The BEST Computer Case Under $35!

In case you missed them We’ve done a few best bang for the buck round ups for the super budget-conscious lately and today That dollar menu gravy train keeps on blowin’, baby. You’ve got your cheap gaming peripherals already, which means now it’s time to start building your cheap gaming PC. So we teamed up with Newegg to test seven of the best rated cases on their site for under 35 bucks before sale or rebate pricing. Zotac’s Magnus EN1070 mini gaming PC comes VR and AAA-game ready. Check it out now at the link below. We’ll be judging the cases in order of their popularity on based on three main metrics. One: compatibility. How much can we comfortably stuff inside? Are there any component size limitations to take into account? Two: performance. Does the case have air flow issues? How many fans can you mount? Can you mount a radiator? And three: injury factor. Are there any sharp edges? “Umm.. so I got sliced open.” Is it awkwardly top-heavy? Oh, and actually, for a 10% bonus: extras and aesthetics. These aren’t necessities at this kind of a price, but they’re certainly nice to have. So first up is the micro-ATX Xion XON-310_BK. It’s the most popular case in our roundup and it’s certainly the cheapest at just $23, but… That may be its only selling point. It’s pretty sharp looking it- includes a USB 3 port. It’s sturdy enough, and it’s extremely lightweight, but installing anything but a mini-sized graphics card is a carnival of frustration and sadness, and.. oh yeah! There’s this thing the screw retaining it is on the inside And it just swings out of place to install a card Also while the Box claims that it has five and a quarter inch bays They’re mia, but the rails are there making usable space so tight that it’s almost impossible to mount the power supply and cable management was even worse the cables just kind of Hang out at the bottom of the case And there’s no top or side ventilation thermal performance is utter balls There’s nowhere for the heat or even air to go not recommended We’d actually prefer a milk crate off eBay and some zip ties instead Next up is the full ATX log-assist es350 BK. Which is both solidly built and Thoughtfully laid out For a design from 2003 to its credit It comes with a power supply, but the claim that it can handle three hundred and thirty watts of total continuous load is probably bullsh*t. This thing won’t be powering anything north of a GTX 1050 Ti and even for that I wouldn’t recommend it now the case is rolled edges help with preventing injury But they aren’t totally pinched off And there’s also these break off PCI slot covers and a rear i/o shield to contend with Otherwise there is plenty of space in here which is good But there’s nowhere to throw cables so managing them is a chore The aesthetics of the case other than the glossy plastic are fairly inoffensive so that also is good But with only a single intake fan for cooling this case pulled off some of the worst thermals in this group And that is saying a lot Not recommended our third most popular case is the micro ATX Zalman t3 it’s a little cramped to work in but it’s also the first in our roundup so far with a semi reasonable modern layout the edges are pretty smooth and the overall fit and finishes oh-kay. The reset buttons mushy, and this is starting to look like a pattern here Actually, there is only one USB 3 port on the front panel again rather than the two supported by the motherboard header I mean I guess copper prices are going up but geez you guys Building in it though was mostly painless the hard drives can only be accessed by removing the front panel for some reason But the two and a half inch SSD mounts are easily accessible And there’s actually quite a nice amount of cable management room behind the back panel there’s no included radiator mount but up top you will actually find cutouts for use with an External radiator an old feature that dates the core design here a little bit It’s a touch game relooking, but overall this case has pretty excellent thermals mesh covered fan mounts and clean cable management recommended on to the Compu case Voyager Where is the Voyager going? somewhere far away I hope this is a MIDI Computer case that I would raid a “meh” D out of 10 on its looks alone the front panel is adorned with brightly colored headphone and mic jacks straight out of 2005 the power button kind of looks like a cigarette lighter and When your PC freezes you can call team rocket with this button right here Inside isn’t much to write home about either It’s a very early 2000 style with a top mounted power supply Taste the rainbow style front panel cables and very little room for cable management to hide them there aren’t really any sharp edges But with these breakaway PCI slot covers, and its thin metal construction. You’ll be creating your own soon enough Drive bays line the entire front of the chassis Which means that you will need a dremel for a large, High-performance graphics card not that you should be putting any decent gear in here anyway our CPU got Super toasty without a fresh supply of cool air not recommended In the number five spot is the apex sk3, and you know what who cares it doesn’t matter I’m calling this one the disappointment not only does it look like a 2005 piece of steel junk it’s got so many sharp edges that I had to dish out Hazard pay to the unlucky sod who built the system in it in any way there is Nowhere for cables to hide so have fun with that the PCI slot covers are tear off without a tab to which a screwdriver into so you’ll be using your hands and While there’s a 120mm fan mount in the front of the case and an 80/92 mount in the rear Both of them are unoccupied by default so out of the box the power supply acts as the main Exhaust this thing’s an oven not recommended Wow most of these sucks so far Next up is the DIY PC Jack’s 12 BK which huh Actually doesn’t look too bad it’s got a nice clean aesthetic as long as you’re into pandas a single USB 3 port on the front panel with a Twin USB 2.0 to boot and on the inside It’s even got a shroud to hide the power supply and three and a half inch bays And you can see them through a nice wide acrylic window The full ATX layout is as open as you could want with SSD mounts to the right of the motherboard and I mean really all we’re missing here is a Radiator mount and some topside ventilation both of which can be remedied with a dremel and some time The construction is sturdy though with rolled and smooth edges throughout And we’ve also got a huge area in the rear for hiding all of the junk in the trunk It’s not an ideal config; the breakaway slot covers are a good example of this as is the minimal clearance about the motherboard But it is leagues better than everything else we’ve seen so far and perhaps unsurprisingly then Its thermal performance is pretty good too with 120mm fans on the front and rear complementing its wide-open interior highly recommended Finally we’ve got the Cougar The cougar mg 110, another micro ATX case We’ve got single USB 3 and USB 2 ports on the front and on the rear we got those blasted breakaway PCI brackets on the interior though We’ve got smooth edges all around and it looks like that 5.25″ bay is tool less too with a nice little handle labled “gaming” We’ve got a 120 mm case fan pre-installed on the rear, and we even get space on this one for a 2 by 120 mm radiator on the top if you remove the yes Removable optical drive mount there’s also a removable three and a half inch hard drive tray and a decently sized area In the rear panel for cable management Complete with management points and two and a half inch SSD mounts Thermal performance was actually stellar too, owing to the clean interior and decent placement of the exhaust fan and copious ventilation holes recommended again, so Overall then what we learned today, is that the one with the most votes Might not actually be the best choice in all cases The Cougar mg 110 was the best case overall and our pick for an M ATX build with the Jax 12 over here Creaming the rest of the competition if you’ve got a full sized ATX board The Zalman t3 then gets an honorable mention For sucking a lot less than the rest of them and as for the rest of them The Sennheiser 5 8x from mass drop uses Sennheiser’s new 150 ohm drivers making these headphones easier to power from devices like your cell phone then their predecessors The emphasis of this particular set is on clean extended bass with a smooth, but clear upper range They’ve got soft velour earpads with elliptical ear cups that I know it’s crazy follow the anatomy of the ear round on an ear I don’t know where that idea ever came from but Not with these they come with a handy detachable cable And they’re available now on Massdrop for ($159.99) US With free shipping to the USA so check it out at the link below So thanks for watching guys if you just like this video you can hit that button but if you liked it hit like Get subscribed maybe consider checking out the link to where to buy the stuff we featured though to be clear I only mean this one this one and then Maybe this one if for whatever reason you don’t like the looks of this one in the video description Also linked in the description is our merch storage has cool shirts like this one and our community forum, which you should totally join

100 thoughts on “The BEST Computer Case Under $35!

  1. My buddy got the Xion case and it was super annoying to build in esepically cause his power supply wasn't modular like Linus said SUPER SHITTY case

  2. I’m planning on putting my parts from an HP SFF into a new case so I think size won’t be much of an issue
    Does anyone know if the components are compatible (I will probably use a different power supply)

  3. linus tech tips can you do a build with 1st player firebase x7 casing. the case is about 40 dollar . this case is a budget build case

    also I have only had 2 cases since 2008, previous build got the original xclio case that is being sold to a friend, and current cooler master stryker case I've had about 5 years. love me some full size ATX cases. I refuse to burn up my parts in a mini case lmao

  5. Its always tempting to cheap out on the pc case but just grab a few bucks more and get a decent one.
    Its 100% worth it.

  6. I actually have the voyager…cut a square in the side panel and replaced it with mesh and no more heat problems…

  7. 5:20 How dare you insult the God of Volts and Amps Electroboom like that?! Don't ever speak his name in such a negative manner

  8. after seeing these i feel like i got a pretty good deal with mine, only £20 (UK)

  9. I know I'm late to the party, but there's no way I'm the only one that got the Trailer Park Boys reference in the intro

  10. The video came about ages ago but if you are looking for a great budget pc case then have a look at the aerocool cylon, it has a window and RGB for £40

  11. The SK-386-C is not a good case. it is more or less a scam, a cardboard box is better.

    Your front panel stuff will fry.
    Your power button will eventually fry.
    Most gpus will not fit properly
    More than one hdd will cause your case to vibrate clean off your desk
    The plastic breaks effortlessly and will leave you with gaping holes in the case
    The cheap metal bends and cuts you too easily while also insulating heat and causing airflow issues
    There is not room for a tall cooler like the 212 despite the size of the case
    I/O shields will likely not fit

    this is a SHIT case please do not reccomend it to anyone the company that made it is a total fraud

  12. I've always found Cougars appealing…heh…but seriously was considering that particular case, glad to see its not trash. Woohoo cheap stuff that doesn't suck!

  13. these things vary in prices deamn.. i watched this vid a while back and in my country for 23 bucks?.. my case has mounts for ssd hdd. three 5 1/4 inch bays..( idk why) radiator support 3 intake fans infront and 4 exhaust.. fans.. i fell sorry for newegg shoppers

  14. FYI, that Cougar case is the EXACT same case as the Thermaltake Versa H15… only with a different front panel… the inside dimensions and features are otherwise identical. Having said that, the case is only really good with smaller MBs, because a full size MATX MB will cover up the cable management holes and prevent the insertion of an Optical Drive (if you wanted to use one). I've worked with that case, it's good for smaller MBs, but is a nightmare if you use a full-sized MATX MB like a Bazooka MB in it.


  16. These cheapo cases are great if you just need to move an existing old computer into a new chassis for whatever reason like a GPU upgrade. I'm not dumping $100+ on a case for a computer that's worth $20 BUT is also still useful enough to be worth keeping.

  17. One of the best budget case, even if not well known, is the MasterBox Q300L:

  18. The Cougar MG110 is 47EUR in Germany. Thats US$52 or CAD$71.
    The DIYPC Jax12-BK is not available in Europe.

  19. We recommend the cool case called air case you get it for free it better than all the cases on this list

  20. I built my system into an old Mac Pro case. Required some modification but very cheap, good looking case imo

  21. I bought the DIY case after this video and am still using it today. Good looking case and better quality than other cheap cases I have bought.

  22. Awesome, the best three computer cases are out of stock.
    Actually i think almost all of them are out of stock.

  23. After all this time you still make me laugh, I love the comedy in this as well as the information provided. I'm starting to think I couldn't do without you guys. Great Vid, thanks all!

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