The best PC cases in 2024

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The best PC case is the place your hardware calls home. It's the platform for your ultimate gaming rig and a showpiece simultaneously. Besides looks, a PC case needs to have room for modern components, making upgrading or maintenance easy. There are many options at different prices; some keep the look modest, and others make it scream with loads of RGB lights.

Your choice of PC case will also dictate what can go inside. If you want multi-loop liquid cooling and the biggest GPUs on the planet, then your best bet is a full-tower chassis. But if you're looking for a small-scale build, then the best Mini-ITX cases will be what you covet.

The best PC case will simplify the building process, while a  bad case limits your expandability options or makes it difficult to build your machine. If building a PC seems a little out of your comfort zone in general, you can always go with a prebuilt gaming PC and skip the stress of building your own. 

Before you fork out your hard-earned cash for the best PC case ever, you should consider a couple of things first. How big is your graphics card? What motherboard are you going with? How many drive bays do you need? Figure out what's going into the case before you buy it, so you're sure everything will fit. Here are the best cases we've tested this year after building them up and down and checking them for fire hazards.

Curated by...
Dave James
Curated by...
Dave James

Dave's been tinkering with PCs for decades, and naturally that means he's come close to losing a few fingers on poorly crafted cases. The best cases don't leave you covered in blood, and Dave is keen to find the best looking cases with the most airflow and compatibility.

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This guide was updated to a new, easier-to-read format on January 19, 2024.

Best full-tower PC case

1. Corsair Obsidian 1000D

The best full-tower PC case


Form Factor: Super-tower
Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Dimensions: 27.4 x 12.1 x 27.3-inches (697 x 307 x 693mm)
Weight: 65lb (29.5kg)
Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; 420mm; 480mm
I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 3.1 Type-C
Drive Bays: 6x 2.5-inch, 5x 3.5-inch

Reasons to buy

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

Reasons to avoid

Seriously pricey

The Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D is a behemoth of a PC case ready to house the biggest and baddest systems. In fact, it's ready to house two systems if you wanted to go down that route. We've seen them running with full E-ATX motherboards and little mini-ITX motherboards tucked inside there, too.

Standing tall at a staggering 27.3-inches, this "super-tower" features enough space to house 18 fans and up to four massive radiators installed simultaneously. That's enough cooling for any setup.

The 1000D features a unique triple-chamber design with convenient french-door-styled storage compartments and telescoping radiator trays for easy installation in addition to the stellar cooling support. Because it is 2024, 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.

The obvious caveat with anything that claims to be a "super" version of its category, is that this thing will really cost you a large chunk of your PC build budget. So long as you're conscious of that, and have the ready money to stretch to that sort of cost—we're talking $500+ here—then the Obsidian 1000D will house the monster gaming PC of your dreams.

Best mid-tower PC case

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: 230 x 516 x 494mm
Weight: 12.3kg
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 most recent iteration of NZXT's "smart" chassis brings a couple of new features to help modernize your build. This ultra-clean and uncomplicated mid-tower case 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 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. In our testing we found 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 other top mid-towers.

Best budget PC case

3. Corsair Carbide 275R

The best budget PC case


Form Factor: Mid-tower
Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
Dimensions: 220.6 x 446 x 463.9mm
Weight: 6.08kg
Radiator Support: Front: 120mm, 140mm, 280mm, 360mm | Top: 120mm 240mm | Rear: 120mm
I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1, 1 x 3.5mm headphone, 1x 3.5mm mic
Drive Bays: 2x 3.5", 4x 2.5"

Reasons to buy

Clean looks
Easy to build into

Reasons to avoid

Only two fans suppplied
No USB Type-C

Corsair's commitment to PC cases means that it's able to offer great options both at the very high end, such as the enormous 1000D, but also in the more modest, budget section of the market. Here, that's ably represented by the Corsair Carbide 275R, an affordable mid-tower chassis that looks anything but.

The clean, unfussy design of the Carbide 275R means that it's not going to divide opinion because of some edgy aesthetic, nor distract from the hardware inside it. And only spending some $70 on the clothing of your PC means that you'll be able to prioritise your cash for the best parts.

Which you'll still be able to show off because you get a full height acrylic side panel—though you can buy a more expensive tempered glass version—that gives you a great view of your gaming rig's innards.

And it's super easy to build those innards into the Carbide 275R. The large cut out on the motherboard tray meant that even when I was figuring out which cooler to mount on the system I was building I could leave the motherboard in place and switch brackets at will.

There's also some decent cable routing and plenty of space and options for placement of different all-in-one liquid cooling radiators, too. In terms of keeping the build clean, I also really appreciate the PSU shroud at the bottom of the case which covers the power supply and all that ugly cabling with a metal casing in the same colour as the chassis itself. Which can be either black or white, incidentally.

You do only get a couple of simple 120mm fans included in the package, so if you're not building an AIO radiator into the machine you'll probably want to pick up some extra PC fans to help the cooling. My only other niggle is the fact the top I/O connections don't include a USB Type-C option—that's something I've come to expect, even from budget motherboards.

Still, for the money, you'll be able to build a really good-looking gaming PC without breaking the bank, which will let you focus on what's going inside.

Best Mini-ITX PC case

The best Mini-ITX chassis


Motherboard support: Mini-ITX
Dimensions: 405 x 196 x 196 mm
Weight: 7.6 kg
GPU clearance: 324 x 58 mm
Memory clearance: 46 mm
Front I/O: 2x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Type-C, 3.5 mm audio jack
PSU: 750W SFX 80 Plus Gold included
Cooling: 140 mm AIO CPU cooler, 92 mm rear fan
Riser cable: PCIe 4.0 x16
Warranty: 3 years (case, riser card, AIO), 10 years (PSU)

Reasons to buy

Great to build into
Extra cooling
Routed cabling is a blessing

Reasons to avoid

Doesn't support tall RAM modules
Large initial outlay despite added cooling and PSU

I was a big fan of the original NZXT H1 Mini-ITX chassis when it first came out. But then, mine never caught fire, which is a good thing because I've been using it as the basis for my office work machine ever since. My boss would not have been pleased if I'd burned down the PC Gamer offices because of a faulty PCIe riser cable.

Aside from that specific riser problem, the H1 was a fantastic package to build a wee peecee into. And so is this recently updated version, too. On the face of it, this H1 V2 looks identical and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was just a new release of the same case with an even more non-burn-y PCIe riser cable for your GPU. But NZXT has actually done a lot to improve the overall design, even though it does make for a more expensive, slightly larger and heavier mini-ITX case.

The real beauty of the H1 is that it includes both a powerful PSU and a liquid CPU cooler, so the really awkward bits of a Mini-ITX build are taken care of. If you've ever built a small form factor PC you will understand the pain of trying to route a million, unnecessarily long PSU cables around the motherboard, graphics card, and everything else. Then trying to mount a capable-enough cooler into the limited confines of a Mini-ITX case… well, that's a task in itself.

NZXT helps the build process with clear labelling within and without the chassis.

A note of warning, however, and that the clearance between the radiator fan and the top of your memory isn't huge. It is another 1mm higher than the original, but with just 46mm as your maximum memory height, some DIMMs will simply be too big. Our Corsair Dominator DDR5 sticks we've used in our Alder Lake test rig and the Mini-ITX B660 proved just too tall to close the case.

NZXT helps the build process with clear labeling within and without the chassis. I had issues actually getting into the toolless design of the first H1, but it ships with labeling on the outside explaining how to gain access. And inside, there are tags and stickers indicating what goes where and how to shift things around to gain access to the motherboard tray, for example.

In all, NZXT has made many welcome improvements to what was already a very good Mini-ITX chassis design—well-documented riser issues aside. I get that the $400 price tag will sting for a lot of people, but 750W SFX power supplies don't come cheap, and nor do AIO coolers that would squeeze into something so relatively small. 

This makes the H1 V2 not just a good small form factor chassis but a great platform from which to build the Mini-ITX chassis of your dreams. So long as those dreams don't include overly tall sticks of memory.

Read our full NZXT H1 V2 review.

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Best silent PC case

5. Cooler Master Silencio S600

The best silent PC case


Form Factor: Mid-tower
Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Dimensions: 18.8 x 8.2 x 18.5-inches (478 x 209 x 471mm)
Weight: 21.4lb (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: 1x 5.25-inch, 5x 2.5-inch, 4x 3.5-inch

Reasons to buy

Windowed or enclosed options available
Quality sound dampening material

Reasons to avoid

Thin internal paneling
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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 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.

But that is the thing that will require the most thought when it comes to building a full machine into this setup. You need to ensure that there is optimal airflow across the key components in order to keep the temperatures down, and therefore ensure that the volume stays low, too.

You will also have to decide whether you want to go for maximum silence and keep the PC completely under wraps, or whether you still want a side panel to be able to show off the insides and your shiny, expensive gaming parts.

Best show build PC case

6. Lian-Li PC-O11 Dynamic

The best PC case for show builds


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
Ships with no fans

If you're strapped for vertical space, the Lian-Li PC-O11 Dynamic is a short and stubby alternative to some of the more long-necked PC cases we've seen. It's a case I'm pretty familiar with, as it's the model that I built a custom liquid-cooled GPU and CPU loop into.

I found that the 011 Dynamic is great for a custom loop, as there are many excellent distro plates that can fit into the front of the PC-O11, but it's just as well suited to your usual AiO or air-cooled setups. You can install AiO and radiators up to 360mm pretty much anywhere you are on the top, bottom, and side of the case.

You can remove the top and both sides of the chassis for easy access to its internals.

Featuring a tempered glass design, we found installing components in the PC-011 a painless experience during testing. Well, apart from some of the super-sharp angles that might spike the odd finger. You can remove the top and both sides of the chassis for easy access to its internals. Parts of the process that used to be stressful, such as liquid cooler installations, are now stumbling blocks of a bygone era. 

The chassis has a bunch of expansion slots (eight) and can fit multiple GPUs if you decide to go that route. Though, I'm not quite sure why you'd that but who am I to tell you what to do with your PC build. Live your life. 

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 Synapse 3 lighting software, you can even coordinate it with your other Razer-made peripherals.

The beauty is that this could be a case for a simple budget build or something a bit more extravagant. It really comes down to your skill level and creativity as a PC builder. 

Best PC case FAQ

Will a micro-ATX motherboard fit inside a mid tower case?

It certainly will. The spacing of the mounting holes on an micro-ATX board match those found on an ATX board, there are just fewer of them. Mounting a micro-ATX into a mid tower case in place of an ATX is totally doable.

How do I know what size computer case I need?

The key question here is, how big is your motherboard? A full-size PC case supports the giant E-ATX boards but will take up a ton of space under or on your desk. Small form factor cases like the NZXT H200i can only accommodate Mini-ITX boards and are restrictive for other big GPUs components. Mid-tower PC cases are a more common choice that supports all ATX and a handful of E-ATX boards. Size does indeed matter, after all.

Once you've decided on the case size, the fun part happens next. You can consider dozens of features and options like I/O ports, cooling configurations, windows, airflow, and lighting, and that's to get started.

Dave James
Managing Editor, Hardware

Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he's back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.

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