Even though picking the inside components is arguably a lot more fun to choose when you’re building a system, choosing the case to put them all in is just as fun, too. If you go for some of the best PC cases out there, you’ll find various categories to choose from, both functionally and aesthetically.
But if you aren’t sure as to what case you should go for, below we have some of the best PC cases picked out. We made sure to include something for everyone. There are large cases, small cases, and everything in between, so let’s take a look at the best PC cases of 2020. Whether you’re looking to build an Intel rig, or a new AMD Ryzen PC, these are some of the best PC cases out there.
Before we get into the cases themselves, there are a couple of things that you should know. These will help you narrow down your selection of cases, and you won’t be making a (potentially costly) mistake.
First and foremost, you should look at the case size. Which size you need is usually dictated by the size of the components that you’ll have inside. If you have a full-size ATX motherboard, and a large GPU, you’ll want a full tower case to fit everything. However, a more compact build can be housed in a mid-tower case, which is more or less standard nowadays. To add to this, a compact GPU and a small motherboard can go in a mini ITX case. This is especially true if you go for an AiO cooler. They’re compact and perfect if don’t have a lot of desk space.
Next up, if you have any specific things you want to go inside, make sure the case you’re choosing can house them. This includes things like a large AiO cooler, or a custom water cooling loop. There are cases with separate sections for water pumps for example, which might come in handy.
Last but not least, consider the “nice to haves” of a case. We’re talking about things such as a tempered glass side panel that showcases your components, or even a PSU shroud to cover up your excess cables. These are all things that will mostly just improve the aesthetics of your system. However, some are functional, too, such as a fan and lighting controller included in the case.
At the end of the day, a case is a highly individual choice. Just make sure you get one that works for your specific build, and fits your taste, and you’re good to go.
Corsair has appropriately named the 1000D a super-tower because this is truly a massive case and an expensive one at that. However, you’re looking at a model that looks nice and can house pretty much anything you can think of. EATX motherboards, multi-GPU setups, custom water cooling loops, you name it.
You can fit a variety of radiators, from a 120mm to a 480mm, and you can even fit two systems inside, one with an EATX motherboard, another with a mini-ITX, which is neat. Oh, did we mention that you can have up to 13 fans in total?
Last but not least, you get RGB lights and Corsair’s Commander PRO fan and lighting controller, and integrated RGB lighting. Overall, if you don’t have a budget constraint, and want one of the big best PC cases, by all means, go for it.
NZXT has long been praised for having some of the best PC cases for minimalists. And with their reasonable prices on some models, they’re a great budget pick. The H510 is a mid-tower case that has plenty of nice things going for it.
To begin with, it fits anything up to an ATX motherboard, and there are a lot of cable management options, too. The backside of the case has a lot of room for excess cables. There’s even some beneath the PSU shroud as well.
You can have up to a 240mm radiator on the front of the case, and there is a lot of room for a large GPU. Included are two of NZXT’s AER F120 fans which do a great job at cooling the case.
Last but not least, it looks nice and minimal. Oh, and it works great with just about any color scheme you can think of.
A lot of people recently are looking for cases that will get them optimal airflow. If that’s something you want as well, the Meshify Mini C by Fractal Design is a great pick. With a mesh front and top panel, there are plenty of places for air to go around, making this one of the best PC cases for airflow.
Inside the case, you can have up to an ATX motherboard, and the overall open layout allows for easy cooling in just about any scenario. There are dust filters on the top, bottom, and front and completely unrestricted airflow throughout.
You also get the room for up to five storage devices, and room for a large GPU as well. This is provided you don’t go for a thick radiator. There are two preinstalled fans, which is nice. They will keep things cool even if you don’t add more, and a tempered glass side, too.
Not everyone wants to showcase the internals. Some people would much rather get a quiet system that won’t make any noise. Cooler Master’s Silencio lineup has been the go-to for this for a while now. The S600 is no exception. It’s one of the best PC cases as far as noise goes.
This is a mid-tower case that fits up to an ATX motherboard. Instead of tempered glass, the side panel is solid steel. The entire case has sound dampening material, and is very quiet. There are rubberized mounts, too, so fans and mechanical drives don’t vibrate and make too much noise. If you want to, you can remove the top cover for a bit more airflow. Also, the front panel opens on either side.
Included are two silence FP fans from Cooler Master, but you can add more if you want as the case has plenty of options here. A great silent choice.
A compact case with good airflow is difficult to come by, but the NZXT H210i has things more than covered. This mini-ITX case follows NZXT’s design language and manages to cover all aspects of a good case. It looks and performs great, and has great airflow and cable management.
To begin with, even though it only pulls air from the front, it can keep temperatures low without much trouble. Cable management is great, both below the PSU shroud, and behind the motherboard plate. You won’t have much trouble hiding any excess cables for your system. The case is also ready for a water cooling system and comes with two Aer F120 fans.
Last but not least, you get NZXT’s Smart Device V2 and RGB strips. This gives you complete control over your case lighting and fans. If you don’t want to pay too much for a mini-ITX case, this is the one to go for.
InWin has some of the best PC cases for people who are prepared to spend a bit more for quality. The A1 Plus is no exception to this rule, being a premium case with a price to boot. However, you get quite a lot for that price.
First things first, there’s an integrated 650W 80+ Gold rated power supply, which is great. Cables are already managed for it, so that’s less work for you when building. You can have a CPU heatsink that’s up to 160mm tall and an up to 320mm GPU in terms of length.
Included are two 120mm fans and included RGB lights. Oh, and there is also a Qi wireless charging station at the top. Overall, you do get a lot for your money. With the overall build quality and performance, the A1 Plus is a great choice.
Even though most cases are rectangular, cubes are another option for users looking for a compact way to store their builds. The Level 20 VT from Thermaltake is not just a cube, though. It also gets you tempered glass on all sides so you can showcase your build in its entirety.
With support for mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards, there’s a bit of flexibility. You also get different panels if you don’t like the included ones. One of them is made for mounting a radiator, too, so cooling shouldn’t be a problem.
Even though compact, the case is spacious inside and you get plenty of airflow, which is rather nice. There are also a lot of options for storage drives, and cable management below the motherboard tray, so you can end up with an overall very clean looking rig.
The 011 Dynamic is the result of the collaboration between Lian Li and world-renowned overclocker Der8auer. What you’re looking at is a very clean case with tempered glass at the front and side that puts everything that doesn’t look nice out of sight.
At the front, you get a motherboard tray where you can fit up to an EATX motherboard, and a pretty large GPU, too. Two 2.5” slots are at the bottom, with more in the back of the case, where the PSU goes. This gets you a lot of room for cable management.
There is room for up to a 360mm radiator, and quite a lot of fan vents and mounting points. Cooling and airflow will not be a problem at all. If you want to show off your components, and still get all the performance you’d expect with a good case, this is a perfect choice.
People who aren’t fans of tempered glass and don’t want to spend a lot of money will love the Carbide 275Q. It comes with an all-black, brushed metal finish that looks great. There is nothing more than a subtle Corsair logo at the front.
Inside, you can have up to an ATX motherboard, and up to a 360mm radiator at the front to keep things cool. Included are two 120mm PWM fans, as well as a PWM fan controller which gets you the ability to control up to six fans on a single PWM channel. Add to this the carefully thought out airflow paths, and you’ve got a great performer.
Last but not least, the Carbide 275Q is made with silence in mind as well, with sound dampening panels included for keeping things quiet. Overall, if you want a subtle case that won’t break the bank, this is perfect.
Our last option is an open frame case that gets you all the airflow you would need if you’re prepared to clean your system a bit more often. We’re talking about Thermaltake’s Core P3 case, which basically gives you a motherboard mounting plate, a tempered glass at the other side, and nothing in between.
This kind of open frame allows air to roam around the components freely, but you still get fan mounting points if for a radiator. You can have up to an ATX motherboard, and up to a 360mm or 420mm radiator on the left side.
If you don’t mind cleaning your system more often and want plenty of airflow, the Thermaltake Core P3 is a great choice. The fact that it doesn’t cost too much either, and showcases your build rather well is a bonus, too.
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