The 10 Best PC Case Brands in 2021
Dec 28, 2020
After our endless amounts of case reviews over different categories, budgets, shapes, and sizes, it’s clear that some chassis brands have shined better than others.
But which manufacturer makes the best quality computer cases?
Today’s What in Tech feature breaks down the best PC case brands on the market today depending on what you’re looking for.
Treat this page as a hub, as we’ve got separate features on the best cases from each of these manufacturers in the links below.
- Overall Best PC Case Brand: Lian-Li
- Best PC Case Brand for Silent Builds: Fractal Design
- Runner-Up Best PC Case Brand: Phanteks
- Best PC Case Brand for Premium Options: Thermaltake
- Most Stylish PC Case Brand: NZXT
- Most Popular PC Case Brand (Best for Variety): Corsair
- Best Traditional PC Case Brand: SilverStone
- Great Unique Cases Alternative: InWin
- Good All-Round Case Options: Cooler Master
- Runner-Up Best Silent PC Cases: Be Quiet!
- Honorable Mentions
Overall Best PC Case Brand: Lian-Li
Oh boy, was it hard to decide how to rank this top spot.
Specifically, the battle between Lian-Li and Fractal Design was neck and neck; with both manufacturers offering absolutely incredible cases across most typical buying criteria.
But as it stands right now, we have to give the accolade to Lian-Li.
You may not be as familiar with this manufacturer as say, Corsair or Thermaltake.
But they’ve been in the PC Case business for a long time. Their flagship models today strike an incredible balance between aesthetics, build quality, internal spec, airflow, and cooling capability.
All wrapped into price tags that feel too good to be true next to some of its competitors.
The PC-011 Dynamic, in particular, is what we consider to be the best PC case available today.
Lian-Li is a seasoned manufacturer on the top of their game.
You really can’t beat their top cases for overall value whether you’re after a PC case for gaming, streaming, or production (whether high-end or more budget-leaning).
All of this is why we consider Lian-Li the best computer case brand on the market today.
Best PC Case Brand for Silent Builds: Fractal Design
Now like we said, our number one pick on this list was very hard to finalize.
Fractal Design feels just as deserving to take the top spot.
With a similarly incredible execution in balancing quality, design, and internal specs with fantastic pricing, Fractal has been my personal go-to choice for PC cases for a long time.
There is one key area that separates Fractal and Lian-Li: noise vs airflow.
Fractal Design is the undisputed king of silent PC cases.
They manage to achieve this by surrounding their high-quality exteriors with sound dampening insulation, setups that minimize internal vibrations, and side panels that are (usually) covered in thick metal instead of thinner tempered glass.
With this approach comes a set of very minimalist PC case designs that are beautifully subtle and practically silent (particularly in their mid/high-end models).
With that increased insulation comes a slight loss in airflow/cooling capability.
Now make no mistake, for the amount of sound dampening Fractal achieves in its cases, they still perform very well in temperature benchmarks (often beating many cases that have more ventilation openings) and are more than capable of running a powerful PC.
We just think that for the average builder, the perks of slightly superior airflow and a case focussed on high visibility (for your beautiful RGB components!) will win you over.
But if having a quiet case is even a little bit important to you, know that Fractal Design is easily one of the best PC case brands today, and its flagship models are incredible products.
Runner-Up Best PC Case Brand: Phanteks
Phanteks are one of the more popular manufacturers on this list with a huge variety of great towers.
Even Phantek’s cheap to mid-range cases are often built with a level of quality that you’d pay more for from many other brands.
We don’t think their offerings in the mid-range are quite as good as Lian-Li and Fractal.
But that’s only because the PC-011 and the Define R5/7 are such fantastic computer cases, it’s hard to compete with them.
But if your budget is a little shorter than those chassis, or is much higher that you’re looking for a specialist case like the Enthoo 719, then Phanteks are still well worth considering.
Best PC Case Brand for Premium Options: Thermaltake
One of the best selling brands on this list, Thermaltake has some fantastic cases on offer.
Although for your typical tower build, our top picks may provide slightly better value, Thermaltake has a couple of special things on offer:
- They are easily the best PC case manufacturer for clear/high visibility chassis (designed for wall mounting or displaying attractive/RGB components).
- The company has some fantastic premium options: one of our favorite E-ATX cases is the Tower 900, and the new Core P8 is truly a sight to behold.
Yes, you are paying a little more for some unique aesthetics, but design is a big factor when buying your case.
Thermaltake is, to put it simply, a great choice if you’re looking to build something extra unique to show off.
Most Stylish PC Case Brand: NZXT
We’re sure most of you are very familiar with NZXT, and there’s a good reason for that.
Few other brands have made their mark through sticking to a slick, striking aesthetic as this manufacturer.
Most of the flagship models have decent SGCC steel build qualities with some beautiful matte finishes.
NZXT’s cases aren’t just pretty though; they also offer plenty of utility for a large variety of builds.
If the aesthetic of NZXT is up your alley, know their cases are a great choice for more than just looks.
Most Popular PC Case Brand (Best for Variety): Corsair
There’s probably not a person reading this who doesn’t have some dealing with Corsair.
This classic brand has had cases featured throughout tons of our reviews.
One case, in particular, has been featured more than any other to date: the Corsair Crystal Series 680X (one of the best premium cases available today).
Although we like cases like the PC-011 and the Define R5/7 over Corsair’s mid-range offerings, it is simply incredible how many chassis this brand manufactures at any one time.
They’re a great brand to pay attention to if you’re focussed on picking something extra unique.
Best Traditional PC Case Brand: SilverStone
On the other end of the variety spectrum is SilverStone.
This classic manufacturer is great at sticking to what it knows best: making traditional-style no-frills PC cases.
And we don’t mean that negatively by any means.
SilverStone cases still look great and perform very well for the price, if you’re after something more minimalist (and aren’t interested in Fractal Design) then this should be your go-to.
Another area they shine in is in the world of horizontal PC cases; combined with their simplistic designs, SilverStone cases are perfect for someone looking for an HTPC case.
Great Unique Cases Alternative: InWin
While not taking any particular top spot, InWin is still a great PC brand that we particularly enjoy for creating some very unique offerings that perform as well as they look.
Good All-Round Case Options: Cooler Master
Another very popular manufacturer, Cooler Master has made a name for themselves by offering a great variety of cases in all different shapes and sizes – particularly working well as a cheap PC case brand, with a huge array of budget options.
Both their cheap and premium options are worth considering; our standout choice from them is easily the Cosmos C700P – this is one of the best choices for high-end enthusiast builds.
The only reason we don’t rank them higher is some of the other manufacturers above simply tend to offer more with their competing products in each price range.
Runner-Up Best Silent PC Cases: Be Quiet!
Last but not least is another option for those after a quiet PC case.
As much as we love Fractal Design, if for whatever reason you are looking for an alternative (be it aesthetic or stock/budget issues), Be Quiet!’s range, as the name would suggest, offer excellent noise-reduction solutions.
The Silent Base 801 in particular is a stand-out offering from them, which you can read more about in our coverage here.
While the above are the best PC case brands on the market today, there are still some other great manufacturers that you shouldn’t look down upon if you’ve found something out of this list that takes your eye.
We have, for example, previously recommended cases from Antec, ASUS, Anidees, Cougar, Azza, EVGA & darkFlash.
None of these brands are bad, (Antec for instance once manufactured one of the most popular cases on the market).
It’s just that the above 10 will cover a large majority of user needs and be the best balance of build quality, price, and features.
But if you’re looking for something extra unique, check out our feature on just that.
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