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(Pocket-lint) If you’re building a gaming PC and want a matching case, you’ve come to the right place. We have tested many cases while building all kinds of computers – from budget to medium range Even the extreme PC.
There are a lot of different things to consider: airflow, specifications, heatsink, fan capacity, etc. We also want to highlight key things to consider when researching, such as how easy (or difficult) it is to install the enclosure and how easy it is to manage the cables. To this end, we have thoroughly reviewed and modified these cases to see if they are worth buying.
We have built in these cases all kinds of gaming PCs with different specifications. Then we used it daily, evaluated it, tested it, and played with it.
So we can show you the best computer cases we’ve tried and why we recommend them.
What are the best computer cases?
- fractal design cel
- Lian Li O11 Air Mini
- 5000D Airflow from Corsair
- Streaming NZXT H510
- Corsair Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB
Best PC Case: Our Top Pick
fractal design cel
- Large capacity fans included as standard
- Perfectly roomy for liquid cooling
- wide design
- Easy to store
- Quiet operation
- Insufficient rear cable management space
- Installation options are limited
Fractal Design Torrent is available in many different formats with and without RGB and also in white or black.
It’s easily one of the best cases we’ve tried, whether or not you choose RGB models. But the most important thing is that it is well designed and provides amazing airflow without the fan noise.
It comes standard with two 180mm front fans and three 140mm bottom fans, which is great considering the price. They offer excellent cooling and are a huge fan that you will see on a PC case.
There’s also a fan hub pre-installed, so it’s really easy to plug in any fans.
Torrent is also incredibly broad, accommodating E-ATX and SSI-EEB or SSI-CEB motherboards. You can easily fit a custom annular fluid system into this system as well. However, we should note that construction options are limited. You can use an air-cooled CPU cooler or a liquid system. You cannot easily install an All-In-One Cooler due to the chassis design.
It’s the little things that make the difference here, like the tiny embedded GPU chip that keeps your graphics card from sagging.
The only real downside is the lack of space for cable management in the back.
Other cases to consider
Over the years we’ve tried many cases and built all kinds of machines with or without RGB, air and liquid coolers. There are a lot of great options out there right now and the ones below are great alternatives if the best choice doesn’t work for you.
Lian Li O11 Air Mini
- Excellent aesthetics
- Build quality defies price
- Surprisingly spacious
- Excellent cooling
- RGB fans are not included as standard
If you want a smaller case, but don’t want to sacrifice features or specs in favor of a smaller ITX case or small case, the Air Mini is a great choice.
This is not only a very stylish bag, but also a very spacious bag due to the name “Mini”. It doesn’t take up as much space on the desk or room as the other cases on this list, but it can still hold an ATX power supply and an ATX motherboard.
We equipped it with nine Lian Li Uni fans and an all-in-one cooler, but we also tested it with a large Noctua air cooler and got great results on both.
There’s room for a great graphics card, and despite its small size, the Air Mini holds a very special place in our hearts.
It even comes standard with two 140mm front fans and one 120mm rear fan, which is great for the price.
5000D Airflow from Corsair
- Durable build quality
- Various mounting options at 360 mm
- Excellent cable management
- Not having decent fans as standard
If you are looking for a computer case with serious build quality and great aesthetics, the Corsair 5000D Airflow is a great choice.
This enclosure allows up to two 360mm radiators to be installed in different positions, making it ideal for all-in-one coolers or complete liquid cooling systems.
It is also very spacious with mounting points for many hard drives and SSDs. You can also easily change the position of the elements according to your needs, which is well thought out.
Cable management is also easy thanks to the spacious back panel and hidden cable door.
Streaming NZXT H510
- Fantastically affordable
- Wide enough to push and pull
- Looks cheap compared to others
- Exotic fan options and limited radiator installation
If budget is important, the NZXT H510 Flow is the one to turn to. This is an incredibly affordable mid-tower ATX case that won’t break the bank, but it still delivers.
Reasonably sized, it’s capable of accommodating two (or more) HDDs and hard drives, and you can even mount a 280mm All-In-One cooler with a push/pull fan setup.
Unfortunately, the case only comes with two fans, so you’ll have to buy more. The design is a bit weird too, as it will only take 120mm in the rear and 140mm all around.
However, these are small complaints about what is otherwise a big issue for the money.
Corsair Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB
- RGB galore
- Includes useful extras
- Very elegant to the eye
If you’re feeling a little confused, the Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB might be on your radar.
This is a box that looks really good. It includes multiple RGB lighting strips as standard, along with three LL120 RGB and Commander Core XT fans for power and lighting control.
yes 208 individually controllable RGB LEDs won’t get you excited, so what will you? Think of the 5000T as a more sophisticated version of the 5000D Airflow and you’ll have an idea of what to buy.
It’s a brilliantly configurable case that looks really cool as part of a gaming setup.
How to choose the right PC case
You made the decision to build a gaming PC, and the case obviously plays an important role in the process. It is important to choose the right person. You want a case that feels comfortable in your gaming space, but also a case that allows your device to run quietly and coolly.
What do you plan to install?
To buy a PC case, you need to plan for your device. Think about what you are going to put in your gaming machine. This is an essential part of the process and something you need to think about before buying. If a high-end and powerful CPU is part of your hardware, you may want to consider a large 360mm cooler or even a full liquid cooler. This means that you will need a large bag with room for such a thing.
As a general rule, the larger the heatsink, the cooler the CPU. If you want to overclock, the more the better. If you use CPU-intensive games, edit video, or do other CPU-intensive activities, the same logic will apply.
Also check the specifications of the parts you want to use. Some high-end motherboards are E-ATX, which means they are larger than average. Not all cases are compatible with these boards, and you don’t want to have all of your parts together only to find that they don’t fit together.
How many fans do you really need?
Some of the cases on this list only come with a few core fans. Others are very well talented. But more fans doesn’t necessarily mean better. If there are a lot of them, they can become loud and annoying. Look at the specifications of the case you’re buying and plan what you want it to look like when you’re finished.
If you’re eyeing a case, you can also plan the audiences you want to install. The case may seem cheap at first, but if you put 10 fans in it that you buy separately, things suddenly add up.
Learn more about this story
All of the products on this list have been tested in real life situations, just as you would in your everyday life.
Buying and building a gaming PC is a big investment, so we’ve thoroughly tested these cases to make sure they’ll meet the needs. Both in terms of build quality and performance.
Of course, price is an important factor, as well as build quality and reliability.
As with any compilation, it is not possible to make a suitable list for all types of users, but we rely on the experiences and opinions of the broader Pocket-lint team – as well as a comprehensive assessment of the areas listed above – in order to do our best in this regard.
What we always tend to avoid when putting together these choices are unnecessary comparisons of specifications and marketing lines; We just want to provide an easy to understand summary that gives you an idea of what it’s like to use each gaming laptop. Our judgments are brief, but that is only in the interest of brevity. Rest assured that all items on this list have been fully tested.
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Written by Adrian Wellings.