If you're thinking about building or buying one of the best gaming PCs, you might want to consider getting one of the best PC cases. Of course, they may not be as exciting as the best graphic cards, but all those shiny and expensive components have to be good? Why do not you put them in the best PC case you can find today?
We know that in addition to the best processors or graphics cards, the best PC cases sound almost trivial. However, they are a huge blessing for your build and it makes a huge difference when you try to expand your PC later. And if you consider the thermal benefits that the best PC cases offer, you can optimize the performance of your PC in a huge way.
We do not have to remind you that heat is the deadly enemy of all PC components, so you must pay special attention to the cooling of your new rig. The best PC cases help maximize air flow to your PC components, making them perform better and last longer – and keep you cool even in the summer.
When you look up Amazon or Newegg and are looking for the best PC cases, you will probably notice how many PC cases there are. This can make it really hard for the uninitiated to find the best PC enclosure for their builds. Do not worry, however. We, here at TechRadar, have your back, because we have compiled a list of the best PC cases you can buy today – all of which find a good balance between price and performance.
Corsair Obsidian 1000D
The best full-tower PC enclosure
Form factor: Full tower Dimensions: 693 x 307 x 697 mm (L x W x H, 27.3 x 12.1 x 27.4 inches) Mobo-compatibility: Mini-ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX (12 x 11 inch) PSU support: Soil mount IO: USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C x 2, USB 3.0 x 4, fan speed and RGB control buttons, audio in / out
Double system housing
Lots of room to cool
A wise man once said & # 39; if you are going to do it, then do it great & # 39 ;. And although we are still not entirely sure if anyone ever said that, the Corsair Obsidian 1000D seems to follow this advice. Packed from front to back with up to 18 fan supports and space for four 480 mm radiators, this is the best PC enclosure to keep your system cool, no matter how many high quality components you have. Moreover, this is a dual system enclosure, which means that you can install two complete computers. Imagine that your streaming rig is packaged in the same casing as your game station.
Fractal design Meshify-C
The best mid-tower PC enclosure
Form factor: Mid tower Dimensions: 395 x 212 x 440 mm (L x W x H, 15.6 x 8.3 x 17.3) PSU support: ATX | IO: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HD audio in / out, on / off button, reset button Including: 2 x Dynamic X2 GP-12
Freshly designed in multiple ways
USB 3.0 cable is too short
PSU dust filter is difficult to remove
It is extremely rare to see a PC housing that even looks vaguely like the Fractal Design Meshify-C. Since the front of the housing is made entirely from a mesh material that is divided into a series of polygonal shapes, the Meshify-C has a unique style – without compromising the function. With two pre-installed fans, cooling (forgive us) is a breeze, even if the Meshify-C is stopped by a number of obstacles.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 4
The best Micro ATX PC housing
Form factor: Small form factor Dimensions: 380 x 200 x 480 mm (W x H x D, 15 x 7.9 x 18.9 inch) PSU support: ATX | IO: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HD audio in / out, on / off button, reset button, two channel fan control | Including: 2 x 120 mm fans, 2 x modular HDD cages for up to five hard disks
On board dual-zone fan controls
Not a lot of extras
Nanoxia Deep Silence 4, as the name suggests, was made with the sole aim of being silent as a mouse. This silent enclosure is a balanced Micro ATX enclosure that is affordably priced and even offers some of the largest and most powerful graphics cards with its spacious interior. The fact that you will rarely hear it above 30 decibels is simply the icing on the taciturn cake.
- This product is only available in the US and the UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: view a good alternative in the Phanteks Evolv Shift X.
Form factor: Small form factor Dimensions: 210 x 349 x 372 mm (8.3 x 13.7 x 14.6) Mobo-compatibility: Mini-ITX | PSU support: ATX | IO: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x audio / microphone, 3 x fan channels with max. 10 W per channel output, 1 x RGB LED port support up to 4 x HUE + LED strips or 5 x Aer RGB fans | Including: 1 x Aer F120 Case Version top fan, 1 x Aer F120 Case version rear fan
Built-in Smart Device RGB control
Adaptive noise reduction
Ugly color options
Mini-ITX is getting closer to overthrowing Micro-ATX per day, so it's only logical that this hot form factor has found its way to the new H-series line from NZXT. And, believe it or not, NZXT has managed to integrate a ton of the same features as its Micro ATX and mid-tower equivalents, with hypnotic, built-in and Smart Device-controlled RGB lighting and an adaptive noise sensor that only improves sees through the Grid + V3 fan controller.
Phanteks Evolv Shift X
The best home theater PC enclosure
Form factor: Small form factor Dimensions: 170 x 650 x 274 mm (W x H x D, 6.7 x 26.1 x 10.8 inches) Mobo-compatibility: Mini-ITX | PSU support: SFX, SFX-L, ATX (maximum 160 mm) IO: 2 x USB 3.0, power button, RGB button Including: 2 x 140 mm fan, 1 x power cover, 1 x pump holder, 2 x SSD bracket, 1 x PCIe x16 Riser cable, 1 x 8-pin CPU extension cable
Enough space for meaty components
A unique aesthetic
Massive for Mini-ITX
When you first look at it, the Phanteks Evolv Shift X looks more like a soundbar than a PC case, but it disappears into any living space or studio setup. It is so flexible that it looks natural under a TV, just like on a desk, next to a monitor of the same high level. It may only be compatible with Mini-ITX mobos, which seems silly due to its size, but the Phanteks Evolv Shift X offers plenty of space for components and liquid-cooled loops. If this case is too big for your preference, there is also the better manageable and smaller Phanteks Evolv shift.
Fractal Design Define R5
Form factor: Mid tower Dimensions: 232 x 451 x 521 mm (W x H x D, 232 x 451 x 521 inches) PSU support: ATX | IO: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, audio in / out, on / off button with LED, HDD activity LED, reset button | Including: 2 x Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140 mm fans, Velcro
User-friendly (and handsome) design
Absolutely not without tools
Fractal Design wins again with the Define R5, yet another center tube with a beautiful aesthetic. The metal and blue LED-illuminated surface of this housing is simple but elegant and is accompanied by sound-absorbing materials throughout the interior. Although the detachable ModuVent panels and disc trays are not accessible without tools, it's incredibly easy to build a system within the Fractal Design Define R5, plus it's not as expensive as you'd expect from a PC sleeve with so & # 39; n pretentious name, either.
Cooler Master H500P Mesh
The best housing with high airflow
Form factor: Full tower Dimensions: 544 x 242 x 542 mm (L x W x H, 21.4 x 9.5 x 21.3 inches) Mobo-compatibility: Mini-ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX (12 x 10.7 inches) PSU support: Bottom fastening, ATX PS2 | IO: USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0 x2, Audio in & out (supports HD audio) Including: 2x 200 x 25 mm RGB fan, 1x 140 x 25 mm fan
Beautiful RGB lighting
Not as big as other full towers
Cooler Master has made a name for, well, cooling – and the Cooler Master H500P Mesh is a further proof of how cool they are. The H500P has enough room for air flow and even offers space for up to 360 mm radiators at the top and front if you really want to raise your cooling to a higher level. Add to this the side panel of RGB lighting and tempered glass and you have the potential to build something beautiful with this cover. You have to do it.
Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered glass
Form factor: Mid tower Dimensions: 492 x 201 x 433 mm (L x W x H, 19.4 x 7.9 x 17 inches) PSU support: ATX | IO: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x headphone port, 1 x microphone port, on / off button, reset button Including: 1 x 120 mm LED front fan
Contains only 1 case fan
If you want to save a few euros while still getting one of the best PC sleeves, you do not have to look any further than the SPECIAL-04 Tempered Glass of the Corsair Carbide series. Not only does it have enough room for airflow, it also has a deceptively large amount of space for future expansion, which means that even at this low price, you do not have to worry about placing a full-sized graphics card. And when you have finished building, you can show off your hands with the tempered glass side panel.
Form factor: Small form factor Dimensions: 365 x 250 x 460 mm (H x W x D, 14.4 x 9.8 x 18.1 inches) PSU support: ATX | IO: 2 x USB 3.0, I / O button, audio in / out Including: 1 x 120 mm rear exhaust fan mounting
Enough space for electricity and cooling
Integrated fan controller
Less than satisfactory performance
If you are a hardcore Razer fan, this is the best PC case for you. Although Razer's PC production was limited to his Blade laptops, it does not manufacture its own desktop PCs – at the very least. However, Razer has partnered with Antec to add its distinctive, green-soaked flare to the Antec Cube, a small chassis with form factor that supports Mini-ITX motherboards and is, well, a cube. Complete with a deceptively high amount of space for future expansion, the Antec Cube is also compact enough to travel with.
Phanteks Evolv X
The best dual system PC housing
Form factor: Mid tower Dimensions: 240 x 520 x 510 mm (W x H x D, 9.45 x 20.5 x 20.1 inch) PSU support: E-ATX | IO: 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x Mic, 1 x headset, 1 x reset button, RGB mode button, RGB color button | Including: 3 x Premium 140 mm fans
Who says that builds with a double system must be in a colossal full-tower housing? The Phantek Evolv X takes double system compatibility and pushes it into a middle column. Even with that second Mini-ITX motherboard there is enough space for E-ATX motherboards and power supplies and sufficient cooling. It is pricey for a mid-tower housing, but with all this functionality it should be. Thanks to all these advanced features, the Phanteks Evolv X is now one of the best PC cases.