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The best PC cases in 2020

Best PC cases in 2020
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There's something oddly fulfilling and personal about building your PC. The best PC cases can say a lot about who you are. Some people like to go big and flashy while others prefer a more minimalist approach. Of course, you can buy a prebuilt gaming PC if you want, but most people will tell you it's not the same as putting your blood, sweat, and tears into building your PC in the case that best represents you.

Choosing the best PC case comes down to your specific needs. Deciding on the size of the case depends on the size of the motherboard. A full-size PC case supports the giant E-ATX boards. Small form factor cases like the NZXT H200i can accommodate mini-ITX boards. Mid-tower PC cases are a much more common choice that supports all ATX and a handful of E-ATX boards.

Once you know what size case you need, next comes the fun stuff. There are tons of other details to consider, such as drive capacity, I/O ports, cooling configurations, window displays, airflow, and so, so much more.

It's a decision that you shouldn't take lightly as your case is the exterior of your gaming PC you're likely to see every single day. Lucky for you, we've collected some of the best PC cases to choose from in a variety of shapes, sizes, and budgets.

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1. Cooler Master Cosmos C700P

The best full tower PC case in 2020

Form Factor: Full tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (Support 12" x 11") | Dimensions: 639 x 306 x 651mm | Weight: 22.2 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 4 x USB 3.0 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 2, 3.5”: 8

Integrated RGB lighting system
Adjustable motherboard layout
May require PSU extension cables
Lots of plastic

Much like the original Cooler Master Cosmos, the C700P is a hefty beast with a similarly large price-tag. However, we'd argue that it's worth the expense. A beautiful handlebar design, curved glass panel, and sleek color-scheme are matched by features that'll support even the most high-end components (including E-ATX motherboards and oversized GPUs). A larger footprint means that you won't be pushed for space either. What's more, the RGB lighting is subtle enough that it won't distract you while you game. Yes, this is a lot to spend on an enclosure. However, those who are willing to go all out on a build will get a case with everything they need to create a stunning PC.

Want more full tower recommendations? See our guide to the best full tower case.

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2. NZXT H710i

The best mid-tower PC case

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: 12.3 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 or 1 x 140mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2, 1 x Audio/Mic | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 7, 3.5”: 2+2

Integrated addressable LED lighting
CAM powered "smart device"
Vertical GPU mount
Cramped HDD space

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 from NZXT emphasizes convenience above all. This case Includes many of the same trappings of 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-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 fresh, 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. The large aluminum slat allows for routing your cables into the integrated cable channels on the back of the case. Keeps everything clean and clutter-free, and the velcro straps built into the back help hold everything down. This case is an excellent and easy alternative to the rubber gasket solution found on some of the best mid-towers.

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3. Corsair Carbide 275R

The best budget PC case

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 for the style-obsessed. While the design may be minimal, the functionality isn't.

Unlike NZXT's minimal S340, the Carbide 275R can support a 360mm radiator in the front and up to six 120mm fans. With a modest $80 price tag, the 275R is a good case for beginners as well as advanced users looking to create a sleek custom loop.

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4. Corsair Crystal 680X

The best premium mid tower to show off your components

Form factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, M-ATX, mini-ITX | Dimensions: 23mm x 344mm x 505mm | Weight: 11.58kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HD audio/Mic, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C | Drive bays: 2.5": 7 3.5": 3

Includes 3 LL120 RGB fans
Spacious dual-chamber design
Great cooling capabilities
Fairly expensive

Clearly taking some inspiration from Lian-Li’s ever popular PC-011 Dynamic, Corsair’s new 680X ATX mid tower is a beautiful case you’ll want to place right on top of your desk. It features a massive window display to showcase all of your components while a hidden compartment allows you to hide the PSU and all of its unsightly cables. Cable management and liquid cooling with the 680X are a total breeze.

While it looks fairly similar to the PC-011, the 680X sets itself apart with superior airflow and cooling capabilities. The case comes equipped with four fans out of the box, three of which are Corsair’s fancy LL120 RGB fans. Whether you choose the white or the black 680X, the included fans create a stunning look for any build while keeping it stylishly cool. 

Don’t be fooled by its "mid tower" classification either, the 680X is a fairly spacious case that can support multiple radiator or GPU setups. The only downside to the case is its rather high price point, but for a high-end build it’s the perfect combination of form and function.

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5. NZXT H200i

The best mini-ITX PC case

Form Factor: Mini-ITX tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX and microATX | Dimensions: W: 210mm H: 349mm D: 372mm | Weight: 6.0 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 240mm | 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
Airflow isn't too great

NZXT's H200i is essentially a miniaturized version of our favorite mid tower, the H700i. Built to support mini-ITX builds, the H200i 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 two fans and one RGB LED strip. With plentiful support for liquid cooling and full sized components, the H200i is the perfect compromise between smaller ITX builds and larger mid-sized towers.

If mini-ITX is your thing, see more recommendations in this guide to the best mini-ITX cases.

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6. Cooler Master Silencio S600

The best silent PC case

Form Factor: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX | Dimensions: 478mm x 209mm x 470.5mm | Weight: 9.7kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm | I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x 3.5mm Headset Jack (Audio+Mic), 1x SD card reader | Drive Bays: 5.25”: 1 2.5": 5 3.5": 4

Windowed or enclosed options available
Quality sound dampening material
Quiet case means limited airflow
No USB Type-C connector

If you’re the type of gamer that requires total concentration, a quiet PC case can be very important. Once your PC starts heating up and fans begin blowing at full force, your once-silent PC can quickly turn into something that resembles a roaring jet engine. It’s times like these when a silent PC case can come in handy, and nothing does the job quite like Cooler Master’s Silencio series.  

The Silencio S600 mid tower looks simple on the outside, but the interior is filled with clever engineering and high quality sound dampening materials to help drown out any unnecessary noise. Normally this comes with a severe compromise for airflow, but the S600 does a pretty decent job of moving air and keeping things cool despite its silent properties.

If you are looking for a semi-silent build but also want to display your components, the S600 comes in a tempered glass version or a steel version giving you some flexibility for your own specific needs. The case comes equipped with two 120mm PWM fans and offers decent liquid cooling support with radiators up to 280mm in size. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, Cooler Master also offers the mATX-friendly S400

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7. Corsair Obsidian 1000D

The best high-end PC case

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 stellar 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.

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8. Corsair Obsidian 500D SE

A great all-rounder

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

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.

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9. be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900

The best case 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 its 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 its first case launch in 2014. One of its 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.

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10. Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic

The best case for Razer cultists

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: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x HD audio, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C | Drive bays: 2.5": 6 3.5": 3

Synapse 3-compatible lighting
Plenty of headroom for upgrades
Poor instructions

The worst we can say about the Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic is that its instruction manual is incomprehensible. If you already know how to build a PC, however, piecing it together shouldn't prove too difficult. 

For the most part, it's a standard tempered glass mid-tower case with a few bells and whistles to make it all worth the enduring trial and error of the PC building experience. For one, it has three removable panels—one on the front and one on each side. Naturally, this makes for an easy installation. Incorporating a liquid cooler in its exposed ceiling area is an effortless undertaking. 

Once everything is in place, assuming you have the coveted Razer Edition of the PC-011 Dynamic, you can get started customizing lighting schemes in the tri-snake company's Synapse 3 software, coordinating it with your other Razer peripherals along the way.

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11. Cooler Master MasterCase H500M

The best RGB PC case

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 billed as a 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.

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