• A Guide to Computer Cases


    The computer case is often an overlooked aspect in PC building. It is not uncommon for one to question the value of a $200 case, or even a $100 case. The case is the enclosure of the entire PC, and whether the subject is aesthetics, ease of assembly and configuration and expansion, functionality, cooling, or noise, the chassis is extremely important.

    In this article we will talk about the importance of a case on these aspects of a computer and more, and then recommend several cases based on price and form factor (e.g., ITX, mATX, ATX). The case industry is evolving before our eyes, and some cases are clearly superior to everything else in their price ranges or even above.

    Let's start by addressing the question, "What to look for?" on the next page.


    Comments 9 Comments
    1. strudinox's Avatar
      strudinox -
      Nice writeup, the In Win 909 case looks absolutely sick. Definitely my next case. Now I just need better internals to show off lol.
    1. Enad's Avatar
      Enad -
      Quote Originally Posted by strudinox View Post
      Nice writeup, the In Win 909 case looks absolutely sick. Definitely my next case. Now I just need better internals to show off lol.
      The In Win 909 is definitely stunning looking but it's honestly the most inferior case of all those listed in the ATX section. I would recommend almost any other case for you, strud. It's hard to work in, cable management is tricky, lighting is extremely tricky, and it basically requires a thick 360mm rad to be housed in the back or else it looks a bit empty. Plus it's huge.

      Also, as mentioned in the article, it is louder than some other cases due to the airflow design. It is a work of art though, still I would highly recommend the Evolv or PC-O11 over it.
    1. Jester's Avatar
      Jester -
      Thanks to Enad for putting the list together and your invaluable experience with just about all of these cases!
    1. strudinox's Avatar
      strudinox -
      I'm fine with it being difficult to work with. I also haven't air cooled a CPU in 7+ years so having a big rad is a must for me anyways. Sadly, upgrades won't happen for a while for me due to buying a house recently and renovations sucking up me funds.
    1. Enad's Avatar
      Enad -
      Quote Originally Posted by strudinox View Post
      I'm fine with it being difficult to work with. I also haven't air cooled a CPU in 7+ years so having a big rad is a must for me anyways. Sadly, upgrades won't happen for a while for me due to buying a house recently and renovations sucking up me funds.
      Why you keep moving struddle
    1. Joe's Avatar
      Joe -
      Good writeup. What do you think of the Corsair 350D windowless? It's great value for people who might want to cheap out and get uglier internals.

      Good to see the Air 240 recommended, I love mine for the size and dual compartment.
    1. Jester's Avatar
      Jester -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
      Good writeup. What do you think of the Corsair 350D windowless? It's great value for people who might want to cheap out and get uglier internals.

      Good to see the Air 240 recommended, I love mine for the size and dual compartment.
      One would really be much better off waiting for the Evolv mATX Tempered Glass to come out and spending the extra $30 for it. Evolv has a far neater, better internal layout; PSU shroud, 350D has that big hole in front of the motherboard tray that'd expose a ton of cables, 350D interior design is more generic looking with its mismatched drive bays. Evolv build quality also crushes the 350D and even the 900D and every other Corsair case.
    1. Charcharo's Avatar
      Charcharo -
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...for-high-perfo

      Enad, Jester
      What are your thoughts on this?
    1. Enad's Avatar
      Enad -
      Quote Originally Posted by Charcharo View Post
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...for-high-perfo

      Enad, Jester
      What are your thoughts on this?
      It's very promising but I want to see some first hand results. I thought of backing it and giving it a try but I'm not confident enough to jump in with it. I'm excited to see where it goes though.