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14 budget chassis group test: how little should you spend?

Using a high quality chassis for your desktop PC is important for a number of reasons. In the deluxe chassis segment - above €70 (£60) - it's difficult to find something that can be defined as truly sub-par. With a chassis that costs less than €60 (£51), there is much more variety in terms of quality. With a little research you will be able to find a very decent chassis that's affordable, performs adequately and also has a nice range of features. We tested 14 chassis in this segment to separate the wheat from the chaff, and made some interesting discoveries.

We typically tend to review mostly higher-end chassis, as these provide the cooling performance you need for the high-end components used in powerful systems. It's also the segment that sees the most innovation, which of course makes for more interesting reading.

Nevertheless, you don't have to pay top dollar to get a very good chassis. Of course they won't set records in terms of cooling, noise dampening, features and build quality, but we were pleasantly surprised by a number of the 14 chassis we tested for this review.

We've tested chassis that fall in between the two segments, such as the Antec Three Hundred Two and the Corsair Carbide 300R. These are a bit larger and deluxe than the 14 chassis in this review, but some can definitely compete in terms of cooling and noise levels.

The quality of affordable chassis has also improved over the years. The material is usually still pretty thin, but it's become more rigid. The rivets are of a higher quality, and the overall build quality has moved up as well. Only a handful of times was the metal so thin and flexible that you could bend it with your hands. You can read the rest of 14 budget chassis group test on