Best Medium Value Case

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Doug Ramage, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. Doug Ramage

    Doug Ramage Guest

    I am about to upgrade my back up system, but I am a bit stuck on what case
    to get.

    I don't want an el cheapo one, but neither do I want to spend £100+.

    A midi tower with a removable tray for mobo for around £50.00 to £60.00 ex
    vat is what I am budgeting for. Is this realistic?

    Anybody got suggestions/comments?
    Doug Ramage, Apr 5, 2004
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    BigH2K Guest

    Chieftec do a small tower case now c/w a 300W Chieftec PSU for around £50,
    AOpen also do some nice quality cases in that price range as do Enlight.
    BigH2K, Apr 5, 2004
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    Alex Guest

    No removable motherboard tray, but on balance, I think the Antec SLK3700AMB
    is excellent. It's available from Ebuyer (QF: 49275) for £51+VAT, more
    details here:

    I found plenty of reviews on the web before I bought it; here's a few
    thoughts of my own/things worth pointing out:

    - Solidly built; steel, so it's pretty heavy (13kg inc. PSU, IIRC).
    - Neither supplied PSU or 120mm fan are particularly quiet (but not an
    irritating sound either); the latter can be fixed with a soldering
    iron. (Obviously this is just my very subjective opinion.)
    - Rubber mountings for HDDs seem quite effective at killing the hum.
    - The 120mm fans snap into brackets, so unless you want to put more
    holes in the case, they had better be 25mm deep.
    - Cooling for both hard drives and CPU is about the best I've seen.
    (Probably mostly because of 120mm fans.)
    - There's a removable filter attached to the (easily removable)
    - The fascia is a bit 'orrible and plasticky to touch; it feels a bit
    out of place somehow.
    - The power and reset buttons are hidden behind the door. (MoCD!)
    - The door can be removed if desired, but IMO it looks odd with white
    - Front USB has a single 10-way connector.
    - The three orange LEDs have identical cables.
    - The case finish is a fairly shiny enamel.

    Alex, Apr 5, 2004
  4. Doug Ramage

    Default Guest

    If you want a case such as you describe why don't you take a look at mine.
    It has the features you want.

    Asking a modest £20 for it, tho far from el cheapo.
    Default, Apr 5, 2004
  5. Doug Ramage

    Default Guest

    C'mon he wants a back up. The Antec just seems money wasted and no tray - I
    just don't know how I could settle for that.
    Default, Apr 5, 2004
  6. Doug Ramage

    Doug Ramage Guest

    Thanks, Alex and BigH2K. Some examples to look over.
    Doug Ramage, Apr 5, 2004
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    Neil Guest

    The globalwin does all that, not pretty but very functional >gbp 40
    Neil, Apr 6, 2004
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    BigH2K Guest

    Didn't know these were still in production. Had one a few years back and was
    well impressed and would recommend without hesitation.
    BigH2K, Apr 6, 2004
  9. Doug Ramage

    Doug Ramage Guest

    Doug Ramage, Apr 6, 2004
  10. Doug Ramage

    Doug Ramage Guest

    I went for the Globalwin from Tekheads - mainly 'cos I wanted a mobile
    XP2500 and Tekheads is one of the few places which have them in stock.
    Thanks for the heads-up, Neil.

    And thanks to the others for their input.
    Doug Ramage, Apr 7, 2004
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    Neil Guest

    When I do my next machine ( I keep putting it off ) I'll probably go for
    the black one and maybe a a better PSU.
    Neil, Apr 7, 2004
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    Doug Ramage Guest

    I would have gone for a black one, but all my "spare" gear is in exciting
    beige. :)
    Doug Ramage, Apr 7, 2004
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    Doug Ramage Guest

    And it arrived a few minutes ago................:)
    Doug Ramage, Apr 8, 2004
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    Neil Guest

    In message <c537k0$2o0539$>, Doug Ramage
    Have fun :)
    Neil, Apr 8, 2004
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