The best mid-tower case 2019

Best mid-tower case 2019
Best mid-tower case 2019

Take a gander at the best mid-tower case 2019 has dished out. Whether you want to build a new PC from scratch, or you want to expel your old PC case because it's covered in scratches, you can take solace in the fact that the best mid-tower case is a huge upgrade over whatever it is you're lugging around right now. Think about it, the NZXT H700i has a smart hub that lets you control RGB lighting and fan speed in the same proprietary CAM software. Can your current setup do that? Probably not. 

If it can, no worries, as we've tested every PC case we could fit our ATX motherboard inside of to determine the best mid-tower case for 2019. How we did that was simple. We placed our components inside each one, like snapping a bunch of Lego bricks inside a single, larger Lego brick. We then evaluated case-specific metrics to compare against rival products. For example, to ensure proper airflow from a given case, we can test the CPU and GPU temps and compare notes. Thereafter, we can look at other figures such as features and price point. In other words? we can be sure these are some of the best PC cases around.

Best mid-tower case 2019: Top PC cases ranked

In no particular order, we've narrowed the best mid-tower cases 2019 has to offer down to five picks in total. Each entry describes the case in detail, complete with specs, features, pricing and even a few handy links to purchase one yourself if you're so inclined. They're not all cheap, but you can't skimp on a case. It's the glue that keeps the rest of your PC intact. Should you settle for some random garbage case we didn't recommend, you're putting yourself at risk. A bad case can cause your motherboard to short out as well as any other component to which it's attached.

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NZXT H700i

NZXT H700i

1. NZXT H700i

The best mid-tower case overall

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: 12.27 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 | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x Audio/Mic | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 7, 3.5”: 2+1

 Integrated addressable LED lighting
 CAM powered "smart device"
No USB Type-C
Cramped HDD space 

One of our latest favorites is NZXT’s H700i, released last year. The ease of building in it and the satisfaction it provides are second to none. NZXT markets the H700i as a "smart" case thanks to the inclusion of a new smart hub powered by the company’s CAM software. 

This hub acts as both a digital fan controller and a RGB LED controller that uses machine learning to find the perfect balance between noise and cooling for your fan speeds in real-time. The H700i generously includes four pre-installed fans and two RGB strips to make full use of the smart hub out of the box. 

These features already set the H700i apart from the crowd, but the cable management on the backside is the star of the show. Four different cable routing channels with integrated cable tie downs made the process effortless and extremely satisfying. Priced at $200, the H700i is one of the more expensive cases we’ve recommended but it’s about as premium as it gets.

Cooler Master SL600M

Cooler Master SL600M

2. Cooler Master SL600M

The best high-end mid-tower

Form Factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (support upto 12" x 10.7") | Dimensions: 544 x 242 x 573 mm | Weight: 13.6 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm | I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Audio/Mic | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 8 3.5”: 4

Sand-blasted aluminum finish
Excellent GPU cooling
Decent noise reduction
GPU riser cable not included

The MasterCase SL600M has to be one of Cooler Master's most beautifully designed cases. It features anodized aluminum with a sand-blasted finish and just enough attitude to make it look sleek, futuristic and elegant, all at once. We were even more impressed once we opened it up and tested it.

Cooler Master's SL600M is the first case we've tested with a vertical chimney design that just makes sense and works. It's a bold move to completely seal the front of a case, but Cooler Master went all-in with the SL600M, completely sealing the front and moving the entire PSU shroud and housing from the bottom of the case to the front of the case. All of that newly opened space combined with generous feet allow the case to produce some serious airflow directly onto the GPU.

While the CPU temperatures suffered from this design, the SL600M has the lowest GPU temperatures out of every mid tower we've tested. Mount the graphics card vertically and away from the glass with the rotatable PCI bracket and cooling improves even further. While the case features all of the connectivity and convenience you'd expect in a high end mid tower, it's unfortunately missing an included GPU riser cable.

Cooler Master H500M

Cooler Master H500M

3. Cooler Master H500M

The best airflow mid-tower

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 the company's latest flagship 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 one of the biggest mid-towers 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 a mesh or tempered glass front panel.

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. We mention the dust because the H500M features some serious airflow and comes prepared to keep the beefiest of gaming PCs cool.

In Win 303C

In Win 303C

4. Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic

The best mid-range mid-tower

Form Factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, mini-ITX | Dimensions: 446mm x 272mm 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 RGB lighting
Plenty of headroom for upgrades
Poor instructions

If you're strapped for vertical space, the Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic is a short and stubby alternative to some of the longer neck PC cases we've seen. Although it doesn't come with the clearest instructions given its proprietary lighting tech, it is one of two Razer-designed PC cases in existence. And of the two, this one is the best. 

Featuring a tempered glass design, installing components in the PC-011 is rather painless. You can remove the top and both sides of the chassis for easy access into its entrails. Parts of the process that used to be stressful, such as liquid cooler installations, are now stumbling blocks of the past. 

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 San Fransiscan company's Synapse 3 lighting software, you can even coordinate it with your other Razer-made peripherals. 

NZXT H500

NZXT H500

5. NZXT H500

The best budget mid-tower

Form Factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: W: 210mm H: 460mm D: 428mm | Weight: 7 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (Type A) | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 3 3.5”: 3

Affordable next-gen S340
Compact and lightweight
Case can get a little noisy
Only supports one top fan

NZXT’s S340 has long gone unchallenged as our favorite budget mid-tower thanks to its minimalistic design, steel side panels, and most importantly accessibility. The H500 is its direct replacement and it checks off all of the boxes of its predecessor with a few modern updates that allow it to keep its place on the throne.

Like the S340, the H500's sleek design includes a steel cable management bar and PSU shroud to keep things looking just as clean on the inside as it does on the outside. If you have an extra $30 to spare, the H500i is also available which features built in rgb lighting and fan control via NZXT's CAM-powered smart device.

If you want to add a pop of color to your build, NZXT offers the H500 with a few different colors to match your components. Priced at $70, the case is absolutely comparable in build quality and features to $100+ competitors.

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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