Building a new budget PC, lets start with the basics, Cases!

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  1. 90 50

    90 50 Black Belt

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    So I've been out of this for a very long time as far as building(like 486 long time ago lol), so i've been researching some things and have some case questions.

    Case 1. This case seems to cover the basics, usb 3.0,external drive bays(for back up hdd swaps for my video editing)
    But only 2 fans, might get warm? But budget man is it cheap 22.00 right now on new egg
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...&cm_re=pc_gaming_cases-_-11-353-056-_-Product



    DIYPC Solo-T1-R Black USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower


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    Case 2. This one has three fans, but only one external 5.25 bay and no internal 5.25 bays(but 3x 3.5's)
    Slightly more, but still very "budget" minded at 32.00

    DIYPC Alnitak-BK Black USB 3.0 ATX and Micro-ATX Mid
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...&cm_re=pc_gaming_cases-_-11-353-081-_-Product



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    Case 3. This case is the highest on the budget list so far, but seems to have alot of options as far as layouts are concerned. Only comes with 2 fans but has many places for more and can support radiators.
    Its double the cost of option one, but with more advertised layout options and still not "expensive @ 49.00 its looking like my number 2 choice
    Fractal Design Focus G Mystic Red ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...&cm_re=pc_gaming_cases-_-11-352-074-_-Product
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    Case 4.This one so far is my favorite, as its very budget minded and seems to have a decent layout 3.0 and 3 fans. External and internal bays and is on sale for 29.00

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...&cm_re=pc_gaming_cases-_-11-353-057-_-Product

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    Number 5. Just because it "fits the same requirements as 4, but i might bne missing something in the layout of either. And is on sale for 29.00

    DIYPC Zondda-O Black USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...&cm_re=pc_gaming_cases-_-11-353-061-_-Product

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    Anyway these are the cases ive started looking at, and not sure exactly what hold backs each one would have.
     
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    Gref Scumdog Platinum Member

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    Fractal all day.
     
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    Who the hell starts with the case?
     
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    jefferz Gold Belt Platinum Member

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    Hands down I would go with the Fractal case, the build quality is going to be better. I own this DIY PC case and it's great for the price, but it just feels cheap. The metal is thinner, the plastic feels cheap, and the included fans are garbage. Odds are the rest of their line at that price point will be the same.
    I noticed most of your case choices have a fan on the side panel. Is that a feature you're looking for?
    The Rosewill Challenger has been touted as the king of the budget cases for years. I own the Challanger, for the money it's great.
    The Deepcool Tesseract is another highly touted budget case. I've built in the Tesseract and I had a couple minor complaints, but overall it was good for the price.
     
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    X-Pac Rules MAKE SOME NOISE.

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    Might as well look at a $20 Rosewill case.
     
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    Just bought all my new PC parts recently, this is the case I went with, it's a beast.

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    You know it's serious business when your case needs wheels.
     
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    Haha, I actually have the same brand of case right now it's 7 years old but only marginally different from the one I posted. It's not a super modern design by any means but it's huge, has tons of room for basically everything, and it's made for durability at 40lbs
     
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    The side panel fan is not a necessity or even something I picked on purpose, I would like three fans but one being on the side is not a desiding factor. Two front one rear or one front two rear options are probably better for airflow.

    I do like the options of going water cooled with radiator support at a later date, but not a deal breaker.

    Does the diy have mounting for a radiator? I didn’t see it mentioned?

    I really like the idea of At least one front hdd point and internal for at least 1 ssd and one more hdd.

    It’s not necessary though as I have a hard drive reader, if it would write slower than one on the front I could pop hdd’s In and out of for editing file back up drives.
     
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    You figure out what you want to do, then look at case options to see what the limits are and make sure your configuration fits.

    Makes sense to me to do it that way as an engineer, not a gamer?
     
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    Model # link etc??
     
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    That's a really old case. For the money, there's better options out there.
     
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    The highest case on my list was just under 50.00, and the lowest was 22.00.

    Shows 250.00 case, wouldn’t expect less from sherdog lol
     
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    Seriously go with the Fractal. It'll be money well spent.
     
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    Slobodan Вело ;) Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Get the Fractal
     
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    Interestingly enough, the fractile show 9lbs for weight vs 16 for the diypc that I liked the best, I had feared the fractile would be heavier, since I thought it would be better built but the diypc is almost 1.5x heavier.

    Very interesting, I like the idea of the lighter case.
     
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    I have the NZXT Phantom mid tower, a really nice case imo, and Fractal would be my first choice for a new build. Feature rich, great aesthetics, and affordable.
     
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    I’m not going to recommend a tower, because like everyone else I say go with the fractal. I will say that GPU prices are still really fuckin high, so perhaps you could look into buying a custom build a boutiqe. I think it’s less expensive overall to do that than to build your own, in today’s market.

    You didn’t really mention money or price as far as I can see(about the overall build)but I just wantsdto throw that out there for you.
     

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