The 15 Most Unique PC Cases You Can Actually Buy in 2021

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The 15 Most Unique PC Cases You Can Actually Buy in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Jan 10, 2021

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As far as aesthetics go for your next build, nothing is more important than the chassis.

There are plenty of great PC cases out there (in all shapes, sizes, and colors).

But in terms of design, they can often feel like they blend into each other.

So what about those who want something a little….different?

Our latest feature breaks down the most unique computer cases available today that you can actually buy (not just one-off mods that cost 1,000s).

Best Mainstream/Affordable Choices
 

Craziest PC Cases

Best of the Rest

Best Mainstream/Affordable Choices

This feature is broken into three parts – the first is for the most unique PC cases with some consideration for availability and affordability.

Skip over to the Craziest PC Cases section if you’re more interested in the most innovative, unusual designs.

Overall Best Unique PC Case: Corsair Carbide SPEC-Omega

The SPEC-Omega tops our list with its ability to strike an amazing balance between price, build quality, features, and of course, uniqueness.

On the surface, it has a rather normal shape and tower presentation.

However, the front and top panels give a deceptive depth to its unique design.

With the dominant sides of the front and top consisting of high-quality steel, the case feels as solid as it looks.

The less dominant front side offers a thick tempered glass preview into the case, with the top offering a mesh view in.

It’s not uncommon to see cases with visible fronts or tops, but being done in this “diagonal” way with the slick RGB divider is special.

Stock photos don’t do this unique tower justice.

When you have gorgeous components shining through its design, you’ll see why we rank it so highly.

The tower also has some gorgeous additional color options, topping our list of red PC cases.

But it gets our top mainstream pick not just for looks, but performance.

With 7 expansion slots, VGA lengths up to 370mm and 3 x 3.5″ + 2 x 2.5″ drive bays, this unique ATX tower has great space for a wide variety of builds.

There are some great cooling options too, with:

  • Air: 6 x 120mm fans – 2 high-quality Corsair SP120L fans included
  • Water: 1 x 360mm, 1 x 240mm & 1 x 120mm radiators

Combined with its great internal design/cable management capability for airflow, we rank this as one of the best unique PC cases for gaming with all of the overclocking possibilities.

While there are some crazier designs further in the list, if you’re looking for a unique chassis that also offers so much capability and quality for its price tag, this is an amazing choice.

Runner-Up Best Unique PC Case: Thermaltake Core P3

Oh boy, we love this case.

Featured several times previously on What in Tech for its amazing capability, the P3 is the perfect unique case if you’re looking for high visibility.

It may look simplistic, sure.

But its uniqueness comes from its ability to show off your beautiful internal parts as no other case can.

The P3 has 4 open sides and a thick, tempered glass covering.

This design is great not just for looks but also for ventilation.

Not to mention this is by far the best wall-mount PC case if you want to make your setup extra unique.

If you want a different size/more intense unique build, check out the different P-series options in the product listing (P1P90) – we talk through some of the key differences here.

The case excels in space too due to its minimalist design, with:

  • 8 x expansion slots (and options for vertical GPU install)
  • Graphics cards up to 450mm length (with radiator reservoir removed)
  • Hidden 2 x 2.5″ or 3.5″ + visible 2 x 2.5″ or 3.5″ drive bay
  • Cooling: 3 x 140mm fans or 1 x 420mm radiator

With the open ventilation, you don’t need the 6-7 fans you usually see in an ATX case.

The P3 performs just as well, if not better in cooling, making it such a great option for gaming and enthusiast builds.

Simply put, if you know you’re building some unique looking components and want a cool gaming case to present them, you won’t get a better/more unique offering than the P-series.

Best Unique Budget PC Case: Thermaltake Versa N24

Now, if you were thinking you couldn’t find a cheap unique PC case good enough for your build, we’re here to happily prove you wrong!

Looking like it came out of Fallout or Midgar, the Versa N24 design is fantastic.

We love all of the intricate edges, pipes, and different panels around this futuristic PC case.

With the cheap price tag, you’re not getting the same build quality as other cases on the list, with a cheaper metal window and plastic exterior.

Though the case still feels great for the price tag, and what’s more, it has a lot of space capability, with:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • VGA lengths up to 415mm (with a front fan removed).
  • 1 x 5.25″, 2 x 2.5″ / 3.5″ & 2 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • Up to 6 x 120mm fans (1 pre-installed, great for the price).
  • Or up to 2 x 240mm & 1 x 120mm radiators

As you can see from the size/cooling availability, this is a capable unique gaming PC case.

If you were building a crazy, multi-GPU setup, we’d steer you to one of the more expensive offerings for cooling.

That being said, if you’re building a budget PC, this case will perform excellently for what you’re after.

Rest assured – if it’s the furthest your wallet can go, this is the best unique budget PC case available.

Best Unique Micro ATX Case: Silverstone SG12

For the smaller mATX form factor, there aren’t as many interesting options available.

Thankfully, Silverstone, who specializes in alternative horizontal PC cases, has created a striking cube chassis.

With a high-quality aluminum front and steel body for the rest, the case has an awesome gunmetal grey finish with some roughness to it.

This contrasts with the sharp blue bar on the front, which doubles as a handle-bar to carry the PC case portably.

If you check some of the product photos that show the internal layout, you’ll see why we tout this case as special.

The structure of the SG12 is very unique, but not just for the sake of standing out, it’s cramming in great space for:

  • 4 Expansion slots
  • VGA cards up to 368mm length
  • 1 x 5.25″, 3 x 3.5″ & 9 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • Up to 2 x 80mm & 1 x 120mm fans

Now while these specs may not seem impressive next to many of the other top picks, bear in mind this isn’t just an mATX case, but one with tight dimensions due to its cube size.

It would be better to go with one of the ATX cases we discuss for a serious gaming build.

That said, if your unique tower searches are for an HTPC, video editing, or general usage build, this cool computer case is fantastic. Particularly for the first two (given the ridiculous amount of available storage space).

Best Unique Mini-ITX Case: NZXT H1

2021 Update: The NZXT H1 is temporarily unavailable for sale due to an issue with the GPU riser – NZXT has confirmed that they are working on a new iteration which is why we are still displaying this review for when it comes back. In the meantime, some of the coolest mini ITX case alternatives are the InWin A1 Plus (review here) & the SilverStone LD03B (this choice is the most similar option to the H1).

On the surface, the H1 may seem like a pretty ordinary vertical tower.

But for its form factor? All of the H1’s serious competitors are cube/short cuboid shapes.

NZXT has created a truly unique innovative space inside the H1 to allow such a low volume “console-shaped” PC case to exist.

The build and design are simply awesome, with a high-quality SGCC steel exterior and tinted tempered glass that will sleekly display the interesting inner layout of the H1 combined with your components.

With what feels like wizardry for its dimensions, the H1 has:

  • A PCIe 3 riser card to vertically install a GPU
  • 2 x expansion slots / GPU lengths up to 305mm
  • 2 x 2.5″ bays (many larger ITX cases only have 1)

The fact that you can install most mainline GPUs in a case of this size is incredible, and the vertical layout will give it a truly unique presentation.

The case comes with a high-quality PSU specifically designed for the case (so isn’t wasting any space trying to cater to multiple PSU sizes).

You’re also getting a pre-installed AIO 140mm Water Cooler; which combined with the great dual-chamber layout, is designed to be the only cooling in the case (and it’s all you’ll need).

Of course, in a Mini ITX build, you’re not going to have a dual-GPU overclocked setup, anyone with knowledge of the form factor will understand this.

It may seem like a high price tag, but for the build quality, design & included PSU/cooling solution, this really is a great deal.

If you’re looking for the best unique Mini ITX case for gaming or other portable uses, you’ve found it.

Best Unique PC Case for Performance: Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB

One of the most featured cases on What in Tech, the 680X has so much going for it.

Let’s start with its unique design.

This Corsair tower is the top premium dual chamber PC case available.

This means it has a separate “hidden” compartment designed to hide your “uglier parts”.

Think PSUs and drives.

Not just for presentation, but to improve airflow and room for parts in the main case.

The build quality is some of the best available today.

With a very high-quality steel exterior and thick tempered glass on the front, top and hinged side-panel (full length), the case is truly gorgeous.

Similar to some of the others, the uniqueness of this case isn’t done justice by the stock photos, it really shines when fully built.

But it’s not just pretty…

This is one of What in Tech’s overall top picks for much more than its innovative design, which is why we give it the top performance pick.

Perfect for high-end gaming/production builds, you’ll have room for:

  • 10 expansion slots (2 vertical mounted)
  • VGA cards up to 330mm
  • 3 x 3.5″ + 4 x 2.5″ drive bays (all in the 2nd “hidden” chamber)
  • Air cooling: Up to 8 x 120mm fans (with 3 very high-quality Corsair LL120 fans & controller included)
  • Radiator support: Up to 360mm front, 280mm top 280mm bottom & 140mm rear

We love the specs the 680X achieves out of its already well ventilated dual-chamber setup.

Tied with a good motherboard, this chassis will be perfect for not just a powerful multi GPU gaming build, but also for overclocking with the fantastic cooling.

And with the fantastic addressable fans included alongside the beautiful design, you really have a special look going for you.

This is a premium case, and the price is high.

But when you’re balancing an amazing feature set, high-quality RGB inclusion, and beautiful unique design, we know this cool PC case is worth every cent.

Craziest PC Cases

The above picks were special cases with some consideration for being widely available and affordable.

Now, the next section is more about offering the craziest computer cases that money can buy.

Note that while you are paying a premium for their awesome designs, we’re still only recommending cases that offer great value and performance.

Some towers (like the Keider Open Case & darkFlash Knight) look very special, but have some quality problems – trust me, you don’t have to sacrifice good performance for a cool design.

Most Unique PC Case: Antec Torque

OK, now we’re getting to some truly crazy PC cases…

The picture speaks for itself!

Antec really is at the top of their innovative design game with the Torque.

The case is designed to look as unconventional as possible without compromise to the functionality.

With an exterior made of 14 uniquely curved aluminum panels and double-sided tempered glass, the finish of every surface is incredibly high quality.

While the Torque looks great in pictures, it’s a case with high visibility,  which means it really shines when built/powered on, especially with an RGB aesthetic.

This unique ATX case has space for:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • Graphics cards up to 450mm length
  • 1 x 2.5″ & 1 x 3.5″ drive bays
  • Compatible with EATX motherboards up to 12″ x 11″
  • Up to 6 x 120mm fans or 2 x 360mm Radiators

Despite the focus on design, you still have space in here for an SLI/Crossfire build should you desire.

The only spec lower than we’d like is the drive availability.

It will be low because Antec will only have bays that can be hidden due to the focus on a highly visible design.

And with that said, unless you are looking for video editing or some other very high storage requirement, this amount will be fine for you.

The cooling may not seem out of this world for an ATX chassis, but bear in mind that, with its highly ventilated design, you’re going to be getting great airflow with either solution type.

So, while it’s the aesthetic that is the big selling point of the Torque, through great innovation, Antec is offering a great balance between form and function.

Yes, this insane PC case is expensive, but you’re paying to have not just great build quality and features, but something truly special and unique.

Runner-Up Unique PC Case: Azza Pyramid 804

Yes, that’s right, your eyes don’t deceive you.

It’s a pyramid PC case.

This Azza chassis, like our Torque pick, is great because it still offers a lot of functionality behind the crazy PC case aesthetic.

But let’s start with the design…

With its very high-quality aluminum, thick SPCC steel, and tempered glass build, it’s one of the sturdiest towers around.

And the finish on the metal (not to mention the sharp, sleek corners) gives it a premium feel that few traditional cuboid PC cases match.

When it comes to space, the Azza is an ATX tower with:

  • 2 expansion slots
  • Graphics cards up to 295mm
  • 2 x 2.5″ + 1 x 3.5″ drive bays
  • Air: up to 4 x 120mm fans with 1 Hurricane II Digital RGB Fan pre-installed at the top
  • Cooling: up to 1 x 360mm radiator at the bottom

The case is designed for a single-GPU build.

Don’t let this put you off; even if you are building a very powerful gaming PC, there are single graphics cards that will give you top performance in all games today.

With the good ventilation offered around the top of the case, the cooling available will be all you need for a single GPU gaming PC.

It’s hard to imagine a more unusual PC case than this pyramid.

But Azza really manages to pull it off, if you have the budget and your desired build can fit, this is a fantastic option.

Best Large Unique Case: Cougar Conquer 2

The Conquer is certainly one of the most unique full-tower cases around.

But then Cougar recently released the Conquer 2 and well….look at this thing.

With a full high-quality metal exterior and 4 thick tempered glass side panels, the case is an incredibly sturdy offering.

So much of the aesthetic is also built around the syncable RGB lighting on the front of the case (and that includes a COUGAR ARGB fan pre-installed).

We’ve been saying this a lot on this feature but; the Conquer 2 is another example of a case not done justice by stock photos.

Just check some of the user builds in the product listing. With some RGB components alongside it, you’ll have something really special.

We love the size that the Conquer 2 offers, with:

  • 8 expansion slots + 2 for vertical install
  • While not officially listed, is reported to fit E-ATX motherboards
  • VGA lengths up to 400mm
  • 2 x 2.5″ & 2 x 2.5″ / 3.5″ drive bays
  • Up to 6 x 120mm fans
  • Or up to 1 x 240mm & 1 x 360mm radiators

The cooling availability is fantastic for an open-air case (which often compromises the amount of cooling available in favor of ventilation).

With the incredible space, this unique tower is a great option for a very high-end multi-GPU overclocking build (or something more modest with better cooling).

One neat extra feature in a case this size that we don’t see much is the detachable inner-chassis designed for making modifications and installation easier.

Don’t underestimate the convenience of this feature, everything from cleaning to cable management will be made easier by this luxury.

This is the kind of weird PC case that is so unique, we’re sure some people will love it, and some people will think it’s too much.

But that’s what we think is so great about it; and why it’s perfect for a powerful build if you want something truly one-of-a-kind.

Cool PC Case Alternative: InWin D-Frame

InWin has created one of the best innovative PC cases around in the D-Frame.

We’ve featured this awesome chassis multiple times on What in Tech, with its ability to still offer great performance despite the design focus.

With the unique tubing and base made out of high-quality aluminum and a beautiful tempered glass window on the front, the build is absolute top-tier.

With its intense open-air case design, you are getting both fantastic airflow and high visibility on your more beautiful parts.

But it also does an excellent job in size, with:

  • 8 expansion slots (with vertical install available)
  • Graphics cards up to 330mm length
  • 3 x 3.5″ + 2 x 2.5″ + 1 x 5.25″ drive bays
  • Up to 4 x 120mm case fans
  • Impressive cable management facility despite the large exposure on most sides.

You’ll have everything you need here for either a powerful gaming PC or something more for production/editing.

We like that it even comes with the option for a 5.25″ optical drive in case you’re after a unique HTPC case.

(Though if you’re like most of us and don’t need it, it can be used for further hard drive space with a convertor, or better airflow).

4 x 120mm fans may not sound like much for an ATX case.

But with its high-airflow design, the D-Frame performs excellently even for high-demand builds.

If the style is to your liking, know that there’s a reason this chassis has had a few iterations and won numerous awards.

It truly is one of the most innovative computer cases around, combining a special aesthetic with great functionality.

Best of the Rest

The picks above are what we’d really recommend on your search for the most unique PC case that suits your next build.

That being said, we’ve included some additional options that are still great and worth considering, in case you have some specific requirements we haven’t covered.

 

PC Case with Screen Side Panel: iBUYPOWER Snowblind S 19″

Yes, you read that right.

This iBUYPOWER PC case comes with a display inside the side panel window.

One of the craziest tower concepts we’ve seen and capable of running a cool gaming build, this is worth considering if you have some ideas on what the transparent display could add to your setup.

Premium Unique Mini ITX Case: Antec Striker

If you’re looking for an innovative ITX case, this is the best around.

We didn’t give it a top pick because of its intense price for such a small case.

But if you have the budget, its a fantastic offering.

Great Unique ATX Case Option: Anidees AI Crystal V3

This is our “third-best” pick for the top of the list and was very nearly the runner up.

If you’re looking more for a cube PC case or simply like the design, know that this is a brilliant offering and provides great performance alongside its amazing looks.

Unique E-ATX PC Case: Thermaltake Tower 900

We’ve talked above about some options that will “unofficially” support E-ATX.

But if you want a unique PC case that you know will do so with ease, this is the one.

With its “fishtank” design, any PC in here will look like little else – check out our full breakdown on our best EATX case picks.

Crazy PC Case Alternative: Cougar Conquer

In the Conquer 2 review, you may have heard us mention it’s older brother, the original Conquer.

While not quite as striking as the new model, this is still a very innovative PC case with a special, unique design.

If this aesthetic speaks to you more than the others on this list, know that it is still a great case.

Unique Budget Micro ATX Case: Nanoxia Rexgear 2

Last but not least, we mentioned that the options for unique mATX cases are a little slim.

But if your heart is really set on this form factor and you want something more budget-friendly or aligned to gaming, the Rexgear 2 is a good choice.

Final Word

We have come across hundreds of towers at What in Tech, and this is truly the culmination of the most unique PC cases around.

We know some users feel like they need to focus fully on functionality for a case.

But know there’s no shame in taking the aesthetic just as seriously, all the picks above will be great for different types of build users.

Don’t focus on form or function, with an innovative PC case, you can have both!

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The 6 Best Lian Li Cases of 2021

Best Lian Li Case

The 6 Best Lian Li Cases in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Jan 1, 2021

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Lian Li is arguably the best PC case brand in the business today.

While there are plenty of other great companies offering towers to consider, this manufacturing beast seems to balance price, quality, and features like no other.

What in Tech’s latest feature is here to guide you through the best Lian Li computer cases for gaming, streaming, editing/production usage, and more.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest – Alternative Choices

Overall Best Lian Li Case: PC-011 Dynamic

The PC-011DX isn’t just the best Lian Li PC case, but our choice for the best PC case available today for any mid-range build.

There is simply so much to praise with this chassis.

To start: stock photos do not do its aesthetic justice (check out the cover photo of our best PC case feature to see what this case can look like in practice).

The build quality is the best you’ll find in its price range.

With an exterior (and most of the interior) made with high-quality SECC steel and a beautiful finish, the case feels as good as it looks.

Then there are the thick tempered glass panels that fall down the full length of both the front and the side of the chassis (with the rest of the front boasting a sleek aluminum).

This is perhaps what gives the case such a beautiful presentation.

You’ll notice most cases have a partial side window and nothing else.

And while there are some great cases that do have a front window (like say, the NZXT 510 Elite), they’ll often also be partially covered at the bottom.

You may realize that a lot of cases do this because it hides the “uglier” parts (like the PSU).

Well, Lian Li completes the same task in a much better way by operating as a dual-chamber PC case.

This means it has a dedicated compartment on the non-window side to install your PSU/drives and give you significantly better cable management/airflow than your average tower.

Having a case that reveals the full length of your PC really makes it the perfect case for showing off your awesome internal components (especially if any RGB elements are present).

We gave the PC-011DX the top spot in our “Best Looking PC Case” feature due to all of these fantastic elements.

But enough on the design, because the tower excels in size too.

This Lian Li tower is an ATX PC case with room for:

  • 8 x expansion slots
  • 2 x 3.5″ + 4 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • VGA card length up to 420mm (enough for pretty much all mainstream cards)
  • Front I/O panel that includes a USB3.1 Type-C port

With the large dimensions, you’ll have great potential here for a multi-GPU gaming PC (or plenty of space for ventilation if not).

The drive bay allowance is quite standard, and more than enough for most (especially a PC case for gamers, streamers, and normal usage).

What’s more, all of the bays are hidden in the second hidden chamber.

And finally, there’s cooling.

This Lian Li mid-tower is one of the best PC cases for overclocking and cooling around, with:

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

This is a really great capability for an ATX PC chassis.

But what makes it even better is the incredible ventilation achieved by the large internal space and hidden components in the second chamber not interfering with the airflow.

By now, you can probably understand why we love this case so much.

It’s really hard to believe you get all the build quality and features in its mid-range price.

Simply put, this is the best Lian Li PC case available bar none – and possibly the best by any brand.

If you’re building for gaming, production, or general usage, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better than the Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic.

Best Budget Lian Li Case: LANCOOL II

While you can go even cheaper with our pick lower down, the LANCOOL 2 is easily the best choice for someone who wants the great quality LianLi is known or on a budget.

With a solid SGCC exterior build quality and tempered glass on both of its size, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a case that feels as high-quality at its price point.

The most striking visual features however are the two RGB strips running up the front of the case – This case would be a great start to an RGB build.

You have decent space in here too, with:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • 4 x 2.5″ & 3 x 3.5″ / 2.5″ drive bays
  • VGA lengths up to 384mm

There is still enough size in here for a multi-GPU gaming setup should you wish to upgrade your budget setup later.

The storage capability, in particular, is excellent, this is easily one of the best budget PC cases for video editing, media center, and other PC setups that demand lots of drive space.

You’ll have more than enough cooling for a budget build too, with:

  • Up to 8 x 120mm fans
  • Or up to 1 x 360mm & 1 x 240mm radiators

While the internal design and cooling availability doesn’t reach the highs of the PC-011, this case still performs great and very impressively at its price-point.

While we would push you to pick up the dynamic if you can afford it, know that this is still a fantastic option.

If your wallet is tight, rest assured this is the best budget Lian Li PC case available.

Best High-End / E-ATX Lian Li Case: PC – O11 Dynamic XL

If you’re looking to go all out, this is the case for you.

Sharing many of the fantastic qualities as its smaller PC-011 brother, the XL is made for those creating the biggest gaming/production beast they can.

With a similar fantastic design to the PC-011, you’re also getting a full aluminum exterior and a tastefully subtle RGB strip running down the front.

But space is where the XL really shines, with

  • 8 expansions slots (and options to upgrade to vertical installs)
  • 6 x 2.5″ & 4 x 2.5″ / 3.5″ drive bays
  • Graphics card lengths up to 446mm

With even more space in this case, if you’re building a crossfire/SLI GPU setup, you’re going to have so much room to play with here.

And the storage allotment speaks for itself, this is easily one of the best PC cases for video editing and other utilities that demand high bay space.

The XL is also a great option if you’re looking at building an E-ATX motherboard PC.

While the top two picks above do support E-ATX, we’d recommend picking this case up over them if that’s your inclination.

Cooling wise, the XL is clearly designed to overclock and cool some meaty components, with:

  • Up to 10 x 120mm fans
  • Up to 3 x 360mm radiators

Even in a multi-GPU build, it’s really hard to imagine needing more availability for your air or water cooling solution.

PC-011 Dynamic vs XL

The key difference between the two is the XL having an improved exterior material/RGB strip and the upped space requirements.

We will say that the PC-011D will satisfy a large majority of gaming & other PC build needs.

But if you’re trying to build the best PC you can then here’s the one.

If budget isn’t a consideration for you, the PC-011 Dynamic XL is the best of the best Lian Li computer cases.

Best Lian Li Mini ITX Case: TU-150

If you’re looking for a portable PC case or simply trying to build the smallest PC possible, our last top recommendation is for you.

The TU-150 is one of the best looking mITX PC cases around with a full aluminum exterior and tempered glass window.

The finish on the case is gorgeous and it has a quality of life feature we’re surprised we don’t see more on a mini-ITX case: a retractable handle.

The handle, size, and sturdiness make this ideal for a LAN party PC case or even if you’re looking for something console-sized.

Despite the small space, you’ll still have room for:

  • 3 x expansion slots
  • GPUs up to 320mm in length
  • 1 x 2.5″ & 1 x 2.5″ / 3.5″ drive bays
  • A front I/O panel that includes a USB3.1 Type C port
  • Air cooling: Up to 4 x 120mm fans (one could be replaced for a 120m radiators to add water cooling)

Of course, this availability isn’t impressive compared to our other top picks.

But for its form factor? The TU-150 excels in offering what most tiny builders will need.

And the cooling on offer ties in perfectly with a well-built internal design that doesn’t just look great but offers decent airflow for the size.

Simply put, if you’re looking for a tower as small and portable as possible that still performs, know this is easily the best Lian Li Mini ITX PC case for it.

Best Lian Li Micro ATX Case?

Unfortunatley at the time of writing this feature, there is no Lian Li mATX case option we would recommend.

We would suggest picking up the PC-011D if your build is demanding, or pushing down your requirements to a m-ITX build and picking up the TU-150 if small form factor is your main focus.

Best of the Rest – Alternative Choices

While the 4 chassis’ above are easily our top picks for the best Lian Li PC cases, we’ve recommended a couple of alternative options for very specific needs.

Best PC-011 Alternative: PC-O11 AIR

PC-011 Dynamic vs OC-011 AIR: The PC-011 AIR was developed as an option to be very similar to the PC-011 with a tad more storage space and 3 fans at the front panel instead of a window.

Truthfully, for nearly all buyers, these 2 factors are overkill and we recommend the Dynamic, but if they’re important to you, this is a great alternative.

Cheapest Lian Li PC Case: LANCOOL 205

While we’d stick to the LANCOOL II for your budget build if possible, we wanted to include the cheapest option Lian Li provides because its still a decent case.

You’ll be losing out on some aesthetic, build quality and cooling potential compared to the II, but on a budget, it’s still a great option.

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The 8 Best Cooler Master Cases of 2021

Cooler Master Case

The 8 Best Cooler Master Cases of 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Dec 27, 2020

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Cooler Master is one of the oldest names in the PC case manufacturer business for a reason.

This behemoth brand has created hundreds of towers in all shapes, sizes, and functions over the years.

Now in 2021, there is a whole bunch of other competition. But CM’s best recent cases still manage to stand amongst the top options.

Our feature will guide you through the best Cooler Master cases available for your next PC build, tailored to different requirements and budgets.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

  • Best Budget Cooler Master Micro ATX Case: Q300L
  • Best Budget Cooler Master Mini ITX Case: Elite 130
  • Alternative Design Choice for ATX Builders: MasterBox TD500

Overall Best Cooler Master Case: MasterBox MB530P

What a truly great PC case this is.

The MB530P manages to strike an incredibly impressive balance between space, cooling, build quality, and price.

Starting with the build, this is a beautiful chassis and arguably one of the best looking Cooler Master cases, with:

  1. 3 thick tempered glass panels on the sides/front
  2. Largely steel-based exterior (with some high-quality plastic elements)
  3. 3 pre-installed high-performance 120mm addressable RGB fans & controller

With the high glass visibility, the beautiful clean black finish of the exterior material, and the included RGB fans, this is easily the best RGB case by Cooler Master.

The case also boasts decent cable management facilities and room to hide your PSU to keep a clean aesthetic.

But it’s not just pretty.

The MB530P is an ATX/mid tower case with great room for:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • 2 x 3.5″ & 4 x 3.5″ storage bays
  • GPUs up to 410mm in length.

This case truly shines as a gaming machine, with the space for a powerful multi-GPU build and awesome cooling.

Speaking of cooling, you’ll have the options for:

  • Up to 6 x 120mm fans (with 3 x ARGB + 1 x standard 120mm fans included)
  • Up to 1 x 360mm, 1 x 240mm & 1 x 120mm radiators.

You can of course have a hybrid between water and fan cooling here.

But given the high quality (and well designed) fans included, we’d recommend sticking mostly to them.

That being said, when you tie those pre-installed fans with the great build shape for ventilation in this unit, you have one of the best PC cases for air cooling in the ATX space.

Note: You will see there are some unfavorable customer reviews for the Amazon product listing; a majority of these are for a different model, the MB Pro 5 RGB, which we are not recommending here.

MB530P may seem a little on the expensive side.

But when you consider the 4 included fans (3 being ARGB, pricey to buy individually) and the incredible case quality you’re getting, it has an amazing value.

Simply put, this is the best Cooler Master PC case available today.

We can’t recommend it enough for gaming, streaming and other mainstream enthusiast builds.

Best Budget Cooler Master Case: MasterBox NR600

There’s good news if the top pick is outside of your price range and you’re looking for a cheap Cooler Master Case option.

The MasterBox NR range has been around for a while and for good reason.

A lot of this feature is focussed on the various NR ranges but for a usual builder looking for a cooler master ATX case, the NR600 is for you.

While being in a much cheaper price range, the case still retains a great build quality and aesthetic.

With a steel/plastic hybrid exterior, a beautiful tempered glass window on the side, and a mesh front, the case has a simple but chic design.

The material isn’t quite the same quality as our top pick but is very good when compared to the other cases in the price range and the dark finish on the case looks great.

But perhaps the most impressive feature of the NR600 is the awesome space availability.

On the larger side of mid towers, there’s room for:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • 1 x 5.25″, 4 x 3.5″ & 5 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • Graphics cards up to 410mm in length

You’ll note that while there’s clearly room in here for any budget gaming build you’ll be making, the real stand-out feature is the storage space.

Having up to 10 different drives is perhaps overkill for many users, but if you feel like you may need to expand your storage over time (for say, editing, or other production), this is a fantastic option.

Finally, for cooling, the NR600 has:

  • Up to 5 x 120mm fans with 2 pre-installed.
  • Up to 1 x 280mm, 1 x 240mm & 1 x 120mm radiators (240mm required 5.25″ drive bay removal).

While not reaching quite the same cooling capacity (or internal ventilation design) as the B530P, we don’t expect you’ll need as much for a budget gaming build.

This certainly has enough cooling capability to comfortably handle a single (or even dual) GPU machine.

While we love the 530P and think it’s worth the extra if you have the budget, don’t be disappointed if this is more in your price range.

The NR600 is a fantastic option and easily the best budget ATX case by Cooler Master available.

(If you’re looking for the cheapest PC case we’d highly recommend by CM, check out our top mATX choice below).

Best High-End & E-ATX Cooler Master PC Case: Cosmos C700P

If you have the budget, Cooler Master has created a premium PC case matched by very few.

The Cosmos C700p is an absolute beast for pretty much all major enthusiast requirements right down to the fine details.

It’s worth noting that the case is now in version 2, which fixes some initial problems the first version had (mainly PSU shroud sizing).

The build quality is fantastic, with a full high-quality steel exterior and tinted curved tempered glass side panel.

The exterior finish and large, curved glass panel really do give this case a look and feel that not many cases can replicate.

The top of the case is also lined with smooth RGB lighting.

The internals of the case are very customizable and there is a lot of freedom to install your parts in varying positions.

Stock photos don’t do it justice, with a completed PC built exactly how you like, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better case to show off your build than the C700P.

But amazing aesthetics is only a tiny portion of what the C700P offers.

This Cooler Master chassis is a full tower / E-ATX case.

The size (alongside the build quality) make this an absolute monster, with space for:

  • 8 x expansion slots
  • 1 x 5.25″, 4 x 3.5″/2.5″ & 4 x 2.5″ drive bays with the option to extend up to 12 x 3.5″ drive bays
  • GPUs up to 490 in length (without 3.5″ drive bay cage).
  • Up to 9 x 140mm fans with 3 included
  • Up to 2 x 420mm, 1 x 240mm & 1 x 120mm radiators (arguably the best PC case for water cooling).

These size specs are seriously impressive.

Breaking this down for a gaming build, the VGA space and cooling capability are some of the best on the market.

For enthusiast gamers, the C700P is one of the best PC cases for overclocking and a multi-GPU build around.

This is also hands down one of the top towers for storage available and perhaps the best PC case for video editing, server, or production usage around.

We’d be here all day if we talked about every nice detail the case had (like how all 4 of its USB front panel ports are 3.0, with an additional 3.1 type C output).

Rest assured, if you have the budget, this isn’t just the best Cooler Master PC money can buy, but one of the all-time best PC cases for gaming, video editing, and other high-end usage.

Best Cooler Master Micro ATX Case: MasterBox NR400

For builders looking at creating a mini-tower PC, we return to another variant of the NR series.

The NR400 isn’t just the best Micro ATX case, but also the cheapest PC case by Cooler Master in our top 5 favorite case picks.

Despite its low price, it still retains a decent build quality with a steel/plastic mix exterior, tempered glass window, and mesh front.

The case also manages to offer great space for an mATX PC case, with:

  • 4 x expansion slots
  • 1 x 5.25″, 4 x 3.5″ & 4 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • VGA length clearance of up to 346mm

You’ll have room in here for a dual-GPU build if you desire.

But the storge, in particular, is really impressive as far as Micro ATX towers go; because usually, you’re compromising on storage availability a little more in this form factor.

And finally, for cooling, there’s still decent room for:

  • Up to 4 x 120mm fans with 2 pre-installed.
  • Up to 1 x 240mm & 2 x 120mm radiators

While you’ll never get quite the same potential in a mini-tower over a mid/full tower, there is still enough cooling in here for a powerful Micro ATX gaming build.

NR600 vs NR400 – > The NR400 is essentially the Micro ATX version of the NR400, with the same build quality, but slightly less component room and cooling capability.

Therefore if you’re looking to build a beast of a gaming PC, the NR600 may be the better choice.

But reset assured, for single-GPU builds or people particularly fond of the compact size, the NR400 is one of the best Micro ATX PC cases on the market.

Best Cooler Master Mini-ITX Case: MasterBox NR200

Finally in our top 5 picks is those looking for the smallest PC case form factor possible.

The NR200 is a brand new offering by Cooler Master and we’re confident it’s going to take the ITX world by storm.

Firstly, the build quality is a beautiful SGCC steel exterior.

This is particularly nice for a small tower because its durability tied with the compact size makes it ideal for a portable PC case.

But the space inside this case despite its tight dimensions is the #1 winning factor.

With what feels like wizardry, the case has room for:

  • 3 x expansion slots (nearly always 2 in a mITX case, so room for triple-slotted GPUs).
  • VGAs up to 330mm in length
  • 1 x 3.5″, 2 x 2.5″ & 1 x 3.5″ / 2.5″ hybrid drive bays
  • Up to 6 x 120mm and 1 x 92mm fans with 1 x 120mm & 1 x 92mm fans included
  • Up to 1 x 280mm, 1 x 140mm & 1 x 92mm radiators

Yes, you read those specs right!

While these aren’t all amazing space factors compared to some others on our list, anyone with mITX knowledge knows the space is very impressive for the form factor.

It’s worth noting that some of the air/water cooling capability is only available with certain customizations (e.g. not installing a GPU vertically).

That being said, the fact you can install the same amount of fans that you would find in many ATX cases is truly an achievement.

Not only that, but Cooler Master has lived up to their name by building decent 5-sided ventilation around the case to cater to the high-fan airflow.

This is hands down the best mITX case for cooling on the market right now.

And with the other space availability, you’ll get a better gaming machine than pretty much any other Micro ATX case will offer.

You can probably tell from with our review that this is less a question of whether this is the best cooler master mITX case, but more if there’s any other worthy competitor in the form factor!

If you’re looking a Mini ITX case for gaming, streaming, or other general use, rest assured – this is a great choice.

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

If you’re looking for the best Cooler Master PC cases, we highly recommend sticking to the top 5 picks above as they’re the real stand-outs.

That being said, we wanted to include a few more options briefly for some other specific requirements

Best Budget Cooler Master Micro ATX Case: Q300L

We would really recommend picking up the NR400 case if your budget can stretch to it.

But if you are really looking for the cheapest PC case possible, this is the best available one by Cooler Master.

Best Budget Cooler Master Mini ITX Case: Elite 130

While the NR200 is the clear winner for mITX, the Elite 130 is a very decent case.

If you’re on a tight budget, prefer the style or simply don’t need the features of the NR200 in your build, this is a great option.

Alternative Design Choice for ATX Builders: MasterBox TD500

The TD500 is a beautiful new case from Cooler Master, and in a lot of ways it has similar specs on paper to our top ATX picks.

Unfortunately, the overall quality of the case is not quite up to par, and many users have also been reporting defected units.

If you particularly like the design and don’t have a very demanding build however, it could still be an option for you.

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The 12 Best Video Game Shelves & Storage Cabinets in 2021

Best Video Game Shelves

The 12 Best Video Game Shelves & Storage Cabinets in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Dec 28, 2020

Creating the perfect gaming room can feel like a monumental task.

One of the biggest factors in the quality of a setup is how you choose to organize your gaming collection (be it games console storage, cases, or peripherals).

Deciding on the best shelves for video gaming storage with your setup demands balancing between price, build quality, functionality, and a few other areas.

We’ve put together this featured guide to help you through the best video game shelves available today with consideration for different styles, budgets, and requirements.

Note: We know readers will be looking for different types of storage for their gaming collections.

This is why the article covers multiple types: Gaming shelves, TV stands, floating gaming shelves, & games console charging cabinets.

Skip to the section relevant to you if you know what you’re looking for.

Top Picks

Overall Best Video Game Shelves: Atlantic Oskar 464

The top pick comes from Atlantic, a brand that offers a huge array of gaming shelves.

The one that stands out most is the Oskar 464 media cabinet.

Boasting an incredible size for the price range ( 25.13″ W x 7.25″ D x 54.00″H), you will be able to store up to 276 video game cases in here.

The cabinet includes 12 adjustable rows which are an awesome feature for gaming shelves.

This customizability will give you the freedom to store more depending on what you have (e.g. controllers, memorabilia, or a DVD/media cabinet hybrid).

We expect the Oskar 464 to accommodate the majority of your gaming collection (or if not, most of it alongside a tv stand/secondary option below).

The unit looks sleek and modern; perfect for a cool gaming room setup with multiple decent color options available.

Despite this value offering, the Oskar does not feel cheap.

With a solid wood composite build and plenty of fixtures to keep it firmly in place, the build quality is fantastic for the price (self-assembly).

The unit weighs 33.8lbs which puts it in comfortably in the “mid-tier” range – > not too heavy to adjust position if needed, but not so light it cannot support your requirements.

The one thing that can let some of the Atlantic shelves down is the slight lack of stabilization on the thinner cabinets they create.

However, with the 464, you’re getting the best of both worlds: wide enough (double cabinet) that it is stable and hosts an amazing space for gaming storage, but not so wide it demands more space in your room than your collection needs.

If you’re looking for a sharp balance between style, affordability, size, and quality, then these units are easily the best video game shelves available for you.

Best Budget Video Game Shelves: Atlantic Drawbridge

For the best budget gaming storage pick, we return to Atlantic for a smaller product.

The Drawbridge is a cheap gaming shelf option with 36″ L X 19″ W X 7″ D dimensions and space for up to 132 games.

This is still a decent size and a sensible pick for smaller collections (you could also buy a second one at a later date to up-scale).

The 4 included shelves are all adjustable which will allow you to make the most of smaller dimensions.

The unit looks sleek and modern, perfect for a cool gaming room setup with multiple decent color options available.

While not quite the same build quality as the Oskar, the Drawbridge still feels and looks great with a sleek matte black finish.

We’ve chosen the drawbridge over other single-column Atlantic (or other manufacturers) offerings for the budget pick as it is still wide enough to avoid stabilization issues seen in many of the slimmer shelving units.

If your budget is tight or you simply have a smaller collection/space available, know that we put the Drawbridge so highly on the list for a reason.

With it managing to retain great style, quality, and space in its price point, we’re confident these units are the best cheap video game shelves available today.

Best Premium Video Game Shelves: Homissue Industrial Open Bookcase 7-Tier

The Homissue IOB7 is not advertised as a “video game shelf” unit.

However, if you’re looking for something higher-end, we’d recommend this over the expensive storage cabinets “marketed” for games.

This is because the Homissue really stands out in build quality, design, and space – way more than other units in its price range.

Built with high-quality MDF and a rich steel tube frame, the unit is very sturdy which is especially impressive considering its monumental size.

Speaking of size…

The unit has an 84.4″ H x 23.3″ W x 11.8″ D dimensions across 7 shelves.

The space between its shelves is more than enough for your video game collection.

We like this because for a higher-end pick, presentation-wise you want your collection to have room to “breathe”.

Dedicated “video game shelves” can often feel a bit cramped in comparison (but if you have a massive collection, check out the pick directly below).

The other added bonus to the immense build quality is the 32kg carrying capability on each shelf.

This makes it one of the best video game console storage tower options on the list if you wanted to use your shelving for more than just game cases.

(Looking for more of a traditional high-end video game shelf unit? The best we would recommend is the Atlantic 4-tier rotating cube unit.)

The final plus of the Homissue is the MDF and steel tubing both have beautiful finishes giving the shelves a very high-quality presentation.

Some shelves for gaming storage look a little outdated.

But the Homissue fits in perfectly with more modern aesthetic if you’re looking for a sleek gaming room setup.

We’d argue that this unit doesn’t just have amazing build quality and space, but is also the best looking video game storage option available.

Best Video Game Shelves for Large Collections: Revolving Media Tower 1600

If you have a large collection, an obvious option is to buy multiple units of the other shelving on this list.

But for the best video game storage organizer, we’d recommend a resolving shelf option.

These storage cabinets resolve 360 degrees and have 4 sides of storage shelving for your media.

The Media Tower 1600 specifically stands out here, with the capacity to hold up to 960 video games.

This is an incredible amount, and being able to achieve it in the space of a normal shelving unit due to the revolving setup is fantastic.

The 1600 is also well built, with a fiberglass swivel plate designed to endure the immense weight such a collection could result in.

Additionally, the base weight of the unit is sturdy at 125 lbs and is made of wood composite (with some MDF inclusion for reinforcement).

The unit looks sharp (with multiple color options available) and gives off a strong aesthetic if a collection is filling its visible sides.

There is one downside to this item: the included Lazy Susan (required during assembly to allow the case to spin smoothly) is not high quality.

While it will work; to ensure you can easily spin through your collection, we’d highly recommend just adding this superior Lazy Susan to your basket when purchasing.

Regardless, the Media Tower 1600 is an absolute beast, and easily the best media cabinet for large collections available for video games and movies alike.

Best TV Stand for Gaming Storage: WE Furniture Universal Stand

We simply love this cabinet and are not surprised it’s one of the most popular storage options on Amazon.

We’ve included a couple of TV stand choices appreciating that some readers will be looking for a single unit for their TV and also something more accommodating to gaming console storage.

 This cabinet excels across the board.

Build and presentation-wise, the Universal Stand is a decent 70-pound MDF-based unit.

Not only is the MDF accompanied by a beautiful finish, but the stand offers great cable management facilities.

This will be perfect if you’re looking to keep things clean even when running multiple consoles/devices to your TV.

The stand is able to hold up to 250lbs.

This capability, alongside the impressive 24 H x 58 L x 16 W dimensions, means you should have no trouble fitting your core consoles/gaming collection here.

We also give this our top pick due to its open layout.

Not only does this look great, but is essential when wanting to set up console gaming storage (to avoid overheating).

We’ve included a budget option below if this is outside of your price range.

However, if you have the budget available, we can’t recommend this unit highly enough.

Between the quality, size, and presentation, it comfortably holds the best video game TV stand accolade.

Best Budget TV Stand for Gaming Storage: Furinno Turn-N-Tube

If you’re looking for a TV stand/gaming storage hybrid and don’t have the budget (or space requirements) of the top pick, this second option is still an awesome choice.

The Turn-N-Tube is a more “traditional” TV stand with a build from E1 grade composite wood and tighter dimensions at 23.7 W x 23.2 H x 14.6 D.

With this size, you’re of course not getting the space for a large collection or wide TV.

But if your core build is small with only 2-3 consoles, the unit is still perfectly viable.

The unit would also make a great secondary storage unit if you ever get a larger TV and want to fork out on a more premium stand.

If your requirements are basic, this Furinno offering is a very impressive cheap TV stand for gaming storage. 

Best Floating Shelves for Video Game Storage: WALI Floating Shelf

Our next category for gaming storage is those looking for floating fixtures.

These are ideal if you have either a smaller collection or want to neatly display/have easy access to your main games console/gaming library.

Our top pick from WALI is perfect for the task, with 3 shelves of high quality tinted tempered glass.

Not only does this build material choice look great, but they stand strong and can easily support any major gaming console.

The 3 shelves are adjustable (and even separable into a 1 x 2 shelf setup) so you have the customization you need depending on the size requirements.

Routed through the back of the shelf connector is a decent cable management system.

This is what gives the WALI shelves our top pick in the floating category, as you’ll likely be using these for consoles in a highly visible part of your setup.

While the build quality is superb, we like that WALI tops include a 10-year warranty which provides some further confidence in the ability of the cabinet.

Simply put, if you’re looking for wall-mounting storage for your gaming consoles and/or collection, this is a fantastic option.

Best Floating Shelves for Gaming Storage Runner-Up: BAYKA Floating Shelves

Coming in a close second place for the floating shelves category is the fantastic BAYKA offering.

These shelves are closer to traditional wooden shelving, made with high-quality Paulownia wood and metal fixtures.

If you’re after a more “chic” look, these shelves will do well, while still having the sturdiness to accommodate gaming consoles.

The units are of 3 different sizes, with the larger 2 being suitable for consoles and the smaller being more valid for video game case storage.

The build quality and design are really impressive for the price of the units.

The only reason these didn’t get the “top” floating shelf spot is due to the lack of cable management compared to the WALI shelves.

That being said, if you prefer the style, know we’ve included these for a reason.

This BAYKA offering is easily one of the best floating video game shelf units available.

Console-Specific Storage Towers

Last but not least is a selection of video game storage units dedicated to each mainline console: Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

These are a great option if you’re looking for dedicated charging, a tight presentation specifically designed for the console, and other unique features.

Best PS4 Video Game Storage Tower: OIVO 4-in-1 Stand

This OIVO offering is the most popular PS4 charging station for a reason.

With an incredible amount of utility for the price, the 4-in-1 stand acts as:

  1. A vertical stand for the main console, whether PS4, PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro
  2. Dual charging station for 2 PS4 controllers (with LED status indicators)
  3. Cooling system to work alongside the PS4 heatsink to ensure no overheating issues
  4. Storage of up to 12 PS4 games.

The unit is very well built, looks great (particularly with the LED controller lighting) yet still remains compact and not overbearing.

Even if you have a PS4 games collection larger than 12, we think this is such a fantastic functional setup for your core library and console.

If you’re looking for the best PS4 charging station that also offers great storage and cooling, you’ve found it.

Best Nintendo Switch Video Game Storage Tower: FYOUNG Charging Dock

Next up is the very multi-functional FYOUNG storage unit for switch games storage.

As you can see from the product photo, the dock doesn’t just neatly tie up to 27 Switch games (15 boxes, 12 carts) and your console together in a compact space…

…but also offers a really impressive amount of charging utility all clearly indicated through an LED indicator.

With the ability to charge 8 Joy-cons and 2 Pro controllers at once (even accommodation for poke ball controller charging should you need it).

There isn’t the same level of dedicated cooling as the PS4/XBox One units, but this is not as necessary for the Switch console.

With a solid build quality tying this compact unit together, this is the definitive base for the newest Nintendo console and the best Switch video game storage tower available.

Best Xbox One Video Game Storage Tower: OVIO All-in-One Vertical Stand

Last but not least is the Xbox One equivalent of OVIO’s fantastic PS4 charging station/gaming storage hybrid.

With a very similar set of storage features, great build quality, and cooling, the Xbox One version is just as good for your games console.

The obvious addition here is the inclusion of 2 battery packs to ensure you can charge your Xbox One controllers.

Also similarly, this storage tower supports all types of Xbox One consoles (be it regular, Xbox One S, or Xbox One X).

OVIO’s offering excels for Xbox just as much as PS4 and there is no better alternative.

If you’re looking for the best Xbox charging station that offers great game storage, this is for you.

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