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When did everything get so expensive and tacky?
on: June 10, 2023, 10:00:44 AM
I've refreshed my gaming pc with a high spec computer that was out of warranty from work, and added an RTX 2080ti to it.
I'm wanting to change the case to something a bit more interesting, but they are all so expensive now.  It seems like £180 is about your starting point for something that has air flow, but you have to have tacky RGB stuff all over it like it's a fisher price toy.
All I want is a mesh case, maybe a window, and some reasonable speakers.
Lian Li's look like one of the cheaper options these days.

Even the last of the slice your hand open case manufacturers - CiT now cost £100+ They used to be £20 with a PSU, Keyboard and Mouse.  All junk mind.

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Re: When did everything get so expensive and tacky?
Reply #1 on: June 10, 2023, 12:41:13 PM
GameMax F15. Its a rock solid and affordable choice, it's what I'm using. You can turn the RGB sh*t off if you want too.

Don't just take my word for it though:

Re: When did everything get so expensive and tacky?
Reply #2 on: June 10, 2023, 15:40:38 PM
yep... a few tech type shows come up on my youtube feed regularly... it's all RGB... who gives a f**k about that?

there's less and less talk about performance/cooling, more and more about hot it looks :-(

Re: When did everything get so expensive and tacky?
Reply #3 on: June 10, 2023, 19:53:06 PM
GameMax F15. Its a rock solid and affordable choice, it's what I'm using. You can turn the RGB sh*t off if you want too.

Don't just take my word for it though:

That looks pretty good.  I'll check it out.
Thanks :D

Re: When did everything get so expensive and tacky?
Reply #4 on: June 12, 2023, 19:37:01 PM
Got one. And a new gamemax cooler to go with it.
Eldest can turn all the rgb sh*te on when he's playing hogwarts, I can turn it off when I'm booming.

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Re: When did everything get so expensive and tacky?
Reply #5 on: June 14, 2023, 02:56:55 AM
Got one. And a new gamemax cooler to go with it.
Eldest can turn all the rgb sh*te on when he's playing hogwarts, I can turn it off when I'm booming.

In terms of your original Query...
A lot of cases are now targeted for looks. They do have some airflow control but they are for the streams, the tick tok videos and all the RGB. Some do both and some focus on the Airflow and are more expensive as a result. There is indeed a lot of expensive crap out there but there are good ones and there are cheaper cases but the good stuff at the moment is worth it.

Lian Li cases are good. I have the Lian Li evo dynamic (White).
But ones focused on cooling out there at the moment are brands like..]
- Fractal cases
- Lian Li Lancool
- be quiet cases
- People say the Cooler Master MasterBox NR600 is good but it is a no frills case.

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Re: When did everything get so expensive and tacky?
Reply #6 on: June 15, 2023, 11:46:16 AM
yep... a few tech type shows come up on my youtube feed regularly... it's all RGB... who gives a f**k about that?

there's less and less talk about performance/cooling, more and more about hot it looks :-(

We're all 40 or more, thus not the target audience anymore. :lol:

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Re: When did everything get so expensive and tacky?
Reply #7 on: June 16, 2023, 02:19:51 AM
yep... a few tech type shows come up on my youtube feed regularly... it's all RGB... who gives a f**k about that?

there's less and less talk about performance/cooling, more and more about hot it looks :-(

We're all 40 or more, thus not the target audience anymore. :lol:
Noctua are pushing the airflow and technology, Corsair are all about the RGB and connectivity and the rest are all over the place.

At the end of the day though, these companies are making money having their stuff show up on tik tok's etc of peoples setups and so that is where the money is, that is where they are leaning too. As long as things are decently cooled people care more about having those dream desk setups now.
I am sure if we all did a thread here of our setup's most would be far removed from this, we are not the target audience and we care for the performance etc over the looks more than anything else.

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Re: When did everything get so expensive and tacky?
Reply #8 on: June 17, 2023, 09:49:36 AM
I've been viewing a lot of houses lately as we are looking to move, you would be amazed how many bedrooms I've seen with RGB strips plastered all around the edges of the room.

RGB is cool sh*t now and not just for the nerds, apparently.

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Re: When did everything get so expensive and tacky?
Reply #9 on: June 19, 2023, 05:11:57 AM
I've been viewing a lot of houses lately as we are looking to move, you would be amazed how many bedrooms I've seen with RGB strips plastered all around the edges of the room.

RGB is cool sh*t now and not just for the nerds, apparently.


RGB strips like that OK if done right, at least lights with the yellow and white options.
If you have a proper sunk in LED strip around the edges like that with a defuser that can be controlled by the light switch/google it is actually really good to have the toned lighting at different times and automated.

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