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The best full-tower cases

When you have a lot of parts, it's time to go big or go home.

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Full-tower cases can get really big really fast, because they're built to house a whole lot of PC. Our current favorite is the Corsair Graphite 780T, which will do well for just about any gaming rig. The Graphite 780T has ample room for custom builds, as well as a clean overall design. Corsair's build quality is also top-notch, and continues to impress us across its entire lineup.

With their size comes immobility: Full-sized towers are a major pain in the ass to move. When you have $2,000 (or more) of parts in a steel two-feet-tall behemoth, you tend to try to move the rig with care.

One thing to consider about a big case is its looks. It's hard to hide a big tower in a room, so you might as well make sure it looks great. Cases with excessive lighting or garish color themes might not be the best way to spend your hard-earned cash when it comes to a machine that you'll likely be looking at every day.

We've seen plenty of great innovations in the mid-tower and small form factor markets in recent years, so it’s great to see manufacturers bring those concepts to life in larger cases. Here are some of our picks for the best full-tower cases available now.

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Best high-end ATX full-tower case

  • Integrated RGB lighting system
  • Adjustable motherboard layout
  • Modular shroud system
  • May require extension cables
  • Very expensive

Celebrating the company’s quarter-century birthday, Cooler Master announced the Cosmos II 25th Anniversary Edition earlier this year. We were sorely disappointed like many others that it wasn’t a brand-new Cosmos. But lucky for us, the company still had the Cosmos C700P up its sleeve and is now finally releasing it to the public.

The C700P, like the original Cosmos, is one of Cooler Master’s largest enclosures and comes with an equally hefty price tag. The premium case maintains the same handlebar design of the original but adds a few modern touches that make it one of the most beautiful cases we’ve seen.

An understated RGB light bar system integrated into the top and bottom of the case illuminates the exterior in a tasteful manner that doesn’t distract from the overall aesthetic of the build. Another upgrade from the original is a new curved tempered glass panel that allows you to showcase a gorgeous interior.

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Best midrange ATX full-tower case

  • Easy access to your system with door latches
  • Integrated fan controller
  • Exceptional airflow and cooling
  • Removable HDD cages
  • Plastic drive trays

There's a reason Corsair's monstrous 780T stayed on the build list for the Maximum PC print edition of Blueprints for so many months. The case is big, spacious, and above all, accessible.

Once you put your rig together and close up everything, it sometimes happens that things don't work as planned the first time around. Maybe a PSU cable is loose. Maybe a SATA cable was disconnected. Maybe a RAM module isn't fully seated. Hell, even we've started up a system once only to realize that the PCIe power cables weren't connected to our GPU. When that happens, you want the fix to be quick and easy. The 780T makes it simple.

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Best customizable full-tower case

  • More room than you can shake a stick at
  • Panels pop off for customization and painting
  • Removable motherboard tray for easy mobo mounting
  • Expensive
  • Big and heavy

There's big cases, then there's big cases. This case is in the latter group.

The CaseLabs Magnum SMA8 is bigger that what many would define as a full-tower. In fact, it's a good deal bigger than, say, the Corsair Graphite 780T. This case is big enough to pack in three reservoirs, two 360mm radiators, and two PSUs. How do we know this? We packed all of that stuff into an SMA8 when we built our 2015 NASA-Inspired Dream Machine.

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Best Budget ATX Full-Tower Case

  • Great ATX full-tower for under $100
  • Removable drive cages offer more room for large video cards
  • Room for a 240mm radiator up top
  • Flat side panels make cable management more challenging
  • Lack of grommets for cutouts make builds look slightly more cluttered

Let's face it, if you're building an extended-ATX build, there's a good chance you've got a fairly large budget to work with. However, not everyone likes the idea of dropping nearly $200 on a case.

Options tend to slim out when you edge close to the $100 mark. But that doesn't mean there aren't some great cases to choose from. NZXT's entry with the Source 530 offers all of the basics for a relatively low price.

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Form and function

When it comes right down to it, choosing a case is a highly personal decision. Regardless of the components you choose, your case will have the biggest impact on the look of your build. Choosing a case to meet your needs and style can take lots of time, and we encourage you to spend the time on choosing the right one.

There are lots of big full-towers to choose from, and few of them are going to come cheap. While mid-towers or mini-ITX cases can cost as little as $50, a decent full-tower will cost a bit more. The better-looking towers will go for $150 to $200, while the most advanced and fancy-schmancy cases can cost well over $300.

The best thing about building your own PC is that you get to choose what’s suitable for your own specific needs. A budget case will do just fine but if you’re looking for more than the basics and want to show off your system, spending a bit more on an enclosure you really enjoy can be very rewarding.

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