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Weekend Open Forum: How much did your case cost?

By Matthew · 111 replies
Jan 28, 2011
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  1. Although some enthusiasts are willing to splurge on extravagant computer cases, many shun the notion of spending $200+ on a glorified metal box. That's understandable with when you compare the features of products such as Cooler Master's $60 HAF 912 and $200 HAF X. Both offer the same core functionality: a home for your components.

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  2. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Just bought a $140 HAF 932 Black
  3. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Cooler Master HAF 912, i prefer to spend the money on the real hardware :p
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,633   +691

    CoolerMaster HAF-X. Awesome case - recommend it for any user, especially if you're going to do SLI and/or multiple drives.

    I have to disagree with the "fancy tool-less mechanisms won't be saving you much time." No, it won't save you hours, but putting in four screws into each side of a hard drive the old way, compared to a 5 second snap in place - that's a time saver. Especially for multiple drive configurations. Just sayin. ;)
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,311   +100

    Yep, you'll save a few minutes for sure -- but is that worth a premium? That's the question :).

    I think the HAF 912 in specific has tool-less drive mounts anyway.
  6. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Meh, I have a laptop.
  7. Recycle

    Recycle TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Cooler Master Centurion 5.
    No huge complaints, but for my next machine, I am gonna spend a bit more (mostly for a computer with a working security lock -- d'oh!)
  8. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 827   +32

    Go away, you're boring, lol.
  9. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Mountainmods ascension with three windows.

    440.00 usd and a silverstone tj07 powder black 350.00 usd

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    My main rig case is a Thermaltake Eclipse (mid-tower). Great case except the on/off switch is the absolutely worse ever designed. Very poor housing in that it is thin and thus fragile. Broke a long time ago.

    Our family PC's case is an old 2002 Thermaltake Xaser II full tower that I swear is made from WW II Sherman tank plating. It is heavy! I was able to get brand new out of the box from Thermaltake's direct/discontinued products all for $60.00 and that included shipping.

    My newest case is a mid-tower Cooler Master HAF-922 that is very close to having as much room as a full tower that I got for around $85 with with free shipping from NewEgg. It will be for my new build.
  11. Kayden

    Kayden TS Rookie

    My Koolance PC4-1036BK Liquid Cooled Aluminum Full Tower Case - Black cost $619.99 + Shipping $65.35 = $685.34


    I've done some other upgrades to it as well such as



    Now it can handle 1320watts of total heat and since I have 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2's for SLI and getting the new Sandy Bridge when the Maximus IV becomes available it will be nice to have some over head for the heat being out by those components.
  12. pandelisgreen13

    pandelisgreen13 TS Rookie

    coolermaster 40€....
  13. I spent $400 AUS on my coolermaster cosmos S
  14. Geary

    Geary TS Rookie

    I technically got the HAF-X on sale from Newegg for $180, but I would have dropped the extra $20 on it anyways. The bells and whistles like front-panel USB 3.0 are nice and all (well....once stuff starts actually using 3.0), but to me most of the value comes from all the extra space it has to offer.

    I wasn't installing a particularly large amount of hardware, but even so when it was all said and done that extra room definitely paid off. Trying to cram all that into a smaller case would have been an interesting endeavor, not to mention limiting my possibilities for future expansion. I can't imagine trying to fit a second Radeon 6870 in anything smaller. Now, whether I just did a terrible job at planning all my wire-management....well, that's another story.
  15. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Corsair 800D -$NZ500. Likely going up for sale once Silverstone's TJ11 becomes available.
    Second system chassis is an Armor+ (modded)
    Also have a selection of cases sitting around the place waiting for sale/modding (Lian Li V1100,Tt Xaser III and a Chieftec server chassis,
  16. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    Z, how big is that Xaser III? My Xaser II is large with hevy gage steel.
  17. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    HAF922 for 80 bucks. Solid, cool, and does what it needs to.
  18. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Booster Posts: 123   +9

    The first case that i bought for myself is an Apevia Xplorer with a clear side and costed me 100$.
    My second case is a ThermaleTake Element T (vk9000series).
    I'm currently only running on my ThermalTake case because i'm repainting my Apevia case and modifying it for better air-flow. The color scheme will be flat-black on the frame and gunmetal paint on the outer panels (side panels and top panel). I decided to let a good friend of mine, airbrush on it when the painting is done. When all is done it will house a knew Gigabyte ma785g-ud3h motherboard, athlon II
    X2 or X4, Gskill 4GB mem and after sometime a knew NVidia GTX560Ti or GTX460
  19. Antec p183. $180 AUD eighteen months ago

    Still going strong with a 1055t @ 4Ghz and crossfired 5850's but man those stock fans are noisy on high.

    Can Anyone recommend a quiet, efficient 120mm fan?
  20. 10 years ago i bought a LIan Li PC6070 for $210.

    I still use the same case and its in almost in perfect condition.
  21. Ive used the majorty of cases out there and no case comes close to the cool-masters Cosmos S
  22. ackack47

    ackack47 TS Rookie

    My last few cases were $300 full tower Lian-Li cases, love them.
  23. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    I've got the thermaltake V9 Black Edition... I went for it because of the huge 23mm window fan, which I'm not currently using... see, I also got a tower cooler for the CPU which interfere with the fan, so I had to remove the fan... anyway, if there is something Ive learned with this case is, no more side fan, too much dust get inside... so next time I'll get a cable management case with cristal clear side window without any fan, and a good liquid cooling system... pretty expensive but i think will be worth it.
  24. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    I'm using a £45 NZXT Beta.

    When I upgrade though, I'm going to get the Silverstone Raven RV02-E that we recently reviewed on here.

    I haven't found anywhere in the UK that does this case yet, but since the same is true of the FSP Group Boosters that I need two of, I'm going to order them from the US and get them all shipped together (should fit in the case nicely!).
  25. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    CM 690 II Advanced.

    I love it, won't be upgrading within the decade.

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