Convenience, convenience and convenience. Other than extra features, buying a more expensive case gives system builders a lot more convenience when it comes to component installation. Tool-less mounting and cable management options, in particular, were not available in budget builds. There's also the fact that budget cases tend to look less attractive than mainstream and high-end cases. The paint is often haphazardly applied, easily scratched and peels readily at the slightest glance of friction. Even some of the steel or aluminum edges are sharp and could cut you as you are removing the side panel, if you can remove the side panel, which had no handles and would sometimes be impossible to place back, since it is warped.

NZXT Tempest 210 Mid-tower Case



That was, of course, the old paradigm before manufacturers, like NZXT, started producing budget and entry-level cases that provide some of the conveniences afforded by premium chassis. Taking in opinions and requests from users, NZXT has strengthened their brand and improved their product line to provide various PC system chassis solutions across the market spectrum while maintaining a unique "out-of-the-box" approach to design. Even though NZXT's new Phantom and Switch cases are garnering a lot of attention from enthusiast system builders, the company has not completely lost focus on what is important when it comes to building a good entry-level case, as embodied in their Source and Tempest 210/220 line.

NZXT Tempest 210


The NZXT Tempest 210 mid-tower case is an entry-level case for gamers on a budget. The NZXT Tempest 210 features a high-airflow design that can house up to eight fans, enough to cool the current crop of high-performance enthusiast class components. The three top 5.25" drive bays, as well as the eight HDD bays inside the NZXT Tempest 210, use tool-less locks for convenient installation. Tall aftermarket heatsinks, up to 160mm, as well as long video cards, up to 320mm, can be installed inside the Tempest 210 without a problem. Unruly power supply cables inside the Tempest 210 can be tamed with a smart cable management routing system. For $54.99, the NZXT Tempest 210 provides a delicate balance between value and convenience that consumers are looking for.