Honestly, that’s a good approach. I think most ‘decent’ cases can be found in the $70-100, unless you want things like Tempered glass (and a bit of flair). The trouble I face though, is that most often than not, most cases tend to disappoint in some aspect - unfortunately, I haven’t found one that checks all the boxes.
Right now, I’m running -
- Corsair 540 Air
- Corsair 740 Air
- Corsair 570X
- Corsair 270R (chepo NVR PC)
The 540 has some decent aspects, and some really horrid ones, like the base of the chassis.
The 740 is an improvement, but lacks storage options.
The 270R is an el-chepo, and for its price though, it was easier to build in than I had expected. I wish they included the sliding SSD trays instead of the screw-mounting based options, but I guess that’s too “premium” for that price point.
The 570X is interesting given how the ‘use-case’ of this case is out there - form and looks come first, function second, but it generally does a decent job at meeting functional duties, as long as serious watercooling or storage needs aren’t high on the list.
My general gripe though, with all the cases I’ve seen out there, are designed around the ‘mythical’ custom-water loop buyer. Space for AIOs/Radiators are given a priority, and I suppose this is driven with SSDs becoming more popular.
However, I’d like to see a $80-100 case that also has the option of say holding 8x 3.5" Drives. The only case that I think is the best compromise in this regard is the Fractal Design R5 - although, I’ve not personally built in one, but one I’ve seen ad nauseam via many many Youtube reviews.
Apologies for the lengthier rant, but sigh, I suppose I’ll continue looking for that ‘perfect’ case.