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Cheap Gaming Cases

Updated on October 10, 2014
A basic optimized air flow configuration with front intake and top & rear exhaust fans.
A basic optimized air flow configuration with front intake and top & rear exhaust fans.

Top 5 Gaming Computer Cases Under $100

When building a powerful gaming rig, the case should be picked with care as well. A good gaming computer case is superior to a regular one not due to its fancy design and shiny LEDs, but because of the excellent cooling environment that it provides. Every gamer knows that high-end CPUs and graphics cards generate a lot of heat, and the best gaming cases come with pre-installed fans and optimal component placement to accommodate that.

I have created a list of the top 5 gaming computer cases for sale under $100. All five products are mid-tower enclosures which do not include a PSU. They may not have all the bells and whistles that the more expensive models do, but they'll keep your system running cool and reasonably quiet.

#1. Antec Three Hundred Two

A very popular and affordable gaming PC case, this mid-tower gaming enclosure will be a big upgrade from an outdated PC chassis. The PSU placement is at the bottom for better cooling; rear (120mm) and top (140mm) fans for exhaust are included. Antec Three Hundred Two also has four more optional 120 mm fan mounts: two on the side, and two in the front. I recommend installing at least one more fan in the front to improve the air intake. This is one of the best cheap gaming cases available on the market today, and a great choice for a budget gamer. It lacks side windows and preinstalled LEDs, although I view it as something of an advantage if you're going for a bit more solid look.

Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

The successor to the legendary Antec Three Hundred offers 3 x 5.25", 2 x 2.5", and 6 x 3.5" tool-less drive bays, washable air filters, USB3 at the front panel, cable management holes, and lots of space (318mm) for a massive graphics card.

 

#2. Rosewill Blackhawk

While pricier than the aforementioned Antec product, Rosewill Blackhawk is nevertheless a great choice for those looking for a gaming case with a bit more "oomph": this one features an arrow-shaped smoked-glass window on the side, and LED-illuminated front fans which create a really cool effect. In fact, Blackhawk comes with 5 fans preinstalled in total, meaning you don't have to shop for more cooling except when it comes for the most extreme builds.

Rosewill Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Cases BLACKHAWK Black
Rosewill Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Cases BLACKHAWK Black

Screw-less drive bay design, removable HDD cage for more space, cable routing, and PSU air filter are some of the main features of this case. Of course, the PSU is bottom-mounted for optimal cooling. The front, part of the top, and the bottom panels are made from metal mesh to aid air circulation, although noise isolation suffers somewhat as a result - can't have it all.

 

#3. Cooler Master Elite 430

Cooler Master is known for their quality gaming PC cases. Their Elite 430 model is quite successful, and an inexpensive choice for a gaming enclosure. Despite its reasonably low price, it does come with a large side window, although, unfortunately, only a single fan (120mm front intake) is included. I suggest shopping for some quiet, low-RPM fans for exhaust at the top and / or rear if you get the Elite 430 to improve the airflow inside the case.

Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid-Tower Case RC-430-KWN1-AMZ, Black
Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid-Tower Case RC-430-KWN1-AMZ, Black

This steel case supports water cooling, fits larger graphics cards, includes dust filters, and features tool-free design. There are six spots in total for fans, 7 HDD bays, and 7 expansion slots. Mesh in the top and front ensures optimal air flow into and out of the case.

 

#4. Corsair Carbide 400R

One of the best best computer gaming cases in this price range, Carbide Series 400R is well-liked by enthusiast judging from the amount of 5-star reviews on retailers like Amazon and Newegg. It is a hassle-free, spacious enclosure with plenty of room for the largest computer components and additional cooling, should you require it. All mesh screens are covered with dust filters from inside to keep your PC clean and cool. Two preinstalled front intake fans create positive pressure inside the case, further preventing dust buildup. All-in-all, Corsair's 400R is another product to consider when looking for a cheap gaming computer case.

Corsair Carbide Series Black 400R Mid Tower  Computer Case
Corsair Carbide Series Black 400R Mid Tower Computer Case

This case offers ten fan locations (4 x 120mm and 6 x 120mm or 140mm) with 3 fans preinstalled, cable management system for placing cables behind the motherboard and improving airflow, 10 drive bays and 8 expansion slots, and enough space for most 240mm dual radiators at the top.

 

#5. NZXT Guardian 921 RB

NZXT Guardian 921 RB is a successor to the popular Guardian 921, bringing some improvements and and welcome changes. It is a stylish steel tower with LED illumination, a clear side window, and a sleek front panel. All that plus the useful mini LCD display which shows the temperature of your system components definitely makes this case stand out visually. Function isn't sacrificed, either: built from solid steel and featuring 3 large, silent fans, this case provides the optimal balance between cooling and noise.

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    • JustDotDotDot LM profile image

      JustDotDotDot LM 

      5 years ago

      I have the NVIDIA version of #2 - It's a great case.

    • djh4yla profile image

      djh4yla 

      6 years ago

      Last computer I built used a cooler master case, they are pretty good and affordable.

    • Canvas-Art-Shop profile image

      Canvas-Art-Shop 

      6 years ago

      I like to leave mine naked :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      but u have to make sure that you get a good case that best suits ur pc> and for many other purposes on ur pc's performance

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      CHEAP gaming cases: NZXT Tempest Evo xDDDDD

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      where's zalman? they make awesome cases at awesome prices.

    • ImmatureEntrepr profile image

      ImmatureEntrepr 

      6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens! Good stuff.

    • dogface lm profile image

      dogface lm 

      6 years ago

      I built a new computer last December. Antec One Hundred was my choice, so I'm sure #1 is good as well. :-) Only complaint is that I didn't find the speaker cord (for computer beeps), but it's not really a problem.

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