The best PC cases can be the perfect jumping off point for your gaming PC build, but can also be the finishing touch that makes your machine stand out from the rest. You have a wide selection to choose from, too. Some of us 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 own blood, sweat, and tears into a PC case that best represents you.
Picking the best PC case for your build down to your specific needs. How big is the motherboard you want to use? How much storage do you have in mind? How big is your graphics card? A full-size PC case supports the giant E-ATX boards. Small form factor cases like the NZXT H200i can only 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. Size does indeed matter after all.
Once you know what size case you need, next comes the fun stuff. There are tons of other details to consider, such as I/O ports, cooling configurations, windows, airflow, lighting, 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.
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
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, making it a delight to build into. 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.
2. 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
One of Corsair's latest 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 similarly 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.
3. Phanteks Evolv X
The best mid-tower case to build two systems in
Form factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: EATX, ATX, M-ATX, mini-ITX | Dimensions: 240mm x 520mm x 510 | Weight: 15kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, 420mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x headphone, 1x microphone | Drive bays: 2.5": 6 3.5": 4
Phanteks has made some incredible cases over the years, but the Evolv X stands out as an excellent chassis for anyone looking for a mid-tower instance with a little something extra. That extra being the ability to slide two systems into its pleasing form—there's room for an ITX system in the top to go above the main ATX system. It's a bit of a squeeze for sure, but it is possible.
If your demands aren't quite so crazy, then you'll find it roomy to build in,, and there are enough neat little touches and funky design choices to cover almost any build you have in mind. There's space for all-in-one liquid coolers in the top (up to 360mm) and front (up to 420mm), it comes with a universal fan hub, ships with three Phanteks Premium 120mm fans, and has cable-hiding flaps in the rear so that it looks good whichever side you look at. You can slide a frankly ridiculous amount of storage into it as well.
It does have a covered front panel, with a dust filter behind it, which affects airflow, so those looking to build custom loops may want to look for a mesh fronted system instead, but otherwise, there's so much to love here. You don't need to build two systems in it to feel like it's money well spent either, and it isn't that much money given how capable it is, and how good it looks.
4. 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
NZXT's H200i is essentially a miniaturized version of our favorite mid-tower, the H710i. 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.
5. 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
If you’re the type of gamer that requires total concentration, a quiet PC case can be critical. 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 intelligent engineering and high-quality sound dampening materials to help drown out any unnecessary noise. Usually, 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 provides the mATX-friendly S400.
6. 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
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 integrated Commander Pro controller. The Obsidian 900D has long been a top choice for massive, over-the-top builds and it only fits that the 1000D was designed to knock it off its throne.
7. 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
Initially known for its silent power supplies and fans, be quiet! enter the case market with a big splash and has done quite well in a short period 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.
8. 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
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.