Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. Just because you might not like how something looks, doesn't mean the whole world hates it. Computer cases fall into that style category as everyone has differing opinions on aesthetics. I have a simple style and taste, so I like things that look clean and modern, and are uncomplicated. Some of the higher end computer cases just throw too much at you, especially features that you don't need or won't use. Do I really need 10 HDD bays, or 6 external 5.25" ODD bays? Does it really matter if my computer case has 10 fans to exhaust heat? I run a system with one GPU, 1 or 2 hard drives, and one optical drive. Do you think I need a $200 computer case?
This is where the budget gaming case comes into play. In order to cut costs, many of those unnecessary features are cut from the chassis. It's almost exactly like shopping for a car. There are always different tier models that have stripped down features to meet different budgets. The trick with gaming cases is to find that special one that meets your aesthetic tastes, feature needs, and budget. The nice thing about this market is that there are so many cases to choose from, it's almost overwhelming. There are over 100 cases just in the $75-$100 range.
One entry in the budget gaming category is the Antec Six Hundred V2 Mid-Tower Gaming Case. The Six Hundred V2 comes with all of the same features as the original Six Hundred, but with one minor change, there is a 2.5" HDD hot swap bay instead of a 3.5" hot swap bay. The Six Hundred has 3 external 5.25" drive bays and 6 internal 3.5" drive bays. The rear has 7 expansion slots. The Six Hundred has excellent cooling with a large 200mm TriCool blue LED fan on the top and one 120mm TriCool blue LED fan on the rear. HDDs can be front loaded with a removable panel that can also house 2 more 120mm fans, if needed. This case also comes with a few necessary gaming features, such as a CPU cut out on the tray and a cable management compartment. There is a "moon roof window" and a washable air filter as an added bonus. The Antec Six Hundred V2 is positioned to be that budget gaming case for the purist gamer.
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