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The best mid-tower cases

ATX mid-tower PC cases are the workhorses of the case world. Here are the best cases for a mid-tower build.

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Some users prefer to build itty-bitty small form factor PCs with mini-ITX cases and others like to load up multiple graphics cards in large full towers. But the most commonly used case that’s versatile enough for most situations is the ATX mid-tower case.

This time, there's a new kid on the block: the NZXT H700i, our new favorite high-end mid-tower case and actually, our pick for Case of the Year. Clean design, some additional thoughtful touches, and just a well built case all-around, the H700i is our new go-to choice when building a PC in a mid-tower.

There are several really good reasons to go with a mid-tower. First, they support regular, full (not extended!) ATX motherboards. This is the biggest class of desktop motherboard, which means you're also likely to find a board that fits your budget and needs pretty easily. Another reason to go with a mid-tower is ease of installation. Micro-ATX and mini-ITX cases are often much tighter and can offer less flexibility in a build. That's not what you want if this is your first rodeo. Finally, ATX full-tower cases can get quite large, and take up a lot of real estate. In comparison, you can easily fit a mid-tower under a desk since they're lighter and require less effort to move.

Mid-tower ATX cases are great because they generally keep things simple, and offer the baseline when it comes to form. While you may find some compromises in the area of cooling capabilities, the right mid-towers can offer just as much as you’d expect from a high end full-tower case. We tested out all sorts of cases to find the best ATX mid-tower for PC gaming. Here’s what made the cut. 

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Best High-End ATX Mid-Tower Case

  • Included 4 RGB LED fans
  • Integrated addressable LED lighting
  • CAM powered "smart device"
  • Easy cable management with mini NZXT Puck
  • No USB Type-C
  • Premium pricing

While planning a build, most users aren’t looking to break the bank on things like a computer case. But one thing we’ve learned after completing hundreds of builds ourselves is that spending a bit more on a nice PC case can go a very long way. Some people don’t realize this but a good case can make a world of a difference in cooling and therefore gaming performance. And when it comes to high end mid-towers, NZXT’s latest H700i is worth every penny.

When you’ve been building PCs for as long as we have, it’s always a bittersweet feeling to see case companies come up with innovative new ways to streamline the build process. Young builders these days will never know the pain of building a computer in the late 90s. NZXT has been at the forefront of simplifying this process and the company’s latest H series is no exception.

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Best Mid-Range ATX Mid-Tower Case

  • Freeform modular system
  • Exceptional airflow
  • Great water cooling support
  • Cramped PSU installation
  • Modular parts sold separately

With hundreds of mid-tower cases to choose from, picking the perfect enclosure for your build can be tricky. This is why cases with modular parts can be great since they fulfil the needs of a wide range of builds from entry level all the way to custom water cooled. And when it comes to modularity, Cooler Master’s MaterCase series is in a class of its own.

The MasterCase 5 is our ideal mid-range pick because of its great baseline capabilities and its even better upgradeability. Modular drive cages and optical bays are nothing new when it comes to PC cases, but Cooler Master took it one step further with the inclusion of external expansion pieces. The MasterCase 5 in its standard form comes with two handles at the top which make it very convenient for LAN party transportation.

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Best Budget ATX Mid-Tower Case

  • Very clean design
  • Room for dual radiators
  • Available in 4 colors, including a Razer special edition
  • Good cable management room
  • May be tight if you want more than two 3.5-inch HDDs
  • No 5.25-inch drive bay may bother some

With some cases, you can either love it or hate it. We feel that the NZXT S340 is one of those cases. While some may not like its minimalistic looks, many think its great. A quick glance at the S340's Amazon reviews page says the case is well regarded by customers. Regardless of how you feel about the S340's appearance, the fact remains that it's a well laid-out case that can be had for under $80.

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One form factor, a world of possibilities

The ATX mid-tower is the most common form of the PC. It's what most people think of when they think of a desktop PC. But that doesn't mean that it has to be boring.

There's a big world of PC cases out there for the mid-tower form factor, and it was tough choosing just a few to feature here. If you're shopping for a case, our general advice is to be ready to spend about $100 for a case with plenty of features and options, decently high build quality, and a look that fits your personality.

After all, this is the thing you'll be spending a lot of time sitting next to. You owe it to yourself to make sure you get a case that you'll be happy with.

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