A gamers’ case is undoubtedly more than just a metal chassis to house all the circuit boards and components. The styling and aesthetics are very important giving particular rig uniqueness as well as being a way for the enthusiast to express themselves. However, with the cost of high-end gaming chassis pushing well over the £100 mark and money much tighter due to the economic status, manufacturers are starting to react.
Antec were one of the first to release a low-budget case – the Two Hundred; a chassis that has quickly become the case to beat in the low price market. Visually, performance wise and the build quality are all spot on and at just £35, it’s very competitively priced.
Hot on Antec’s heels though are NZXT. With any array of gaming chassis available, the Beta bolsters the low budget part of the Classic Series. Let’s take a look…
NZXT’s Take on the Beta
“Announcing the BETA, a mid-tower steel case that delivers gamers a chassis designed for tremendous value without sacrificing performance. Built for maximum expandability, BETA expansive jet black interior provides ample room for 4 external 5.25" drives, 5 HDD racks, and fits large 10.5" performance graphics cards. NZXT continues their expertise in effective cooling by offering BETA users expanded cooling that directly cools video cards and CPU with 4 120mm fans (1 front, 1 rear, and 2 side) and a meshed front panel that improves airflow. The front 120mm fan can fit thicker fans like the Scythe Ultra Kaze that can help maximize airflow. Additional features like screwless installation for 5.25" drives/hard drives and top mounted USB/Audio enhance ease of installation and convenience for gamers.”
- Fits ATX standard motherboards and power supplies
- Fits large 10.5" performance graphics cards
- Expanded cooling directly cools video cards and CPU
- Screwless installation for hard drives and external 5.25" drives
- Black internal finish for sleek look
- Meshed front panel allows for better airflow than traditional cases
- Top mounted Dual USB/Audio/ESATA for convenient usage