Sometimes, you just have to go big. Whether it's a custom cooling loop or an extended-ATX motherboard, there are plenty of reasons to consider going with a full-tower in a build.
Full-sized towers can get really big really fast. The only real limit to how big a tower can be is the length of the PSU and SATA cables you've got. With their size comes immobility: Full-sized towers are a major pain in the ass to move. When you've got $2,000 (or more) of parts in a steel two-feet-tall behemoth, you tend to try to move the rig with care.
One thing to consider about a big case is its looks. It's hard to hide a big tower in a room, so you might as well make sure it looks handsome. Cases with excessive lighting or garish color themes might not be the best way to spend your hard-earned cash when it comes to a machine that you'll likely be looking at every day.
When it comes right down to it, choosing a case is a highly personal decision. Regardless of the components you choose, your case will have the biggest impact on the look of your build. Choosing a case to meet your needs and style can take lots of time, and we encourage you to spend the time on choosing the right one.
There are lots of big full-towers to choose from, and few of them are going to come cheap. While mid-towers or mini-ITX cases can cost as little as $50, a full-tower will run you about $90 at minimum. The better looking towers will go for $150 to $200, while the most advanced and fancy-schmancy cases can cost well over $350. We feel that going toward the middle of that range offers the best balance of cost and features, and as we see with the CM Storm Trooper and Graphite 780T, it's a good bet to budget around $200 for a good full-tower case.
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