The Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Case is our best computer case. When it comes to the design, the sleek and clean design makes this our ideal computer case. It also has a very compact design. As for the specs and measurements, it has a max GPU length of 420 mm and it has a max PSU length of 180 mm. The computer case has a total of 7 case expansion slots for PCI-E (PCI Express) and it also has a total of 2 USB 3.0 external connections. Additionally, the max CPU cooler height is 165 mm. This computer case greatly supports any ATX motherboards and it also stands at dimensions of 8 by 16 by 19 inches.
Our step-up pick is the Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis and this one has a full tower design. The computer case has two fans in the system – one fan in the rear which measures 140 mm and one fan in the front which measures 200 mm and it also stands at dimensions of 22 by 21 by 10 inches (235 by 550 by 535 mm). The computer case also includes another additional bracket and it has enough clearance for you to configure any fan with a push-pull design. Also, the HDD panel is also closed for protection and the interior allows you to hide the HDD or PSU for a mess-free design. It has a total of two USB 2.0 ports as well as two USB 3.0 ports and it uses Velcro for its cable management system. It greatly supports any ATX motherboard.
The budget pick is the Corsair Carbide Series 100R Mid-Tower Case and this one supports any SSD or solid state drive in all of its 4 hard drive trays. Its side panels are also attached with a thumbscrew which makes them easy to remove and attach without the use of tools and it comes with two 120 mm fans that are non-PWM and have 3 pins, one on the back and one on the front. The GPU is provided with a direct air flow on the top so you can get the best cooling experience for the most rigorous gaming instances and it has two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel. It is highly compatible with any USB 3.0 device and is great for any simple and cost-effective. It is also ideal for any home, office or business use.
Table of Contents
- A Little Background
- How we picked
- Our pick
- Flaws but not dealbreakers
- Step-up Pick
- Budget Pick
- Best Server Computer Case
- Best Gaming Computer Case
- Computer Case with High Airflow
- Best Mid Tower Sized Computer Case
- Computer Case with Cooling Bracket for Radiators
- Computer Case with Sleek Blue LED Fan
- Best Cube Design Computer Case
- The Competition
- Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Wrapping it up
A Little Background
Computer cases may be just a physical housing for your central processing unit, but for most gamers, it is the very heart of their gaming rig and gaming setup. A computer case is more than just about the sleek design and the flash LED lights – it is about the compact design, the number of slots and the easy convenience when setting it up. Buying a separate computer case is ideal for people who want to build their own custom computer from scratch.
How We Picked
Choosing the best computer case depends upon the following:
Drive bays – know how many drive bays can fit in the computer case. This includes standard 3.5-inch HDDs and SDDs that measure 2.5 inches.
Dimensions – this is highly important as most computer cases have big dimensions and some have small dimensions so you should know this in order for the computer case to fit in perfectly on your desktop or room space.
Design – it is important to have a computer case with a sleek design, especially for hardcore games. Mostly, some computer cases have LED lights that add style and a cool effect to the computer case.
Expansion slots – know how many computer expansion slots can be fitted in the computer case.
Graphics card size – for gamers, you should buy a computer case that fits any standard video card or graphics card and a plus point if longer GPUs can fit in.
Motherboard type – make sure that your computer case is able to fit in the motherboard you have, such as ATX, Micro ATX, or Mini ITX.
Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Case
Our best computer case is the Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Case which has a max GPU length of 420 mm and it also has a max PSU length of 180 mm. As for the number of slots, the computer case has a total of 7 case expansion slots for PCI-E (PCI Express). What’s more, the max CPU cooler height is 165 mm and the case has a very compact design. It is also highly compatible with various liquid coolers such as the H80i, H75, H60 and H55.
As for the ports, the Corsair Carbide 200R ATX Case has one microphone port and one headphone port and it has a total of 2 USB 3.0 external connections. Moreover, it has a mid tower form factor and the sleek and clean design makes this our ideal computer case. It also greatly supports any ATX motherboards and has been made from sturdy plastic and metal. The computer case by Corsair stands at dimensions of 8 by 16 by 19 inches and is very easy to cool down and expand. It has a total of 8 fan mounting points for the best cooling performance and you can put up to 4 SSDs and 4 hard drives all at once. It is super easy to clean due to the front intake dust filter and CPU cooling and cable routing is very easy due to the custom cutouts. It conveniently comes with a quick start guide as well as an installation kit. In fact, you can fit up to three 5-inch bays and four 3-inch bays.
The computer case also comes with two 120mm fans and the side panels make the use of thumb screws. It has two dust filters and it also supports Mini ITX and mATX motherboards. It is backed by a limited warranty of 2 years.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
Most computer hardware have their own set of pros and cons, and the Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Case has its own flaws as well but they are not too threatening when it comes to the computer case’s quality. For example, the plastic material and the fan quality isn’t as much as the ones with higher price, but can be just fine if you are not meticulous with cooling your CPU.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis
Our step-up pick is the Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis and this one has two fans in the system – one fan in the rear which measures 140 mm and one fan in the front which measures 200 mm. This computer case has a full tower design and it also gives you a lot of cooling capability. The interior allows you to hide the HDD or PSU for a mess-free design while the HDD panel is also closed for protection.
Adding to that, you can also add some more fans with the case and you can also control all of the fans using the PWM hub using one PWM connector. It effectively creates an improved cable management and it stands at dimensions of 22 by 21 by 10 inches (235 by 550 by 535 mm). It can also connect any 3-pin fan. Moreover, the SSD bracket has a removable feature and a drop and lock mechanism so you can put it up in two different locations.
The Phanteks Enthoo Chassis also includes another additional bracket. The HDD panel has a closed design to add durability even when you remove both of the HDD cages. It has enough clearance for you to configure any fan with a push-pull design and it supports any ATX motherboard. It also supports multiple radiators at the same time and it has form factors of 120 mm and 140 mm for the cooling system such as radiators.
You can install any single or triple type radiators and install in four various areas within the case. It also comes with a protective cover for the PSU and it has a total of two USB 2.0 ports as well as two USB 3.0 ports. The exterior part has been given a simulated brushed aluminum finish and the brushed plastic makes up the exterior and steel chassis makes up the interior.
The case uses Velcro for its cable management system and it fits up to three 5.25-inch bays. The SSD bracket is also removable and the case has an easy to use user’s guide. The top power button makes it easy to access. ATX motherboards will benefit from the stand-offs that have been pre-applied.
All of the dust covers are full and easy to access. Moreover, the mounting mechanism for the drive bays requires no tool for a hassle-free experience. The Phanteks Tower Chassis has a standard 3.5mm audio jack as well as a microphone jack and also comes with great management tools behind the motherboard’s tray which come pre-installed. The split window design makes it sleek in its looks and the 2 cages can hold up to three SSDs and HDD each.
The velvet cable straps give you the best cable management system and the case has a total of 8 expansion slots. It has a very elegant and simple design and the full tower size makes it ideal for assembling and upgrading your CPU in a custom way. Maintain your computer case easily with its included removable dust filters.
Corsair Carbide Series 100R Mid-Tower Case
Our budget pick, the Corsair Carbide Series 100R Mid-Tower Case, supports any SSD or solid state drive in all of its 4 hard drive trays. Great for any simple and cost-effective, it is highly compatible with any USB 3.0 device and it has two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel. GPU is provided with a direct air flow on the top so you can get the best cooling experience for the most rigorous gaming instances.
Ideal for any home, office or business use, the windows are a side panel that have been flush mounted for style and compact design as well as protection. It comes with two 120 mm fans that are non-PWM and have 3 pins, one on the back and one on the front. You can also add up to 5 fans due to the 5 fan mounts. The side panels are also attached with a thumbscrew which makes them easy to remove and attach without the use of tools.
The internal layout is modernized to improve your system and make CPU building easier and hassle-free. It stands at a height of 16 inches and the drive installation is also tool-free and accepts any 5.25-inch or 3.5-inch drive. Made from sturdy plastic and steel, it accepts any ATX motherboard as well as any Mini ATX and Micro ATX and comes with an accessory kit and support information. It is backed by a warranty of 2 years.
Best Server Computer Case
Tripp Lite 6U Wall-Mount Server Cabinet
The Tripp Lite 6U Wall-Mount Server Cabinet has a total load capacity of 200 pounds and this can fit any 6U sized server. It can be mounted on the wall or can sit on the floor and can also be rolled with casters. It comes fully assembled and has a depth of 16.5 inches. It can handle any 19-inch server rack.
The case uses switch depth for its feature and is also available in other sizes. It is also available in a glass door model and complies with PCI technology. It supports 5U up to 26U and has been given a NEMA 12 rating for quality. It can accommodate any patch panel, UPS system, switch, server and many more and it has a clear acrylic window so you know what’s going on.
Moreover, the vented door keeps your computer server cool and the hinged back options add to the hassle-free installation and set-up. The vertical mounting rails can be adjusted as well and the cable routing ports are at the top and at the bottom. The perforated door gives enough ventilation for the computer server or peripheral. The Tripp Lite 6U Cabinet has mounting hooks, mounting plate and mounting notches and the side panels can be removed easily. The cable access cover can also be removed for convenience.
Each of the threaded holes is from #12 to #24 in size and cage nuts are not a problem due to the pre-drilled square holes. It has 7/8-inch increments on the vertical mounting rails and it adheres to the standards of the RoHS. It is backed by a limited warranty of 5 years.
Best Gaming Computer Case
Thermaltake Versa N21 Translucent Computer Case
The Thermaltake Versa N21 Translucent Computer Case is our best gaming computer case which uses the 1 + 4 + 1 concept ratio so that accessories can be installed with ease. It accepts any drive bay with measurements of 3.5 inches and 5.25 inches. The top and front panels have been given a glossy black finish to give off the really sleek impression of a true gamer and the panels are also translucent on the front to add style and depth to your CPU.
Airflow is maximized by the foot stands that are greatly heightened. There is a side window with a triangular shape to let you see what is going on inside the machine. It has one USB 3.0 port for faster data transfer and also has two USB 2.0 ports and it also comes with jacks for a headset and an HD microphone.
Ventilation is superb with this computer case as it can take 120 mm fans and it also has a pre-installed 120 mm exhaust fan on the rear part. Also, a dust filter is also part of the ventilation system to remove dust and debris that might result into system overheating. The tool-free design of this computer case makes it ideal for manual CPU building without much hassle. It can support radiators up to 160 mm at the top card and it also has pre-mounted holes so it adheres to most standard ATX motherboards.
It also allows for longer video cards up to 250 mm in length and it also supports Mini ITX motherboards. Made from sturdy metal material, it stands at 8 by 20 by 18 inches in its dimensions. Also, you can also mount a hidden SSD behind the MB tray. The I/O location is strategically placed for easy access on any media and USB powered devices.
This case also supports Micro ATX motherboard sizes and it has a total of 7 expansion slots. It includes one exhaust fan at 120 mm and it also supports any optical drive. It is backed by a warranty of 3 years.
Computer Case with High Airflow
Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Case
The Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Case gives you a big advantage when it comes to cooling and air flow. The direct airflow path design is dual chamber to give your unit the best cooling potential possible. Ideal computer case for any ATX motherboard, the cube design makes it stand out from most computer cases and the space saving design of the computer case makes it super awesome.
Moreover, the panel window has a full side design for easy viewing and set up and the front dust filter keeps your unit as clean as possible. It uses three AF140L exhaust fans that maximize the cooling ability and the high performance and is available in black, silver and arctic white. Great for liquid cooling or air cooling, the routing cutouts for cables help you feel at ease when setting up your computer unit.
The rubber grommets also add to its convenience of set up and the black interior is very easy to clean and stylish on its design. Made from high quality steel plastic polycarbonate for its durable material, it stands at dimensions of 18 by 13 by 16 inches. The side window has an oversized and tinted design that is also flush mount in its nature.
It also supports any radiator up to 280 mm on the top and it can take up to 6 fans at 120 mm or 5 fans at 140 mm each. It gives you the most quiet air cooling experience for any computer build. You can put any radiator on the front panel up to 260 mm. It has a max GPU length of 320 mm and it has a total of 2 USB 3.0 ports. It can take CPU coolers with a height up to 170 mm.
All of the included fans run quietly as the computer case has a total of 4 drive cages at 2.5 inches for SSDs that do not require tools to set up. The cable routing system keeps tubing and pumps out of sight for a cleaner and more organized system and the storage and PCI-E installation is a breeze due to being tool-free. Two drive bays have a hot swap feature.
Highly compatible with ATC, Mini ITX, Micro ATX and E-ATX motherboards, it has a max PSU length of 200 mm and it comes with a quick start guide and an accessory kit with a 2-year warranty.
Best Mid Tower Sized Computer Case
NZXT S340 CA-S340MB-GB Mid Tower Case
Our best mid tower case is the NZXT S340 CA-S340MB-GB Mid Tower Case which has a form factor or size type of Mid Tower. It supports any motherboard that is ATX, Mini ITX or Micro ATX and has a total of 7 expansion slots. It comes with two USB 3.0 ports and a port for audio and microphone and has three slots for 3.5-inch drive bays and 2 slots for 2.5-inch drive bays.
The ABS plastic and the SECC steel combine together to form a highly durable computer case. It stands at dimensions of 17 by 7 by 17 inches and the matte black and blue color combination adds to the sleek design and form of the computer case. With this computer case, you can put up to 5 fans. If you want to cut the top, you can also add one more fan. It is a perfect computer case for any minimalist motif or design.
Computer Case with Cooling Bracket for Radiators
MasterCase Pro 5 Watercooling Mid-Tower Case
The MasterCase Pro 5 Watercooling Mid-Tower Case has a top mesh cover for protection and comes with a water cooling bracket. It has a mid tower form and design and it comes with a FreeForm Modular System which allows you to install up to 6 fans at 140 mm. It also allows you to install any 240 mm to 280 mm radiator on the top part of the panel.
Any HDD drive can be mounted on the bottom and can be horizontally shifted due to the ventilation system. The window side panel is very sleek in its design and the case fits any 13.5-nch graphics cards on its 3 dual slot ports. A clip and click panel mechanism makes the drive cages easy to remove and adjust. Water coolers are also easy to maintain and access due to the FreeForm technology and design of the system of the computer case. The design and sleek value adds aesthetics to the overall looks of the computer case.
It supports any ATX motherboard type as well as Micro ATX and it stands at 20 by 21 by 9 inches on its dimensions. The doors and panels can be easily replaced and the case is ideal also for most optical disk drives or ODD due to the easy install and removal using the clip and click panel system. It comes with two slip and clip pockets for any SSD and it also has an optional magnetic LED strip in the color red.
Computer Case with Sleek Blue LED Fan
ROSEWILL Blue LED Fan ATX Case
The ROSEWILL Blue LED Fan ATX Case has a total of 3 pre-installed fans for the best cooling capability and the sleek blue LED fan and casing design adds to the aesthetic value of the computer case. It has a total of two USB 3.0 ports and is an ideal computer case for gaming. It also has two USB 2.0 ports and is capable of supporting HDDs with 3.5 inches or 5.25 inches of size. The tool-less design of the computer case components make it a great computer case to consider and the I/O ports have been mounted on the top. Also, the mid tower design makes it stand out steadily with your gaming rig.
The transparent windows allow the user to see what is going on inside their machine. The case has two blue LED fans, each at 120 mm (front and rear) and it fits a lot of large air coolers. Bigger and wider video cards such as the EVGA FTW+ can definitely fit this computer case. Great computer case for those who are starting off with building their own machine, the hard drive rack is also removable and the rear fan gives excellent airflow that will suit any ATX motherboard and the like.
The ROSEWILL Blue Case can support CPU coolers up to 154 mm and it has a total of 7 PCI Express slots. It can take video cards up to 380 mm. The low profile design allows it to fit underneath any desk. It also greatly supports any 2.5-inch SSD and is backed by a warranty of 1 year.
Best Cube Design Computer Case
Thermaltake CORE V21 Black Cube Chassis
The Thermaltake CORE V21 Black Cube Chassis fits any motherboard that is Micro ATX as well as Mini ITX. It has three internal bays for 3.5-inch drives or 2.5-inch SSDs and has various optional cooling capabilities available. It has a very small and compact form factor and has a pre-installed front fan at 200 mm for extra cooling power. It also has one headphone jack and front mic port and it comes with two USB 3.0 ports.
The case stands at dimensions of 16 by 13 by 12 inches and has four audio out ports. The fact that it is steel in construction adds to the quiet operation of the fan and adds to the durability of the computer case. The inner layout of the computer case is very organized and it can fit long power supplies when needed. You can also add two 80 mm fans on its rear panel for overclocking purposes. It is backed by a warranty of 3 years.
Other computer cases that did not make it to our list lacked a lot of features when it comes to accommodating various inner components of a CPU. It is important for any computer build, especially if it is manual, to be highly personalized and hassle-free and thus it requires a lot of user-friendly yet customizable touches.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
We have the following facts for you about computer cases.
Q: What is the importance of a computer case?
A: According to Reddit buildapc , a good computer case helps to shield the most delicate and important components of your CPU such as the graphics processors, graphics cards and the motherboard itself. Air flow is important in any computer case such that it will regulate well on any processing unit. It is also important to keep the dust away from the computer parts so that it will not have a chance of overheating.
Q: What are some of the tips and pointers in choosing the best computer case?
A: According to Overstock , it depends upon what style of computer case you want to have. Gamers and users alike have the right to choose from a variety of colors of casing. LED lights on the computer case also add aesthetics to the CPU. Consider the number of drive bays that can be inserted in the computer case. Consider the number of expansion slots that can be included in this computer case. Also, consider the dimensions as well as the weight of the computer case so that it will be just right for your room or where you intend to put the case. Make sure the connection ports are enough for your needs as some computer cases may also include a power supply.
Wrapping It Up
As a whole, the Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Case is our best computer case for any person who wants to built from scratch.