
before you decide though look here:
http://3btech.net/cases2.html
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Do you know if the power supply on the Powmax is AMD ready?
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Almost all power supplies are amd ready.Powmax uses
a fairly decent power supply that is amd ready.
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