The best mid-tower case

The best mid-tower case 2019

The best mid-tower case 2019

In the PC-building realm, you'll find that the size of your case plays as vital a role as its internal organs. High-res graphics are appreciated and often lauded, but are ultimately meaningless if your case doesn't fit in your apartment. And while mini-ITX and microATX systems have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years, nothing says compromise quite like the best mid-tower cases 2019 has to offer. And don't get us wrong, we mean that in the best possible way. As spacious as it is, the best full tower case will leave your style and your home decor feeling cramped.

 Many of the best mid-tower cases on the market right now exhibit competitive, roomy architectures complete with support for standard ATX and larger, extended-ATX motherboards. So whether you plan on outfitting your PC with an ungodly assortment of graphics cards and RAM modules—or just one is fine—you can trust that the best mid-tower cases won't put a damper on your plans. In fact, our top pick, the NZXT H700i not only accommodates mobos up to 10.7 inches wide, but it also flaunts some incredible looking RGB lighting. However, if you're more on the side of elegance than glam, we have a diverse selection of five of the best mid-tower cases you can buy on this list. 

No matter your financial standing or cosmetic preferences, we here at PC Gamer would like to invite you to peruse a handsome hodgepodge of only the best of the best mid-tower cases. Rigorously tested by a savvy crew of hardware writers employed by the site, we can confidently recommend each of these hardy enclosures. No matter your priority—be it airflow distribution, port selection or even a basic cable management framework—we've probed the market for the tastiest mid-tower cases to satisfy the appetites of any and all video game players worldwide.  

NZXT H700i

NZXT H700i

NZXT H700i

Our favorite overall mid-tower

Form Factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX and EATX(Up to 272mm or 10.7-inches) | Dimensions: W: 230mm H: 516mm D: 494mm | Weight: 12.27 kg | Radiator Support: Front: 2 x 140mm or 3 x 120mm with Push/Pull, Top: 2 x 140mm or 3 x 120mm, Rear: 1 x 120mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x Audio/Mic | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 7, 3.5”: 2+1

 Integrated addressable LED lighting
 CAM powered "smart device"
No USB Type-C
Cramped HDD space 

One of our latest favorites is NZXT’s H700i, released last year. The ease of building in it and the satisfaction it provides are second to none. NZXT markets the H700i as a "smart" case thanks to the inclusion of a new smart hub powered by the company’s CAM software. 

This hub acts as both a digital fan controller and a RGB LED controller that uses machine learning to find the perfect balance between noise and cooling for your fan speeds in real-time. The H700i generously includes four pre-installed fans and two RGB strips to make full use of the smart hub out of the box. 

These features already set the H700i apart from the crowd, but the cable management on the backside is the star of the show. Four different cable routing channels with integrated cable tie downs made the process effortless and extremely satisfying. Priced at $200, the H700i is one of the more expensive cases we’ve recommended but it’s about as premium as it gets.

Cooler Master SL600M

Cooler Master SL600M

Cooler Master SL600M

The best high-end mid-tower

Form Factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (support upto 12" x 10.7") | Dimensions: 544 x 242 x 573 mm | Weight: 13.6 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm | I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Audio/Mic | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 8 3.5”: 4

Sand-blasted aluminum finish
Excellent GPU cooling
Decent noise reduction
GPU riser cable not included

The MasterCase SL600M has to be one of Cooler Master's most beautifully designed cases. It features anodized aluminum with a sand-blasted finish and just enough attitude to make it look sleek, futuristic and elegant, all at once. We were even more impressed once we opened it up and tested it.

Cooler Master's SL600M is the first case we've tested with a vertical chimney design that just makes sense and works. It's a bold move to completely seal the front of a case, but Cooler Master went all-in with the SL600M, completely sealing the front and moving the entire PSU shroud and housing from the bottom of the case to the front of the case. All of that newly opened space combined with generous feet allow the case to produce some serious airflow directly onto the GPU.

While the CPU temperatures suffered from this design, the SL600M has the lowest GPU temperatures out of every mid tower we've tested. Mount the graphics card vertically and away from the glass with the rotatable PCI bracket and cooling improves even further. While the case features all of the connectivity and convenience you'd expect in a high end mid tower, it's unfortunately missing an included GPU riser cable.

Cooler Master H500M

Cooler Master H500M

Cooler Master H500M

The best airflow mid-tower

Form Factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (support upto 12" x 10.7") | Dimensions: 544 x 248 x 546mm | Weight: 14.2 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm | I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x Audio/Mic | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 3 3.5”: 2

It's massive (supports E-ATX)
High airflow with 2x 200mm RGB fans
No magnetic dust filters
Expensive

Cooler Master's H500M is the company's latest flagship mid-tower, but we'd really rather it be called a full-sized tower. Measuring 21.4 x 9.8 x 21.5 inches, the H500M is one of the biggest mid-towers on this list. Thanks to its large size and internal layout, it's really easy to build in and supports a huge variety of components and custom cooling options.

The H500M comes with two massive 200mm RGB LED fans installed which do a fantastic job of increasing airflow out of the box. Other modern touches include a USB 3.1 Type-C connector and tons of modularity including the option to choose between a mesh or tempered glass front panel.

Our only major issue with the case is the lack of easily removable magnetic dust filters for the front fan intake. Luckily, all of the mesh in the entire H500 line features a secondary filter layer that'll help keep dust out of your build. We mention the dust because the H500M features some serious airflow and comes prepared to keep the beefiest of gaming PCs cool.

In Win 303C

In Win 303C

In Win 303C

The best mid-range mid-tower

Form Factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 500mm x 215mm x 480mm | Weight: 12.81 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 240mm, 360mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 6 3.5”: 3

RGB front panel
Spacious dual-chamber design
Unique honeycomb ventilation
Cramped bottom intake design

In Win was one of the first case manufacturers to experiment with tempered glass panels and now it looks like everyone is using them. It’s only fitting since our interior components have become more and more aesthetically pleasing. The company’s 303 was one of our favorite cases for some time thanks to its massive tempered glass door, dual-chamber design and affordability.

Now the company has updated the case with the 303C which brings a USB 3.1 Type-C connector to the front I/O and adds RGB lighting. It also includes a nifty metal GPU bracket which prevents the dreaded sagging you get with heavy graphics cards.

Overall, the 303C is a great case that is capable of supporting a wide variety of liquid cooled builds and offers a very clean aesthetic without compromising thermal performance. Installation can be tricky if you fill all of the fan slots, but the end result is well worth the trouble.

NZXT H500

NZXT H500

NZXT H500

The best budget mid-tower

Form Factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: W: 210mm H: 460mm D: 428mm | Weight: 7 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (Type A) | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 3 3.5”: 3

Affordable next-gen S340
Compact and lightweight
Case can get a little noisy
Only supports one top fan

NZXT’s S340 has long gone unchallenged as our favorite budget mid-tower thanks to its minimalistic design, steel side panels, and most importantly accessibility. The H500 is its direct replacement and it checks off all of the boxes of its predecessor with a few modern updates that allow it to keep its place on the throne.

Like the S340, the H500's sleek design includes a steel cable management bar and PSU shroud to keep things looking just as clean on the inside as it does on the outside. If you have an extra $30 to spare, the H500i is also available which features built in rgb lighting and fan control via NZXT's CAM-powered smart device.

If you want to add a pop of color to your build, NZXT offers the H500 with a few different colors to match your components. Priced at $70, the case is absolutely comparable in build quality and features to $100+ competitors.

One form factor, a world of possibilities

The ATX mid-tower is the most common form of the PC. It's what most people think of when they think of a desktop PC. But that doesn't mean that it has to be boring.

There's a big world of PC cases out there for the mid-tower form factor, and it was tough choosing just a few to feature here. If you're shopping for a case, our general advice is to be ready to spend about $100 for a case with plenty of features and options, decently high build quality, and a look that fits your personality.

After all, this is the thing you'll be spending a lot of time sitting next to. You owe it to yourself to make sure you get a case that you'll be happy with.

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