Three Gaming Cases, With Power, Under $100

In Win Griffin (With Power Man PSU)

Best known for its well-made office PC cases, In Win has spent the last few years trying to win over younger buyers with an additional line of stylized cases. In Win is also a power supply provider, its Power Man units widely available in several of its other cases. Yet, until we find a seller providing today’s exact combination, we’re left considering the separate prices of its $40 Griffin case and $42 Power Man IP-S400DQ3-2 power supply. The combined $82 price is similar to those of its older factory-shipped combos (such as its C589T.D400TBL8P).

The first two things that strike us about the Griffin’s design are its 220 mm side-panel fan and its angular 5.25” drive bay covers. Hidden in the recess of the front panel is a 3.5” drive bay.

The biggest functional difference between the Griffin and In Win’s more traditional designs might be its hide-away front-panel ports. Adding eSATA allows In Win to further set the Griffin apart from similarly-priced competitors.

A look around back reveals even more differences between the Griffin and In Win’s more traditional designs. First, the 120 mm fan is missing, replaced with a 92 mm unit to make the case narrower. Second, the inset port panel is missing, replaced by a cheaper flush design. Also notice the plastic tabs, which pop out to release the side panels.

A very basic installation kit includes a brief user’s manual, a small pack of screws and standoffs, and a push-on PC speaker.

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  • Silmarunya
    Not having Antec in the running is a shame. Their PSU's and cases are top notch and their NSK series is superb for its budget. Reliable, silent and with very good efficiency, it's hard to fault them. They're the clear winners, even though they weren't put on test here. Antec, you lost an opportunity to prove your worth once more. Although tbh, most Tom's readers are already aware of Antec's quality...
  • Motopsychojdn
    I'd also like to point out that budget builders like myself are usually happy to do some cutting on their cases to make those 'Not available' fans 'available' :P
    nice to see some cases getting screentime that are aimed at the lower end of the cost market.
  • Solitaire
    Maybe a better compromise would be to buy a much more modern Thermaltake V3, NZXT Gamma or Antec 200 then slap in a reputable Corsair CX400 for roughly the same money as the archaic combos above?
  • proletarian
    the last one was the best one, the other two were, as one from Merseyside would say, JARG - proper awful looking cases, that red one's a pure state mate, what a shambles.

    but the thermaltake m9 is a bit decent, i'd probably get one even when not on a budget, the power supply would end up in a bin or on ebay with bidding starting at 99p, useless. i've got an antec 900 and this m9 doofer looks just as good, don't like the plasticy bits for the hard disks though, much prefer screws.
  • proci
    it's interesting to see the same problem with In Win's budget case, wich plagued Cooler Master's Cosmos S and Stacker 832 (and partially CM690): Either you can have a decent cooler (which was the 160mm TRUE) or you can have the side vents. but, the Cosmos S was a case for water cooling with a triple rad. and 220mm+120mm intake, 92mm (+psu) exhaust... that is far away from ideal. and if a case without a side panel could win as the coolest case, that means that ventillation is really bad for each case.

    the 550W CM PSU is heavily outdated. i mean, 2x16A@12V? 32A, the CX400 can do nearly so much. and 20A@12V? yeah, that will be nearly enough for a x4 635 and a 5770 on base clocks. overclocked, there will be OCP shutdown (_if_ it has a functional OCP btw).

    no recommendation indeed.
  • kyzar
    Couple of points / questions:

    1. If you are interested in a budget case, you are probably going to be more than happy with a stock cooler on your CPU - why are you harping on and on about the In Win not fitting your after-market cooler? I'm more than happy with the noise and temps of my Phenom II with stock, why if I were on a very tight budget would I spend on a separate cooler that I could add instead into the gfx card or RAM?

    2. Personal issue - why on earth would I waste desktop space by putting my PC on it? I y'know use my desk space for desk space stuff - files, peripherals, printer, phones, doritos (j/k).
  • Anonymous
    What if someone already has a decent aftermarket cooler from an older build?
    Or what if they want to be able to upgrade later?

    I didn't see the point of an aftermarket cooler when I built my latest PC, but then decided to buy one later as I felt it was a bit too noisy. As a standalone upgrade a CPU cooler isn't too expensive, certainly much cheaper than a new CPU/Gfx card. I also fully intend to use the same cooler for as long as AMD don't change their fan mounts (or Intel start catering to budget range).