The best PC cases 2019

Best PC cases 2019

Best PC cases 2019

When you’re setting out to build one of the best gaming PCs, it can be hard to focus on picking out one of the best PC cases. They’re simply not quite as exciting as the best graphics cards or processors. But, even if they’re not quite as exciting, it’s certainly worth your time to find the best case for your build.

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And, the best PC cases can actually have benefits to the performance of your rig. Because heat is the mortal enemy of all PC components, finding a PC case that maximizes airflow is of utmost importance. But, it’s not all airflow – aesthetics also play a huge role. In 2019, who wants a PC that’s not packed to the brim with RGB lighting and tempered glass side panels? With the best PC cases, you can build a PC that you’ll want to show off – no matter your style.

Even if you want a small PC case that’ll blend in with set top boxes, you can grab one of the best Mini-ITX cases. These tiny cases can pack a ton of power in a little space. Or, you can go to the other extreme, picking up one of the best full tower PC cases, to build an absolute unit of a gaming rig. Or, you can just pick up one of the best mid-tower cases, if you want tons of expansion space without taking up too much room. 

Regardless of what you’re looking for, we’ll help you find the best PC case for your build. We’ve gathered up 15 of the best PC cases, from full tower behemoths like the Corsair Obsidian 500D SE to tiny aesthetic cases like the NZXT H100i.

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Full tower cases

Corsair Obsidian 500D SE

Corsair Obsidian 500D SE

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

Brilliant RGB lighting
Easy cooling installation
Not much cable management space
Expensive

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

be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900

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

Highly modular
Wireless Qi charger
Extensive cooling support
Expensive

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

Corsair Obsidian 1000D

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

Supports just about any crazy build
Can house an E-ATX and Mini-ITX build at the same time
Supports dual 480mm front radiators
Expensive

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.

Mid-tower cases

NZXT H700i

NZXT H700i

NZXT H700i

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

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 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

Corsair Carbide 275R

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

Minimal branding
Full-length dust filters
Great cooling support
Lacking cable management space

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.

Riotoro CR500

Riotoro CR500

Riotoro CR500

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

Three built in fans
Affordable and stylish
Cramped PSU installation
Only 1 USB 3.0 port

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

Cooler Master MasterCase H500M

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

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 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

Fractal Design Define R6

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

Minimalist styling
Built-in sound dampening
Lacking cable management
Windowed version costs a bit extra

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.

Cooler Master MasterCase H500

Cooler Master MasterCase H500

Cooler Master MasterCase H500

Big airflow at a reasonable price

Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 525 x 228 x 502 mm | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 200mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 2 3.5”: 2

Great airflow out of the box
Handle for easy transportation
Affordable price point
Big and bulky for a mid-tower

Cooler Master is one of the oldest case manufacturers around and its high airflow HAF series has stood the test of time for over a decade. While the MasterCase Pro represents a "newer" builder-oriented Cooler Master, the MasterCase H500P brought back some of the things we loved about the HAF series. 

The new H500 is the entry-level model that features two massive 200mm RGB fans in the front with support for one more mounted up top. Out of the box it’s pretty clear the H500 is designed for some serious airflow. Adding to the MasterCase theme of modularity, the H500 can be taken apart completely, allowing for easy painting or swapping parts like the front tempered glass panel for a mesh one. Like the MasterCase Pro, the H500 and its more premium counterparts offer exceptional support and modularity without a premium price tag.

NZXT H500

NZXT H500

NZXT H500

A budget case that looks anything but

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 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.

Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic

Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic

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

Dual chamber design
Supports up to 9 120mm fans
No pre-installed fans
Lacking cable management

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

Corsair Crystal Series 570X

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

Four tempered glass panels
Integrated RGB fans and controller
RGB fans aren't addressable
Expensive

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.

In Win 303C

In Win 303C

In Win 303C

Sleek dual-chambered design

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

InWin 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.

Mini-ITX cases

NZXT Manta

NZXT Manta

NZXT Manta

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

Beautiful curved steel panels
Spacious interior
Great cable management
Not very compact

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.

NZXT H400i

NZXT H400i

NZXT H400i

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

Excellent cooling support
Pre-installed addressable RGB lighting
Integrated CAM smart device
Expensive

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.  

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