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Old 30-01-2020, 07:15   #1
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Budget ATX Case

Building a new system, got everything apart from an ATX case - been looking at a load, I settle on one, then read reviews about poor airflow, or no filter for dust, or decent airflow, but crap noise dampening.

All the Best Case reviews seem to feature 50% US only cases in my budget (sub £80).

Not interested in a fancy case, in fact the plainer the better, less the Mrs spots the new flashy case!
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Old 30-01-2020, 08:28   #2
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check out the fractal design range - https://www.fractal-design.com/

They're usually really good.
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Old 30-01-2020, 08:40   #3
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check out the fractal design range - https://www.fractal-design.com/

They're usually really good.
Yes was looking at their Meshify ~ £82, however one review stated it was noisy, then on another roundup review it got an award for quietest case!!!

I was looking at the Phantek P400A, which looked promising, then another reviewer panned its 'air' grill for not allowing enough air movement FFS.

Also considered Corsair Carbide 200R and 275R, the former coming in for crits on airflow, and lack of filters (both have no filter at the top of the case.

Starting to find it all bewildering.
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Old 30-01-2020, 09:16   #4
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the trick is to not read too many reviews otherwise your head will end up spinning and the decision will become a lot harder

Usually noise can be tampered by making sure any fans you buy are quiet - I usually go for noctua myself.
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I built a pc with the Corsair Carbide 275R case last year. Only issue i could find was that you need an allen key (supplied) to remove the side panel.

Also had one of these...

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I can't complain for the price. It'll be hidden away in a virtual pinball cabinet I'm making so basic was all I was going for.

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Yes was initially looking at the Carbide 200r, then 275r (apparently the older 270r has better cooling).
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If you can get a case with space for 200mm fans getting the quiet you like will be easier.

As for case itself after many searches I went for the COOLERMASTER MASTERCASE H500.

2 200mm fans at the front pulling air in 1 200mm on top and a 120 on the back pulling air out.

This is the quietest cases I've ever had bar my old 486 system.

So quiet I had to buy a new cpu cooler as the stock cooler which I've always used was too noisy.

Case allows easy access to every thing sides come off easily and don't need to be faffed with to get back on.

The fractal case I had before was ok but even without components it was a heavy sod.
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all these cases seem huuuuuge to me now. Once you've gone itx you won't go back

Not mine, but you get the idea

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