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:

    http://www.antec-inc.com/us/pro_details_enclosure.php?ProdID=93700

    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)
    fascia.
    - 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
    drives.
    - Front USB has a single 10-way connector.
    - The three orange LEDs have identical cables.
    - The case finish is a fairly shiny enamel.

    Alex
     
    Alex, Apr 5, 2004
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  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.

    http://kamikaze.ebid.co.uk/upload_big/5/1079382682-12190-0.jpg

    Asking a modest £20 for it, tho far from el cheapo.
     
    Default, Apr 5, 2004
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  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
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  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
    Http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=600007
     
    Neil, Apr 6, 2004
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  8. Doug Ramage

    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
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    Doug Ramage Guest

    Doug Ramage, Apr 6, 2004
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  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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  11. Doug Ramage

    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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  12. Doug Ramage

    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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  13. Doug Ramage

    Doug Ramage Guest

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

    Neil Guest

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