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Best computer cases: Full tower, mid-tower, and mini case models
If you decided to build your own PC, whether for work or for play, one of the most important things you need to decide on right away is the type of computer case you want to use. After all, some cases are best for high-end gaming, while others might be better for a home office, and still others would work best in a home theater.
In this article, we take a look at our picks for the best computer cases you can currently buy. We have broken it down into three categories. One is the full tower, which is best for hardcore PC gaming. The second is the mid-tower, for normal everyday computing. Finally, we have the mini-tower category, for PCs that can be connected to your big-screen TV, among other jobs.
Best computer cases:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best computer cases regularly as new ones launch.
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P — full tower
The Cooler Master COSMOS C700P full tower computer case is perfect for high-end PC gamers who want to build a rig with no compromises. It has a glass panel on the side so you can see all of the PC’s components clearly, and its twin handlebars on the top and bottom actually make it easier to transport this huge case around. It also has built-in RGB lighting, so you can give this case a cool custom look right out of the box.
- Size: 639 x 306 x 651mm
- Weight: 22.2kg
- USB ports: Four USB 3.0 ports; one USB-C port
- Motherboard support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
- Drive Bays: 8 3.5-inch bays, 2 2.5-inch bays
Corsair Obsidian 1000D – This is a massive “super tower” that can hold two full PCs (one E-ATX motherboard and one Mini-ITX board) at the same time, along with room for up to 18 fans. It’s also expensive — click the link to see pricing.
Thermaltake View 71 – This case is the one to pick if you want to show off your build. Everyone will be able to see your handiwork with 5mm thick glass panels on four sides and a swing door design. Great gaming rigs need pops of RGB color and View 71 features three RGB-lit fans for cooling.
Fractal Design Meshify-C — mid-tower
The first thing you notice about the Fractal Design Meshify-C mid-tower case is its unique front. It’s made of a mesh material that’s been molded into a geometric design of different shapes. It’s not just for show, this design is supposed to help maximize airflow as well. The case also has plenty of space for most PC components and includes two fans for plenty of cooling support.
- Size: 395 x 212 x 440mm
- Weight: 6.16kg
- USB ports: Two USB 3.0 ports
- Motherboard support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
- Drive Bays: 2 3.5-inch bays, 3 2.5-inch bays
NZXT H710i – The H710i is the successor to the previous 700i, and it offers a number of improvements. It’s rocking a Smart Device 2.0 that has been improved for faster processing, while a cable routing kit and preinstalled channels will keep your wires out of the way. Another improvement is that the H710i features a front-facing I/O USB-C port.
Corsair Obsidian 500D – This smaller version of the huge 1000D case is not only slick-looking, but it still has plenty of space for lots of custom cooling solutions if you want to turn it into a gaming PC. It’s available on Amazon with or without RGB lighting.
NZXT H210i — mini case
The NZXT H210i mini-case is basically a miniature version of the previously mentioned H710i case. It even shares some of the same features as its big brother, including the Smart Device 2.0 that should give the case the perfect balance of cooling and noise when you use it for everyday work, for gaming, or even for a home theater PC. It also adds the convenient front-facing I/O USB-C port and cable routing kit.
- Size: 210 x 349 x 372mm
- Weight: 5.9kg
- USB ports: One USB-A 3.1 port, One USB-C 3.1 port
- Motherboard support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX
- Drive Bays: 1 3.5-inch bays, 4 2.5-inch bays
In Win A1 Plus – This Micro-ATX case includes its own 650W power supply, along with Qi wireless charging support. It also has an RGB base that makes it look like it’s floating on light.
Corsair Crystal 280X – This Mini-ITX case is big on cooling potential. It includes two RGB fans and has room for three 240mm radiators. You can easily show off your build with three tempered glass panels.
And that wraps up our look at the best computer cases you can get right now. We’ll make sure to update this post with new models once they are released. Here are a few more helpful gaming resources: