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The best mid-tower case in 2021

The best mid-tower case 2021
Sticking with these best mid-tower cases is sticking with a classic. (Image credit: Future)

The best mid-tower case will provide a comfortable chassis for all but the most extravagant gaming PC components. You really can fit a lot into even a smaller mid-tower case: There's generous room for all the SSDs and HDDs you could want, the best graphics cards around, and one of the best liquid coolers, too. 

While you should check out the best full tower cases for a truly monumental build, a mid-tower case will give you a good starting point if you're building a new PC or eyeing up an upgrade. They offer plenty of space, trust us. It's only once you get down to the best Mini-ITX cases that things really start to get tricky.

There are a couple of things to look out for when searching for the best mid-tower PC case: you want ease of access to your components, good fan and radiator support as well as airflow, and quality materials used throughout. Oh, and you also want it to look badass. 

You spent a ton of money on your graphics card and all those other components. The last thing you need is a case with lousy airflow, or that looks like you salvaged it from a scrap-heap. The right case will seat your parts comfortably, and in prime location. So let's take a look at the best mid-tower cases, to house your components in the best way possible.

Best mid-tower cases 2021

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1. NZXT H710i

The best mid-tower PC case

Specifications
Form Factor: Mid tower
Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX and EATX(Up to 272mm or 10.7-inches)
Dimensions: 230 x 516 x 494mm
Weight: 12.3 kg
Radiator Support: Front: 2x 140mm or 3x 120mm with Push/Pull, Top: 2x 140mm or 3 x 120mm, Rear: 1x 120mm or 1x 140mm
I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2, 1 x Audio/Mic
Drive Bays: 7x 2.5-inch, 4x 3.5-inch
Reasons to buy
+Integrated addressable LED lighting+CAM powered "smart device"+Vertical GPU mount
Reasons to avoid
-Smart device not always required

This latest iteration of NZXT's "smart" case brings a couple of new features to help modernize your build. This ultra-clean and uncomplicated mid-tower emphasizes convenience above all. It includes many of the same trappings as its predecessor, but costs a little bit more and has just a couple of neat changes. The NZXT H710i now features a front panel USB 3.1 Type-C port and the ability to vertical mount your GPU with a separate PCIe riser.

The H710i features integrated RGB lighting around the tempered glass side panel, controlled by the NZXT CAM software and a built-in LED lighting hub that allows for easy control of RGB lighting and fan speeds as well. To keep things cool, the H710i features ventilation gutters that run the perimeter of each side of the case, aided by the four 120mm fans included with the case.

Cable routing is where the H710i shines—achieved primarily through a large aluminum slat that allows you to route your cables into the integrated cable channels on the back of the case. This case keeps everything clean and clutter-free, and the velcro straps built into the back help hold everything down. An excellent, and easy alternative to the rubber gasket solution found on some of the best mid-towers.

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2. Cooler Master SL600M

The best high-end mid-tower

Specifications
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: 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x Audio/Mic
Drive Bays: 8x 2.5-inch, 4x 3.5-inch
Reasons to buy
+Sand-blasted aluminum finish+Excellent GPU cooling+Decent noise reduction
Reasons to avoid
-Higher CPU temperatures

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 to build in it. 

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

While the CPU temperatures do suffer slightly 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.

Read our full Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M review.

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Corsair 4000D Airflow

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3. Corsair Airflow 4000D

The best mid-tower case for airflow at a great price

Specifications
Form Factor: Mid-tower
Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
Dimensions: 453 x 230 x 466mm
Weight: 7.8 kg
Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm
I/O Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.0, 1x Audio/Mic
Drive Bays: 2x 2.5-inch, 2x 3.5-inch
Reasons to buy
+Great airflow and good looks+Straightforward to build in +Surprisingly affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Little tight for top-mounted radiators

Corsair has made some great cases over the years, but the look of some of its cases were beginning to take precedence over functionality. That changed with the release of the 4000D Airflow, which showed that the two schools could be combined for a great looking case that also offered great airflow. The ventilated front panel means the fans can run slower and quieter while offering the same level of cooling over closed off cases. 

Building a system inside the 4000D Airflow is straightforward, with plenty of room where you need it most. The channel in front of and behind the motherboard tray makes routing your main cables that much easier, and there's enough space here for a variety of radiators and cooling setups—you can fit up to a 360mm radiator in the front and 280mm radiator in the roof. Although the latter can be tight against the top of the motherboard, it's still possible. 

You'll find easy-to-remove dust filters on the top, front, and below the PSU for easy cleaning. Popping off the front panel is simple too, which makes installing fans or a radiator that much easier. Overall, it's a reassuring return to form for Corsair. When you consider that all of this can be picked up for under $100, it's hard to not be impressed by the overall package. It makes for a great home for anything from a simple mid-range build to a high-end powerhouse. 

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4. Cooler Master H500M

The best mid-tower for bigger builds

Specifications
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: 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Audio/Mic
Drive Bays: 3x 2.5-inch, 2x 3.5-inch
Reasons to buy
+It's massive (supports E-ATX)+High airflow with 2x 200mm RGB fans
Reasons to avoid
-Style is hit or miss

Cooler Master's H500M is the company's latest flagship mid-tower, but we'd 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 straightforward 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.

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5. Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic

The best mid-range mid-tower

Specifications
Form Factor: Mid-tower
Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, mini-ITX
Dimensions: 446 x 272 x 445mm
Weight: 9.7kg
Radiator Support: 120mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm
I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2x HD audio, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C
Drive Bays: 6x 2.5-inch, 3x 3.5-inch
Reasons to buy
+Synapse 3-compatible RGB lighting+Plenty of headroom for upgrades
Reasons to avoid
-Sharp around the edges

If you're strapped for vertical space, the Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic is a short and stubby alternative to some of the more prolonged neck PC cases we've seen. Although it doesn't come with the most precise instructions given its proprietary lighting tech, it is one of two Razer-designed PC cases in existence. And of the two, this one is the best. 

Featuring a tempered glass design, installing components in the PC-011 is painless. You can remove the top and both sides of the chassis for easy access into its internals. Parts of the process that used to be stressful, such as liquid cooler installations, are now stumbling blocks of a bygone era.

Plus, if you're willing to shell out a bit more cash over the vanilla model, the PC-011 comes in a Razer Edition as well. Fully integrated with the San Franciscan company's Synapse 3 lighting software, you can even coordinate it with your other Razer-made peripherals. 

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6. Snowblind Elements

The best mid-tower for showing off your kit

Specifications
Form Factor: Mid-tower
Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Dimensions: 203 x 475 x 437mm
Weight: 8 kg
Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm
I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 2x USB 3.0 (Type A)
Drive Bays: 2x 2.5-inch, 2x 3.5-inch
Reasons to buy
+The side panel is a frickin' screen+Unique+Solid cable management
Reasons to avoid
-Design isn't for everyone
Chip chillers

CPU Coolers

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Best CPU cooler: keep your chip chilled in style
Best PC fans: super-silent and plastered in RGB
Best PC cases: big, little, and everything in-between.

The Snowblind Elements case from Ibuypower is nothing less than a statement piece. What may look like your standard tempered glass side panel is actually a 1024x1280 LED screen. This screen works almost identically to a monitor allowing you to change the background, add dynamic wallpapers, or even run applications at a skewed aspect ratio. That's about it. Apart from the panel, which is cool, this case doesn't do much to separate itself from its peers.

This Elements case isn't lousy by any stretch. Ibuypower even tears a page out of the NZXT book when it comes to cable management, using a raised slat for routing cables to the back of the case instead of relying on a handful of pre-spaced holes with rubber gaskets.     

Apart from being remarkably expensive, it also has a below-average number of fan mounts, giving the interior less than ideal airflow. Also, if I'm paying this much for a case, let me choose a color other than white.

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