The 12 Best Motherboard CPU Combos of 2020

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The 12 Best Motherboard CPU Combos of 2020

Kaelum Ross


Jun 1, 2020

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Deciding what order to buy your gaming PC parts in is hard.

One of the worst offenders is choosing which CPU & motherboard you should pair.

With countless variations, the whole process is unnecessarily confusing.

Which is why we’ve collated the best CPU motherboard combinations available for all different sizes, purposes & budgets.

This is a long feature – we recommend scrolling to the headings you’re actually interested in instead of reading it top-to-bottom.

 Table of Contents

AMD vs Intel CPUs/Motherboards

No feature on this topic would be complete without a say on the “is AMD better than Intel?” battle.

We’ll keep it short as there’s already a lot of good info on this topic.

For this generation of CPUs, both flagship models from each manufacturer give great performance for gaming and other build purposes.

But if looking at the numerous benchmarks available for games/production for both brands with price in mind: AMD tends to have an edge.

Many of the current-gen Intel CPUs are fantastic.

But on average, you’re usually paying a little more for the performance you can get from the AMD alternative.

A lot of credit is given to Intel for its integrated graphics processors on many of their CPUs.

But really, we find this a borderline moot point.

Anybody seriously building for gaming/production/streaming is going to want a standalone graphics card.

For motherboards, the AMD versions tend to be cheaper also (with the exception of Mini-ITX).

Short answer: We’d push you towards an AMD build to get the highest value CPU motherboard combos.

But we do understand some people are just more comfortable with Intel.

Don’t fret – know that the Intel motherboard combos we’ve recommended below are still great for their respective price-points.

With that said, let’s get into it:

Overall Best AMD Motherboard CPU Combo:

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with ASUS ROG Strix B450-F

To start off our list, we’ve chosen what we think is the best gaming CPU motherboard combo available for an “all-round”/mid-range build.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is a fantastic accomplishment in CPU engineering.

Offering 8 threads and 16 cores with a max frequency of 4.4GHZ, this AMD processor packs an incredible punch for its competitive price.

Its utility will hit the sweet spot for what most gamers need.

You have a great basis here for a powerful gaming build that will accompany some intensive GPUs (including multi-crossfire builds).

Tied with some decent VGA hardware, this CPU is more than capable of running a 1440p/4k gaming PC.

The included stock cooler also performs decently and looks great with its color-controllable LED lighting.

Outside of games, the 3700x is very capable of general multi-purpose PC tasks (benchmarking well in tasks across the board, not just gaming fps tests).

Meaning it’s a great CPU for streaming, video editing, production, and more.

If this is the budget you have for a processor, we really can’t recommend it more.

The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F is a popular motherboard for a reason.

With its ATX form factor and B450 chipset, the ASUS mobo has pretty much everything we expect a majority of gamers to need.

You’ve got:

  • 3 PCI-e slots for a multi-GPU build (or integrated sound/network cards as required)
  • 4 x DDR4 RAM slots
  • Dual NVMe M.2 storage options
  • Great onboard sound
  • Gorgeous RGB lighting and 2 headers for a great RGB build.
  • Stylish and well-equipped I/O panel

It’s a great motherboard for overclocking, with lots of good onboard features as well as a great, user-friendly BIOs.

For the price, we really think the Strix B450-F hits the sweet spot between offering features without reaching “diminishing returns”.

If we had to choose one CPU/motherboard combo to recommend for the majority of gamer computers (and other production needs), this is it.

Overall Best Intel Motherboard CPU Combo:

Intel Core i7-9700K with MSI Z390-A PRO

Our top Intel picks are also a great hardware pairing.

They perform a tad better but cost a fair chunk more as we discuss below.

The i7-9700K is, with performance-per-$ in mind, the best Intel CPU for gaming today.

The processor packs 8 cores/threads and the very impressive capability to overclock up to 4.9Ghz.

It performs excellently across gaming tests and tied with a good GPU (or 3), will grant you excellent performance for games and other tasks.

Certainly more than capable of being the basis of a powerful 1440p/4k gaming build.

i7-9700K vs Ryzen 7 3700X

These frontline CPUs have faced off in loads of benchmarking tests.

The short answer?

They come out very close.

The i7-9700K performs slightly better in most gaming FPS tests, but not enough to be decisive.

The Ryzen 3700X tends to perform marginally better at other computational tasks (anything from unzipping files, to compression, to multi-tasking).

Because of this, we would certainly recommend the R3700X if you’re interested in also building a PC for streaming, video editing, and/or production work.

Now, you may think that makes the Intel CPU the best choice for gaming.

We’d agree if you happen to see them at the same price.

But nearly always, the 3700X (and accompanying motherboard) work out significantly cheaper.

That saved budget would be much better spent on buying a more expensive GPU, the AMD CPU will still be able to work with a very intensive VGA demand.

The MSI Z390-A PRO is one of the best value Intel motherboards on the market.

An ATX form factor mobo, it has excellent overclocking facilities (with some nice bells and whistles like an extended onboard heatsink).

The main features include:

  • 2 x PCI-e ports (1 with reinforcement to reduce GPU sag, though don’t read into this as a huge deal)
  • 4 x DDR4 / DIMM slots
  • NVMe support
  • Good onboard sound
  • I/O panel that includes USB 3.1 type C output

You’ll note it has 1 less PCI-e port than our top AMD offering.

While this would be a nice addition, we doubt many of you looking at a mid-range build will require more than 2 (if you do and want to stick to Intel, check out our high-end pick below).

It has everything you’d expect in a decent mid-range Z390 motherboard and works great alongside the 9700K.

Best Budget AMD Motherboard CPU Combo:

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 With ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming

As far as cheap AMD CPUs/motherboards go, the below pair is the best value combo for gaming.

You can go cheaper, but these next AMD/Intel combos are the lowest we’d recommend for most gamer needs.

If however you just want a PC for general use/light gaming, see our “cheapest” picks further below.

The Ryzen 5 3600, as far as cheap gaming processors go, is our favorite.

Providing great performance for a 1080p/1440p gaming build, you’re still able to run some decent graphics hardware alongside this CPU.

Offering an impressive 6 cores, 12 threads, and max 4.2 GHz, it’s got an impressive spec for a budget processor.

The included Wraith Stealth cooler is not the best on the market but will get the job done for a budget gaming build if you don’t want to buy standalone.

You still have enough power in this processor to stream and perform other intensive tasks (respecting that they, of course, won’t be quite as fast as the more expensive builds).

Overall what you get for the price in this CPU is fantastic.

If it’s as far as your budget can stretch, you’re still going to be able to create a great PC for gaming.

The Asus TUF B450M-Plus Gaming is a great cheap AMD motherboard option that still offers everything you need for most games.

It’s a Micro ATX form factor, which is more cost-effective than their ATX counterparts (including cheaper cases).

The board includes:

On top of it still having reasonable overclocking capability, features like NVMe M.2 / RGB inclusions are really impressive for the low price point.

You’ll likely just be buying 1 GPU for a budget gaming build, but it’s nice to have the option to expand with the second PCI-e slot later on.

Overall, this cheap CPU motherboard combo still has everything you need to play the latest games at reasonable settings.

Best Budget Intel Motherboard CPU Combo:

Intel Core i5-9400F With Asus Prime Z370-P II

Our budget Intel combo is also worth your consideration, especially if they happen to be cheaper/on a deal whenever you’re browsing.

Note: it seems that manufacturers are fading out the Z370 chipset motherboards. 

We’ve included the best value one below but if made unavailable, your best bet will be to tie the i5-9400F with our best overall motherboard: The MSI Z390-A PRO

If you’re looking for a cheap Intel gaming CPU, The Core i5-9400F is the best option.

We’re specifically recommending the non-graphics integrated version because even in a budget gaming build, you want a standalone card.

With a clock speed of up to 4.1GHZ and 6 cores/threads, this Intel offering still packs a punch and can be paired with a decent GPU.

i5-9400F vs Ryzen 5 3600

At the time of writing this, the two budget CPU options are around the same price.

Originally the Ryzen 5 3600 was a more “premium” option, and it shows in the benchmarks.

The card tends to perform 10-20% better across the board, from games to general PC tasks.

If the Intel option happens to be significantly lower price at the time you’re looking, then, by all means, go for it.

But if the prices are what we expect, then the 3600 is the best value CPU for gaming available.

But the 9400-F will still get a lot done in a production/gaming/streaming build should you want to stick to Intel.

The Asus Prime Z370-P II is the best cheap gaming Intel motherboard available on the market today.

It may soon be discontinued as manufacturers move towards focussing on the Z390 chipset.

If you can’t get this motherboard, go for the MSI Z390-A PRO.

This ASUS offering is an ATX motherboard. It’s great that it retains the good value at this form factor, offering:

  • 2 x PCI-e slots
  • 4 x DIMM/DDR4 RAM slots
  • Dual NVMe M.2 Storage option

It won’t have as many bells and whistles as our mid-range picks (RGB headers, reduced overclocking facilities, no USB 3.1 type C, etc).

But as far as the utility you need from a budget gaming build?  This Asus motherboard has everything you need.

Cheapest AMD Motherboard CPU Combo:

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G With Asus Prime B450M-A

Let’s be clear:

If you’re serious about building a gaming PC, or one capable of decent production/streaming output, then the budget picks above should be the minimum.

That being said…

What if you’re happy with a PC that’s just for lightweight gaming (e.g. Fortnite on fairly low settings/older games) and general web browsing/Netflix etc?

We’ve included the cheapest CPU motherboard combos we’d recommend if this fits what you’re after.

For its low price point, the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G manages to pack an impressive amount and is the cheapest AMD CPU for gaming we’d recommend.

Still packing 4 cores/threads, max frequency of 4.0GHZ, and an included wraith stealth cooler (enough for a cheap setup).

With your budget in mind, AMD has included integrated graphics into this CPU.

But know for games, the performance will be pretty poor, you’d be playing games on low at best.

Therefore even if your budget is tight, try to stretch to a standalone card.

That being said, don’t be put off if you can’t afford some of the better picks on this list.

You can still play plenty of great modern games with this AM4 CPU when combined with a fair GPU (just not at crazy settings/resolutions!).

The Asus Prime B450M-A is definitely the cheapest AM4 motherboard we’d recommend.

At its Micro ATX form factor, you’re getting:

  • 1 x PCI-e slot
  • 4 x DDR4 compatible outputs
  • Surprisingly, an RGB header should you ever need
  • An NVMe M.2 storage option

As far as overclocking goes, you’ll be limited on this board.

But in a budget build, you’ll not want to spend lots on cooling anyway.

Put simply: this mobo and CPU combo is excellent for someone looking at the minimum for supporting a gaming PC.

Cheapest Intel Motherboard CPU Combo:

Intel Core i3-9100F With MSI H310M PRO-M2 Plus

When considering i3-9100F vs Ryzen 3 3200G, the performance in this category is actually quite comparable.

So if you’re looking for the cheapest Intel CPU motherboard combo, rest assured that this option is as good as AMD’s offering.

With that said, if you don’t have a brand allegiance, we’d recommend you just pick whichever of the two pairs happens to be cheaper at the time you’re looking.

The Intel Core i3-9100F is as cheap as you can get for an Intel gaming CPU.

With similar specs to the AMD offering, you’re looking at 4 cores/threads and clocks up to 4.2GHZ.

A basic cooler is included (all you’d want for a very low budget PC).

Integrated graphics are not included, but as always, you want to fork out for a standalone card if you’re interested in gaming anyway.

One of the cheapest Coffee Lake CPUs available, this offering isn’t really designed for gaming as you can expect from the price.

But if you’re happy with lower settings on less demanding games (or just want a PC for general purposes) this can still manage your needs just fine.

The MSI H310M PRO-M2 Plus, to put it simply, is the cheapest Coffee Lake motherboard that won’t bottleneck a basic gaming build.

Another mATX mobo (as expected for the budget), you have:

  • 1 x PCI-e slot
  • 2 x DDR4 compatible outputs
  • NVMe M.2 support
  • Acceptable onboard sound

Of course, at this very cheap price point, you’re not getting much more than the minimum.

But really in a budget build, you only need 1 PCI-e slot and 2 x RAM slots anyway.

Coming in at an exceptionally low price-point, this Intel CPU motherboard combo is perfect for anyone who really needs to make every $ count.

Best High-End AMD Motherboard CPU combo:

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X With Asus Prime X570-Pro

If price is not a concern, the next pair is the best CPU motherboard combination on the list.

Of course, at these prices, this is for a very powerful gaming build or someone after a high-end production/video editing/streaming PC.

For the average gaming PC, you’ll do well with the top picks above.

But if you’re more interested in power than budget, keep reading!

The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is an incredible piece of hardware.

With a monstrous 12 cores, 24 threads, and overclockable up to 4.6GHZ, despite its high price-point, it still somehow manages to feel impressively valuable with all this included.

The processor will be more than capable of running a high-intensity multi-GPU build.

As far as gaming goes, provided you have the high-end VGAs to match, you can consider yourself future-proofed, 

This Ryzen 9 CPU will be capable of working alongside top-end graphics cards to act as a 4k gaming PC (with decent settings/fps to boot).

This AMD offering also performs excellently across benchmarks for pretty much all other major computational task tests.

Meaning its a perfect CPU for production, video editing, and the best streaming processors for absolute top quality/multi-tasking.

The processor also comes with a good quality LED cooler, good for the basis of an RGB build.

This cooler won’t compete with standalone heatsinks or CPU water coolers (that we expect most high-end builders to go for) but it’s a nice inclusion nonetheless.

It’s hard not to rave about the 3900X and its superb feature set, it’s one of the best CPUs for overclocking and if you’re looking for a top-quality gaming build, start here.

Ryzen 9 3900X vs 3950X

Some of you may be wondering why we chose the 3900x over its more powerful brother for our top-end pick.

With an additional 8 threads and higher overclocking potential, the 3950X is indisputably better.

But for around 50% extra cost, there are pretty huge diminishing returns.

If you also need your build to be state of the art for production purposes or want to ensure you can max out games like RDR 2 and Cyberpunk 2077 (when it comes out) at a very high resolution/FPS, then definitely go for the 3950X.

But otherwise, even for your high-demand gaming needs, we think the 3900X will match what you need (spend the delta on better GPUs).

The Asus Prime X570-Pro Ryzen 3 is one of the best AM4 motherboards available today.

With the X570 chipset, you’ll have access to not only the best processor power draw around today (to max out that expensive CPU), but also PCI-e 4.0.

The main utility here is for GPUs and NVMe storage performing at faster speeds.

This is great for top-end builds, and while you may not see the full capability of PCI-e 4.0 for another few years, it means you’re investing in a future-proof motherboard.

In terms of other features, oh boy, the list is plentiful and we won’t cover it all in the summary, but for the highlights:

  • ATX form factor with 3 x PCI-e slots
  • 4 x DDR4 slots
  • Dual NVMe M.2 support
  • Fantastic onboard sound (Realtek 8.1 S1220A)
  • Beautiful onboard RGB lighting, 2 addressable headers, and 1 standard RGB header, perfect for an RGB build.
  • Numerous other onboard BIOs features for overclocking & optimization

Yes, the board is expensive.

But for enthusiasts, the quality of life features you get for overclocking amongst all the points mentioned above really make it a gem.

You can go a lot more expensive with motherboards, but we’d say this is the sweet spot even for the most avid of power builders.

If we had to pick just one: this is the best gaming motherboard CPU combo we’d recommend in the entire list.

Best High-End Intel Motherboard CPU combo:

Intel Core i9-9900K With MSI MEG Z390 ACE

Our most expensive Intel CPU motherboard combo is a worthy competitor to AMD’s offering.

The Intel Core i9-9900K is one of the most popular CPUs of the current generation, and for good reasons!

With 8 cores, 16 threads, and up to 5.0GHZ clock speed, you can get amazing speeds out of this processor for a gaming computer.

As far as other tasks go, the CPU always perform excellently, benchmarking very well for the needs of a production or streaming PC

i9-9900K vs Ryzen 9 3900X

A battle of titans.

Both of these are amazing CPUs for gaming.

With that said, in all the benchmarking done for these 2, there is a slight edge to 3900X.

That is across lots of different factors, from gaming to various general PC task tests.

It isn’t completely unanimous, with the i9 recording some slightly better fps peaks in some 1080p tests.

But it’s clear that the Ryzen CPU tends to take the victory if we had to choose.

We also like that the AMD CPU comes with PCI-e express support, which future-proofs your next gaming setup when combined with our recommended motherboard.

If however, when you were browsing, the i9 CPU motherboard combo was >10% cheaper, it would likely be worth the savings as they are still close in performance.

One final thing to bear in mind: the 3900X includes a nice LED RGB cooler and the 9900K doesn’t include even a basic stock cooler.

Though we expect most of you will be going for a standalone option anyway.

Intel i9 9900K vs Intel 10900x
If you keep up with PC news, you’ll know the 10900x is the “new guy” in town.

The CPU is currently very hard to get hold of and quite pricey.

Although the architecture behind it is very impressive (as you’d expect from the next-gen comet lake CPUs), in real-world performance terms, it’s a tad underwhelming.

Benchmarks vs existing CPUs show only marginal improvements.

Even for enthusiast builds, we would stick with the 9900 or comparable AMD offerings for the time being.

The MSI MEG Z390 ACE is one of the best Z390 motherboards around if your wallet is thick.

Let’s start with the design.

We don’t often focus on style for motherboards…

But tied with a nice visible PC case, the Z390 AC will look fantastic with its slick RGB lighting and steel fixtures (on PCI-e slots, etc).

It’s an ATX motherboard which like our top AM4 motherboard, has too many features to list.


  • 3 x PCI-e slots
  • 4 x DDR4 slots
  • 3 x M.2 support (with 1 x integrated M.2 heatsink)
  • Very good integrated sound (Realtek 8.1 S1220A)
  • Excellent rear I/O panel including a USB type C port.
  • Also (rather uncommonly) includes potential inputs for 2 x USB type C ports for the front I/ O panel
  • Beautiful onboard RGB lighting and addressable headers for an RGB build.
  • Locks of overclocking utility within the BIOs/onboard heatsinks

If you’re looking for an Intel gaming motherboard CPU combo in the era of Coffee Lake/Z390 and you have the money, this is the pair you want.

Best Micro ATX AMD Motherboard CPU Combo:

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X With ASUS Prime B450M-A

For those of you looking for a Micro ATX AMD Gaming PC we’ve combined our best gaming CPU pick from the top of this list with a great, affordable mATX motherboard.

We’ve already been over the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X at the top of our list (where it belongs).

It has returned because it’s easily the best Ryzen CPU for gaming when considering a “mid-range” user.

The 3700X is a great choice for an mATX CPU Motherboard combo too because you’re still going to be looking for good processor power in a mini-tower gaming PC.

With its 8 cores / 16 threads, it will be very effective for single/dual GPU setup (2 is the most you’ll do with a Micro ATX mobo).

What else is there to say that we haven’t already?

This is the best value gaming CPU on the market today. If it fits into your budget, pick it up.

The Asus Prime B450M-A has an impressively dense feature-set for its mATX form factor and low price.

You’ll be getting:

  • 1 x PCI-e slots
  • 4 x DDR4 RAM slots
  • NVMe support

And solid onboard features/BIOs to enable customization/good performance.

We’ve recommended a board with 1 x PCI-e slots as imagine many of you looking at building a Micro ATX gamer computer will be focussing on single-GPU builds.

If you want a crossfire gaming PC (or the potential for one later), you can fork out more on the Gigabyte B450M DS3H (still compatible with the Ryzen 3700X).

You’ll note that there are some cheaper 2 x PCI-e AMD mobos floating around.

But some other features you lose out on (limited SATA availability/other power draw concerns around the board) are not worth it unless you’re sticking to a very cheap build.

Overall, this motherboard, combined with the most popular AMD gaming CPU on the market will make your setup a powerhouse when combined with a good GFX card.

Best Micro ATX Intel Motherboard CPU Combo:

Intel Core i7-9700K With ASRock Z390M PRO4

For the Micro ATX Intel CPU motherboard combo, we’ve also returned to our top CPU pick tied with an excellent value mobo.

The Intel Core i7-9700K is just as good a CPU for an mATX gaming PC as it is for our top (ATX) based combo.

The only extra thing to bear in mind for a smaller build is with the lack of stock cooler, you’ll be putting effort into buying a CPU cooler that’s compatible with a mini-tower case.

There’s usually enough room in this form factor for a majority of them though (just ensure you check dimensions).

The 9700K is more than capable of running greatly alongside a powerful GPU (or two), which is what you’d be looking at in an mATX PC.

What more is there to say?

This is the best Intel CPU for gaming today with the average budget in mind, and great for an mATX computer.

The ASRock Z390M PRO4 is such an impressive value-offering, for most mATX CPU motherboard combos, this is more than good enough.

You may not have heard of ASRock to the same extent as say, ASUS or MSI.

But rest assured they are an excellent motherboard manufacturer, especially in the affordable price ranges.

With this board, you’re getting:

  • 2 x PCI-e slots
  • 4 x DIMM outputs
  • Decent onboard sound

It’s a motherboard for a dual-GPU build should you need it in the future (unlike the AMD mATX ASRock board on Amazon, it doesn’t sacrifice as much on SATA/power draw to have that extra slot).

If you have the budget for a mobo with some more bells and whistles (better M.2/RGB capacity, slightly improved audio & integrated wi-fi) then you could also go with the excellent MSI MPG Z390M.

But the ASRock will give you everything you need for a “no-frills” base and is a perfect pair with the Ryzen for an mATX CPU motherboard combo.

Best Mini ITX AMD Motherboard CPU Combo:

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 With B450I GAMING PLUS AC

For the smallest form factor, we’ve chosen a pair of slightly more affordable options given you don’t need a CPU that powers a huge powerhouse in an mITX gaming PC.

We’ll discuss potential upgrades should you have the budget though.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is another offering we’ve already raved about in our budget pick.

Easily the best Ryzen 5 CPU for gaming, the cores/threads you’re getting for the price is fantastic.

Why are we going for a “budget CPU” for the top Mini-ITX combination?

Well, in mITX builds and PC case sizes for the form factor, you’re going to be sticking to single GPU builds.

With this in mind, the 3600 is a good enough CPU to not bottleneck one graphics card for your gaming.

Don’t get us wrong, you’re still going to get some decent extra juice out of our favorite pick, the Ryzen 7 3700X, if you have the budget.

Especially if you want a mini-ITX streaming PC or a CPU for video editing/production.

But overall, we think this Ryzen 5 processor will cover what most of you will need.

So don’t fret if it’s the furthest your budget can stretch for your mITX gaming computer.

The MSI B450I GAMING PLUS AC is pricey, but also the best Mini ITX AM4 motherboard on the market.

Decent mITX AMD motherboards seem to be more expensive than the Intel category.

A tad unusual in this generation. We expect this is simply because of supply/demand.

That being said, if you’re looking at a mITX build, this is still a great option, with:

  • 1 x steel-plated PCI-e slot (standard for the form factor)
  • 2 x DDR4 RAM slots (also standard for mITX)
  • Decent onboard sound
  • Included wi-fi (recommended for mITX so you’re not relying on limited USB/PCI slots)
  • A well-featured I/O panel, considering the size

Combined with either the Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 CPUs above, you have a fantastic basis here for a gaming PC.

Remember with a ITX computer/ single GPU, you’re not going to get quite the same power as you would out of something larger.

But know that if that single GPU is a powerful one, you can still create a great portable gaming PC/something suitable for LAN parties or a VR demo build.

This small CPU motherboard combo will also still perform great with other general computational tasks too if you have video editing/streaming in mind.

Best Mini ITX Intel Motherboard CPU Combo:

Intel Core i5-9600K With ASRock Z390M-ITX/ac

When it came to confirming the best CPU motherboard combos for mITX, we actually found that Intel came out looking better than AMD.

Not something we saw in many of the other categories, so take this pair seriously!

Last but certainly not least on our list is the fantastic Intel Core i5-9600K CPU.

The smaller brother of the i7-9700K, the CPU still manages a decent 6 cores/threads and up to 4.6GHZ clock speed.

The base clock speed is also 3.7GHZ, which is nice for those worried about overclocking in such a tight form factor where cooling is often minimal.

Combined with the below Mini-ITX Z390 motherboard, you have a great combo here to tie with a single GPU for a powerful gaming build.

i5-9600K vs i7-9700K

Some users may wonder if it’s worth forking out more for the i7 CPU, which we consider the best Coffee Lake CPU for gaming with price in mind.

Well, while it’s great for ATX/mATX builds, it’s probably a tad overkill for ITX PCs.

If you’re looking to build the best mITX gaming computer you can, by all means go for the 9700K.

It will also open up more capability in the way of multi-tasking/other task speeds – whether that’s for a streaming setup, video editing, or a production rig.

But we expect most people looking at mITX are more interested in achieving a decent, but not “ultra-powerful” portable PC.

For you guys, be comfortable knowing the 9600K is enough alongside a great GPU.

i5-9600K vs Ryzen 5 3600 combo

When putting our smallest CPU motherboard combos head-to-head, we think in this case, Intel comes out on top.

When it comes to the CPU specifically, the 9600K performs slightly better in gaming.

The Ryzen 5 3600, with its increased threads, will be marginally better at multi-tasking.

But really, they’re in the same ballpark. 

The Ryzen 5 3600 is usually more valuable as it’s typically around 10-15% cheaper.

The reason we choose Intel here?

Because the mITX Intel motherboard options are better than AMD’s.

The value you’re getting from the cheaper motherboard outweighs what you get from the cheaper processor.

By all means, if you check the prices of our top picks on Amazon via the links and see the AMD combo at a lower price, go for it.

But chances are, the Intel offering is cheaper, and we think, your best choice for this form factor.

The ASRock Z390M-ITX/ac is what makes this pairing so valuable and in our view, the best Mini ITX CPU motherboard pairing for either Intel or AMD.

At a very impressive price-point, you’re getting.

  • 1 x PCI-e slot (the mITX standard)
  • 2 x DIMM slots (also the mITX standard and still gives you up to 32GB RAM)
  • Good quality onboard audio
  • Integrated Wi-FI
  • NVMe support

Again remembering that on a miTX motherboard you’re obviously limited compared to larger form factors, this is a fantastic value offering.

Having NVMe support is really nice for a tiny build where storage space matters.

Integrated Wi-Fi at the price point is very useful when you have limited USB/PCI slots too.

Simply put, if you add a decent graphics card, this Intel CPU motherboard combo will be fantastic for an mITX gaming computer.

Final Word

We appreciate how long this feature is and how much information you have just digested!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, know that we only provided so many options to ensure every size, budget & requirement.

If you want the short answer for what suits most PCs for gaming, streaming, production, and general usage: go with our top AMD choice.

We put this combination at the top for the reason and really stands out as being perfect for most users.

But rest assured, whatever category you’re most focussed on, know that these options are all fantastic for their respective price-points and great basis’ for your next exciting build!

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The 7 Best Clear PC Cases of 2021

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The 8 Best Clear PC Cases of 2021

Kaelum Ross


Jan 9, 2021

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Let’s look at a hypothetical:

You’ve dedicated loads of time and money into putting together your perfect build.

The hardware looks amazing and you plan to set it up as neatly as possible.

…but then most of the cases you’re looking at only have one small window showing the internals!

This is common with a lot of gaming towers.

But thankfully, there’s been an emergence of beautiful, clear computer cases that give as much transparency to your build as possible.

We’ve put together this feature to guide you through the best open frame cases and ones with more than one window available today for all sizes/budgets.

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Best Clear PC Case: Thermaltake Core P5 V2

Let’s make one thing clear.

The Thermaltake Core P series is the undisputed king of transparent computer cases.

We’ve raved about this set of towers in many other What in Tech features, from white to horizontal chassis‘.

You’ll see other Core P models below for different categories, but the P5 is the best “all-round” pick.

A tempered-glass ATX case, it has a single window on the top and completely open sides, with only its slim base being made up of SPCC steel.

The case can be orientated horizontally, vertically, or wall-mounted.

So you’re well-positioned to ensure the non-transparent base is against a wall/your desk with the rest fully on display.

We don’t just rate it so highly for just aesthetics though.

The clear mid-tower case comes with size for:

  • 8 Expansion slots
  • VGA lengths up to 570mm (without drive reservoir)
  • 1 x accessible 2.5″/3.5 & 3 x hidden 2.5″/3.5″ drive bays

You’ll have plenty of space for multiple GPUs and good storage options for a gaming PC.

It’s nice that a majority of the drives can be hidden in such an exposed case too.

So how would you cool your transparent computer?

Despite not having a lot of fixtures, the case still manages to have room for either

  • 4 x 120mm fans
  • 1 x 480mm radiator

This may not seem like much for an ATX case.

But remember, this clear PC tower has excellent ventilation with airflow from 4 of its sides.

With some basic air/water cooling setup you have an overclocking case ready for a gaming build.

Although this is a minimalist PC case, don’t be intimidated by the lack of fixtures, etc.

It actually is quite beginner-friendly for building.

When taking off the glass panel during assembly, you have a lot of space to place around with and are not “reaching inside” plastic/metal casing like you are with most gaming chassis’.

Simply put, the Core P5 offers an incredible value point. With excellent build quality, style, and space.

We can’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for a clear PC case perfect for a gaming, streaming, or general enthusiast build.

Best Clear Case Runner-Up: Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

One of the most popular PC cases on the market, and for good reasons.

Lian Li’s flagship PC-011D model seems to tick every box most users need for a gaming ATX case and also ranks at the top of the list in our overall best PC case feature.

While a little more covered than the Core P5, we still think it warrants a good place on this list because of its full-length tempered glass panels on the side and front.

And with the rest of the exterior made between high-quality SECC steel and aluminum, even the non-clear sides look and feel excellent.

The case has great room for a mid-tower, with:

  • 8 expansion slots
  • VGA cards up to 420mm in length
  • 2 x 3.5″ & 4 x 2.5″ drive bays

This Lian Li PC case has a very important USP over other chassis on this list: it’s a dual-chamber case.

This means it has a second “compartment” fully dedicated to hiding your “uglier” parts – think PSU, hard drives & cables.

Not only is this important for a clear PC tower build from an aesthetic POV.

But it also maximizes the airflow to your key components that need it (i.e. GPUs and CPU).

Despite the split compartments, the PC-011 still has room for:

  • Up to 9 x 120mm fans
  • Up to 1 x 360mm, 1 x 280mm & 1 x 240mm radiators

Between all these features, we’re sure you can see why this case is revered as one of the best ATX computer cases available.

If you prefer the 2-window approach of the PC-011 to the very transparent presentation of the P5, don’t hesitate in picking this for your next gaming PC.

Best High-End Clear Case: Thermaltake Core P7 & Core P8

2021 Update: The below focuses on the Core P7, our original high-end pick. However, Thermaltake has created another fantastic option in the Core P8 recently, check out our full review in our premium PC case feature.

For our most expensive case pick, we’re back to the P-series.

The premium model is an incredibly unique clear chassis.

The central case is similar to the Core P5 (just sized up for EATX motherboards / a full tower form factor).

But on top of that are two side panels on the left and right side, designed to host and show off extra fans/radiators.

If you check out some of the build/stock photos on the product listing, you’ll see just how incredible this case can look, especially if you’re building an RGB setup.

And let’s talk about cooling potential; because the capability is crazy for a see-through PC case with so much ventilation:

  • Up to 12 x 120mm fans
  • Up to 3 x 480mm radiators

You have the room in the main case for a monstrous multi-GPU build too, with:

Between all the cooling options, space, and open-air case design, this is one of the best overclocking towers available today.

Let’s be real though; this is a very expensive choice.

And for many gaming builds, the Core P5 and others on this list are more than enough for what you’ll need.

But if budget isn’t a big concern and you want the most power/style you can possibly get, this is one of the best clear computer cases available.

Final note: If you like the look of this high-end chassis but it’s a little out of your price range, you can also consider the Core P90 as a great middle-ground option.

Best Clear Micro ATX Case: Thermaltake Level 20 VT

This list may seem a little Thermaltake case-heavy

But there simply isn’t any other manufacturer that has come out with clear chassis as good as them (in so many prices/size ranges).

This next offering is for those looking for the best clear mini-tower case available today.

The L20 VT is covered with 4 tempered glass panels: left, right, top, and front.

These exposed angles and the small form factor would make it fantastic for an on-desk setup.

Due to the solid build quality of the case overall (SPCC steel), it’d still more than sturdy enough to act as a portable/LAN Party case if needed.

The space is really excellent for a Micro ATX chassis, with:

  • 5 expansion slots
  • VGA lengths up to 350mm (great for mATX)
  • Up to 7 x 120mm + 1 included high quality RGB 200m fan on the front
  • Up to 3 x 240mm & 1 x 120mm radiators

As you can see you’re getting a lot of room, certainly space for an SLI/Crossfire dual-GPU build with tons of cooling for overclocking.

This case is also the smallest dual-chamber tower on the list.

With hidden compartments for PSUs, drives, and some of your cables (perfect for a transparent PC case).

There aren’t many see through computer cases with full/open exposure in the Micro ATX form factor.

But fortunately, the Level 20 VT is such a good offering it hardly matters.

With excellent build quality, deceptive internal size, beautiful presentation/style, and unparalleled cooling options for a Micro ATX tower, this is an easy pick if you’re looking at this form factor.

Best Clear Mini ITX Case: Thermaltake Core P1

You can probably see by now why we called the Core P1 series the king of clear glass PC cases.

The last one on our list is the smallest tower available – perfect for mITX builders.

The cases still manage to maintain the excellent build quality of the larger P cases.

With an SPCC steel base and the same signature open-air case setup (+ a thick tempered glass top).

Stock pictures really don’t do the Core P series justice as what makes them so great is the look of a completed, powered-on build.

Note also, that even in this tiny option, the Core P1 still has dedicated wall mounting support and looks incredible in this format.

You’ll be getting good space for a Mini-ITX tower, with:

  • 5 expansion slots
  • VGA lengths up to 380mm
  • 2 x 2.5″ accessible & 1 x 3.5″ / 2.5″ hidden bays

Obviously, this is much more limited than a mid/full tower case.

But if your focus is on the smallest PC possible, you have more options here for a portable gaming build than a lot of other similarly sized chassis.

Cooling-wise, you’ll be looking at either 2 x 140mm fans or 1 x 280mm radiator.

Alongside the open-air case design, this is more than enough for a single-GPU build (which is what you’ll get out of pretty much any mITX motherboard).

With excellent build quality, deceptive internal size, beautiful presentation/style, and unparalleled cooling options for a Micro ATX case.

This is an easy pick if you’re looking at the smallest form factor. There isn’t another transparent ITX case that comes close.

Best Clear EATX case: Thermaltake Tower 900

So what about if you’re looking for the most space possible?

The Tower 900 is a fantastic option for Extended-ATX motherboard builds.

Dubbed “the fish tank PC case”, the Tower 900 has 3 full-length thick, tinted tempered-glass windows.

They provide an excellent presentation for a monstrous build alongside the rest of its rock-solid SGCC steel exterior.

Speaking of monstrous builds, you can certainly create one here, with:

  • 8 Expansion slots
  • VGA lengths up to 400mm
  • 1 x 5.25 “, 6 x 3.5″ / 2.5 ” & 2 x 2.5″ drive bays

Note this is in a case that is extra-long, so tied with an EATX motherboard, these space provisions will give you room for a Quad-GPU build.

You’ll be able to overclock them well with the incredible cooling on the Tower 900 too.

To start, it’s the largest dual-chamber case we recommend.

This chassis has space to hide all your storage drives, PSU, and cables.

This of course gives maximum airflow to your GPUs/CPU in the main chamber (and makes them look as neat as possible).

That great airflow can then be combined with:

  • 13 x 120mm fans
  • 1 x 480mm & 1 x 560mm radiators

You can add air cooling to your water cooling case too if you prefer. If you install both of these radiators, there will still be room for 5 further 120mm fans on the top, rear & HDD cage.

The Tower 900, simply put, is one of the best cases for cooling and overclocking available today.

You will get diminishing returns compared to an ATX/Micro ATX case as we detail in our complete case size guide. These form factors are suitable for most builds.

But if your concern is less on budget and more on asking “how do I make the most powerful PC possible?”, here’s your answer.

Worth Considering: Thermaltake View 37

While not taking one of our top picks, the View 37 has some great factors going for it.

The biggest one by far is style.

The design is very unique, with a curved window covering the full length of the left side/top.

Paired alongside it’s included addressable RGB fans, it’s one of the coolest looking cases in its price point.

For a mid-tower chassis, you’re getting excellent room too, with:

  • 8 + 2 (vertical mount) expansion slots
  • VGA cards up to 410mm (without front fans)
  • 3 x 2.5″ / 3.5″ accessible & 8 x 2.5 /4 x  3.5″ hidden drive bays
  • Up to 8 x 120mm fans
  • Up to 1 x 420mm, 1 x 360mm & 1 x 120mm radiators

The storage capability on this case is a particular staandout.

With the drive bays here, you have room for a HTPC, server, production, and/or video editing PC case.

Note the airflow design of this case isn’t quite up to the standards of some of the other cases on this list.

But there’s still great cable management utility and its good enough to achieve decent overclocking on a multi-GPU build.

The case even claims to support E-ATX motherboards. Though this may be a tight squeeze and we’d recommend the larger options above if you were looking at a huge build.

One important note: the View 37 is a clear plastic PC case.

It still has a sturdy SPCC steel exterior but the window is not tempered glass like the rest of our picks.

But if its curved window design, excellent space, or decent price-point appeal to you, know we’ve included it for a reason and would still highly recommend for a clear PC case RGB build.

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The 8 Best Dual Chamber PC Cases of 2021

Dual Chamber PC Case

The 8 Best Dual Chamber PC Cases of 2021

Kaelum Ross


Jan 1, 2021

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What is a dual-chamber computer case anyway?

Let’s take some of the main criteria when looking at a PC case for gaming:

  1. Plenty of space for hardware
  2. Good ventilation/airflow
  3. Stylish/made for showing off beautiful components.

A dual-chamber case excels at providing all of these things by essentially having a second “hidden area” for some of your less attractive parts.

Sure, most mid-range cases have some small cable management compartments.

But having a dedicated full chamber gives room for the other “ugly” parts. Think PSUs, hard drives, etc.

This then isolates your GPU/CPU in the “main” chamber, giving you a cleaner presentation and space/airflow for the parts that need it most.

They’re a fantastic innovation for PC builders, which is why we’ve put together this guide on the best PC cases with 2 chambers.

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Best Dual Chamber PC Case: Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

This really is a fantastic tower.

From one of the best case manufacturers today, the PC-011 Dynamic has been featured many times on What in Tech, and is also our top choice on the overall best PC case in any category.

Let’s start with the build quality.

The PC-011 is beautiful. Boasting a very thick (0.8-1mm) SECC steel body, aluminum front, and dual-tempered glass layout.

The look and feel is simply fantastic for its price-point.

With the extra window on the front, you’ll have great visibility for your internal build.

Stock photos do not do it justice – Check out our cover photo on the best PC cases feature to see how amazing this chassis can look powered on.

There’s plenty of room too, with:

  1. 8 expansion slots
  2. GPU cards of up to 420mm
  3. 2 x 3.5″ / 4 x 2.5″ drive bays (all hidden in the second chamber)
  4. Air cooling: Up to 9 x 120mm fans
  5. Or water cooling: Up to 1 x 360mm, 1 x 280mm & 1 x 240mm

As you can see, the PC-011 is quite large with fantastic cooling capability.

With more room than our runner-up pick, it’s a good choice if you want to fit very large GPUs.

It’s officially a mid-tower case but would likely manage an E-ATX motherboard (if you’re in doubt, we’ve got larger options below).

The second chamber on the PC-011 is wonderfully discrete and has room for all of the cable management and drives/PSUs we expect you’ll need in any kind of build, meaning you can establish a really neat main chamber with great airflow for your intensive hardware.

Speaking of power supplies, this is a great option if you’re after a dual PSU case – the hidden drive caddy in the second chamber can be removed for a second power supply.

The fact that you’re getting such a wonderful build quality, aesthetic, space, cooling potential and a perfect internal layout to empower neatness/airflow all at a great price is simply incredible.

If you’re looking for the best dual-chamber ATX case on the market, and perhaps the best PC case in any category, you’ve found it.

Best Dual Chamber Case for Airflow: Corsair Series Air 540

Now don’t mistake us, the top Lian Li case has fantastic airflow that we think will meet an overwhelming majority of needs.

But if you’re someone who really prefers taking advantage of mesh layouts that ensure ventilation from all angles, you may want to consider the Air 540 too.

The Air 540 somehow manages to offer a fantastic set of features/quality while also being one of the cheaper PC cases on the list

Boasting great space in both of its chambers, you’ll have room for:

  1. 8 expansion slots
  2. GPU lengths up to 320mm
  3. Up to 2 x 5.25″, 2 x 3.5″ and/or 6 x 2.5″ drives, more than enough for gamers

It’s nice to see options for optical drive bays here too (even though a majority of people no longer use them, but you can still convert 5.25″ bays into more SSD/HDD drive bays if desired).

Alongside it’s ATX/mid-tower form factor, you’ll have plenty of space for a multi-GPU build if desired.

But it’s cooling where a dual-chamber tower really shines.

In the Air 540’s case, there’s space for:

  1. 6 x 120mm / 5 x 140mm fans (including 2 pre-installed Corsair Air Series AF140L fans ideal for a quiet build)
  2. 280mm top & 360mm front radiators

Now that may not sound too impressive for an ATX case.

But remember: with your PSU/drives out of the way, these fans/water coolers are dedicated to cooling your GPU and CPU.

Tie that with the fantastic airflow design and you have one of the cheapest PC cases for overclocking that we’d recommend.

Finally, there’s the style.

The Air 540 has a unique wide form factor.

With a steel exterior, it’s a cube PC case that with a simplistic, high-quality build, appears minimalist and monolithic.

This simplicity is perfect because when you’re creating a dual-chamber computer, you want the attention to be on the neat internal parts in the main chamber.

Through its tempered glass, the case beautifully presents the main hardware and gives you more than enough space to cleanly build.

We love the PC-O11D and made it our top choice for a reason. But if you’re looking for something that balances unique style, fantastic features, cooling capability, and value; the Air 540 is also well worth considering.

Best High-End Dual Chamber Case: Corsair Crystal Series 680X

What a wonderful case this is.

Having been featured multiple times previously on What in Tech, there are so many amazing qualities to the 680X if you can afford its price tag.

Let’s start with the design.

The 680X has some of the best build quality we’ve seen in any case.

With a thick steel exterior, and tempered glass covering it’s front, top, and hinged side-window; the case looks incredible even before you add your hardware.

The RGB version we recommend includes 3 beautiful & addressable Corsair LL120 fans which are some of the best on the market and very expensive if bought solo.

Alongside these is a pre-installed Corsair Lighting Node Pro. One of the best RGB controllers available today, making this a perfect base for an RGB build.

Then there’s the space of the 2 chamber case. With:

  • 10 expansion slots (2 for a vertical GPU mount)
  • GPUs up to 330mm
  • 3 x 3.5″ & 4 x 2.5″ drive bays (hidden in second chamber)

You’re getting more than enough space for a huge SLI/crossfire build and enough storage options if you’re looking for a video editing or server PC case.

What’s even more impressive is the cooling potential:

  • Up to 8 120mm fans
  • 360mm front, 280mm top, 140mm rear & 280mm bottom radiator support

Bearing in mind this is all part of a case with a large secondary chamber where you’re already maximizing airflow to your GPUs/CPU.

Adding this incredible cooling utility on top makes this one of the best ATX cases for overclocking,

Yes, it is pricey.

But you’re getting so much for your money.

From the excellent build quality to the RGB capability, to the fantastic space and airflow design.

Put simply, if you have the budget, it’s one of the best PC cases available (not just in the dual-chamber category) and certainly the best Corsair case on the market.

Best Dual Chamber Micro ATX Case: Corsair Crystal Series 280X

What about those looking for a small PC case?

Well, thankfully, Corsair’s fantastic 680X has a smaller brother.

And despite the lower price-point/size, it still manages to retain so much of what makes the ATX version great.

The design is essentially the same (but more of a cube computer case) with the high quality steel exterior and triple-tempered glass setup.

The space is great for its Micro ATX form factor, with:

  • 4 expansion slots
  • VGAs up to 300mm
  • 2 x 3.5″ & 3 x 2.5″ drive bays hidden in the second chamber

You still have enough room here for a dual-GPU build.

And the dual-chamber is still (impressively) large enough to hide your cables, PSU, and drives.

Between the room and cooling, the 280x is a fantastic Micro ATX case for gaming, with:

  • Up to 6 120mm fans
  • 1 x 280mm top & 2 x 240mm front/bottom radiators

Most in this form factor will not perform as well for cooling & overclocking your GPU/s.

It’s pricey for a smaller build, but it’s one of the best mini-tower cases available in any category (not just dual chambers).

And we’d also argue with the 2 included RGB fans/Lighting Node controller, for an RGB computer, the price is actually very decent.

If you’re building a mini-tower, you really can’t get much better (or more stylish) than the 280X.

Best Dual Chamber EATX Case: Thermaltake Tower 900

S0 what if you’re looking for the most powerful PC build possible with less budget constraint?

Whether for a high-end gaming build, production rig, or server PC, an E-ATX case is a great option.

If you combine such a huge size with a dual-chamber layout, you’ve got some real monstrous capability.

The Tower 900 is one of the best examples, with:

  • 8 expansion slots
  • GPUs up to 400mm (including vertical mount option)
  • Up to 1 x 5.25″, 6 x 2.5″/3.5″ & 2 x 2.5″ drives

You have room in this huge case to host a Quad-GPU build if tied with an E-ATX motherboard.

The case also offers the most cooling on the list and some of the most out of any Extended-ATX case we’ve seen, with:

  • Up to 13 x 120mm fans
  • 1 x 480mm & 1 x 560mm radiators

The radiators are installed on the left and right sides, meaning if you wanted to make a liquid/air cooling hybrid, you could also still include 5 x 120mm fans.

As you can imagine, between this cooling and the very spacious dual chamber, you have one of the best PC cases for water cooling in the Tower 900.

Another factor it excels in is the modularity/customization available.

This means that so much of what is included (anything from drive bays to dust filters) are completely detachable.

Minimizing parts you don’t need will give you more space for parts/airflow, a cleaner presentation, and reduce vibration (great for a quiet PC build).

Last but by no means least is the design and quality.

Rivaled on this list only by the 680x, the Tower 900 looks and feels fantastic.

With an SGCC steel exterior and 3 full-size windows, it’s somewhere in-between a tempered glass PC case and a sturdy fish tank!

Needless to say, it looks fantastic displaying your main components while the dual-chamber is more than enough to hide what you don’t want to show.

It was really a toss-up between this and the Corsair 680X for the best high-end case.

The reason we gave it to 680X is that an E-ATX case can be a little too large for many builders and the Corsair ATX offering has what most of you would need.

But if you’re drawn to the Tower 900 monumental capability, or simply want the most powerful dual-chamber computer case you can possibly find, then you can’t go wrong here.

Worth Considering: Thermaltake Level 20 HT

Last but by no means least.

While not getting one of our top dual-chamber chassis picks, we’ve included the 20 HT for a reason.

You’ll notice its similar to our above Thermaltake EATX choice.

When considering the Level 20 HT vs Tower 900, this case seems to be, in many ways, a slightly smaller version of the 900.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have a ton of room for your parts though, with:

  • 8 Expansion slots
  • VGA length up to 400mm
  • 4 x 3.5″ / 2.5″ & 1 x 2.5″ drive bays

It’s still very much a great fit for a large gaming computer case, with enough room for plenty of GPUs on an EATX mobo.

The same can be said for the cooling, with space for:

  • Up to 10 x 120mm fans
  • 2 x 360mm & 1 x 280mm radiators

So there’s slightly less space capability than the Tower 900.

But let’s be real, that’s still a lot of air/water cooling potential.

Not to mention your PSU/drives/cables are suitably hidden in the spacious second chamber.

This is still most definitely an overclocking computer case ideal for gamers/multi-GPU builds.

The build quality is as fantastic as you’d expect for a high-end Thermaltake case.

With an SPCC steel exterior and thick tempered glass windows surrounding left, right and front.

A nice touch is the addition of a glass panel to the top of the chassis, it’s a clear PC case made to show off your hardware.

Note that on this system, 2 high-quality 140mm fans are included.

With those fans and the slightly lower price point than the Tower 900, we’ve included this as its a great option for someone who likes the look of the 900, but doesn’t need quite the space and wanted to save a little money.

Quick-Fire Picks

While the top 6 are the best dual-chamber cases for a large majority of users, we wanted to throw in another couple of worthy considerations if your needs are more specific.

Cheapest Dual Chamber PC Case: Rosewill CULLINAN PX

While we consider the top 2 options cheap dual chamber pc cases for what you’re getting, this Rosewill offering is the cheapest available that we could still recommend (and impressively includes 3 fans).

You won’t get the same build quality, cooling, or feature set, but as far as budget dual-chamber cases go, this is a great option.