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Best Budget PC Cases: Under $50

Need a decent case to build your new PC in? Well, read on then.

If you are thinking about building a new PC for yourself, the first thing that should be of concern is the case. Obviously one of the more integral parts for a system, a case should be selected with peace of mind so you don’t have to worry about replacing it at least a few years down the line. If you are on a budget it can be an arduous task of selecting a decent chassis. You might want to skimp out on your case and just pick up the cheapest one you can find, but you might regret that decision. You need a case that is well built and will not look out of place in your overall setup. With that being said, finding a case under $50 can be a tough task that is why this guide was created to help you with that. Let’s have a look at the best affordable cases you should be aware of.

The Basics Of PC Cases

Before we jump straight into the list, we should first concern ourselves with the main deciding aspects which will ultimately affect your purchasing decision.

Form Factor

PC cases can be broken down into 3 main form factors. Full tower cases are the biggest of the group, they have ample storage for all your watercooling needs and have lots of expansion slots with great airflow. Mid tower cases are the trimmed down version of full towers, these usually support mATX motherboards. They still have enough room for cable management and can house a closed loop liquid cooler, though watercooling might be a bit more difficult task. Finally, there are mini ITX cases, these are extremely small form factor cases that are useful if you don’t have enough space to place your system. These are small cases so keep in mind that often compromises the cable management and thermals, though you do get a cleaner and simpler look overall.

Storage Expansion Slots

Before buying a case make sure that it has sufficient 2.5″ and 3.5″ drive bays to house your hard drives and SSDs. Some cases have specific hard drive cages to keep all your storage needs in one place. Also if you require a 5.25″ bay in the front of your PC for an optical drive, make sure the model you are buying has that as many cases are ditching this these days.

Airflow

Another important thing to keep in mind is how good the airflow is in the chassis. Typically the spacier the chassis is inside the better airflow it will have for all your components. Most of the cases also come with at least two included fans, so make sure that is available so you don’t have to spend money on that right away. You should also be aware of the radiator space the case provides, some cases cannot fit larger radiators so be aware of that.

Cable management

You should also make sure that your chassis has ample room for cable management, most of the cases have holes for routing your cables through, some cases also come with a power supply shroud where you can hide your PSU and its cables. Make sure that the case has sufficient room to manage and route your cables through.

Those were the main aspects you should be concerned with when buying a case. Now that we’ve covered those topics, let’s get down to the best cases you can buy under $50

#PreviewNameForm FactorFan mountsStorage Expansion BaysSide PanelPurchase
1Fractal Design Focus mATX CaseMicro ATX63 (including 5.25 optical drive)
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2Thermaltake Versa H18Micro ATX54
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3Corsair Carbide 200RATX87
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4Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5Micro ATX43
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5Thermaltake Core V1 Cubemini ITX34
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Best Budget PC Cases: Under $50
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NameFractal Design Focus mATX Case
Form FactorMicro ATX
Fan mounts6
Storage Expansion Bays3 (including 5.25 optical drive)
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NameThermaltake Versa H18
Form FactorMicro ATX
Fan mounts5
Storage Expansion Bays4
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NameCorsair Carbide 200R
Form FactorATX
Fan mounts8
Storage Expansion Bays7
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NameCooler Master Masterbox Lite 5
Form FactorMicro ATX
Fan mounts4
Storage Expansion Bays3
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NameThermaltake Core V1 Cube
Form Factormini ITX
Fan mounts3
Storage Expansion Bays4
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First up on our list is the renowned and well-respected company Fractal Design’s offering for their new budget case. The fractal design Focus is a relatively slim and modern  Mid Tower ATX chassis which is the best budget chassis found on the market. This case features a large side panel window and comes in either black or white. There are more colors in the Focus G lineup which retails at the same MSRP. It does not come with a power supply shroud and is a fairly conventional case overall. It comes equipped with two 120mm fractal design fans with the white LEDs. Overall the case in this simple white cover has a pretty minimal design with a black, sort of mesh, front panel which shows off the fans decently to give you a bit illumination from those white LEDs. It supports 6 case fans in total, 2 on the front, 1 on the rear and 2 up top. It does come with dust filters on the front top and on the base for the power supply which gives you a dust free interior. However, the price of this case fluctuates around our budget which is 50$. At the time of the review, this case was available at $54.


Sleek design No PSU shroud
Great Airflow Un-removable 5.25 drive bay
Equipped with two LED fans
13 Reviews


Fractal Design Focus

Sleek design
Great Airflow
Equipped with two LED fans
No PSU shroud
Un-removable 5.25 drive bay
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It has great airflow support with up to a 280mm radiator on the front and also an option to mount a 240mm radiator on the top of the case. It comes with two drive bays to mount your SSDs and hard drives, and also comes with a 5.25″ bay for an optical drive. The front panel I/O is equipped with your traditional USB 2.0 port, headphone, and microphone jack and also is equipped with a USB 3.0 port. Overall the case comes with enough space for cable management and easy to build in. An easy option to recommend to anyone looking for a good case to last them a few years.

Next up on our list is Thermaltake’s micro ATX  offering, the Versa H18. This is a small form factor case with a bit dated but classic design. The front mesh panel looks great and the large side acrylic glass side panel complements that look. It also comes with a tempered glass version which is a bit more pricier. It has 4 total hidden drive bays, 2 for your hard drives and 2 for your SSDs. It comes included with a rear 120mm fan. Because it is a small form factor case, it supports the micro ATX and mini ITX  motherboards. It comes with a power supply shroud which neatly hides your cables and has good cable management because it has routing holes placed in the appropriate positions. It has support for 5 case fans in total, 2 120mm fans on the rear and top respectively, and 280mm radiator support with the 3 case fans on the front.


Great airflow Design is very generic
Compact small form factor
PSU Shroud
237 Reviews


Thermaltake Versa H18

Great airflow
Compact small form factor
PSU Shroud
Design is very generic
237 Reviews



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It has dust filters all around and overall, even though it is a small form factor case, it has a lot of breathing room and ample airflow. The front panel I/O includes the power button, 1 USB 3.0 Port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, headphone, and microphone jack, and LED switch.

This is a tried and true classic Corsair case. It has a very generic no-nonsense design. It has massive storage space for your hard drives and SSDs (up to 7 expansion slots). Great cable routing holes for cable management, support for up to 8 fans for ample airflow and enough room so that it is easy enough to build in. The front panel has 2 USB 3.0 ports and your audio jack for headsets and mics. It is a smaller micro ATX case which supports both mini ITX and Micro ATX motherboards.


Great airflow Boring design
Easy to build in Limited radiator support
A lot of storage expansion bays
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Corsair Carbide 200R

Great airflow
Easy to build in
A lot of storage expansion bays
Boring design
Limited radiator support
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It is a good case for simpler builds but the thing holding it back is that you can still get better aesthetics at this price point and the radiator support is not that great in this case. This would be recommended to someone who doesn’t care about looks as much as the case lasting them for many years to come.

Let’s just settle this straight out the gate, this is a really good looking case. It has a dark mirrored front panel that really isn’t transparent but looks really great with LED fans. The side panel window is acrylic and very large, it also has good visibility so you can see the internals of your case. The thing this case brings to the spotlight is the aesthetics. The red trim on this case looks really vibrant and this would look great in a black and red build. Unfortunately, this case seems to put form over function. As it does not have the best airflow or fan support. Cable management also seems to be a rather complex task in this case.


Fantastic Looks Horrible Airflow
Large side panel and mirrored front panel Difficult cable management
77 Reviews


Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5

Fantastic Looks
Large side panel and mirrored front panel
Horrible Airflow
Difficult cable management
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It supports ATX, MATX, and mini ITX motherboards. Storage expansion includes space for 2 hard drives and 1 SSD, though there is a mounting option for an SSD on the front above the PSU shroud. The front can fit three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. There is also room for a 120mm fan on the rear.

Last up on our list is a mini ITX case from Thermaltake. This is aptly named the V1 cube as it very much looks like a small cube case. This is a very tiny ITX case and the only decent affordable one. It has a mesh design with grills all around. It has a large 200mm fan on the front and you can use a 140mm radiator with that. It can fit a graphics card up to 285mm which is very impressive for this small form factor. As for storage, it has two 2.5 inch drives and two 3.5 inch drives. Surprisingly this case has really good airflow and cooling.


Unique design Not suitable for beginners
Great small form factor Difficult cable management
Surprisingly amazing airflow Hard to build inside
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Thermaltake Core V1

Unique design
Great small form factor
Surprisingly amazing airflow
Not suitable for beginners
Difficult cable management
Hard to build inside
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The build quality is pretty decent as well. Of course, this is not for beginner builders as this is a smaller case and a bit difficult to build in for newcomers. The cable management isn’t all that great either because of the limited space.

Conclusion

This was a pretty diverse list as far as PC cases go. Hopefully, you can now easily pick between one of these whether you need aesthetics, air flow or a small form factor case. Just don’t skimp out on the case as it is the most important part of your system.

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