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Four Sub-£100 Cases For Your 2013 Gaming Build, Reviewed

Four Sub-£100 Cases For Your 2013 Gaming Build, Reviewed
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Last week we previewed the first four mainstream gaming cases in our 11-way sub-£100 round-up. Now we get to build four systems and test them. What other features will we uncover along the way, and how will they affect thermal and acoustic performance?

A high-quality case can outlast even the fastest build. Ironically, though, value-oriented enthusiasts spend money on components that improve performance and tend to cut back on those that don't. You already know that a £30 enclosure won't give you the durability, airflow, or room to expand that a smart upgrade should be expected to offer. But there's no guarantee that a £250 chassis will give you anything more in those areas than a far cheaper model. Sometimes, splurging on a case is simply wasted expense.

Knowing that there are a few solid enclosures out there available for under £100, we made that our budget for this month's round-up. As you read in In Pictures: Four Sub-£100 Cases For Your 2013 Gaming PC, we received 11 total submissions, all battling for supremacy. Today's story is a follow-up to our first picture-based exploration, designed to go beyond our initial visual inspection and lead to more concrete conclusions. 

  Cougar
Evolution
Lian-Li
PC-9N
Nanoxia
Deep Silence 2
SilverStone
Precision PS06
Dimensions
Height20.2"18.7"18.4"20.8"
Width8.7"8.3"8.2"8.4"
Depth20.6"19.7"24.2"20.0"
Space Above
Motherboard
0.0"0.5"1.3"1.2"
Card Length12.1"17.3"13.6"12.1"
Weight19.1 Pounds10.8 Pounds24.6 Pounds19.5 Pounds
Cooling
Front Fans
(alternatives)
1 x 120 mm
(2 x 120 mm)
1 x 140 mm
(2 x 140 mm)
2 x 120 mm
(None)
1 x 120 mm
(None)
Rear Fans
(alternatives)
1 x 120 mm
(None)
1 x 120 mm
(None)
1 x 140 mm
(1 x 140/120 mm)
None
(1 x 120 mm)
Top Fans
(alternatives)
None
(2 x 120mm)
None
(None)
None
(2 x 140/120 mm)
1 x 180 mm
(None)
Left Side
(alternatives)
None
(1 x 140 mm)
None
(2 x 120 mm)
None
(1 x 140/120 mm)
None
(None)
Right Side
(alternatives)
None
(None)
None
(None)
None
(None)
None
(None)
Drive Bays
5.25" ExternalSixThreeThreeFive
3.5" ExternalNoneNone1 x Adapter1 x HDD Bay
3.5" InternalFourThreeEightFour
2.5" InternalFour*TwoEight* Four*
Card SlotsEightEightSevenEight
Noise Dampening
SidesNonePlastic CoversCloth/MatNone
TopNoneNoneCloth/MatNone
FrontNonePlastic CoverFoamNone
Price~£80(UK Price Not Known)
£75
£90
*Shared on 3.5" Tray


Quality is the primary consideration for our round-up, though unusually good or unusually bad performance could certainly set a single case apart from the pack. Features are next up for evaluation, primarily when comparing price to value. Let’s take a closer look at the quality and features each case offers.

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