When it comes to the best gaming PCs, there are certain PC components that jump out at you: graphics cards, processors and even SSDs get all the attention. But, the best PC cases are much more important than you may give them credit for. It’s easy to overlook the importance of a glorified metal box, right?
Well, right out of the gate, there’s something that has to be said about keeping your components cool. Heat is the mortal enemy of all PC components, and if you want that shiny new gaming PC to last, you’re going to want it to be cool. The best PC cases can help with that. This is because they can optimize airflow to make sure that everything in your PC gets cooled efficiently. And, of course, you can’t talk about PC cases in 2019 without mentioning aesthetics. You’ve just spent (or are about to spend) hundreds or thousands of dollars on your rig, you’re going to want to make sure that it looks the part. Packed with slick designs and all the RGB lighting you could ask for, the best PC cases can make all your aesthetic dreams come true.
Which size should you get though? Well, if you want a hulking behemoth of a gaming PC, you’re going to want a Full Tower PC case that can fit as many components as you can afford. However, if you want something that can blend in with the rest of your home entertainment system a Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX case are going to be exactly what the doctor ordered.
Full tower cases
Corsair Obsidian 500D SE
The best PC case in 2019
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX | Dimensions: 500mm x 237mm x 507mm | Weight: 11.75 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
Corsair's Obsidian 500D took everything we loved about the 900D added a ton of modern updates and brought it to a smaller more accessible mid tower. Like its predecessors, the 500D offers an elegant blend of smoked tempered glass and brushed aluminum for a truly premium look and feel.
As expected from a modern Corsair case, the 500D and the newer 500D SE offers plentiful support for liquid cooling and convenient cable management options. The latter replaces the aluminum front panel with more smoked tempered glass and features a built in version of Corsair's RGB LED/fan controller along with three pre-installed addressable RGB LED fans. The end result is an iconic enclosure that is as beautiful as it is functional.
Look to buy either the 500D or the 500D SE to suit whatever you really need. The regular model is brilliant, and widely available, but the SE adds some lovely RGB lighting and costs significantly more.
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900
A fully modular paradise for modders
Form Factor: Full tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 577 x 243 x 586 mm | Weight: 14.39 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, 420mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, Qi Wireless Charger | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 10 3.5”: 5
Originally known for their silent power supplies and fans, be quiet! entered the case market with a big splash and has done quite well in the short period of time since their first case launch in 2014. One of their newer cases, the Dark Base Pro 900 remains one of our highly recommended full towers thanks to its sleek design and enthusiast-friendly interior.
The Dark Base Pro 900 is large enough to support the biggest motherboards and radiators up to 420mm in size. The case also features total modularity with options for an inverted motherboard layout and even some nifty features like wireless qi charging and preinstalled LED lighting.
Corsair Obsidian 1000D
The biggest and baddest of them all
Form Factor: Super tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Extended ATX, Mini-ITX, SSI EEB, microATX | Dimensions: 27.4 x 12.1 x 27.3 inches | Weight: 29.5kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; 420mm; 480mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 4 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 6 3.5”: 5
Speaking of roomy builds, the Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D is a behemoth of a PC case ready to house the biggest and baddest systems. Standing tall at a staggering 27.3", this "super tower" features enough space to house 18 fans and up to four massive radiators installed simultaneously.
In addition to the insane cooling support, the 1000D features a unique triple-chamber design with convenient french-door-styled storage compartments and telescoping radiator trays for easy installation. Because it is 2019 of course there is also an RGB lit front panel I/O with built-in smart lighting and fan control courtesy of Corsair's built-in Commander Pro controller. The Obsidian 900D has long been a top choice for massive, over-the-top builds and it's only fitting that the 1000D was designed to knock it off its throne.
2017's case of the year
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
One of our latest favorites is NZXT’s H700i, released in 2017. 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.
Corsair Carbide 275R
Compact and simple
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX | Dimensions: 460mm x 211mm x 455mm | Weight: 10.14 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 3 3.5”: 2
One of Corsair’s newest cases, the Carbide 275R might just be the ultimate minimalist’s case. Aside from a small "sail" logo on the front panel, the 275R ditches additional branding for the sake of a clean design that anyone can respect. While the design may be minimal, the functionality is anything but.
Unlike NZXT’s minimal S340, the Carbide 275R can support a 360mm radiator in the front and up to a whopping six 120mm fans. With a modest $80 price tag, the 275R is a great case for beginners as well as advanced users looking to create a sleek custom loop.
Budget friendly essentials
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX | Dimensions: 436.0 x 207.0 x 454.0 mm | Weight: 6.6 kgs | Radiator Support: 120mm, 240mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x Audio/Mic | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 4 3.5”: 4
It may not be a brand you're familiar with, but Riotoro has made a few great budget friendly cases that don’t skimp out on features. The CR1080 was a compact case that stayed as one of our recommended cases for years. Now, the CR500 is taking its place.
The case features a huge tempered glass window that lets you show off all of our components inside but also has a PSU shroud and ample cable management space to keep things nice and tidy. With sale prices as low as $60, the CR500 is a steal that offers more than enough support for all ATX builds and features high quality materials that rival top case manufacturers.
Cooler Master MasterCase H500M
400mm of RGB goodness
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
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 the biggest mid tower 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 mesh and tempered glass.
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.
Fractal Design Define R6
For those who value silence
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: eATX (up to 285mm wide), ATX, mATX, ITX | Dimensions: 543 x 233 x 465 mm | Weight: 12.4 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; 420mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 6 3.5”: 6
Fractal’s Define series has become a bit of a cult classic in the PC gaming space. Since the popular Define R4, Fractal has continuously made smart improvements and revisions while listening to fans and reviewers alike.
The latest in the Define series is the R6 which is a larger mid tower that even supports some eATX motherboards and somehow fits a massive 420mm radiator inside. The tempered glass version features a massive window that showcases a clean interior with a unique vertical GPU mount design.
The Define R6 may be on the pricey side for some, but Fractal has proven time and time again that the Define series is a reliable pick.
Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic
A beautifully engineered mid tower
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX / ATX / Micro-ATX | Dimensions: (W)272mm x(H)446mm x(D)445mm | Weight: 9.57 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 6 3.5”: 3
When it comes to sleek aluminum cases, Lian Li has always stood out from the crowd. The company’s latest PC-O11 Dynamic case is no exception. Lian Li created the perfect blend of tempered glass and brushed aluminum to make a piece of modern art here.
The best thing about the PC-O11 case is that it is extremely versatile, something we found older cases from the company to be lacking. With its dual chamber design, the PC-O11 is larger than most mid towers and in return is capable of supporting a whole lot more, including most E-ATX boards. Built-in USB 3.1 Type-C, interior modularity and exceptional cable management make the PC-O11 Dynamic one of our favorite cases to date.
Corsair Crystal Series 570X
Tempered glass and RGB for days
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and ATX | Dimensions: 480 x 234 x 512 mm | Weight: 10.9 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 240mm; 360mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 2 3.5”: 2
If RGB is your thing, you most likely have a full set of glowing peripherals by now. The next logical step would be to bring the party to your chassis and internal components. Corsair’s latest tempered glass heavy Crystal series is a great place to start.
Corsair’s flagship Crystal 570X includes three RGB led fans and an integrated LED controller to help get the party started. If your set of RGB peripherals happens to be from Corsair, the company’s CUE software instantly syncs up the lighting. The 570X is wrapped entirely with tempered glass panels which make it easy to show off your RGB lighting. Lighting controls are also conveniently located on the top I/O.
The case with serious curves
Form Factor: Mini-ITX | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX | Dimensions: W: 245 x H: 426 x D: 450mm | Weight: 7.2kg | Radiator Support: Front: Up to 280mm, Top: Up to 280mm, Rear: 120mm | I/O Ports: I/O Panel LED On/Off, 1 x Audio/Mic, USB 3.0 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 3 3.5”: 2
NZXT’s Manta may be called a mini-ITX case, but it is anything but mini. The overall dimensions are even larger than some m-ATX cases out there, but this isn’t a bad thing. It is by far the roomiest mini-ITX case we’ve built in, and that’s thanks in part to the case’s unique curved steel panels.
In addition to doubling the cable management space of competing mini-ITX cases, Manta provides enough space and support for a full custom liquid cooling loop with double radiators. If you’re looking to pack some serious power into a mini-ITX build, NZXT’s Manta is a great option.
A miniature of the H700i
Form Factor: Micro-ATX tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX and microATX | Dimensions: W: 210mm H: 417mm D: 421mm | Weight: 7.6 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 4 3.5”: 1
NZXT’s H400i is essentially a miniaturized version of our favorite mid tower, the H700i. Built to support m-ATX and mini-ITX builds, the H400i is all about packing a high end system into a compact, minimalistic package.
Like its bigger brother, the case comes equipped with NZXT’s smart hub and also includes three fans and two RGB LED strips. With plentiful support for liquid cooling and full sized components, The H400i is the perfect compromise between smaller ITX builds and larger mid-sized towers.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 3
Woah, that’s deep
Form Factor: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX | Dimensions: 456 x 207 x 520mm | Weight: 9.3 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB, 3.0 1 x USB 2.0 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 3 3.5”: 5
Sometimes having a quiet PC case is more important than anything else. Whether you’re playing some PC games, or just trying to chill and watch some Netflix, having a quiet PC can be a game changer. And, that’s why we love the Nanoxia Deep Silence 3.
Now, this PC case isn’t much to look at. It’s a plain, black metal box, and that might not be too exciting. But, it’s what’s beneath the surface. Behind the closed front of the case is noise isolating foam that’ll stop any noise dead in its tracks. That means even if you have an extremely loud Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti like we do, it won’t be too obnoxious.
And, there’s plenty of room for expansion, too. You can fit up to five 3.5mm hard drives, and if you have an extra-long graphics card you can remove one of the hard drive bays to fit even the longest graphics cards.
Cooler Master Silencio 352
Small. Silent. Deadly.
Form Factor: MicroATX | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX | Dimensions: 200 x 378 x 453mm | Weight: 4.7 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x SD card reader | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 4 3.5”: 3
Let’s say you’re setting out to build a gaming PC that you can have next to your entertainment system without getting too many awkward stares as it drowns out the sound of whatever you’re playing or watching. It can be hard to find a MicroATX case that’s also silent, but Cooler Master has delivered with the Silencio 352.
This MicroATX case is packed with sound damping foam mats on the side and front panels, so that it’s virtually silent except in the most intense situations. But, that’s not all. The Silencio 352 also allows for plenty of expansion. You can easily fit a full-sized 14-inch graphics card in this tiny case, along with up to 4 SSDs and a full sized CPU cooler. It is a bit on the pricey side, but it’s kind of the perfect storm of features. Plus, you can’t deny that the Cooler Master Silencio 352 has an awesome name.
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