A lot of people just build their PC with the components they’ve chosen, and then call it a day. And while that might be enough for some, others want to take things a step further. You want to personalize it a bit, or you want to make it a bit different. It is, after all, your creation. That’s where the best case accessories come in.
To make sure you can add a bit of a personal touch to your build, we’ve chosen eight accessories that you’ll find to be excellent additions to your system. Some of them are purely for aesthetics, while others have a functional side as well. What they all have in common is that they’re all relatively budget-oriented. However, they add a nice touch to your build. Let’s not waste any more time and take a look at some of the best case accessories for your new build.
Stock power supply cables are boring, quite honestly. And if you’ve got some of those “ketchup and mustard” cables that are red, yellow, and black, they can be just plain ugly, too. ASIAHORSE’s PSU cable kit comes with 18AWG wiring. There is a full set of cables that you can use for your motherboard, CPU power, and graphics card.
The kit comes with 300mm cables, which is more than enough, as well as black connectors on both ends. In the package, you’ll also receive both black and white cable combs. You can set these up as you see fit.
What’s great is that the kit comes in a vast variety of color combinations. You can get a single color kit, or you can get a kit with combined colors. This is an even more unique design. And best of all? Reasonable pricing.
If you’ve got a large and heavy graphics card, something like the big boys from our best GPU list, you might be looking at some GPU sag. This is easily noticeable. You’ll have one end of your GPU a few millimeters lower than the end that is screwed in at the back of the case. Not only does this look bad, but it also adds a lot of stress to the PCB and your motherboard slot.
The ELV8 ARGB bracket is meant to go below your GPU. It is an adjustable bracket that you can set just right for your specific GPU. It holds very well and will prevent bending and sagging. To further sweeten the pot, you’re looking at an ARGB strip that you can sync with most motherboard RGB software. Not only is it functional, but it looks nice, too.
While we’re talking GPUs, this Phanteks mount is perfect if you want yours to be mounted vertically. While some cases like NZXT’s H510 that we featured in our list of best PC cases do come with vertical mounts, those will have your GPU’s airflow restricted.
The Phanteks mount makes use of the seven horizontal mounts at the back of your case. It converts them into a single, stiff and robust vertical mount. You also get an included riser, and everything is black for a look that’s as subtle as possible.
The mount is compatible with pretty much any GPU on the market. Also, it’s incredibly versatile, meaning you can use it in a variety of cases. A thing to note is that if your chassis doesn’t come with a “conventional”, open PCIe slot design, you might have compatibility issues. But if you don’t mind this, it’s a great choice.
A few years ago, PC fans had a single goal – keep components cool and introduce good airflow inside the case. Nowadays, they’re on the list of best case accessories. But the UNI Fans by Lian Li have a great reason to be here. Not only are they excellent fans, but they come with creative lighting and an even more creative mounting mechanism.
The fans come with a pin-to-pin interlocking mechanism, so you could daisy chain multiple fans and still have them work with a single cable. This eases cable management quite a bit. Also, it allows you to use fewer fan headers on your motherboard (or the included controller).
Last but not least, you get RGB lights on the edges. You can customize these to your liking. This, and excellent airflow, make two great reasons to put this on our list of best case accessories.
We mentioned the lighting-only iCUE Lighting Node PRO in our list of best RGB lights. But, the Commander PRO takes things up a notch. It adds even more control and turns your case into a smart case.
This controller will get you two RGB LED channels, six fan headers (3-pin and 4-pin compatible), two internal USB 2.0 headers, as well as four temperature sensors. Everything is controlled via Corsair’s iCUE software, and you get a complete overview of your system’s behavior.
You can put the temperature sensors wherever you think they’re needed most. Also, you can set up custom fan curves and lighting profiles, so everything is tailored to your lighting. If you don’t have a simple way of controlling your fans and RGB strips, the iCUE Commander PRO is exactly what you need.
While we’re talking Corsair, if you liked the Commander PRO, the RGB Lighting PRO Expansion Kit is another thing you should add to your shopping basket. It’s compatible with the Commander PRO (and the Lighting Node PRO we mentioned), and it gets you individually addressable RGB strips.
There are four strips in total and four extension cables. Thanks to this, you can mount the strips basically wherever you want to. To make things even easier, the LED strips themselves have both adhesive tape, and magnets, so you can install them in a variety of places.
The lighting you’ll get from this kit is pretty great. Since each strip is individually addressable, you can set them all up to do different things, depending on what you need and where it’s placed. It’s a great way to add some light to your build.
Even though it does look like an extremely simple thing, NZXT’s Puck is a genius solution. It’s a two-piece mount that comes with powerful magnets. It mounts on the side (or the front) of your case, and can hold even the heaviest of headsets.
The Puck is made of silicone and has two pieces. Down the middle is a slot that allows you to wrap your headset’s cord around it, making cable management a breeze. This is a great way to keep your headset off the desk, and still have the cables managed without that being a hassle.
To further sweeten the pot, you can even split up the two pieces and use them as two separate mounts, which is an even better option if you have more than one headset. It’s a creative accessory and one that won’t set you back too much but does an excellent job.
If you’ve got a slightly older case, chances are it has a 3.5” slot. And if you aren’t using it, why not turn it into a card reader that can take pretty much any format under the sun? The Sabrent 3.5 Card Reader is just perfect, and it’s extremely wallet-friendly, too.
Starting from the left, you get M2, XD, SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC, Micro SD/SDHX/SDXC, CF/MD, and even a MemoryStick slot, as well as a USB 2.0 port at the far right. This makes sure you can insert pretty much any memory card made in the past 20 years, which is great.
The reader will plug in one of your motherboard’s compatible USB headers, so unfortunately you only get USB 2.0 speeds out of it. However, it’s still a great way to add a card reader that won’t take up desk space to your system! Definitely one of the best case accessories.
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