Re: Noobie needs help deciding what parts to build my computer with.
Well, it depends on what kind of quality you want. I really don't see anything wrong with a cheap $30 case. As long as you get a good power supply, you're set. More expensive cases tend to have better airflow than cheaper cases because of more fan support and unique cooling features of the case. Plus, they're sealed a lot better. I've built PC's with $30-50 cases before and it was just fine. No problems at all. Sometime, the screws don't line up with the side panel and case. That's a worse case scenario. You can just force it in there with a small punch tool or screwdriver. Cheap cases can be flimsy, but it's not like you're moving it around at all. It stays in one place for life unless you take it out all quite frequently to LAN parties. That's when I would really invest in a stronger case.
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