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Recommendations for budget case, thermal priority

I wanna get a new decent case, i don't care about aesthetics, but i want a good airflow performance mainly because i have a bit of thermal throttling on my setup.
The best option i found it's Cooler Master NR600 for $70~
There is any better options around that price?

EDIT: After searching stocks and so the single options that i could get it's Cooler Master NR600 or H500.

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NR600/Phanteks P300A/P400A are decent options, but they require you to buy/install extra fans since they include only 1/none. I would recommend 1 or two more for those cases.


If you don't care about aesthetics at all the Fractal Design Focus G is a good option. Available in many different colours, around 50 USD, with 2 decent fans. Maybe add a third fan for best airflow.


If you have your own fans already the MX330-G from Cougar is a nice option too. Pretty good price at $50 but only one (shitty) fan included. Better cable management than the Focus G though and the glass won't scratch as much.


If you want that RGB!!!!111!! and airflow at a price, the MB311L aRGB (mATX) and MB511 aRGB (ATX) from CoolerMaster have fancy fans and mesh front, with good cable management and glass window at $65/$90 respectively.

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it's cheap and it's airflow





how bout the meshify C? about $110, comes with 2 fans

it's one of the best airflow cases

Things I need help with:


none atm


I hate Intel's pricing, Ryzen's weird quirks, Nvidia's pricing, and Radeon GPUs in general




Products I like:


Sony Xperia Z1 / Z2 / 10 ii, Asus Strix 970 / 1070, Samsung SSD, WD HDD, Corsair PSUs (AX, RM, CX(grey)), GeForce GPU, NZXT N450/S340, be quiet! Coolers, G.Skill Trident RAM, Logitech M525, Logitech G440, Razer Deathadder Elite


Products I hate:


Xperia Z3, XiaoMi 5c, Radeon GPUs, Razer Audio Products, any bloatwares


Companies I absolutely adore: (and hope it stays that way)


be quiet! - sent me AM4 mounting for my DRP3 even though it's way past the timeframe stated, no questions asked

Corsair - very good RMA experience, absolutely recommend


Companies I hate:


Nvidia, Intel, Apple, TMT (Thundermatch, a retailer)


Personal Blacklisted Companies:


Acer: shit tier quality products, shit tier customer service thus far, they "tried" to solve my issue but they arent really doing anything but delaying and delaying. (on-going case since July)

Gigabyte: horrible customer service (gigabyte had literally 0 customer service, asked me to go to retailer with NO WAY to email them about a question) but at least they fixed my shit in ONE MONTH (would probably take me 1 hour to fix if they let me email them)

XiaoMi Phones: built like a tank but the software is buggy as all hell

Seagate HDD: had too many dead seagate drives

Kingston SSD: 300V controller swap thingy

Razer (except their mouse)


Remember, just because I had good/bad experiences with these companies/product, doesn't mean you will have similar experiences too. I would still recommend these products if they made sense for your needs, but I'll add a disclaimer of my experience if it's relevant. Feel free to DM me asking why they are where they are.



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Thermaltake Versa H22 or H15 if you're using micro ATX mobo, it's an older design but it's decent

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I'll check all your recomendations, i'm from Mexico, so idk what i can get from all these, thanks for your time guys.

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the bequiet pure base 500dx has been well reviewed and comes with some nice fans. looks nice aside from the weird front panel, runs about $100 if you can find it in stock. though the classic meshify c has been around $80 on sale over the past few weeks and is tried and true. not sure how they compare

topics i need help on:




my "oops i bought intel right before zen 3 releases" build

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 (placeholder)

GPU: Gigabyte 980ti Xtreme (also placeholder), deshroud w/ generic 1200rpm 120mm fans x2, stock bios 130% power, no voltage offset: +70 core +400 mem 

Memory: 2x16gb GSkill Trident Z RGB 3600C16, 14-15-30-288@1.45v

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S w/ white chromax bling
OS Drive: Samsung PM981 1tb (OEM 970 Evo)

Storage Drive: XPG SX8200 Pro 2tb

Backup Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 4TB

PSU: Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 750W w/ black/white Cablemod extensions
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Dark (to be replaced with a good case shortly)

basically everything was bought used off of reddit or here, only new component was the case. absolutely nutty deals for some of these parts, ill have to tally it all up once it's "done" :D 

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1 hour ago, Guarho said:

I wanna get a new decent case, i don't care about aesthetics, but i want a good airflow performance mainly because i have a bit of thermal throttling on my setup.
The best option i found it's Cooler Master NR600 for $70~
There is any better options around that price?


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