Best Computer Cases

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 31, 2018
Many computer enthusiasts not only like to get the best performing hardware for their computers, but also the best looking. If you want your computer to look out of this world, take a look at our reviews of five of the top-end computer cases available! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Case Form Factor
Material
Radiator Compatibility
Maximum length
Expansion Slots
Drive Bays
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

Well-designed cable routing channels allow you to accurately lay the wires, and thus properly organize the internal space. The included velcro cable straps eliminate the entanglement of cables inside the case.

CONS

The maximum length of the GPU is limited to 370 mm / 14.56 inches.

OUR VERDICT

Corsair has created one of the top-end Mid-Tower enclosures that everyone will enjoy, without exception, with their ergonomics: the installation of components will not cause difficulties even for inexperienced users, and the unique location of air vents will achieve high-quality cooling.

detailed parameters
Case Form Factor

Mid-Tower

Material

Case: steel

Windows: Tempered glass

Radiator Compatibility

120mm; 240mm; 360mm

Maximum length

GPU: 370 mm/14.56 in.

PSU: 225 mm/8.86 in.

Expansion Slots

7

Drive Bays

2 x 2.5"

2 x 3.5"

Extras

3 x SP120 RGB LED fans, LED-lighting with LED-controller, cable routing channels with included velcro cable straps, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x Audio In/Out for easy access

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The design provides a lot of Drive Bays which allow you to set up to 8 x 2.5" or 11 x 3.5" drives - it is especially convenient for creating large data arrays and server stations.

CONS

The matte black finish makes fingerprints quite noticeable.

OUR VERDICT

If you are going to build a productive PC for games or mining, then the issue of cooling should be a top priority: in this model everything is carefully planned, because there are already 4 fan fans along with the Integrated 8-port PWM fan hub for quiet operation.

detailed parameters
Case Form Factor

Mid-Tower

Material

Case: steel

Window: ABS plastic

Radiator Compatibility

120mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm

Maximum length

GPU: 428 mm/16.85 in.

PSU: 225 mm/8.86 in.

Expansion Slots

7

Drive Bays

8 x 2.5"

11 x 3.5"

Extras

4 x FNv2 fans: 3 in front and 1 in rear, Integrated 8-port PWM fan hub, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x Audio In/Out for easy access

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The LED-backlight in this model supports synchronization with Asus Aura Sync, which allows all components with illumination to glow in the same style. 1 to 3 Splitter Cable for RGB LED Fans makes it easy to connect and configure.

CONS

Fans can be noisy.

OUR VERDICT

Cooler Master has created a case for real aesthetes who appreciate the look and design of the system unit as well as its computing power: transparent windows of tempered glass and stylish lighting will leave anyone with a lasting impression.

detailed parameters
Case Form Factor

Mid-Tower

Material

Case: steel

Windows: Tempered glass

Radiator Compatibility

120mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm

Maximum length

GPU: 410 mm/16.14 in.

PSU: 225 mm/8.86 in.

Expansion Slots

7

Drive Bays

2 x 2.5"

2 x 3.5"

Extras

4 fans: 3 RGB LED fans in front and 1 fan in rear, 1 to 3 Splitter Cable for RGB LED Fans (Asus Aura sync compatible), PSU dust filter included, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Audio In/Out for easy access

Warranty

2 years

PROS

8 + 2 expansion slots allow you to simultaneously install up to 10 different components (if this is supported by your motherboard). Practical screws make it much easier to install / remove boards.

CONS

Very heavy (weight is 42.10 lbs).

OUR VERDICT

Full-Tower case is advantageous in that it provides a huge internal space to accommodate all of the overall components - especially useful for gamers who are going to purchase modern graphics cards with their own cooling.

detailed parameters
Case Form Factor

Full-Tower

Material

Case: steel

Windows: Tempered glass

Radiator Compatibility

120mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; 420mm

Maximum length

GPU: 410 mm/16.14 in.

PSU: 220 mm/8.66 in.

Expansion Slots

8+2

Drive Bays

10 x 2.5"

7 x 3.5"

Extras

3 fans: 2 RGB LED fans in front and 1 RGB LED fan in rear, LED-lighting with LED-controller, 2x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1x Audio In/Out for easy access

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The presence of 3 Drive bays in the 5.25 "form factor allows you to place CD / DVD / Blu-ray drives, which are still actively used by some types of users, in particular designers, video editors and just movie fans.

CONS

Only 2 built-in fans.

OUR VERDICT

This case is perfect for users who plan to assemble mid-level PCs and at an affordable price: all modern formats of slots with durable mounting brackets are provided here.

detailed parameters
Case Form Factor

Full-Tower

Material

Case: steel

Window: ABS plastic

Radiator Compatibility

120mm; 240mm; 360mm; 420mm

Maximum length

GPU: 472 mm/18.58 in.

PSU: 220 mm/8.66 in.

Expansion Slots

8

Drive Bays

3 x 5.25"

7 x 2.5"

6 x 3.5"

Extras

2 fans: 1 fan in front and 1 fan in rear, 2x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1x Audio In/Out for easy access

Warranty

5 years

Corsair CRYSTAL 570X

Builder's Paradise

Computer enthusiasts who love to build their own computers are often very particular about the components they use, especially the case. Any case they get will need to fit the components they want, and of course, they want the case to look impressive as well. The Corsair CRYSTAL 570X RGB Mid-Tower Case is one that is sure to catch the eye of even the most discerning desktop builder. Featuring 3 fans with room for up to 6, as well as a shell made of tempered glass, this crystal clear case will impress most anyone. The layout of the fans allows for the addition or removal of fans to give you the maximum amount of needed space, and also allows for you to customize your cooling needs.

Among the best features of this gaming computer case are well designed cable routing channels which allow you to keep all of the internal cables well organized and out of the way, which benefits not only the internal appearance of the case, but also makes the installation and removal of components much easier. Along with plenty of available drive bays as well as 7 expansion slot openings, there should be plenty of room in the case for virtually any components you wish to install, regardless of their size. This is the most impressive mid-tower case, and will look and work great in any configuration.

Review of Corsair CRYSTAL 570X RGB Mid-Tower Case, 3 RGB Fans, Tempered Glass

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NZXT H440

Next Generation Design

Computer chassis makers are always changing and optimizing case design in order to appeal to all computer builders. The NZXT H440 Mid TowerComputer Case is one such case that carries many of the latest innovations in case design, proving a truly next generation experience. Featuring a matte black case with red outlines, this great looking case contains plenty of features that are sure to appeal to most computer enthusiasts. The most impressive of these features are the slide-out drive bays, giving you enough room for 8 x 2.5" or 11 x 3.5" drives, which is perfect for those who wish to set up a RAID array or who just want to have plenty of extra storage space available.

Also included with this case is support for both 140mm and 120mm fans, as well as radiators up to 360mm, giving you the ability to customize the cooling system to your exact needs and specifications. The PWM Fan Hub also provides voltage regulation for your fans, ensuring that they run both efficiently and quietly, characteristics which are extremely important for most computer builders. With the features included in this case along with the sleek next generation design, it will look and work great sitting on or near anyone's desk.

Review of NZXT H440 Mid TowerComputer Case, Matt Black/Red/w Window

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Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 (MCY-B5P2-KWGN-01)

Colorful Lighted Case

One of the prerequisites for a great looking desktop case, along with being able to support and fit all of the necessary components, is having a great light effect. Not all cases come with great lights, but the Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 (MCY-B5P2-KWGN-01) Mid-Tower PC Case is one that does. Featuring 3 RGB lighted fans behind the DarkMirror front panel, the lighting effect created by these is out of this world, and is sure to impress anyone. The tempered glass side panel also provides a clear view into the case, showing off both the lights and all of your top-end components.

This case has more to it than just pretty looks. Inside of the case is enough area to support a multitude of drives with slide out bays, with special SSD brackets included for those who need to install multiple solid state drives. In addition to the three 120mm fans is support for another 120mm rear fan, as well as space for a radiator of up to 360mm, giving you the ability to cool even the most demanding processor and motherboard. There are even special risers included for those who need the case to be lifted a short amount above the floor. For anyone looking for a great looking case with cool lighting effects, this one is sure to please.

Review of Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 (MCY-B5P2-KWGN-01) Mid-Tower PC Case, 3 RGB Fans 120mm Temper Glass Side Panel

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Thermaltake View 71 RGB (CA-1I7-00F1WN-01)

Great Expandability

Having a case that is future proof is a necessity for anyone who likes to build their own computers. By future proof, this means having the ability to easily upgrade most any component inside of the case without any difficulty. The Thermaltake View 71 RGB (CA-1I7-00F1WN-01) Full Tower Computer Case gives you plenty of room to not only have the latest and greatest hardware, but also plenty for future expansions. Featuring a steel case with tempered glass side panels, this case offers enough room for up to 10 additional components, with 8 standard expansion slots and 4 easily accessible drive bays for drives of any size.

Along with the large amount of space, this PC case includes 3 140mm RGB LED Rising fans, which gives you a great light show behind the front panel. There is also room for additional fans to be added in the top, bottom, or rear of the case as well, and room for a radiator of up to 420mm, giving you the ability to install a heavy-duty cooling system good enough for virtually any hardware configuration. The fully modular design of the case also gives you extreme flexibility in suiting whatever kind of hardware you install in it. If flexibility and plenty of room for future expansion are your main priorities, then this modular computer case will certainly not disappoint.

Review of Thermaltake View 71 RGB (CA-1I7-00F1WN-01) Full Tower Computer Case, 4-Sided Tempered Glass Vertical GPU Modular E-ATX Gaming

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Phanteks Enthoo Pro

Beautifully Made

There is much to be said about a great looking computer case, especially considering the old beige boxes that computers used to be. Instead of a dull looking hunk of metal, having a great looking case makes one's computing experience much more pleasant. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis with Window Cases certainly won't disappoint in this regard. Featuring a brushed plastic case that gives the appearance of finely crafted aluminum, this case not only looks great, but is also loaded with features. The case includes a 200mm fan in the front as well as a 140mm rear fan, giving the internals plenty of ventilation and air movement. In addition, the case includes 4 different installation areas for radiators, giving this case unsurpassed support for water cooling systems.

In addition to the cooling options, this case features plenty of room for drives, including a Drop-n-Lock SSD bracket that can be installed in two different locations. There is also a nice cable management system located behind the motherboard mount that allows for easy management of the internal cables, allowing you to store them out of the way and making installation or removal of components much easier. Anyone who wants a simple case with plenty of configuration options will find much to like with this model.

Review of Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis with Window Cases

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What Is a Computer Case?

A computer case is the enclosure that houses all of the internal components of a desktop or tower computer. Some people tend to refer to the internet components as the "CPU" (Central Processing Unit), although this is not a correct term for it. The main component inside of a computer case is the motherboard, which contains the processor, memory, and all of the other components that tie these and the peripherals together.

Also included in computer tower cases are things such as hard drives or solid state drives, optical drives (CD/DVD/Bluray), the power supply for the entire computer, and expansion cards that are connected to the motherboard, the most common of which would be a GPU. Most other components that would be installed on a computer would also be located inside of the case.

Cases tend to come in different sizes, and are generally named as such, ranging from small form factor to mid-towers, and then to full towers. Most tower systems tend to be of the mid-tower form factor, although users that require a lot of expansion area inside of the case for extra drives and other components may be better served by a full tower case.

If you are looking for a fully built gaming PC rather than just a computer case, then take a look at our reviews of five of the best gaming PCs.

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Publish Date: 2018-07-31 08:45:53