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Poll: How much would you spend on a case?

How much would you spend on a quality computer case?

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Semi-Retired Folder
Nov 22, 2005
24,275 (5.51/day)
Indiana, USA
Processor Intel Core i7 4790K@4.6GHz
Motherboard AsRock Z97 Extreme6
Cooling Corsair H100i
Memory 32GB Corsair DDR3-1866 9-10-9-27
Video Card(s) ASUS GTX960 STRIX @ 1500/1900
Storage 480GB Crucial MX200 + 2TB Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive with 128GB OCZ Synapse SSD Cache
Display(s) QNIX QX2710 1440p@120Hz
Case Corsair 650D Black
Audio Device(s) Onboard is good enough for me
Power Supply Corsair HX850
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
Generally it all comes down to how much money I have left in the budget after buying all the parts I want.

For the most part I'd put the money into other parts before the case and just by an NZXT Source 210/210 Elite. For $50 the Source 210 Elite is an amazing case, and all most builds need. The only down side is there isn't enough room for a dual-120mm radiator at the top of the case.

But for my personal rig I just had to go with the 650T, but I already had all the hardware I wanted, but my old case was...well...old, and I wanted something new that I knew I would like for several years(my old case was 5 years old).
Dec 16, 2012
1,630 (0.89/day)
System Name SER
Processor Intel Core i5-7600K @ 4.7GHz
Motherboard Asus Z170 Pro Gaming
Cooling Alphacool Eisbaer 240 + 4x Corsair ML120
Memory 24GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4
Video Card(s) Asus GeForce GTX 980 Strix @ 1500/2000MHz
Storage 2x 256GB + 2x250GB + 240GB + 120GB SSDs + 500GB HDD
Display(s) 23" 1080p + 22" 1080p
Case Phanteks Eclipse P400S
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster Z
Power Supply Super Flower Golden Green 500W
Mouse Logitech G400s
Keyboard Logitech G410
Software Windows 10 Pro
Under 100 euros, I usually buy used cases. My Define R2 cost 30 euros and Sonata III 20 euros. :)
Jan 18, 2012
751 (0.35/day)
System Name My PC
Processor i7 4790k @4.4ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte z97m-d3h
Cooling Corsair H105
Memory 4x4GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133-9-11-11-31-1T
Video Card(s) GTX970 Stric oc
Storage Samsung 840Pro 512GB
Display(s) Asus ROG SWIFT
Case Lian Li 359
Audio Device(s) Denon DA-300USB / Denon AH-D5000
Power Supply Corsair AX860
Mouse Roccat Kone Pure Optical
Keyboard Corsair K70
Software Win10 64-bit home
I think that really depends on what you can afford. There are some really awesome cases like the fractal design models that cost around 100 dollars and yet are extremely efficient for both air and water cooling and are made of good quality plastic (which looks good). If you buy something like that you don't have any problems and you won't be disappointed.

On the other hand, you might want something in particular for your taste and spend a lot more even if it is technically not as good or even if the price is not justified, just because we live on a big planet with a lot of people so there are a lot of different tastes, thus choices.

Personally I spent more than 300 for a Caselabs mini-itx SM5 model and I am thrilled with it but it was totally unnecessary in terms of performance. I could have fit my 2 rads and mini itx mobo in a case of half the price, but yeah, the looks and the fact I could afford it judged that.
Oct 16, 2013
7 (0.00/day)
Processor fx-8150 8-core
Motherboard crosshair V formula
Cooling ThermalTake nic c5
Memory 16gb patriot black mamba viper 1600mhz (2 x 8gb sticks)
Video Card(s) Asus hd 7850 2gb ddr5
Storage 1 x samsung hdd 1tb 7200 rpm, and 4 x WD caviar green 1tb
Display(s) LG flatron e2242 x 2
Case CM stormtrooper
Audio Device(s) SupremeFX X-Fi 2 (Onboard)
Power Supply Corsair ax860i 80+ platinum
Software Windows 7 64bit
I paid around £150 UK Sterling for the CM Stormtrooper. Worth every penny imo.
Nov 29, 2011
5,975 (2.71/day)
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System Name Selene / Yoda
Processor Fx 8350 @ 4.4 / Phenom II x6 1090t @ 3.6
Motherboard Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 r4.0 / Gigabyte 890XA-UD3
Cooling H100i / Xig Dark Knight
Memory 4x 8gb G.Skill Snipers / 4x 4gb G.Skill Ares
Video Card(s) Gigabyte R9 290x / XfX DD & VisionTek HD6850's C'fired
Storage 256gb ssd, 2x 2tb Wd Blacks & 1x 1tb Wd black / 1x 1tb
Display(s) Dell Ultra Sharp 2408 WFp / Hp w2207
Case Raidmax Vampire / Chieftec Alum. Dragon Blue
Audio Device(s) Onboard Hd Audio / Onboard Hd Audio
Power Supply Corsair TX 850 watt / Corsair TX 750 watt
Mouse Logitech G500s
Keyboard Corsair Strafe
Software Win 10 pro / Win Vista Home prem. 64 bit
Benchmark Scores What are benchmarks anyway?
I spent $130 on my last case. A Raidmax Vampire
Oct 21, 2005
4,041 (0.91/day)
System Name Small ATX Desktop
Processor Intel i7 3770k @ 4.5 GHz /1.25 volt
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H with Beta Bios F20e
Cooling PHTC12DX CPU + MK-13 VGA, 1xDelta EFB1212VH, 2xYate Loon 140 PWM, 2xCorsair 120 PWM
Memory Samsung 30nm Green MV3V4G3D DDR3 16 GB (4x4GB) @ 1800 MHz CL9 1.35 volt
Video Card(s) PNY Geforce GTX 770 XLR8 2GB @ Core 1254 MHz / Ram 1800 MHz
Storage Seagate 600 240GB SSD (Boot) + 2xWD Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB Data
Display(s) Asus PB258Q 2560x1440 + Asus VH242H 1920x1080
Case Lian Li PC A05 (Inverted Mobo)
Audio Device(s) Audiotechnica ATH M50X, Antlion Mod Mic 4, SYBA SD-CM-UAUD USB Audio Dongle
Power Supply Seasonic SS-660XP2 660 Watt Platinum
Mouse Zowie EC2A, Corsair MM600, inateck 900mm x 300mm Mat
Keyboard Filco Majestouch II Ninja TKL and Goldtouch GTC 0033 Ten Key (Cherry Browns)
Software Win7 64 Pro
Benchmark Scores Wprime 32 5.758 http://www.wprime.net/Scores/19988/View
I spent $50 on my Cosmos (used) and probably have about $100 in materials modifying it to my liking (rad grills) and a window panel ($40) and also bought all new fans etc since it came fanless, so all in all I have a lot of money in this case. My wood case cost me about $20 in wood and about $30AR for the elite 120 interior chassis, and then about $60 in metal panels for fans and power switch, $20 in wood products (sandpaper, stain, poly, etc).

I am planning on making a wooden mid tower with rotated motherboard 90 degrees like the silverstone products so the videocard hangs down, out of wood with 3x120mm intake rad grill fans and using my Antec 300's mobo tray.
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Jun 3, 2007
744 (0.19/day)
System Name Tiberius / Aulus
Processor i7 3770K @ 4.6 / i7 4500U 2.4
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 / Haswell ULT
Cooling Corsair H80i / Internal Fans
Memory 32Gb Crucial Ballistix / 8Gb Integrated
Video Card(s) eVGA 1080FTW / Intel 4400 HD
Storage 850EVO 500GB + Assorted 8TB / Samsung 512 mSATA SSD
Display(s) Samsung S27B970 2560x1440 / 13" WLED 1920x1080
Case Thermaltake S71 / XPS13
Audio Device(s) Realtek HD / Realtek HD
Power Supply Corsair HX750W / 9 cell Battery
Mouse Logitech G402
Keyboard Razer Deathstalker
Software Win 8.1 Pro / Win 8.1 Pro
Benchmark Scores Suggestions.
I have always looked for cases in the price range of $100 to $150 and have always been mid-tower. Now i went with a Full Tower recently and i think i will stay with full tower. I like my new Thermaltake S71 case.
May 27, 2008
3,577 (1.03/day)
Huddersfield, uk
Processor E8200
Motherboard Asus P5KC
Cooling cooler master hyper tx3, 2x 120mm, 1x 80mm
Memory 4 GB DDR3 OCZ Black Edition
Video Card(s) Gigabyte HD 2600xt silent pipe II
Storage 500GB WD Sata / 60 GB Samsung IDE
Display(s) 20" samusng LCD, gaming at 1680 x 1050
Case some old amd thing
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply 650W
Software Windows 8.1, with 'start is back' obviously
Benchmark Scores It boots whilst im still young so im pleased with that.
Never paid for any of my cases, my first ones I picked up from side of road left for the scrap man. Chopped them up when I went through trying to mod things. Then I realised I was no good at it :p Last one was being slung when my last job was changing warehouses. Current was a trade for helping a friend work on his car :)
Mar 23, 2012
675 (0.32/day)
System Name Games/internet/usage - Server - backup - HTPC
Processor I7 5820k - AMD A8-5600K BE - I7 920 - A8-7600
Motherboard ASUS X99-A2 - Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 - MSI x58 pro-e - Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI
Cooling custom water loop for cpu and gpus - Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme r.2 - Noctua NH-U12P SE1366
Memory 16GiB Crucial Ballistix Sport 2666 MHz - 8GiB 1600MHz - 12 GiB corsair thing - 8GB 1866MHz
Video Card(s) 2x Radeon R9 290X CF - HD 7560D - 2x Radeon HD6950 CF - A8 -7600
Storage Samsung XP941 500 GB - 60 GB SSD + 6 x HDD 4 TB in RAID 6 - 4 SSD and 2 HDD - 250 GB SSD
Display(s) Dell 3008WFP - Remote desktop - the Dell when in use - 55" TV screen
Case Caselabs Magnum M8 - Fractal Design Define R4 - Nanoxia DS 1 - Antec ISK 110 VESA
Audio Device(s) Toslink -> Shiit Modi 2 Uber -> Matrix m-stage -> HD650 - none - as main - HDMI out -> 5.1 system
Power Supply beQuiet dark power pro 1200W- corsair RM750x - Corsair AX850 - Antec 90 W pico power
Mouse Roccat tyon - remote desktop - Roccat tyon when in use - Logitech K830
Keyboard Corsair K95 RGB - remote desktop - Corsair K95 RGB when in use - Logitech K830
Software Win 10 Pro - Win server 2012 essentials - Win 7 Pro - Win 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores Not high enough
with the options and extra stuff, intercontinental shipping, VAT and other taxes, my Caselabs magnum m8 cost my in the vicinity of 700 usd, and i still use an external radiator... god amount of space in it tho.