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


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


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

Kaelum Ross


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

Kaelum Ross


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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The 10 Best Premium PC Cases in 2021

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The 10 Best Premium PC Cases in 2021

Kaelum Ross


Nov 15, 2020

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In the many, many PC case review lists we’ve done, we nearly always include a high-end pick for those builders that have the budget to create something truly cutting-edge.

Today’s feature is here to present the top choices from all of those options, and detail the best premium PC cases for gaming, production work, and much more (in all shapes and sizes).

This isn’t simply a list of the most expensive PC cases, but options that really bring something worthy to the table for their price-tag.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Overall Best Premium PC Case: Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL

The greatest PC case from what we consider the best manufacturer in the game right now, the Dynamic XL is an incredible offering for creating both a beautiful and powerful build.

The build quality and design of the O11 D XL are fantastic. Stock photos do not do this case justice at all. You are getting a full, thick aluminum exterior with a beautiful finish that doesn’t just look good but also feels very solid and durable. Accompanying that exterior is a subtle RGB light on the front and 2 full length high-quality tempered glass windows.

We really can’t overstate how beautiful this chassis looks with a completed build, powered on, the full-length glass on both sides gives amazing visibility for a premium build. You may be thinking there is a little too much exposure with the internals, but this is a dual-chamber PC case. This means there is a large dedicated compartment in the hidden side of the case that is designed to host your “uglier” parts (think your PSU, cables, etc). This helps in not just creating a clean setup, but one that has a fantastic room for airflow.

Speaking of airflow, this case really excels in cooling and is one of the best premium PC cases for gaming & overclocking available, with:

  • Up to 10 120mm fans
  • Or up to 3 360mm radiators

Tie this in with the efficient dual-chamber layout and you have a simply incredible case for performance.

In terms of hardware space requirements, this is one of the XL’s main strengths. Being a premium full tower case, it has enough room for pretty much any powerhouse build:

  • E-ATX Motherboard Support
  • 8 expansions slots (and vertical installs)
  • 6 2.5″ & 4 2.5″ / 3.5″ drive bays
  • Graphics card lengths up to 446mm. Size-wise this is one of the best PC cases for RTX 3080, 3090 & 3070 GPUs

As you can see, whether you’re looking for a premium gaming PC case or something more for production/server use, there is an incredible capability for all of this in the XL. Despite its high-end price range, it’s still one of the cheaper options on this list (and amongst its premium competitors).

By this point, you can probably see why we love this choice so much. With its incredible value in mind, this is comfortably our pick for the overall best premium computer case.

Best Premium PC Case for Silent Builds: Fractal Design Define 7 XL

Now as much as we love the top Lian Li pick, if there is one premium tower very closely following it, it’s this powerhouse choice from Fractal, one of the other best brands in the case business.

What is so impressive about the 7 XL is how it manages to so easily balance optimum noise reduction with excellent cooling/performance. Usually, you are sacrificing significant airflow when you add the industrial quality sound-dampening panels to a case like the 7 XL has, but this chassis is known to still perform better cooling-wise than many of its louder competitors.

The build quality on the Define 7 XL is beautiful and sturdy; with a monolithic design, it is deceptively striking in person. It’s also a huge space for your setup, with some very impressive specs:

  • Up to E-ATX Motherboard Support
  • 9 x Expansion slots & 3 for vertical install options
  • 359mm graphics card clearance (up to 549mm with certain modular components removed, but 359mm is enough for nearly all cards)
  • Drive bays included: 8 x 2.5″ / 3.5″ (up to 18 available), 2 x 2.5″ (up to 5 available) & 2 x 5.25″
  • 30mm cable routing space (not as good as a dual-chamber but still decent).
  • Up to 9 x 120mm fans (with 3 x high-quality Dynamic X2 GP-14 silent fans included)
  • Or up to 2 x 480mm, 1 x 280mm & 1 x 140mm radiators

As you can see, some of the availability here is insane. This would be a fantastic option as a premium server PC case with all of its storage space.

When choosing between our two top picks, it’s really down to personal preference. You’ll see that the 7 XL has some impressive specs that in many ways beat the O11’s, and for builders focussed on silence, this is definitely the best choice for you (it is, without doubt, the best silent premium PC case for gaming). We gave a slight edge to the Lian Li offering because it still has all of the specs you need for an extremely powerful build; but also offers such a beautiful aesthetic and a dual-chamber layout to maximize airflow and clean design.

Again though, this is a personal preference choice. If you prefer the look of a minimalist PC case, one that is close to silent, or one that has an even crazier amount of storage capability, then the 7 XL is a simply incredible PC case and perfect for you.

Most Innovative Premium PC Case: Antec Torque

The Torque speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

One of the most unique PC cases on the market, this Antec tower is special not just because of its incredible aesthetic, but because it has some fantastic performance to match.

But let’s start with the design. The Torque’s exterior is made of 14 uniquely curved aluminum panels and double-sided tempered glass. The finish across the whole case is incredible. As good is it looks in photos, this is another example of a case that simply cannot be done justice unless you have it in person with a powered-on build.

This premium ATX case has room inside for:

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

The storage space is a little lower than our top choices as this case is obviously designed to be exposed from all angles, so its space to hide less-attractive drives is minimal. That said, there is still more than enough space here for a premium gaming PC with 1 SSD & 1 HDD.

Speaking of gaming, perhaps the best feature of this case (aside from its design) is its incredible cooling capability. While 6 x 120mm fans may not sound like much for a premium gaming tower, know that this is an open-air PC case. Your GPU and CPU will be exposed to maximized airflow with the openings surrounding the case, with more than enough capability for overclocking in this machine.

This is one of the most expensive PC cases around today, and you are of course paying (partially) for its fantastic aesthetic. But what we really love about the Torque is that it is a beautiful balance between form and function. Yes, this is the case that will get all of your friends and family to turn their heads; but it’s also a case that can still inform an incredibly powerful PC build.

Best Premium PC Case for Cooling: Thermaltake Core P8

Now if the Antec Torque isn’t in your style (or budget), another incredible option for aesthetic and cooling is the high-end choice in the Thermaltake Core series: the P8.

We have featured this series in many, many articles because of its fantastic versatility as a choice for wall mounting (optional) and clear design.

The P8 really stands at the top of this series. As you can probably tell by the image, if you equip this chassis with some RGB fans and hardware, you have a simply incredible base to show off a beautiful internal setup. With a top-tier build quality compromising of an SPCC steel exterior with 3 thick tempered glass windows surrounding the other sides; the P8 feels as good as it looks, and that’s saying something.

Inside is a space for a seriously powerful premium gaming PC build too, with:

  • 8 x expansion slots
  • GPUs up to 320mm in length (without water cooling reservoir, 280mm with)
  • E-ATX Motherboard support (up to 12″ x 13″)
  • 1 x accessible 2.5″ & hidden HDD bracket to host up to 3 x 3.5″ or 6 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • Up to 18 x 120mm fans
  • Or up to 2 x 480mm, 1 x 360mm & 1 x 240mm radiators

The cooling capability of the P8 is simply insanewith the most fan/radiator allotments we have seen in any chassis (especially impressive as it has no room for side fans with its glass cover). Combined with some nice openings around certain parts of the case, you have one of (if not the) best premium PC case for cooling a powerful gaming/production build, perfect for overclocking.

We love that this case still manages room to hide its main storage drive bay too, with the PSU shroud also nicely covered by another allotment perfect for an RGB fan.

What else is there to say, not only does this case look incredible, but it performs that way too; if this style suits you, it is a fantastic pick.

Best Premium ITX Case: NZXT H1

For those looking for the best smaller form factor PC case, then this new offering from NZXT is a fantastic option.

Another case featured several times for its incredible achievement in chassis architecture, the H1 is special because it has been specifically designed to be as low volume and “tight” as possible while retaining enough room for airflow and a mainstream graphics card (this is one of the best ITX cases for RTX 3080 & 3070 GPUs, but as always with this form factor, remember to check dimensions beforehand as GPU size will vary depending on the brand).

The H1 accomplishes this task by having an included high-quality water cooler and AIO CPU liquid cooler specifically design for the case pre-installed. Not only does this make the case deceptively high-value despite its premium price-tag, but it also means the case isn’t having to accommodate for a wide range of PSUs/coolers with more generic space requirements.

The H1 is carefully designed with everything inside having a distinct purpose, including:

  • gorgeous SGCC steel/tinted tempered glass design – this is the best premium mITX case build quality we have seen to date
  • A dual-chamber layout that gives fantastic ventilation to the allotted GPU space (up to 305mm x 128mm for your card).
  • 2 x 2.5″ drive bays

We like that they still managed to include 2 SSD slots. We wouldn’t be surprised to see something this small have only one.

The dual-chamber design is perfect to give some independent ventilation to the GPUs and CPUs (with the included AIO cooler being the only intended thermal solution in the case, making the H1 deceptively quiet for an ITX case also).

I know we’ve been over it a couple of times, but it really cannot be overstated how impressive the design and performance of the H1 is; of course, you’re not going to get the cooling of a larger case, but if you’re focussed on a tight form factor, the H1 can easily handle a high-end ITX gaming build.

This is, without a doubt, the best premium mini ITX case on the market.

Quick-Fire Picks (Best of the Rest)

While the 5 chassis above are the picks we wanted to highlight, there are some other really excellent options in the premium markets that we wanted to present. If they fit your needs/style preferences more, know that these are still excellent choices.

Alternative Best Premium PC Case for Airflow & Cable Management: Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB

One of the most featured cases on What in Tech, the 680X has the largest dual chamber of any premium PC case and is therefore perfect for a clean inner build, good cable management, and airflow (read more about it here).

Best Build-Quality Premium PC Case: Asus ROG Strix Helios GX601

With one of the sturdiest builds we’ve ever seen and some strong handles on the top, this case is built like a tank to be a portable premium PC case (with one of the most beautiful subtle in-built RGB lightings also, read more about it here).

Best Unique Premium PC Case: AZZA CSAZ-802F

Another incredibly unique choice, this cube PC case doesn’t just look pretty but performs well too. If this design speaks to you, know it’s an excellent choice.

Best Premium Micro ATX Case: Thermaltake AH T200

If you’re looking for a premium mATX case, the T200 fits the bill perfectly; with fantastic style and no compromise on airflow (there’s also an ATX version if you prefer the design over the Antec Torque).

Best Premium PC Case for Watercooling Alternative: Thermaltake Tower 900

While the Core P8 takes our top cooling spot, this “fishtank pc case” has been featured many times for not only its excellent unique presentation and sturdy build, but the freedom to create some really fantastic liquid cooling setups, read more about it here.

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The 5 Best Green PC Cases in 2020

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The 5 Best Green PC Cases in 2020

Kaelum Ross


Nov 13, 2020

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Every popular chassis seems to be black or grey.

What about those after something a little…different?

There’s plenty of options around, be it pink, white, blue or red.

But today’s feature is here to guide you through the best green PC cases available on the market today.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Overall Best Green PC Case: darkFlash V22

Out of the limited green ATX cases available on the market, this top pick was a bit of a no brainer.

The V22 is darkFlash’s improvement on the already fantastic DLM22 (that we have featured many times before, and is a good choice in its own right if you want the best cheap green PC case).

Starting with the design: with great build quality, beautiful shape, and a very aesthetically pleasing mint green finish, the V22 looks fantastic. Stock photos do not do it justice. With its tinted tempered glass window and fully green interior, any impressive inner hardware is going to shine beautifully through this (we really are impressed that the internal coloring isn’t just black/metal, which many cheaper cases do if they are in a unique color).

This is a compact ATX case and strikes a good balance between having great space for hardware while not being too bulky and large for a case clearly designed to look sharp. With room inside for:

  • GPU clearance up to 387mm (more than enough for mainstream cards)
  • 7 x expansion slots
  • 2 x 2.5″ & 2 x 3.5″ drive bays
  • Up to 5 x 120mm fans (or 3 x 120mm & 1 x 240mm radiator)

Between this space and the decent airflow in the case, this is the best green PC case for gaming or general production builds at the low-mid tier price range.

We would usually add a cheaper choice in our features, but the V22 is really not just the best overall option, but the best budget green PC case (we rarely see a chassis this good & stylish at such a low price-tag).

A small additional nice touch is the tool-free magnetic door on the side. After going through years of clunky doors with screws and other contraptions, this is a really handy, elegant idea.

Another nice feature is the vertical GPU mount. This is a great option to better display your GPU through the gorgeous tinted glass window.

What’s left to say? The V22 is very impressive for its price. With everything that the average gaming/work build needs in a stylish design.

This is, without a doubt, the overall best green PC case available today.

Runner-Up Best Green PC Case: CUK Mantis

While this is more of a green and black PC case than a straight, clean single color; once the green RGB lighting is up and running, the CUK Mantis shows off a great, unique aesthetic.

The Mantis has an awesome, intriguing design; with raised diagonal panels on the front and top that hide some beautifully subtle green LED lighting. On the main side is a full-length tempered glass window that covers the 6 x included green HALO fans. While the price may seem fairly high, once you count the fact that your cooling and case RGB solution is already fully set up, it’s a great deal.

This is a full tower green case, with room for:

  • GPU clearance up to 360mm length (enough for nearly all mainstream cards)
  • 7 x expansion slots
  • 3 x 3.5″ & 2 x 2.25″ drive bays

The Mantis has everything you need for a powerful gaming build, and with the included fans, you’ll have a great PC case for airflow too.

Make no mistake, while we ranked the V22 as our favorite pick, if the Mantis’s aesthetic is more up your alley, then know that we included it for a reason, it’s still one of the best green computer cases on the market.

High-End Best Green PC Case: InWin D-Frame

If you’re looking for one of the most unique PC cases on the market that also does a great job in performance, the D-Frame is one of your best options.

Featured multiple times on What in Tech, this case is a bit of an architectural marvel (not really looking like a chassis at all) and its green version is wonderfully striking. As you’d expect in the price range, you’re getting a top-quality build, with the tubing/base all made of aluminum (the best metal for PC cases) and a thick, tinted tempered glass covering the top of the case.

This is an open-air design, which doesn’t just make it an amazing chassis for airflow, but also gives your parts high-visibility with its clear layout. 

It’s not just a pretty case, the D-Frame has won the acclaim is has due to its ability to perform and hold a suitably powerful build inside, with room for:

  • 8 x expansion slots (+ vertical install option)
  • 330mm GPU clearance
  • 3 x 3.5″,  2 x 2.5″ & 1 x 5.25″ drive slots
  • 4 x 120mm case fans
  • Great facility for cable management despite the large exposure around the whole case.

These specs are really impressive, considering how so much of the case is completely open. While the 4 x 120mm fan allotment may not sound like much for an ATX tower; you really won’t need more than this with the open-air design which compensates with great airflow.

We’re not trying to say you need to go out and spend this much money on a case to have a powerful build.

But if you have the budget, and are looking for the best green PC tower to truly show off your unique side, while retaining excellent hardware specs and performance, the D-Frame is for you.

Alternative Quick-Fire Picks

While the top 3 choices are the only green PC cases on the market right now we’d recommend, we appreciate that there isn’t a massive choice for this stylish color.

So if you’re a little pickier, we’ve included a couple of other options that would be the next best thing for setting up a green PC build.

Best Clear Case for a Green PC Setup: Thermaltake Core P3

The best alternative to a green-colored PC case is getting the best clear chassis on the market, the P3, and letting your green hardware do the talking (things like green fans, PSU cables, and other parts are more than enough to give you a colorful unique build and will look great against the dark base colors of the P3).

Best RGB Case for a Green PC Setup: MUSETEX Phantom 907

If you want your green aesthetic to come solely from fans, a great budget option is the Phantom 907, which includes 6 x addressable RGB fans. This would be more than enough to make your build shine in the unique color (just check a photo or video of the build in action to see what we mean!).

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The 5 Best PC Cases Without Windows in 2020

Best PC Case Without Window

The 5 Best PC Cases Without Windows in 2020

Kaelum Ross


Nov 13, 2020

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As popular as a clearer, tempered glass chassis is nowadays, what about those after a more minimalist PC case?

Whether it’s for a cleaner style, noise reduction, or anything else; today’s feature breaks down the best windowless PC cases available today for different budgets and sizes.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Overall Best PC Case Without Window: Fractal Design Define R5

We really cannot speak highly enough of the Define R5.

Not only is this the best computer case without windows, but it’s one of the greatest towers on the market today in any category (and our favorite case from Fractal Design, who are undoubtedly the best brand for windowless options).

The build quality of this case is top-tier, with a majority steel (or metal finish) exterior that gives the chassis an understated but stylish look (stock photos do not do it justice).

Fractal’s towers are known for their sound-dampening abilities without notable compromise on performance. Building your setup in the R5 gives you a fantastic balance between silence and cooling, with this being the best windowless PC case for airflow around, including room for:

  • Up to 9 140mm fans + 2 great Fractal Design Dynamic GP-14 fans included
  • Or up to 420mm top, 360mm side, 240mm bottom & 140mm rear radiators

This is a really impressive allotment for a windowless ATX case. The form factor often offers a lot less (not that you need to have all 9 fans to run a computer well, maxing out will help you if you’re going for overclocking or a seriously powerful setup). The R5 has been known to actually outperform many of its open-air competitors for running an intensive setup.

We love the R5 for its hardware space availability too, with room for:

  • 7 expansion slots
  • VGA cards up to 310mm (if you need to, removing the HDD case can up this to 440mm, but most mainstream cards will fit in the 310mm space).
  • 8 x 3.5″ / 2.5″, 2 x 2.5″ & 2 x optical drive bays

Between the cooling and internal space, this is easily our top pick for the best windowless PC case for gaming; but beyond that, this is also a great chassis for anybody with high storage needs (think video editing, production work, or server builds).

What else is there to say? Between its fantastic build quality, cooling performance, sound dampening, and space for powerful hardware all rolled into a mid-range price, the R5 ticks all the boxes and is, without doubt, the overall best PC case without a side-panel window.

Best Budget PC Case Without Window: Corsair Carbide 200R

As much as we love the R5 for gaming and work builds alike, if you’re looking for a cheap windowless PC case, the 200R is a great substitute for its price.

One of the best cheap cases by Corsair, this chassis has a steel exterior. Albeit a thin material with a basic finish, we still respect that Corsair has not gone for plastic in such a low-price PC case. It looks and feels decent compared to its budget counterparts.

This windowless chassis is a compact ATX case, with decent room for:

  • 7 x expansion slots
  • Graphics cards up to 420mm in length
  • 3 x 5.25″, 4 x 3.5″ & 4 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • Fan setup: Up to 8 x 120mm fans (2 included)

For its size and price, the 200R has an impressive allowance for fans and hardware.

You are, of course, not going to get the same level of cooling & sound dampening as the R5 (but again, with its low price in mind, it’s a great offering).

We like also that even at this budget, Corsair hasn’t avoided including 2 fans which will be enough to get your build up and running.

If your wallet is tight, know that we’re confident in this being the best cheap PC case without a window on the market today.

Best Premium PC Case Without Window: Fractal Design Define 7 XL

As you may have expected, we’re back to Fractal, who simply excel at providing the top windowless PC cases.

This next option is for their top range model that is perfect for anybody trying to build the most powerful silent PC setup they possibly can (there isn’t a case on the market that could do this better).

The Define 7 XL is a huge E-ATX case, with incredible space for:

  • 9 Expansion slots with a further 3 for vertical install options
  • 359mm GPU clearance (or up to 549mm when removing some modular case parts)
  • Drive bays included: 8 x 2.5″ / 3.5″ (up to 18 available), 2 x 2.5″ (up to 5 available) & 2 x optical″
  • 30mm routing space for cable management
  • 9 x 120mm fans (with 3 x Dynamic X2 GP-14 included)
  • Or  2 x 480mm, 1 x 280mm & 1 x 140mm radiators

Yes, that’s right, this case has pretty much everything you could need, even in a powerful high-end build.

With incredible storage space, this is one of the best server PC cases or something for a media/gaming library.

Speaking of gaming, between the excellent cooling capability of the 7XL, and its monumental space for hardware, you have the best windowless PC case for overclocking, multi-GPU setups, and much more.

What’s more impressive is how this case can still retain very low decibel levels with such a large space for noisy hardware inside. It manages to achieve this through its high quality (beautiful) build, industrial sound dampening panels, great cable management facilities, and modularity for non-required components (e.g. HDD cages, removing unneeded case parts reduces rattling).

While the R5 will suit a majority of gamers and other builds well, if your goal is to create the most powerful build possible in a PC case without glass, this is your best option.

Small Form Factor Windowless PC Cases

While the top 3 picks are our favorites for your typical gaming or work-related build, we’ve added a couple of extra quick-fire picks for great cases in smaller form factors.

Best Micro ATX Case Without Window: Cooler Master N200

A ridiculously cheap offering for windowless Micro ATX case builds that still retains a great quality for gaming and production setups alike.

While you can look at the best Fractal mATX option if you have a higher budget, know the N200 has nearly everything the average mini-build needs.

Best Mini-ITX Case Without Window: SilverStone SG13

From a classic minimalist manufacturer, the SG13 is a fantastic quality windowless ITX case.

Like mATX, Fractal offers great windowless options for mITX, but SG13 is the best pick for a budget/value build (which we know many smaller form factors target).

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The 10 Best Gaming Laptops on Amazon in 2020

Kaelum Ross


Nov 12, 2020

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There are thousands of different laptop specs on Amazon.

It can be difficult to decide exactly what’s best for your gaming setup (and wallet).

Which is why today’s feature has been built to guide you through the best gaming laptops on Amazon today, for all different budget considerations.

Top Picks

Overall Best Gaming Laptop on Amazon (Mid-Range Pick): Acer Nitro 5 RTX 2060

Acer has created a very impressive offering with this Nitro machine.

We wanted to find the best gaming laptop under $1,000 on Amazon for our top pick as we appreciate this is the price-range many users will be looking at. This choice is just a touch more expensive than that, but paying that tiny bit more is definitely worth it, as you gain access to an RTX 2060 laptop.

This graphics card, as far as portable gaming goes, is the best you’ll get around the $1,000 mark. With great performance, you’re going to be able to play a majority of games at 1080p high settings with good framerates. And it will be well future-proofed for big upcoming titles like Cyberpunk 2077 (of course, if you’re looking to get very high framerates & resolutions with max settings, you’ll have more luck with our premium picks below or desktop options, but rest assured, titles will look fantastic on the Nitro 5).

Working with the RTX 2060 to achieve this great value is an Intel Core i7-9750H, 16GB DDR4 RAM & a 256GB NVMe SSD. Not only are these specs more than enough for ensuring the GPU isn’t bottlenecked by the hardware, but they’re capable of giving you a very smooth general-use experience with the laptop (be it web browsing, videos, or other program usages).

The gap that you may notice is the drive space. It will serve you initially but is a little low for a gaming PC. There is another drive bay you can easily use to upgrade this space should you need it. Don’t be fooled by lower price laptops that have larger drives; we’ve been through them and their specs suffer in other ways to compensate for this (especially GPU, which is more important for your setup).

The laptop is well designed; with a good track record of thermal management for the powerful specs, a beautiful backlit keyboard, and a fantastic full HD IPS 144Hz screen (we particularly like this last part as many gaming laptops at this price still are the standard 60Hz, so this is a nice extra touch and makes this a great competitive gaming laptop).

Simply put, if your budget is around the $1,000 mark, this is the best gaming laptop on Amazon for you, without question.

Best Gaming Laptop under $1,500 on Amazon: MSI GL65 Leopard 

If you can stretch your budget a little further, the MSI GL65 is a fantastic laptop where you can expect a further 20-30% improvement in games over our fantastic top pick.

This is achieved with the great combination of the RTX 2070 and Intel Core i7-10750H, both fantastic specs for this price range. You can expect to comfortably play pretty much every title in excellent settings, 1080p with a very high frame rate.

You have a wonderful screen to enjoy those high frame rates on too, which boasts a full HD, IPS, 144Hz panel with 3ms latency, and 100% sRGB (essentially, you can expect vibrant colors and a laptop to match fast reaction times for competitive gaming).

Working alongside the CPU and GPU is 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD (if your budget was around $1,500, you could always use the savings to add an additional drive in the laptop, but this PC has decent room out of the box).

The list goes on: beautiful design, tactile RGB keyboard, good thermals, solid build quality, we really like that this 15.6″ gaming laptop doesn’t feel like it skimps on any area and is a good all-around pick worth of its price tag.

If you can stretch your budget to the MSI GL65 Leopard, you’re going to love it. This machine is such a fantastic value for what you’re getting.

Best Budget Gaming Laptop on Amazon: Acer Nitro 5 GTX 1650

We’re back to another variation of the Nitro 5 for those looking for the best cheap gaming laptop on Amazon.

You have to respect that at this budget, manufacturers are very limited on what kind of parts they can include. With that said, we’re very pleasantly surprised by just how good this Nitro 5 model is for its ridiculously low price-point.

Led by the GTX 1650, you still have a graphics card capable of running most games at fair settings/frame rates; and if you’re playing older games/many of the popular titles that are well optimized (Fortnite, Overwatch, WoW, etc.) you’re still going to get great frame rates on them suitable for competitive gaming.

Accompanying the GPU is the very capable 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H, 8GB DDR4 RAM & a 256GB NVMe SSD. While you won’t get very far with high-end production work on this laptop (4k video editing, rendering, etc.), it will still do very well when it comes to general use for things like web browsing, videos, and standard work if needed.

You have some easy options to upgrade this laptop also. Acer has sensibly installed 1 stick of 8GB RAM (instead of 2 x 4GB) to allow you to easily add a second 8GB RAM stick if you like. There’s also a 2.5″ drive slot if you wish to expand your storage.

Another reason we picked this as the top budget choice is that the laptop still has some impressive design features for its price range. With a good build quality, a 1080p IPS screen, and a USB 3.1 Type C port, you’re really getting a lot for your money here.

On top of being a great budget choice, I’d also suggest this is one of the best gaming laptops for beginners, kids, teenagers, or simply someone who’s behind on gaming and has some titles to catch up on alongside their general laptop use.

Reset assured, although it isn’t going to give you the same performance as our top picks, we still love the value of this Nitro 5 model. There’s a reason it’s one of the best selling gaming laptops on Amazon.

Most Powerful Gaming Laptop on Amazon: MSI GS66 Stealth

What an incredible portable gaming machine this is.

Our next pick is for those looking for the most expensive gaming laptop on Amazon that will still give them notable improvement.

There are some diminishing returns when comparing this laptop to our laptop pick under $1,500 for gaming alone (that said it has a whole lot more going for it). We’ve included a laptop under the $2,000 range further below but really, the laptops with prices between this pick and the MSI GL65 don’t improve notably on graphics performance (they up the price by including more RAM, drive space, and better CPUs, but these are all secondary for machines that are already powerful enough when it comes to these specs). The only middle-ground pick is the RTX 2070 Super version of the GS66 if your budget is somewhere in between.

Now with all that said, what you’re getting in the GS66 is one of the best gaming graphics cards available today: the RTX 2080, with some incredible additional specs to go with it. You can expect this laptop to perform about 20-30% better than the GL65 in games. That is an incredible improvement considering how top-end the GL65 pick already feels. This would be perfect for someone looking for a VR ready laptop (for the best settings) and someone who doesn’t want to compromise on game settings now or in the next few years.

Accompanying the powerhouse GPU is a beastly i7-10750H, 32GB of DDR4 RAM (upgradable to 64GB, but we can’t imagine you’ll need that for a long time) & a 512GB NVMe SSD. These are some seriously fantastic specs that will empower you to do some serious production work, with the GS66 doubling as a 4k video editing laptop/suitable for other intensive tasks (things like browsing the web won’t even phase this machine).

What’s more, we are floored by the fantastic design achievements in the GS66; this PC is incredibly thin and light for the amount of power it holds. The build quality is what you’d hope for in a premium gaming laptop and although the machine runs hot, the thermal solution is more than capable of keeping the device manageable.

And then there is the amazing display. On top of reaching great color accuracy and a sharp 3ms latency, it’s running at a very impressive 300Hz. Some laptops with these ultra-high refresh rates don’t have the specs to actually run games to take advantage of this, but the beauty of the MSI GS66 Stealth is that it does. This is our pick for the best esports laptop and anyone who takes their competitive gaming very seriously.

There’s a reason the Stealth has won a whole host of awards. If you’re serious about getting the best portable gaming computer on Amazon that you possibly can, you’ve found it.

Cheapest Gaming Laptop on Amazon: Lenovo IdeaPad 3

Now let’s be clear, I’m being very generous calling this device a gaming laptop and I would highly recommend you save up the extra money to at least get the budget Acer Nitro pick above for gaming.

That being said, I appreciate that some readers will be looking for the cheapest laptop for gaming on Amazon, even if that means some serious limitations.

This Lenovo laptop is impressive for its price point, with a capable Ryzen 5 3500U processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM & a 256GB SSD. You can still expect this laptop to be a decent runner for general usage and office work.

For games, you’ll be relying on the integrated Vega 8 graphics; which to be fair, still does a semi-decent job on older titles. You’ll be able to run games like Fortnite, Minecraft, and league of legends on lower settings.

Another credit to the IdeaPad 3 is that it has a nice build quality for its price. It’s a very slim, lightweight laptop that would be ideal for travel.

If your budget is very tight and you need a new PC now; then as long as you can respect that this is a light gaming PC, you’re still getting excellent value.

Alternative Picks

The top 5 picks are our main favorite choices for your various budgets when considering the best portable gaming PC on Amazon.

That being said, we’ve included some additional worthy choices for some other price brackets that are popular – we’d still recommend these laptops if they work for your budget.

Best Gaming Laptop under $1,200 on Amazon: ASUS TUF506IV-AS76

Between our top 2 picks is a choice that doesn’t upgrade the GPU, but does offer a fantastic design, upgraded processor, and impressive 1TB SSD.

Best Gaming Laptop under $800 on Amazon: Acer Nitro 5 10300H

Inbetween our top overall and top budget picks is space for this fantastic Acer Nitro 5 unit – it has the same GPU as our budget pick but offers great storage and CPU improvement.

Second Best Amazon Gaming Laptop under $1,200: Acer Predator Helios 300

One other very decent option in this price range was worth calling out; this doesn’t have the same storage capacity as the ASUS laptop but has an improved thermal solution and fantastic 3ms response time. This pick would be ideal for competitive gamers looking in this budget.

Best Amazon Gaming Laptop under $1,500 Alternative: ASUS ROG Strix G15

Now if you’re up for spending a little more than our top MSI pick, this is one of the top gaming laptops on Amazon by ASUS. And their ROG brand really stands out with its fantastic design. For the extra price, you’re getting 240Hz and more storage, so worth considering.

Best Laptop under $2,000 on Amazon: CUK MSI GP65 Leopard

If you like the look of our best laptop under $1,500 pick, but want something with a little higher spec, this is a great future-proofed choice (it won’t get you much more performance in gaming, but it’s RAM, CPU, and storage are very impressive for other tasks).

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The 6 Best Gaming PCs on Amazon in 2020

Kaelum Ross


Nov 11, 2020

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If you’ve settled on purchasing a pre-built gaming PC, then you’re halfway through the battle.

But you still need to figure out which setup to buy!

Today’s What in Tech feature will guide you through the best pre-built gaming PCs on Amazon available today for different budgets and requirements.

Top Picks

Best Gaming PC on Amazon Under $1,000 (Top Pick): Skytech Shiva RTX 2060

Our top overall pick goes to the Skytech Shiva, which hits a fantastic performance sweet spot in the mid-range price bracket.

This RTX 2060 Gaming PC packs a great punch with 6GB of dedicated VGA memory (this card is well known for its great value).

You’ll get great performance in today’s popular titles (from Apex Legends to the latest Call of Duty), especially at 1080p and you can expect that to last for many future titles too.

Taking Cyberpunk 2077 as an example, in high settings the Shiva will manage a high frame rate on 1080p, and you will even undoubtedly be able to get some decent rates on 1440p and 4k if you play with some graphics settings.

The Ryzen 5 2600 is a good CPU for gaming and general usage needs. We like this choice for the price range as it complements the RTX 2060 nicely (i.e. not a bottleneck) but also isn’t a massive overkill (as processors can sometimes can be in pre-built gaming PC).

The 16GB 3000mhz DDR4 RAM will be more than enough not just for gaming, but making your workstation/browsing needs quick and future-proofed (with RAM being an easy part to upgrade should you want to up to 32GB, but it’s hard to imagine you’ll need this for a long time).

Working alongside the CPU and RAM for a fast browsing experience is a 500GB SSD (with Windows 10 included); which will give you a smooth OS experience, as well as decent loading times.

If for whatever reason you want more space in the future too, you’ll have room to add in another HDD or SSD.

The whole setup is stylishly housed in an InWin 101 case; a chassis that we’ve featured previously on What in Tech (from one of the best PC case brands in the game).

You’ll have a good amount of USB ports within the case (4 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0) and alongside the 3 RGB fans and decent space for airflow, the setup looks great and has decent cooling.

The unit adds more value by including a free RGB keyboard and mouse.

They’re perfectly serviceable for gaming use (but as you can expect with freebies, you may want to upgrade if you are into competitive gaming/esports).

We really like the package Skytech has put together here.

While you can spend more and get even stronger specs, we expect these will cover most needs of the average gamer today.

All of this is why we consider the Shiva RTX 2060 the best gaming desktop on Amazon for the mid-range user.

Best Gaming PC on Amazon Under $1,500: Skytech Azure RTX 3070

OK, now we’re getting into a seriously powerful PC setup.

The Azure is the best RTX 3070 gaming PC on Amazon without question.

At a fantastic price point, you’re getting one of the brand new RTX 3000 series GPUs which, if you’ve been keeping up with tech news at all, is the top-range Nvidia series that will perform incredibly well for gaming.

You can expect smooth 60+ FPS gameplay at 1440P quad HD in nearly every modern game; with fantastic future-proofing, VR ready, and some impressive capability for 4k gaming too.

Working alongside the card to achieve that gaming power is a fantastic Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6 core processor, 16GB 3000Mhz DDR4 Ram, and a 1TB NVME SSD.

All of these specs make this a wonderful machine for not just gaming but some serious professional work if required (be it high-res video editing, rendering, production programming, and other intensive tasks).

All of this is housed in the fantastic InWin 103 case; a great chassis that offers good airflow and upgrade capabilities in the future if desired.

Tied in with the custom RGB lighting and fans, the unit will run well, look beautiful and most importantly, be perfect for your gaming setup.

Make no mistake, if you’re looking for the best premium gaming PC on Amazon in the $1,500 price bracket, you’ve found it.

Most Powerful Gaming PC on Amazon: Skytech Blaze 3.0

Now, for those looking for the most powerful setup you can possibly achieve, this is one of the best choices around.

There are some even more expensive options on Amazon, sure.

But we looked through these, and their spec choices add unnecessary extra bells and whistles for $100s extra.

The Blaze 3.0 is easily our choice for the best gaming PC on Amazon available today.

Leading its power is the monstrous RTX 3080 graphics card, which will simply crush anything you throw at it in 1080p & 1440p (and likely will for a very long time).

And what’s more, the benchmarking that has been achieved on 4K gaming with the RTX 3080 is very impressive, you can expect to still achieve great framerates in 2160p (it’s really one of the first and only GPUs that we consider suitable for 4K gaming).

Alongside this top-range GPU is the fantastic Ryzen 7 3700X, 16GB 3600 Mhz RAM & a Gen4 1TB SSD.

These specs will handle anything you can expect to throw at them and will be excellent for high-scale production work on top of your gaming (we especially like the 3600 Mhz clock on the RAM).

Powering the CPU is a 120mm liquid cooler, which not only looks fantastic alongside the RGB fans but will give you great overclocking potential should you desire in the future.

All of this incredible kit is housed in the Phanteks Metallic Gear Neo Air, which is a compact ATX case with great build quality and airflow for this powerful rig.

Finally, for those of you with a focus on aesthetics, the RGB elements of this case are all addressable.

This means you’ll be able to program them into whatever colors, patterns, and rhythms you want.

You’re then of course getting the other extras you would expect: plenty of USB ports, decent Wi-Fi capability, Windows 10, and a free gaming mouse and keyboard.

What else is there to say about the Blaze, other than to reiterate how powerful the RTX 3080 graphics card is that leads its system.

This is one of the best pre-built 4K gaming PCs on Amazon today.

If you have the budget for this, you’re going to love it.

Best Budget Gaming PC on Amazon: Skytech Archangel GTX 1050 Ti

As much as we’d recommend our above picks for a future-proofed setup, Skytech also has what we’d consider the best cheap gaming PC on Amazon today.

The Archangel is a capable budget gaming desktop with its GTX 1050 Ti at the helm.

This 4GB VRAM graphics card is a little older than our top pick’s; but for the price range, still packs an impressive punch.

That includes running popular titles like Fortnite Chapter 2, Overwatch, and GTA V at excellent framerates on high settings @ 1080p.

With it, you’ll be able to play today’s major eSports & MMORPGs comfortably.

For newer titles, you’ll still have some capacity here in the lower settings/720p (occasionally 1080p), but of course, at this price-point, you won’t be as future-proofed as our top pick.

Working alongside its GPU is a Ryzen 3 1200, 1TB HDD, and 8GB DDR4 2400 Mhz RAM.

These specs are good to run alongside a decent gaming PC, and you’ll still be able to have a smooth workstation experience (web browsing, watching a high-quality video, etc).

In terms of advanced computing work (things like video editing, intensive programming, etc.) you may want to consider one of the more expensive picks if possible.

The unit looks striking with its sleek, blue LED fans and white case, with appropriate cooling for the setup.

We like that despite the lower price-point, Skytech still includes a gaming keyboard/mouse that will be serviceable for budget gamers.

But all in all, at its price point, the Archangel can still get an impressive amount done.

If this is as far as your wallet can take you, know that it’s the best budget gaming PC on Amazon today.

Cheapest Gaming PC on Amazon: iBUYPOWER Element Mini 9300

Now while I’ll be clear that the options above will serve you much better for gaming, I appreciate that some of you may be looking for the best beginner gaming PC, or simply the cheapest unit that still has some gaming capability.

And if that’s the case, the Mini 9300 is a fantastic choice.

You’ll have a setup designed for “light” gaming.

Don’t expect to run all of the newer titles, but with PC gaming where it is now, so many popular titles are older and well optimized.

You’ll have a good time running games like Fortnite, Minecraft, CS:GO, and other popular less-demanding titles.

The included Ryzen 3 3100 3.6Ghz CPU is an impressive inclusion for the price and will accompany the 2GB RX 550 graphics card nicely when playing these games.

The included 8GB DDR4 RAM doesn’t have the fastest clock speed, but still nicely meets the minimum for most modern games.

For work/web-browsing/video watching, this unit will still perform well (just don’t expect to do any intensive tasks like video editing/rendering).

Perhaps the biggest bottleneck of the PC is the storage space. 

With only a 240GB SSD included, you’ll very quickly run into problems storing all of your games.

Unless you only play a few titles, you’ll need to install what you’re actively playing.

However, there is space in here for an extra SSD/HDD upgrade (something like this would be perfect, and very easy to install).

And we like that the base drive included, despite being small, is an SSD; just to make the running experience on a budget desktop that little bit smoother.

All of this is housed in a nice, portable PC case in the Micro ATX form factor.

This is a sensible move for a budget PC, as such a build really doesn’t need a full-size ATX case, and makes it perfect for any tight-wallet buyers looking for a mini PC on amazon.

Perhaps our favorite thing about this gaming bundle is, despite how cheap it is, it isn’t skimping on any of the smaller inclusions.

You’re still getting Windows 10, a Wi-Fi ready motherboard, and even an RGB gaming keyboard and mouse (again don’t expect the best quality, but for a cheap gaming setup? They’ll easily do the job).

Overall, while this isn’t the most future-proofed machine around, it’s the best gaming computer on Amazon available if you’re on a very tight budget (we wouldn’t recommend anything cheaper than this).

Best Amazon Gaming PC Under $800: Skytech Shadow GTX 1660

We’re back to Skytech one last time, who seem to dominate many of the price brackets on Amazon with excellent specs compared to their other pre-built competitors.

The Shadow would be the ideal choice for someone who can’t quite afford our top pick but is still looking for something more powerful than our budget choices.

You can certainly get a lot done with the Shadow’s setup too.

With a decent GTX 1660 graphics card, you’ll run most of today’s titles at very high settings, full HD with 60+ frame rates (even for 1440p on certain titles).

Alongside this beefy GPU is a decent Ryzen 3 3100 & 16GB of DDR 4 3000Mhz RAM.

These will serve you nicely in general computer tasks and although it’s not a professional work PC for editing/rendering and other production, you’ll certainly be able to get some mileage from it if required.

The setup is included in a beautiful full-length tempered glass case with a decent allotment of RGB fans, you’ll have all the cooling and airflow needed for the spec.

You’re once again getting Windows, a great number of USB ports, a free gaming keyboard/mouse, and a wi-fi capable motherboard.

Overall, if you’re in the $800 dollar price range, this is a fantastic choice and the best pre-built gaming computer on Amazon in the category.

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The 5 Best Console-Style PC Cases in 2020

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The 5 Best Console-Style PC Cases in 2020

Kaelum Ross


Nov 06, 2020

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In the world of PC cases, there’s an overwhelming amount of good looking, unique cases out there.

But what about those after the classic console-esque aesthetic, akin to a PlayStation/Xbox?

Today’s feature will guide you through the best console-sized PC cases for your next gaming build.

Top Picks

Overall Best Console-Style PC Case: Fractal Design Node 202

What a fantastic chassis this is.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to our top premium pick further below, the Node 202 is the perfect choice for creating a console-style aesthetic.

The reason we rank the Node 202 at the overall top is due to the impressive balance between its tight, slim, Mini-ITX form factor, and intelligent, internal design that allows you to install a powerful mainstream GPU within its size limitations.

Its steel/plastic hybrid design looks very slick, with a high quality finish and sturdiness that makes the chassis feel particularly premium.

Inside, there is room for:

  • A separate GPU chamber that can accommodate a video card up to 310 x 147 mm
  • 2 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • Room in the GPU chamber for 2 x 120mm fans (impressive for the shape/size, but bear in mind these will have to compete with the GPU dimensions)

The hardware you can install within the Node 202 is really impressive considering it’s unique, slim form factor.

It doesn’t just look the part, you have room in here for a serious console-style gaming PC build; with a majority of mainstream graphics cards being installable (check your choice before installing!).

While you’re (of course) not going to get the same airflow as a larger “traditional” case (ATX, etc.) the ventilation design in the Node 202 is fantastic, with its separate GPU chamber that segregates cooling; not to mention the optional fan mounts if your build demands them.

Overall, while we love the premium NZXT H1 pick below (and think anyone reading should also consider that chassis), the Node 202 is the best console-sized tower available for the average budget and performs incredibly well for its form factor.

Runner-Up Best Console-Style PC Case: SilverStone ML08

Coming in very closely behind the Node 202 is a worthy alternative (if it suits your need more) in the ML08.

Its steel body and reinforced plastic shell looks as high quality as it feels, with this chassis easily doubling as one of the best portable PC case choices.

With room inside for:

  • An independent graphics card chamber for a dual-expansion slot card up to 330 x 121mm
  • Oversized vents designed to provide fan-less cooling setup for the tight layout
  • 2 x 2.5″ drive bays
  • Some convenient install features, such as its tool-less drive bays/dual chamber design

The internal dimension in here are still very impressive for the case’s external size, with the GPU slot still being large enough for most popular choices (remember to check!).

We rank this a tad below the Node 202 as its GPU width allowances are slightly less, and there is no optional case fans (though the case performs surprisingly well with its oversized vents).

The GPU length allowance is notably longer, but we expect the width to be the main consideration point for your installation as very few cards are over 310mm (having extended width is also nicer for airflow on most cards).

But all things considered, this is still an excellent option and easily one of the best console-sized cases available; don’t hesitate if you prefer it over the Node 202.

Best Console-Style PC Case for Cooling (Premium Pick): NZXT H1

If we had to pick just one case to crown as the best Console-Style tower available today, this would be it.

Due to its price tag, we’ve given it the “premium choice” label.

But before you cry at the price, know you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck beyond just a PC case with the H1.

On top of its incredible design/build quality (that we’ll get to shortly), the case is worth its price-tag due to the included fully modular 650W PSU and AIO water-cooler.

The NZXT H1 is special as it has been designed with this PSU and water-cooler in mind.

This has been done to remove any unnecessary size gaps that the other cases demand to be compatible with a wider range of SFX PSUs/cooling.

Everything inside the unit is carefully designed and has its place (no waste) with room for:

  • beautiful SGCC steel/tinted tempered glass design – this is easily the highest quality and best looking console tower on the list and the closest thing you’ll see to an Xbox PC case
  • A dual chamber layout that gives fantastic ventilation to the allotted GPU space (up to 305mm x 128mm for your card).
  • 2 x 2.5″ drive bays

It cannot be overstated how impressive the H1 is from both a design and performance perspective.

As good-looking as the unit is turned off, seeing your beautiful components light up through the tinted window (classily displaying them in the tight form factor) is a level of elegance you can’t really find elsewhere.

And the fact that the ventilation/integrated water-cooler work so well to provide cooling is something extra special in this form factor.

This isn’t just the best console-shaped PC case, but on of the best Mini-ITX cases available today.

Best Budget Console-Style PC Case: Thermaltake Core V1

This pick is a bit of a side-track from the more standard console-like PC cases we’ve featured in the rest of the list.

But we thought this pick still deserved a place if your idea of a console PC case is closer to a GameCube (or you’re simply flexible if the budget is right).

The Core V1 is a really impressive case for the price and has been featured many times previously on What in Tech.

The build quality is really quite impressive considering its low cost; with an SPCC steel/tempered glass design, covered with extended ventilations (important in a small case).

Being largely considered as one of the best Mini-ITX cases for budget gaming builds, you have great room in here for:

  • 2 expansion slots/GPU lengths up to 285mm
  • 2 x 2.5″ & 2 x 3.5″ hidden drive bays
  • 1 included 200mm fan + space for 2 x 80mm fans

As you can see, the length allowance on the GPU space is a tad lower than our other picks (but still good enough for many popular cards if you check pre-purchase).

The Core V1 makes up for this with its additional storage compartments and excellent cooling capability.

While we think the above picks better capture the essence of a console-style computer case, there is no chassis of those styles in the V1’s price range. It really is an excellent alternative.

Best Budget Console-Style Tower Alternative: SilverStone ML05

As much as we rave about the Core V1 as a budget pick above, we thought it sensible to include the cheapest console PC case option that matches the slimmer parameters.

The ML05 is the smaller brother of the ML08 and is the smallest PC case on the list with a tiny 7 litre volume.

With a similar, great build quality and design, as well as space for 2 x 80mm fans, 4 x 2.5″ drive bays and an optical disc driveyou can be forgiven thinking this is the ideal choice.

There is a big gap with the Ml05 though: it only has 1 expansion slot and is not designed for most independent/large GPUs.

Being more specialised as an HTPC case, you would need either a specialised GPU with 1 expansion slot, or integrated motherboard graphics for this to work for you.

We thought to include this as appreciated some budget PC builds looking for a console sized tower may be after integrated graphics if their focus was more on portability.

That being said, if you’re looking for the best console-sized computer case for gaming, the options above will be far better suited.

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