Budget Casing Shootout - Affordable PC Housing

Front I/O & Rear Panels

Front I/O & Rear Panels

When purchasing a new casing, it is important to consider the options offered by the front I/O panel, as well as the expandability options offered by the rear. Increasingly, more and more casings are offering eSATA ports on the front panel, while grommets for water-cooling solutions are also becoming more common-place. However, since these are entry-level casings targeted at budget-conscious buyers, we weren't expecting such features to be present. However, we were pleasantly surprised that some casings reviewed here do feature them and can come in really handy.

The Antec Two Hundred

The Cooler Master Centurion 5 II

The Gigabyte Luxo M1000