The 5 Largest PC Cases for High-End Builds in 2021

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The 5 Largest PC Cases for High-End Builds in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Nov 17, 2020

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After 100s of PC case reviews, we’ve been through many different shapes and sizes of chassis on What in Tech.

Amongst them, some extra-large towers have really stood out for those looking at creating something particularly powerful.

If that sounds like you, today’s feature will take you through the largest PC cases we recommend for top-end gaming/production builds. 

Top Picks

Largest PC Case (Best Pick): Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D

Now, there are a couple of chassis picks further below that are a tad larger in terms of external dimensions. But in terms of internal space and capability? The 1000D is comfortably our pick as the best super tower case for gaming or high-scale production use today.

Featured previously on What in Tech, the 1000D is an absolute powerhouse. Starting with the build quality, it has one of the slickest and sturdiest combinations of thick steel, aluminum, and tempered glass we’ve ever seen. It’s a case that is not done justice by stock photos. Only once powered-on with beautiful internal components shining through will you see just how fantastic this extra-large chassis can look.

The crowning feature of the 1000D (aside from its excellent cooling, which we’ll discuss later) is that it’s a dual system PC case. This means it supports an independent Mini ITX motherboard-based PC working alongside your main ATX or EATX motherboard setup (in other words, 2 PCs inside the same chassis !). There’s a lot of potential utility for premium work/gaming builders with this, and it also makes the 1000D the best streaming PC case available for high-end content producers.

Inside this super tower is room for:

  • 10 x expansion slots
  • GPU length clearance up to 400mm (enough for any mainstream card with room to spare for airflow, one of the best PC cases for RTX 3090 builds)
  • A great front I/O panel, with 2 x USB 3.1 gen-2 type C USB ports amongst the classic inputs (all beautifully backlit with RGB)
  • Accessible but nicely hidden bays for up to 5 x 3.5″ & 6 x 3.5″ drives
  • Up to 18 x 120mm fans (stock configuration up to 10 x 120mm + 3 x 140mm)
  • Or up to 4 x 480mm + 1 x 240mm radiators (stock configuration up to 2 x 480mm, 1 x 420mm + 1 x 240mm)
  • Triple-chamber layout to maximize cable management and airflow of both the main and secondary systems (as well as room to hide “uglier” components like PSUs)
  • Included smart fan controller if you want to add RGB fans to your build

As you can see, with some of the most insane specs we’ve ever seen on a PC case, the 1000D isn’t just extra-large but adds some really unique features with its size.

Between the triple-chamber design, dual system capability, and fantastic room for hardware/cooling, you don’t just feel like you’re getting the largest PC case, but one that has been meticulously designed to make use of that space.

The only case we’ve seen come close to its cooling capacity is the fantastic Thermaltake Core P8. But that case does not have the same large space for ventilation and airflow. The 1000D is the best PC case for airflow, cooling (fan or water cooling) we’ve ever seen.

Whether you are intending to intensely overclock a gaming build or keep a demanding production setup performing optimally, you really can’t get better than this.

Largest PC Case for Silent Builds (Best HTPC Case): Nanoxia Deep Silence 6

Our next choice is for those builders who have a specific requirement for an extra quiet super tower PC case. The Deep Silence 6, while not reaching all of the highs of the 1000D, has some very impressive features (particularly in storage) and would make a great music production PC case, server chassis, or some other high-end work that requires optimum noise-reduction.

The Deep Silence 6’s build quality, as you would expect for a high-end silent PC case, is very thick steel (one of the most sturdy/durable cases we’ve come across). Surrounding a large portion of the exterior is also some industrial sound-proofing material to maximize noise isolation. It’s one of the quietest PC cases available today (impressive considering its size). Aesthetically, everything about the case looks “professional”, like it’s designed to really make an impression for high-budget production.

This super tower PC case has room for:

  • HPTX / XL-ATX Motherboard support (one of the very few cases to have it, but you can still reap the value of the case with ATX or E-ATX)
  • 10 x expansion slots
  • GPU length clearance of up to 400mm (perfect for all mainstream cards)
  • 4 x 5.25″ external, 2 x 3.5″ external (with adapter), 10 x 2.5″/3.5″ internal (up to 13 with adapter) & 2.5″ internal drive bays
  • Up to 8 x 140mm + 1 x 120mm fans with 5 140mm quiet fans pre-installed + front panel controller to allow you to balance performance and noise depending on the situation
  • Up to 1 x 360mm, 1 x 280mm & 1 x 140mm radiators (that can be combined with some of the fan setup).

The Deep Silence 6 has some simply fantastic specs across storage in particular. Combined with its silent design, we rank this as one of the best server PC cases or something for media/HTPC builders available today. Not only is the drive bay allowance incredible out of the box, but the fact that you can add to it further with adapters is a bonus (not to mention, if you’re like most people and don’t need 4 x 5.25″ drive bays, you can use them to massively expand your storage).

There is also plenty of cooling capability, and we appreciate the 5 included 140mm fans that will be enough for a majority of builds in here. If you are looking for a gaming super tower, the 1000D is probably the better choice with its additional cooling and triple-chamber layout. However the Deep Silence 6 could still aptly run a powerful gaming machine if achieving a low decibel level means more to you.

Simply put, the Deep Silence 6 is an incredible chassis and easily the best silent super tower available today.

Largest Budget PC Case: Corsair Graphite 780T

While “budget” and “largest” don’t go very well together, the 780T, despite still being a fair bit pricier than the average budget chassis, is notably lower than every other extra-large case close to its size while still being decently featured in its own right.

The case design is striking. With thick, curved steel engulfing much of the case’s exterior, the 780T feels built to last and has a rather unique aesthetic. One design feature we really appreciate is the latched handles on most of the case’s panels, with it being one of the easiest chassis we’ve seen to quickly access/re-close once finished.

This extra-large full tower has room for:

  • 9 x expansion slots
  • Graphics cards up to 355mm in length (more than enough for most, but double-check dimensions if you’re buying a premium GPU)
  • 2 x 5.25″, 2 x 2.5″ & 6 x 3.5 /2.5″ combo drive bays
  • Deep and well laid-out cable management facilities
  • Up to 10 x 120mm fans with 3 x 140mm fans included (2 with red LEDs)
  • Alternatively, combine a smaller fan setup with up to 2 x 360mm radiators

With these specs, it’s clear that the 780T does a fantastic job of retaining lots of internal capability despite costing less than half our two top picks.

With plenty of room for high-end GPUs and cooling, this would make a great choice if you’re after one of the largest ATX cases for gaming (plenty of overclocking potential here).

Simply put, if you want an extra-large PC case that is only a hair above the usual mid-range price bracket, the 780T is the ideal choice.

Largest PC Case with Unique Design: Cougar Conquer 2

I think you’ll agree that the chassis image speaks for itself!

If you want your extra-large PC case to also turn the heads of any guest that comes to your house, this is the ideal choice. The Conquer 2 is a crazy PC case with a wonderfully unique design. 

Covered in thick metal panels and 4 tempered glass windows, the Conquer 2 has one of the nicest build qualities we’ve seen from any chassis. The aesthetic is made extra unique by the ARGB lighting on the front side of the case (including the pre-installed ARGB fan at the bottom). This is a strong example of a case that cannot be done justice by stock photos. With some RGB or top-end components alongside it, the Conquer 2 looks incredibly striking.

Inside this large ATX full tower is room for:

  • 8 expansion slots & 2 for vertical GPU installs
  • VGA lengths up to 400mm (more than enough as a PC case for RTX 3080, 3070, or 3090).
  • 2 x 2.5″ / 3.5″ & 2 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • Up to 6 120mm fans
  • Alternatively up to 1 x 240mm & 1 x 360mm radiators

You may find some of the above specs underwhelming compared to our other top choices. There is a key difference though: the Conquer 2 is an open-air PC case that is clearly designed to be presentable at all angles. This means that the cooling solutions will be more than enough for even a powerful gaming setup due to the amount of open airflow and ventilation the case gets. Additionally, the drive bays are a tad lower because they are all designed to be hidden (but let’s be real: unless you’re building a server, HTPC, or something with very high storage requirements, the drive bays enough will be plenty, especially for gaming).

It looks like the Conquer 2 would be difficult to build in, but Cougar included a fantastic feature: a detachable sub-chassis. Essentially you can remove a tray from the middle of the case where your motherboard & main components will sit. This doesn’t just make building smooth, but possibly easier than many other more traditional PC cases!

You are, of course, paying a premium for the incredible design of the Conquer 2, but it is a true marvel to behold. If you want to build a powerhouse in not just one of the largest gaming full towers available, but one of the most unique, the Conquer 2 is for you.

Largest Full Tower (Alternative Pick): Cooler Master Cosmos C700M

Our last pick is an honorable mention if you want an overall alternative to the 1000D (in the same price range). The C700M is another supersize PC case designed for high-end builds.

With a beautiful, thick aluminium//steel/dual-curved tempered glass hybrid case design accompanied by some tastefully subtle ARGB lighting, the C700M is beautiful and another example of a case not done justice by stock photos. We appreciate also the handles neatly added to the top of the case; don’t underestimate how hard it can be to carry an extra-large chassis!

The specs lean the C700M towards being more of a gaming full tower, with:

  • 8 x expansion slots
  • GPU lengths up to 490mm (320mm with HDD bracket, still enough for most cards)
  • 1 x 5.25″, 4 x 3.5″ / 2.5″ combo & 4 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • Up to 9 x 140mm fans (with 3 pre-installed)
  • Up to 2 x 420mm, 1 x 240mm & 1 x 140mm (420mm reduce to 360mm if 5.25″ drive cage is installed)

There are some decent specs available on the C700M, certainly enough for a powerful gaming/production/video editing PC case. But you can probably see why, for the same price range, we rank the 1000D above it; with our top pick’s super cooling and storage availability. We also consider it to have a slightly better ventilation design (with its triple chambers & airflow setup) plus the nice option to set up a dual system.

None of this is to say the C700M is a bad case however, it has a lot going for it and we included it for a reason, if you’re looking for one of the largest PC cases and this Cooler Master offering fits in with your personal aesthetic, it’s a great choice for a very high-end build.

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The 10 Cheapest PC Cases Worth Buying in 2021

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The 10 Cheapest PC Cases Worth Buying in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Nov 17, 2020

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Though we love to recommend cases in all shapes, sizes, and price-ranges, we know that some readers are on very tight budgets.

That’s why today’s feature will take you through the Cheapest PC cases for gaming, work, and more.

We’ve specifically chosen very cheap PC cases that are still worth purchasing, and some options are on the list may cost a tiny bit more for having great extras for a budget build (e.g. fans included) so read each one before you judge on price alone!

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Overall Best Cheap PC Case: Cooler Master N200

Now yes, there are some cheaper towers around (we go over them further below).

But if you’re looking for the best value cheap PC case, and especially the cheapest PC case for gaming we would recommend, the N200 is your best choice.

Why? Well, you’re not just getting a very cheap Micro ATX Case, but also:

  • Decent build quality for the price from one of the best PC case brands, with extra ventilation and mesh panels to maximize airflow.
  • 2 x 120mm included fans (fantastic for the price) which combined with the airflow design, will be enough to get a build up and running
  • Perfect space for a budget gaming PC case with 4 x expansion slots and GPU lengths up to 355mm (more than enough)
  • Great storage space with up to 3 x 2.5″ & 4 x 3.5″ drive bays (more than enough for budget builds)
  • 5.25″ optical drive bay space if you require a DVD/CD drive.

This really is an excellent package. We really appreciate the inclusion of the 2 fans at this price-point (pretty unheard of, especially from a large manufacturer). Assuming you’re looking at purchasing a graphics card in the low to mid-range price point; then all of the included cooling will likely suffice, but you have options to expand with up to 2 further 120mm fans in the future if needed.

If you’re a non-gamer looking for something without a GPU, then this will handle your needs without spending any more money on additional fans.

There are other features in this case that we’re shocked to see at this price point: decent cable management, USB 3.0 port on the front I/O panel, and an all-around decent layout to work in as you’re building.

There’s a reason we’ve featured the N200 multiple times before. When we think of the cheapest PC case worth buyingthere really is no greater contender.

Cheapest PC Case for Quiet Build: Fractal Design Core 1100

Another surprisingly cheap PC case from one of the best manufacturers in the chassis space (and the best for silent builds), the Core 1100 is the cheapest Fractal Design case around, but still retains some of the company’s signature features.

The build-quality is simple as you’d expect for the price, but the front of the case has a nice aluminum-brush finish to give this case a deceptively slick aesthetic.

The 1100 has been designed to provide a reduction in noise through its build, with a vibration dampening setup on the 3.5″ drive bays (a common noisy part) and the included high-quality Fractal 120mm fan. 

You’re of course not going to get the same silent PC as you would with the mid/premium-tier choices, but at this price range? You can’t expect much more (if you’re really dedicated to a silent PC, there are some excellent choices if you can consider a larger budget).

This is one of the cheapest mini-tower cases around (which is the most common form factor for budget builds), with room inside for:

  • 4 x expansion slots
  • GPU length clearance up to 350mm (enough for any budget card)
  • 2 x 3.5″ HDD or 3x 2.5″ HDD/SSD or 1x 2.5″ HDD/SSD or 1x 3.5″ HDD bays
  • 2 x 5.25″ optical drive bays
  • Room for additional 1 x 120mm & 1 x 92mm fans

As you can see, the specs aren’t quite up to speed for gaming with the N200. We’d definitely recommend our top pick over this for that purpose.

But if you’re looking for the cheapest HTPC case or something for office work? This would be a decent quiet runner.

Cheapest PC Case for Airflow: Zalman S2

Now, as capable as the N200 is for a cheap gaming PC case, if you’re looking to purchase a premium GPU, or you simply like to have a windowed PC case, the Zalman S2 will likely be your better choice.

The first ATX case on the list, this is one of the cheapest mid towers available. What makes that more impressive is that the S2 comes with 3 pre-installed fans. Simply unheard of for an ATX case at this price.

The GPU clearance length is actually a tad less at 330mm; but this will still be more than enough for nearly every card (just check length before purchasing). The reason we like this case for airflow (other than its incredibly valuable 3 fan inclusion) is its:

  • Decent ventilation setup, with mesh and other vents surrounding most sides of the case
  • ATX form factor, meaning there’s a little more room to breathe within the case (you can still set up an mATX motherboard within it if you wish)
  • Room to install an additional 5 x 120mm fans in the future (not necessary for a budget build, but nice to have the option for overclocking/dual-GPU setups at a later date)

The build quality is perfectly serviceable for the price range, with the option to pay a tiny bit more for a tempered glass side (but an acrylic window is fine if you’re on a tight budget).

This cheap ATX case also has room for:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • 2 x 2.5″ & 2 x 2.5″/3.5″ drive bays (perfectly decent for a budget setup)
  • Front I/O panel that includes a USB 3.0 port

What else is there to say, if you want an incredible deal on a larger chassis for a gaming build, the S2 is the cheapest ATX case with the level of airflow it offers.

Cheapest PC case with RGB Fans: MUSETEX 903-N4

Our next option is for those after something a little flashier.

Of course, with the introduction of RGB fans, comes a slightly higher price-tag, but the 903-N4 is still a very cheap deal for what you are getting. On top of the 4 included RGB fans (with front I/O light controller), you’re also getting a case with a decent build quality that includes 2 x tempered glass windows (many non-RGB cases at this price don’t even include one!)

This is certainly the best looking PC case on the list; and what’s more, with its included fans and decent internal ventilation, you’re still getting one of the cheapest gaming PC cases with good cooling out of the box.

This ATX tower has room for:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • GPU lengths up to 380mm (this will almost certainly be enough for you).
  • E-ATX motherboard support (unlikely suitable for a budget build but a nice option nonetheless)
  • 3 x 2.5″ & 3 x 3.5″ drive bays – more than enough for gaming, also great for a budget media PC case
  • Option to add an additional 2 x 140mm fans (but not required)

As you can see, excellent specs for a cheap gaming PC case, or simply someone looking for a chassis for non-gaming that’s a little head-turning.

Yes, there is a slightly cheaper option for a case with LED fans.

But this cheaper choice only offers fans that output static colors, not RGB. The 903-N4 is, by far, the cheapest RGB PC case. The difference is that you can actually customize and change the colors of the RGB lights. In cheaper cases, they are usually a static rainbow-color, which isn’t nearly as good for creating your own style/aesthetic.

If you can’t afford the more luxurious light-focussed PC cases, the MUSETEX 903-N4 is the best cheap PC case with RGB fans without question.

Quick-Fire Picks (Best of the Rest)

While the top 4 picks are what we consider the cheapest PC cases worth buying for a majority of gaming or budget work needs, we appreciate there will be some users with more specific requirements, and perhaps some more who are looking specifically for a case as cheap as possible regardless of value inclusions like fans. The picks below are worthy for you to consider if you fall into one of these camps.

Cheapest PC Case (Under $30): HEC HX210

The cheapest PC case we can find that is suitable for a “traditional” build. There are some quality drops here compared to the above picks that we don’t think is worth the saving (with significantly less value when you consider fans), but you could certainly still build a budget setup with this.

Cheapest ATX Case with Fan: Zalman T6

If you want an ATX case, but don’t feel the need to have 3 fans like the Zalman S2 (or you simply prefer a windowless chassis), the T6 is another great value pick.

Cheapest Tempered Glass PC Case: DEEPCOOL MATREXX 30

This isn’t just the cheapest Micro ATX case with tempered glass, but the cheapest in any form factor. With a fan and decent mesh layout, this would be good for a budget build (but if you’re looking at gaming, you’ll want to add at least 1 more fan, ideally 2).

Cheapest Gaming ITX Case: Thermaltake Core V1

For those after a cheap ITX case for a gaming build, one of the best Mini ITX cases happens to be a very cheap offering, read more about it here.

 

Cheapest Non-Gaming PC Case: Goodisory 05

The cheapest PC case on the list (and the cheapest we could find). This could only be recommended to someone with very basic needs (e.g. a budget HTPC case) due to its tiny size (no room for GPU). If you have even remotely serious non-gaming requirements, we’d recommend the N200 or Core 1100 over this.

Cheapest Micro ATX Case Alternative: Rosewill SRM-01B

One of the most popular cheap PC cases, we don’t think this option is as good as the other Micro ATX choices on the list, but it’s still not a bad deal if you prefer the style/inclusions.

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The 5 Best PC Cases for First-Time Builders in 2021

Best PC Case for First-Time Builders

The 5 Best PC Cases for First-Time Builders in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Nov 15, 2020

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We know that for those new to PC building, picking every part can be overwhelming, especially the basis of what you intend to build everything in!

Don’t worry, today’s feature is here to guide you through the best PC cases for beginners available today.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Best PC Case for First-Time Builders: Fractal Design Define R5

This isn’t just the best PC case for beginners, but one of the best PC cases available today in any category.

There’s a lot to love in the R5 which is why we’ve featured it many, many times. If you’re not familiar with Fractal Design, they are, without question, one of the best PC case manufacturers in the business and a perfect starting point on your journey.

Starting with the build quality: you’re getting thick, solid steel on most of the exterior (and a metal-finished plastic front, designed to be lighter for airflow but still looks as excellent as the rest of the outside). The whole case has a beautiful, minimalist design and feels as good as it looks. When considering the best computer case for first-time builders, we like that the R5 has a windowless design for 2 reasons:

  1. The sound-dampening material used on all sides (including the windowless panel) makes this one of the best silent PC cases on the market (something that Fractal is known for). This is great for new builders who don’t have to worry about the fine intricacies of getting a quiet build (reducing vibrations from certain parts, etc.)
  2. It’s always good to be a little clean with your internal setup for airflow. But with a windowless design, a new builder doesn’t have to be obsessed with extremely neat cable management (but if that’s something you do want, don’t worry, the R5 has plenty of capability).

This is a mid-tower/ATX case, which is the best form factor for a beginner to build in (plenty of space, ATX motherboards are easy to find and you’re very unlikely to run into any size compatibility). With room inside for:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • Graphics cards up to 310mm (this will be enough room for a majority of cards, but you can remove one of the HDD cages to increase this to 440mm, which is very easy to do).
  • 8 x 3.5″ / 2.5″, 2 x 2.5″ & 2 x 5.25″ drive bays
  • Up to 9 140mm fans with 2 high-quality Fractal Design Dynamic GP-14 fans pre-installed

All these specs check out for a beginner; you have the perfect gaming PC case for a first-time builder with great graphics card room and fantastic airflow/included fans (the fact that you can upgrade your cooling to include an additional 7 140mm fans is fantastic if you ever want to pursue overclocking, but for a beginner, there is more than enough to get your base build cooled).

The storage capability of this case is also fantastic, we expect for first-time builders you’ll just be looking at 1 SSD & potentially 1 HDD, but there’s an option to add so much more at a later date if you want your build to also operate as a server PC case or something else with high storage requirements (video editing, production work, etc.)

With great internal cable management, a really intuitive layout, and easily removable doors on both sides, there’s so much to appreciate here for every type of builder.

We love that you don’t have to compromise and get a PC case “for dummies”, the R5 has everything a great gaming/work build needs, but just also happens to be the best PC case for first-time builders too!

Runner-Up Best ATX Case for First-Time Builders: Phanteks P400

Another case that we have featured countless times and consider to be the best chassis that Phanteks (another classic PC brand) has ever produced.

The P400 is a really fantastic balance between build quality, design, cooling performance, space, and price (it’s certainly the best tempered-glass PC case of its price range).

Although our favorite pick is the R5, if you are more drawn toward a PC case with a window, then this will be the better choice for you.

The P400 has a thick steel exterior and full-length tempered glass that are deceptively high quality and aesthetically pleasing for the case’s price-range (topped off by that slim, understated LED lighting you see at the bottom of the front). It really is a great looking chassis built to last.

Another ATX case, this beginner tower has space for

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • Graphics card lengths up to 395mm (will be enough for close to every GPU on the market)
  • Space for 2 x 2.5/3.5″ & 2 x 2.5″ drive bays (with the possibility to add 4 more 2.5/3.5″ spaces with the purchase of additional trays, but this will be unnecessary for new builders).
  • Air cooling: 6 x 120mm fans with 2 high-quality 120mm fans included

As you can see, like the R5, this case has all the room and cooling to get you off to a great start. There’s a little less in the way of fan slots on the P400. But really, this won’t matter for a majority of builds (certainly not for beginners), you can get very far with the cooling in the case, and it has a superb internal ventilation design (you really will be fine with the included fans alone if you’re not overclocking and keep the internals fairly neat).

Similarly to the R5, there is a great inner layout that aids cable management and ease of installation. You of course have to be a little more careful removing a tempered glass window, but this is something even a first-timer builder will be fine with.

If your idea of the best beginner computer case includes a window to show off you cool hardware, then the P400, with its fantastic value and quality, is for you.

Best Budget PC Case for First-Time Builders: Lian Li LANCOOL 205

As great as the Fractal and Phanteks offerings are, we appreciate some of you will be looking for an extra cheap PC case suitable for beginners.

The best chassis that hits the mark is the LANCOOL 205 from Lian Li, another one of the top PC case brands in the business (we’ve kept this list focussed on high-quality producers, as think the last thing a beginner wants is to be worrying about subpar manufacturing quality).

This is another case with a deceptively high-quality build for its price. Boasting a fully SPCC steel /tempered glass exterior (a little thinner than our top picks, but still great for the budget). Like the other choices, the LANCOOL 205 also a decent internal layout that provides even a budget gaming PC build with good airflow and ventilation.

This chassis is an ATX case, with room inside for:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • 350mm GPU clearance length (enough for nearly all mainstream cards)
  • 4 x 2.5″ & 2 x 2.5″ / 3.5″ drive bays
  • Up to 5 x 120mm fans with 2 included

We love that the LANCOOL 205 still comes with 2 fans pre-installed at its low price, which will be enough to get a beginner gaming PC case up and running. The rest of the specs also match nicely with what a budget build will be looking for, with plenty of hardware space. You won’t have quite the same noise cancellation and airflow as the top choices, but this case still does a fantastic job for the price.

Simply put, if your wallet can only stretch as far as the LANCOOL 205, know you’re still getting an excellent product, and what we consider the best cheap PC case for first-time builders.

Quick-Fire Picks (Best of the Rest)

While the top 3 picks are our top choices for the best PC case for beginner builders, we’ve added a couple of extra choices for those with more specific requirements may want to consider.

Cheapest PC Case for First-Time Builders: Cooler Master N200

While the LANCOOL 205 is the better PC case for beginners, we know some of you will be on very tight budgets. The N200 is an absolutely ridiculous value offering for first-time builders. with its Micro ATX form factor, it will be a little tighter to build in but still more than doable, read more about it here.

Cheaper Define R5 Alternative for First-Time Builders: Fractal Design Meshify C

If you like the style, quality, and quiet-focus of our Define R5 pick but want something a bit cheaper/with a window, the Meshify C is perfect.

It won’t give you the same level of silence as the R5, but it makes up for that with improved airflow; easily one of the best budget towers for beginners to consider. Read about it here.

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The 8 Best PC Cases with Fans Included in 2021

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The 8 Best PC Cases With Fans Included in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Nov 15, 2020

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While many PC cases include fans nowadays, most budget builders want to know not just that a tower comes with them, but that they’re reaping the maximum value.

That’s why we’ve put together today’s feature to guide you through the best PC cases with fans included.

These picks will focus on value, with either cheaper cases including 1-2 fans/decent ventilation perfect for a budget builder, or choices slightly more expensive that still offer an excellent deal by including a larger RGB fan/cooling setup.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Best PC Case with Fans Under $50: Cooler Master N200

Deciding the best budget PC case with fans included was a no-brainer for this feature.

The N200, from one of the best PC case manufacturers in the game, is an absolutely incredible value purchase. Of course, you’re not going to get the same level of product as some more expensive options, but it’s still well ahead of its similarly-priced counterparts.

The build quality is a nice mix of steel, plastic, and metal for the mesh (again, great for the price). I like the choice of mesh on this case, alongside the vents on the sides, top, and rear; Cooler Master have clearly recognized that purchasers of the N200 don’t want to then purchase lots more expensive fans, so the cooling out of the box is already suitable for your budget gaming PC build (or something for general work).

This case comes with a very generous 2 x 120mm fans installed (1 on the rear & 1 on the front). You could install up to 3 more if you wish to later. But between the mesh and surrounding ventilators, you have all the cooling you need out of the box here.

This is a Micro ATX case, the perfect form factor for a budget builder (not too big you’re paying for unnecessary material, not too small you’re worried about specialist parts), with room inside for:

  • 4 expansion slots
  • 4 x 3.5″, 3 x 2.5″ & 1 x 5.25″ (optical) drive bays
  • Graphics card clearance up to 355mm length (more than enough for most mainstream cards)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 on the front I/O panel (many cases this cheap will have less)

We can’t reiterate enough what an impressive budget offering this is.

The fact that you get a case from one of the best PC brands, with a slick design, build quality, 2 120mm fans, decent ventilation, and enough space for a great gaming build is really impressive.

This isn’t just the best micro ATX case with fans, but the best cheap PC case with fans available today.

Best PC Case with RGB Fans: MUSETEX T400-MN8

For those with a slightly larger budget who want to not just increase their cooling, but build in something with a more eye-catching aesthetic, MUSETEX’s T400-MN8 is a very impressive value offering.

If you told me you could get a decent quality mid-tower with 8 addressable RGB fans & 2 sides of tempered glass at this price before I saw this? I would have thought you were lying!

But that’s exactly what you get with the MN8. If you don’t know, RGB fans that are addressable can be customized in a huge variety of ways to behave as you want. This can mean anything from what color each light is, to how the lights are animated (they can fade on and off at various speeds or even flare up in sync with your music). What’s more, the system includes a remote control to change the lights easily (a nice touch, as this can get tiresome if going through software).

The tempered glass windows are full-length, which we always appreciate in showing off a great aesthetic (especially one focussed on RGBs). There is enough room in here for:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • Up to 380mm GPU lengths (all you’ll need for nearly every card)
  • 3 x 2.5″ & 2 x 3.5″ drive bays

As far as gaming PC cases with fans included go, this is an ideal budget option, considering you have all the space you need for a card and the ridiculous inclusion of cooling inside the case gives you a great basis for overclocking if you desire.

MUSETEX isn’t as big a brand like say, Cooler Master, but we still consider them worthy of inclusion, with their various flagship cases being well-received for quite a while now.

As insane as the N200 offer may be, the MN8, with its dual tempered glass and ARGB fans, is the best value PC case with fans on this whole list; if you want an RGB case, this is a fantastic budget choice.

Best ITX Case with Fan Included: Thermaltake Core V1

Now for those readers looking for a small pc case with fan inclusion for a budget build, I have good news.

One of the most popular ITX cases on the market, the Core V1, also happens to be a fantastic value offering. At its low price, it only includes 1 fan, but that is a 200m fan that is as nearly as large as the case and combined with the great ventilation and mesh design, is enough to cool your ITX build on its own (with an option for 2 x 80mm fans in future if you do want to upgrade).

But large fan inclusion and decent airflow for its size isn’t the only reason this is a great case. The V1 has a deceptively high-quality build for its price, with SPCC steel and tempered glass surrounding its exterior (not to mention its incredibly unique cube tower design).

Quite largely considered one of the best budget ITX cases for gaming (or just any build with a focus on aesthetic), there’s space inside for:

  • GPUs up to 285mm in length (smaller than larger cases as you’d expect, check the GPU you’re looking at beforehand, but this will still be large enough for most cards)
  • 2 x 2.5″ & 2 x 3.5″ drive bays (both hidden)

The storage space, in particular, is really impressive for a case of its size (with many similar cases only having 1-2 2.5″ drive bays). You of course won’t get the cooling that you would in our larger choices, but still more than enough for a budget gaming PC.

NOTE: If you’re looking at the Amazon reviews for this case, know that a majority of the very low ratings are for a different Thermaltake Core series cases (the V200), if you specifically look for the V1 reception, you’ll see it’s largely very positive for all the reason’s we’ve discussed.

This isn’t just one of the best mini ITX cases with fan inclusion, it’s one of the best value small chassis on the market. If it suits your style, you’ll love it for a budget build.

Best ATX Case With Fans: Fractal Design Focus G

We know that not everyone is into the big “flashy” aesthetic that a case like our MUSETEX pick above provides, so we wanted to offer a gaming PC case with fans that is more traditional and also from one of the best chassis brands in the business.

Fractal cases are always top quality, and the Focus G, despite its lower price tag, is no exception. Featured several times on What in Tech previously, this mid-tower case doesn’t just come with cheap fans, but a pair of high-quality Silent LL Series 120mm case fans. Fractal is known for silent builds, and while this budget offering isn’t as quiet as its flagship choices, it will still be the quietest PC case on this list.

Inside is room for:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • GPU clearance up to 380mm (more than enough for most cards)
  • 2 x 2.5″ / 3.5″, 1 x 2.5″ & 2 x 5.25″ drive bays

There’s plenty of graphics card/storage room in here for either gaming pc or someone looking for more of a sever/production build.

There’s lots of smaller “quality of life” features in the case too, like decent cable management, airflow (nicely aided by the mesh front plate), and the inclusion of optical drives are great for anyone still using older media (if not, they can easily be converted into more storage space).

Alongside the decent ventilation and included cooling is the option to add up to 4 more 120mm fans (not that you’ll need these on a budget setup though, just an option for later on if you want to consider overclocking).

If the other cases don’t hit the mark for you (perhaps you want more of a minimalist choice from a big brand, and your budget is a little above the N200) then know this is one of the best computer cases with fans included for budget builders.

Quick-Fire Picks (Best of the Rest)

While the top 4 choices are what we consider the best budget PC cases with fans included, there are a few extra options worth considering in certain situations that we thought worth adding (and are still worth considering if they more comfortably match your requirements).

Best Budget Case With RGB Fans: Montech X1

If you want a cheap PC case with RGB fans and the MUSETEX top pick is outside of your price-bracket, the Montech X1 will be the best choice for you.

Cheapest PC Case With Fan Included: DEEPCOOL MATREXX 30

Although we would recommend pushing you to purchase the N200 if you can stretch your budget a tiny bit further, we respect some builder will literally be looking for the cheapest PC case with fan inclusion that will get their build up and running. The MATREXX is the cheapest choice we’d recommend for just that (only 1 fan included but with enough ventilation for a budget build).

Cheapest ATX PC Case With Fan: DEEPCOOL MATREXX 50

The larger brother of the pick directly above, if you are after the cheapest ATX PC case that also has that classic, tempered glass look, this is it (we would recommend purchasing a cheap second 120mm fan with this as a minimum, however).

Best ATX Case With RGB Fans Alternative Pick: Thermaltake V250

If you prefer an RGB case to be with one of the larger brands, this is your best value option. One of Thermaltake’s flagship budget models includes a beautiful tempered glass design and 3 high-quality RGB fans.

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