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Best Budget case under £70

Hi,

 

I'm building my first ever gaming PC and in need of a case. I was looking at the Cougar MG130-g because Linus recommended the 120 in his £500 build guide, but that’s not available near me. However I heard it doesn’t have the best airflow, which is important for me as I need my pieces to last. I’d prefer it to have a clear side panel so I can see in. I don’t mind paying a little extra if it comes with 2 fans at least because then I don’t have to buy £30 fan pack someone recommended to me.
Hopefully there is a case out there that match those specs.

Thanks!

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NZXT H510, great looking case, I used it for a while, not too bad at all, the airflow isn't the best, but it won't harm your components and it's actually good in the GPU department

(the air gets pulled from the PCIe slot covers)

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6 minutes ago, MysticPenguin said:

Hi,

 

I'm building my first ever gaming PC and in need of a case. I was looking at the Cougar MG130-g because Linus recommended the 120 in his £500 build guide, but that’s not available near me. However I heard it doesn’t have the best airflow, which is important for me as I need my pieces to last. I’d prefer it to have a clear side panel so I can see in. I don’t mind paying a little extra if it comes with 2 fans at least because then I don’t have to buy £30 fan pack someone recommended to me.
Hopefully there is a case out there that match those specs.

Thanks!

 

Factual Design Focus G.

 

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/ZHmxFT/fractal-design-focus-g-black-atx-mid-tower-case-fd-ca-focus-bk-w

 

 

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PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case £91.22 @ SmartTeck.co.uk
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total £91.22
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-28 21:24 BST+0100  

Its the best of the best in cases, and comes with 2 fans iirc. This is the tempered glass one. You are in the UK right?

I could use some help with this!

please, pm me if you would like to contribute to my gpu bios database (includes overclocking bios, stock bios, and upgrades to gpus via modding)

Bios database

My beautiful, but not that powerful, main PC:

prior build:

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22 minutes ago, MysticPenguin said:

I don’t have to buy £30 fan pack someone recommended to me.

Gonna guess that was the Arctic P12's 😂

 

The Thermaltake C34, a direct competitor to the Coolermaster Mastercase H500 is on sale for 70 pounds https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/2fqhP6/thermaltake-commander-c34-tg-argb-atx-mid-tower-case-ca-1n5-00m1wn-00

The RL06 is also 70 but has no TG side panel https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/CQvZxr/silverstone-rl06br-pro-atx-mid-tower-case-rl06br-pro

Corsair has the 275R https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/ycbCmG/corsair-275r-airflow-atx-mid-tower-case-cc-9011182-ww

The Bitfenix Enso Mesh only comes with two fans sadlyhttps://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/W3prxr/bitfenix-enso-mesh-black-atx-mid-tower-case-bfc-esm-150-kkwgk-rp

Also Bitfenix Nova Mesh https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/Nhyqqs/bitfenix-nova-mesh-tg-atx-mid-tower-case-bfc-nvm-300-kkgsk-rp

Coolermaster also has the MB500 https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/6qPKHx/cooler-master-masterbox-mb500-atx-mid-tower-case-mcb-b500d-kgnn-s00

 

*Edit* The Focus G and the 4000D (while over budget) are also good options, thought they both only come wit two fans (the general best balance is three)

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9 minutes ago, TVwazhere said:

Gonna guess that was the Arctic P12's 😂

 

The Thermaltake C34, a direct competitor to the Coolermaster Mastercase H500 is on sale for 70 pounds https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/2fqhP6/thermaltake-commander-c34-tg-argb-atx-mid-tower-case-ca-1n5-00m1wn-00

The RL06 is also 70 but has no TG side panel https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/CQvZxr/silverstone-rl06br-pro-atx-mid-tower-case-rl06br-pro

Corsair has the 275R https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/ycbCmG/corsair-275r-airflow-atx-mid-tower-case-cc-9011182-ww

The Bitfenix Enso Mesh only comes with two fans sadlyhttps://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/W3prxr/bitfenix-enso-mesh-black-atx-mid-tower-case-bfc-esm-150-kkwgk-rp

Also Bitfenix Nova Mesh https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/Nhyqqs/bitfenix-nova-mesh-tg-atx-mid-tower-case-bfc-nvm-300-kkgsk-rp

Coolermaster also has the MB500 https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/6qPKHx/cooler-master-masterbox-mb500-atx-mid-tower-case-mcb-b500d-kgnn-s00

 

*Edit* The Focus G and the 400D (while over budget) are also good options, thought they both only come wit two fans (the general best balance is three)

Yes it is lol. Thanks for the list I’ll have a look through these.

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11 minutes ago, HelpfulTechWizard said:
PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case £91.22 @ SmartTeck.co.uk
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total £91.22
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-28 21:24 BST+0100  

Its the best of the best in cases, and comes with 2 fans iirc. This is the tempered glass one. You are in the UK right?

Yes I am. Ive been using amazon to get my parts so that’s a limiting factor for what parts I get. It’s a shame we don’t have anything like microcentre in the UK.

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Just now, MysticPenguin said:

Yes I am. Ive been using amazon to get my parts so that’s a limiting factor for what parts I get. It’s a shame we don’t have anything like microcentre in the UK.

lol, its a 2-4 hour drive there /8 hour round trip to a Micro Center for me, so not so viable. Its 97 Pounds for one off of amazon, but thata like 5 pounds more, so it may not be worth it.

I could use some help with this!

please, pm me if you would like to contribute to my gpu bios database (includes overclocking bios, stock bios, and upgrades to gpus via modding)

Bios database

My beautiful, but not that powerful, main PC:

prior build:

Spoiler

 

 

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1 minute ago, HelpfulTechWizard said:

lol, its a 2-4 hour drive there /8 hour round trip to a Micro Center for me, so not so viable. Its 97 Pounds for one off of amazon, but thata like 5 pounds more, so it may not be worth it.

 

I don't have one near me either, not even close....

 

5 hour dive min to the nearest one.

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4 minutes ago, HelpfulTechWizard said:

lol, its a 2-4 hour drive there /8 hour round trip to a Micro Center for me, so not so viable. Its 97 Pounds for one off of amazon, but thata like 5 pounds more, so it may not be worth it.

Yeah, I heard they’re a bit far and few between. I hear Newegg is good, is that US only? We have Curry’s PC world but they are tremendously over priced compared to amazon. I have seen a website called Scan, but all my parts seem to be able on Amazon.

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2 minutes ago, Ankerson said:

 

I don't have one near me either, not even close....

 

5 hour dive min to the nearest one.

lol, yeah. have a nice store called Simplified Computers that sells new and used parts, as well as does repairs and sells "prebuilts" that are made by someone who knows what they are doing and gives enough PSU for a upgrade or so. nice little store.

I could use some help with this!

please, pm me if you would like to contribute to my gpu bios database (includes overclocking bios, stock bios, and upgrades to gpus via modding)

Bios database

My beautiful, but not that powerful, main PC:

prior build:

Spoiler

 

 

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1 minute ago, MysticPenguin said:

Yeah, I heard they’re a bit far and few between. I hear Newegg is good, is that US only? We have Curry’s PC world but they are tremendously over priced compared to amazon. I have seen a website called Scan, but all my parts seem to be able on Amazon.

newegg is uk too.

I could use some help with this!

please, pm me if you would like to contribute to my gpu bios database (includes overclocking bios, stock bios, and upgrades to gpus via modding)

Bios database

My beautiful, but not that powerful, main PC:

prior build:

Spoiler

 

 

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Just now, HelpfulTechWizard said:

lol, yeah. have a nice store called Simplified Computers that sells new and used parts, as well as does repairs and sells "prebuilts" that are made by someone who knows what they are doing and gives enough PSU for a upgrade or so. nice little store.

 

 

We used to have a nice one too, but it closed down more than 10 years ago.

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1 minute ago, Ankerson said:

 

 

We used to have a nice one too, but it closed down more than 10 years ago.

oh, that was a bit ago.

I could use some help with this!

please, pm me if you would like to contribute to my gpu bios database (includes overclocking bios, stock bios, and upgrades to gpus via modding)

Bios database

My beautiful, but not that powerful, main PC:

prior build:

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Just now, HelpfulTechWizard said:

oh, that was a bit ago.

 

Yeah, online only around here, or maybe Best Buy for simple stuff depending.

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1 minute ago, Ankerson said:

Best Buy for simple stuff depending.

lol, they had a kit of vengance 3200 cl16 for $60. good deal for that.

I could use some help with this!

please, pm me if you would like to contribute to my gpu bios database (includes overclocking bios, stock bios, and upgrades to gpus via modding)

Bios database

My beautiful, but not that powerful, main PC:

prior build:

Spoiler

 

 

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1 minute ago, HelpfulTechWizard said:

lol, they had a kit of vengance 3200 cl16 for $60. good deal for that.

 

 

I do get my TV's from them. :)

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16 hours ago, MysticPenguin said:

Yeah, I heard they’re a bit far and few between. I hear Newegg is good, is that US only? We have Curry’s PC world but they are tremendously over priced compared to amazon. I have seen a website called Scan, but all my parts seem to be able on Amazon.

Scan is decent ive bought several items from there and had no problems.

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22 hours ago, TVwazhere said:

Gonna guess that was the Arctic P12's 😂

 

The Thermaltake C34, a direct competitor to the Coolermaster Mastercase H500 is on sale for 70 pounds https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/2fqhP6/thermaltake-commander-c34-tg-argb-atx-mid-tower-case-ca-1n5-00m1wn-00

The RL06 is also 70 but has no TG side panel https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/CQvZxr/silverstone-rl06br-pro-atx-mid-tower-case-rl06br-pro

Corsair has the 275R https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/ycbCmG/corsair-275r-airflow-atx-mid-tower-case-cc-9011182-ww

The Bitfenix Enso Mesh only comes with two fans sadlyhttps://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/W3prxr/bitfenix-enso-mesh-black-atx-mid-tower-case-bfc-esm-150-kkwgk-rp

Also Bitfenix Nova Mesh https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/Nhyqqs/bitfenix-nova-mesh-tg-atx-mid-tower-case-bfc-nvm-300-kkgsk-rp

Coolermaster also has the MB500 https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/6qPKHx/cooler-master-masterbox-mb500-atx-mid-tower-case-mcb-b500d-kgnn-s00

 

*Edit* The Focus G and the 4000D (while over budget) are also good options, thought they both only come wit two fans (the general best balance is three)

Alright, I’ve narrowed it down and I think it’s between the Silverstone RL06 and the Coolermaster MB500. All my parts fit in both fine. I like the looks of both but I’m leaning towards the Silverstone on looks and amount of fans, although the MB500 does have a better price tag. Which would you go with?

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