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The Best PC Cases

What are the best PC cases on the market?

When building your dream PC, it can be easy to focus on all of the other high-end components you need and forget about the PC case until the last minute.

However, your case should be one of the first things you choose so that you can ensure it both looks good and can house all of the internal hardware you want.

Think of it as the foundation upon which everything else gets built. After all, you can’t build your dream computer if your case limits what you can add to it.

 

The Best PC Cases

All of the PC cases we’ve rounded up have been thoroughly examined and come from the most reputable sources. We’ve done the research so that you can make a choice with confidence.

Here’s our list of the 10 best PC cases on the market right now:

 

In A Rush? Here’s Our Top Pick:

 

10. Fractal Design Define 7

This mid-tower PC case is one of the best PC cases on the market for first-time builders, and it has a sleek, modern, appearance.

Constructed out of high-density sound dampening materials, including a tempered glass side panel, this PC is incredibly quiet while in operation.

Its brushed aluminum also has dual-handed hinges and magnetic latching to make accessing the interior exceptionally easy.

Speaking of the interior, it has a spacious and versatile layout that allows you to install up to 14 HDDs, along with four additional mounts for SSDs. It is also fully compatible with Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, and ATX motherboards.

Six fans come pre-installed, three 140mm and three 120mm, with room to add three more for a total of nine.

This makes keeping your rig cool much easier, even without additional hardware like the SilverStone Tundra TD02 AiO cooling system, although this PC case does have room and support for a water cooling system if you want to install one.

 

Pros:

  • Exceptional noise dampening
  • Solid temperature control
  • Versatile hardware support

 

Cons:

  • No RGB lighting
  • Front air filter can restrict airflow

 

Bottom Line

The Fractal Design Define 7 is an all-around solid PC case to invest in if you want to build a quiet computer with a lot of potential.

Although it does lack RGB lighting and its front air filter can cause limitations with airflow, you can always add your own lighting and replace the filter to make this case better suit your needs.

While it may not make for the most powerful build or one for those looking to game for hours on end, it can still be a worthwhile investment for a first-time build.

 

9. Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900

This full-tower pc case is the quietest on the market and its three pre-installed Silent Wing 140mm fans provide nearly silent operation.

Because of these fans, this PC has earned a reputation for being one of the go-to cases for builders who want to create a computer that is as quiet as possible.

Along with its fans, this PC case has a relocatable motherboard tray that is compatible with E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX.

There are also modular HDD slots, and an adjustable side panel that you can either close for quiet running or open for more airflow.

The Dark Base Pro 900s full-circuit airflow system is also beneficial if you are considering the Pros and Cons of overclocking your PC and want to ensure that you don’t run into any overheating issues.

 

Pros:

  • Incredibly quiet operation
  • Extremely modular design
  • Great cooling support
  • Wireless QI charging

 

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Inconvenient power supply location

 

Bottom Line

If quiet running is something that you value in a PC build, the Be Quiet Dark Base Pro 900 is a case that you’ll want to consider.

However, while it does have an inconvenient power supply placement, its modular design in other respects more than makes up for this, as does its sleek design and wireless charging capabilities.

Overall, despite being on the expensive side, this is one of the best PC cases to invest in if you want flexibility and near-silent operation.

 

8. NZXT H210i

This mini-ITX case is the best for PC building on a budget, and the least expensive option on our list. However, despite the low price tag, it has some really great features to keep in mind.

The NZXT H210i pc case is fully modernized with a USB 3.1 type C port to make connecting smartphones and external storage drives much easier.

Its tempered glass panel is also easily removed with a single screw, which gives you easy access to your internal hardware without hassle.

There is also integrated RGB lighting, which you can customize using presets or custom controls.

However, the front fan can sometimes interfere with the lighting, which may result in you needing to change its placement.

Along with all of these features, this mini-ITX case is also designed with cooling support, so that you can add additional cooling hardware if needed.

 

Pros:

  • Great budget price
  • RGB lighting
  • Solid cooling

 

Cons:

  • Large size for a mini-ITX case
  • Top fan can interfere with RGB lighting

 

Bottom Line

For PC builders who want the best prices on reliable PC cases, the NZXT H210i Mini-ITX PC case is a good choice that can enable you to create a solidly powerful Mini-ITX build without breaking the bank.

While it may not be the most modern case on our list, it does have a lot of great features that make it a worthy contender.

 

7. Lian Li PC-O11DX Dynamic

This mid-tower chassis is the best case for builders who want to install AiO cooling or liquid cooling hardware.

Made from tempered glass and aluminum, the Lian Li PC-011DX Dynamic comes with two internal HDD slots and four SSD expansion slots. It is fully compatible with E-ATX, ATX, and Micro-ATX motherboards.

While it does have fan vents, three on the top, three on the side, and three on the bottom, no fans are included with the case, so you will have to purchase and install them separately.

However, this case does have extensive radiator support and is perfect for those who want to install a liquid cooling system or AiO, like the Thermaltake TH240 AIO Cooler, to maintain a safe temperature.

 

Pros:

  • Perfect for AiO cooling
  • Great radiator support
  • Easy to build internal layout

 

Cons:

  • No fans out of the box

 

Bottom Line

Although the fact that this PC case doesn’t come with any fans can be off-putting to some builders, it makes up for it by being a great case to install other cooling systems in.

It is also decently affordable, with the best prices putting it under $200. This leaves you more money to spend on tricking out your PC.

 

6. NZXT H710i

This mid-tower case can support Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and E-ATX motherboards, but it is best known for its superior cable management system.

While its vertical GPU mount, fast microprocessor, and dual RGB lighting channels make this case decently impressive, it is the enhanced cable management system that really sets it apart from the rest.

The NZXT H710i comes with a dedicated cable routing kit that allows you to feed cables through designated channels and easy-to-use straps that make the wiring look much more organized and neat.

Speaking of neatness, the whole look of the PC case is sleek, clean, and modern, which makes it stand out without being too flashy.

 

Pros:

  • Simple, modern design
  • Great cable management
  • Vertical GPU mounting

 

Cons:

  • Relatively plain appearance
  • Setup instructions aren’t clear

 

Bottom Line

The NZXT H710i is perfect for builders who want to create their dream gaming PC without worrying about a mess of cables getting in the way.

While the overall setup instructions that come with this case could be clearer, if you’re familiar with the building process, it shouldn’t be too hard to understand.

 

5. Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact

The Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact is the best compact ATX mid-tower on the market and its bold mesh front panel is one of the most unique and distinctive we’ve ever seen.

This case definitely highlights just how far the Fractal brand has come since the Fractal Design Define C Case in terms of features and appearance and it can support ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards.

Despite being compact, this PC case has bigger potential than some mid-tower cases and when it comes to temperature management its mesh exterior is second to none.

Better yet, its front panel is completely detachable, making it easy to clean and maintain. To further increase temperature control, you can install up to seven fans, three of which come pre-installed.

Its open interior space is also designed for superb airflow, and its versatile design makes its capacity rival that of a much larger tower.

 

Pros:

  • Three pre-installed high-quality fans
  • Great airflow
  • Fantastic overall performance for a compact tower

 

Cons:

  • No pre-installed RGB lighting
  • No PWM fan controller

 

Bottom Line

If you’re considering compact gaming PC cases, the Meshify 2 is the best you’re going to find. For a small tower, it can rival even full towers in terms of power and performance.

It is also the second most affordable case on our list, which is fantastic considering all of the benefits it can provide.

 

4. Phanteks Evolv X

If you want a full-tower that will enable you to complete a dual system build, the Phanteks Evolv X is the best you’re going to find.

With superior airflow design, a clean interior, and high-quality cooling support, this full-tower case is completely dual system upgradable when combined with the Phanteks Revolt X PSU.

The Phanteks Evolv X allows you to easily install an ITX motherboard at the top of the tower, allowing you to run a secondary system simultaneously without problems.

Overall, this full-tower motherboard support includes E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards, as well as the ITX.

There is also plenty of room for storage, with three possible HDD positions for flexible configurations, and this case comes complete with pre-installed RGB lighting.

 

Pros:

  • Dual-system compatible
  • Great for water cooling
  • RGB lighting
  • Good cable management

 

Cons:

  • Price
  • Less optimal thermals without additional cooling
  • Low-quality screws included

 

Bottom Line

The Phanteks Evolv X is the best PC case for dual builds, and it has enough space for all of your necessary PC components.

The addition of RGB lights also makes this a really gorgeous case, even if you may have to invest in additional cooling or replacement screws.

 

3. Corsair iCUE 7000X RGB

The Corsair iCUE 7000X RGB full-tower is one of the best PC cases you can invest in if appearance is something that matters to you.

This PC case looks amazing and it shows off your system and the four pre-installed RGB fans through three tempered glass panels.

You also won’t have to worry about wires cluttering up your build because of the Corsair RapidRoute cable management system that allows you to route your major cables through a single channel accessible via a hinged door behind your motherboard.

Unlike some other options that provide you with just the case and not much else, the iCue 7000X comes with a Commander Core XT controller and iCue software which allow you to program your fan lights and control your fan speed right out of the box.

If that wasn’t cool enough, it also has a massive interior with plenty of space for powerful builds and a three-slot vertical GPU mount capable of handling even the most powerful graphics card you can find, as well as any ATX motherboard.

 

Pros:

  • Beautiful design
  • Ample space
  • Massive interior

 

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Poor hard drive airflow without additional hardware

 

Bottom Line

There is no denying that this PC case is stunning to look at, and it looks great when fully tricked out.

However, it does require some work in regards to the airflow around the hard drive, though this can be easily rectified by adding additional fans or radiators.

If you’re looking for the best PC case to serve as powerfully eye candy on your desk, the Corsair iCue 7000X RGB is the perfect case to invest in.

 

2. Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D

This super tower is arguably the best-looking desktop computer case that Corsair has ever produced and it is definitely one of the most powerful and versatile.

The Obsidian Series 1000D is capable of housing a complete E-ATX and mini-ITX motherboard system simultaneously, allowing you to steam and game without interruption.

To prevent overheating, it can house up to 18 fans with additional room for up to four 480mm radiators.

Fan and radiator support of this magnitude is exceptionally hard to find in even the best PC cases, which is what makes this case even more special.

If that wasn’t enough, there are also two USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C ports along with four USB 3.0 ports and a Commander Pro fan and lighting controller which you can use to monitor almost every aspect of your rig.

 

Pros:

  • Supports even the most powerful builds
  • Houses E-ATX motherboards and Mini-ITX simultaneously
  • Loads of cooling potential

 

Cons:

  • Massive and heavy (60lb)
  • Expensive

 

Bottom Line

The Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D super-tower is a case that can support some seriously crazy gaming PC builds and you can put a lot more in it than you can a mid-tower.

While its price can be a deal-breaker for some, we see this case as an investment for hardcore PC enthusiasts who want to build the ultimate computer over time and not a beginner’s option for someone just looking to get their feet wet.

 

1. Cooler Master Cosmos C700P

The same people who gave us the powerful Cooler Master Masterbox TD500 have gone one step further with the Cooler Master Cosmos C700P.

This full-tower PC case can support Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and E-ATX motherboards, and its motherboard tray is completely removable for installation outside of the chassis.

The whole of the design is extremely versatile and can support a wide variety of layouts, including entirely customized ones.

Cooler Master Cosmos also comes with a phenomenal liquid cooler support system with the ability to mount radiators up to 420mm on the front, bottom, and top panel of the case.

While it only has one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 port, it does have four USB 3.0 ports, as well as a fan speed control and RGB lighting control placed right on the top panel for easy access.

The only real downsides are that it only supports three internal drives and the cooling can be a bit lacking without modification.

 

Pros:

  • Extremely customizable layout potential
  • Integrated RGB lighting
  • Fantastic cooling support
  • Sleek design

 

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Limited to three internal drives
  • Lacking stock cooling

 

Bottom Line

The Cooler Master Cosmos C700P is one of the best PC cases to come out of the Cooler Master brand and it has so much space and potential for creating a ludicrously powerful PC build.

Although it is on the expensive side, like the Corsair Obsidian Series, this case is perfect for serious builders who want to push the limits and invest in creating their dream computer.

 

Summary

PC cases are the foundation of any great build and, without the best case, you can end up with a mediocre result that you’re not satisfied with.

While all of these PC cases have their pros and cons, they are all the best you can buy on the market today and we hope that this list has helped you narrow down which one is perfect for your next build!

Here’s a quick recap of the 10 best PC cases on the market:

  1. Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
  2. Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D
  3. Corsair iCUE 7000X RGB
  4. Phanteks Evolv X
  5. Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact
  6. NZXT H710i
  7. Lian Li PC-O11DX Dynamic
  8. NZXT H210i
  9. Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900
  10. Fractal Design Define 7

What’s the best PC case, in your opinion? Leave a comment below.

Shawna Schofield is a professional freelance writer and part-time YouTuber. When not writing or recording she spends her time playing Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and Dragon Age.

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