The 15 Most Expensive PC Cases You Can Buy in 2021
Mar 9, 2021
Your eyes don’t deceive you, the cover photo is in fact a computer chassis!
At the highest price range, many of the best PC case brands have created some of the most fantastic offerings on the market.
Some of these are perfect for a high-end desktop (be it gaming or production work).
And some of them are, well…overkill in every sense of the word.
Today’s feature is about highlighting the most expensive PC cases worth buying for those after the best tower money can buy.
But we’ve also included the craziest cases at high budgets too, just for fun.
- Most Expensive PC Case Worth Buying: Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D
- Best Looking Expensive PC Case: Antec Torque
- The Most Expensive PC Case Ever: InWin WINBOT
- Most Expensive Mini-ITX Case: ASUS ROG Z11
- Most Expensive Micro ATX Case: Thermaltake AH T200
- Most Unique Expensive PC Case: Azza CSAZ-804V
- Best Expensive Clear PC Case: Thermaltake Core P8
- Most Expensive Case for Quiet Builds: Fractal Design Define 7 XL
- Most Expensive E-ATX Case Runner-Up: Cooler Master Cosmos C700M
- Most Expensive Dual Chamber Case: FSP CMT710
- Beautiful Expensive PC Case Alternative: AZZA CSAZ-802F
- Craziest PC Case: Cougar Conquer 2
- Best PC Case with In-Built Screen: iBUYPOWER Snowblind S
- Most Expensive ITX Case Alternative: InWin A1 Plus
- Striking Expensive PC Case: MSI MPG SEKIRA 500X
Most Expensive PC Case Worth Buying: Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D
While we delve into some crazier options on the list, our top pick is focussing on the most expensive chassis worth buying for someone who’s looking to build the most powerful system possible.
The 1000D is simply a masterpiece as far as PC cases go.
Featured many times on What in Tech previously, the 1000D is a super tower PC case. While this term is often a bit of a “gimmick”, the 1000D lives up to the name as one of the largest cases on the market capable of hosting a dual-system chassis build.
This means you can host two independent PCs in one chassis (one Mini-ITX and one motherboard of any size up to E-ATX).
This utility is perfect for high-end streaming or other users who can take advantage of a secondary PC while their main setup does the heavy lifting in gaming/production.
With that said, the beauty of the 1000D is that you don’t need to run 2 systems to make this high-end computer case worth the money, it has a lot more going for it.
To start, the build quality is some of the best we’ve seen in any case.
With some of the thickest aluminum and smoked tempered glass side panels (without compromising on cooling), the case is not only incredibly durable but also looks fantastic.
Stock photos don’t do this case justice – When powered on with some bright internal components shining through its tinted glass windows, the aesthetic is really a sight to behold and worthy of its high price-tag.
Inside the premium chassis is room for:
- 10 x expansion slots
- Graphics card lengths up to 400mm (more than enough for all mainstream cards and one of the best PC cases for RTX 3090 setups)
- A very well-equipped front I/O panel, with 2 x USB 3.1 gen-2 type C USB inputs alongside the other expected ports (all with beautiful RGB backlighting)
- Hidden drive bays for up to 5 x 3.5″ & 6 x 3.5″ storage
- Air cooling: Up to 18 x 120mm fans (base configuration up to 10 x 120mm + 3 x 140mm)
- Or liquid cooling: Up to 4 x 480mm + 1 x 240mm radiators (base 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 and the aforementioned drive bays)
- Decent inbuild smart fan controls which, alongside the fan allotment, makes this the best expensive RGB PC Case
These specs speak for themselves; the 1000D is a powerhouse in pretty much every sense of the word.
With its dual-system capability, superb build quality/aesthetic, triple-chamber layout for maximum airflow/clean internals & unmatched cooling capacity, it’s clear to us that no offering better encapsulates what we’d hope for in the most expensive PC case worth buying than the 1000D.
Whether you are building a high-end desktop for gaming/overclocking, stream, editing, or other production, this case ticks all the boxes and has everything we think you’ll need plus more.
Best Looking Expensive PC Case: Antec Torque
Next up is another offering featured countless times on What in Tech for its incredible aesthetic and performance.
For the design, we’re sure the stock photo speaks for itself; the Torque is a wonderfully unique chassis.
With its build based on 14 uniquely-curved aluminum panels and dual tempered glass, the case doesn’t just look great, it feels durable and made to last.
As beautiful as the stock photos of the Torque are, it’s another example of a case that is only done justice by a fully powered-on rig in person.
What we like most about the Torque (aside from its mouth-watering looks) is its ability to still host a powerful build despite its focus on a design so far gone from traditional cuboid PC cases.
With room for:
- 7 x expansion slots
- GPU clearance lengths of up to 450mm
- Bays for 1 x 2.5″ & 1 x 3.5″ drives
- E-ATX motherboard compatibility up to 12″ x 11″
You’ll notice the drive allotment is the spec at play that will be a bit disappointing for some high-end desktop builds.
With Antec’s focus on aesthetics, the storage bays have been minimized to ensure the available drives are only in hidden places (as there is no part more capable of looking ugly even in the neatest of builds).
With that said, a single high-capacity 2.5″ SSD and 3.5″ HDD (alongside whatever NVMe your motherboard supports) is still more than enough for a gaming PC case/most other users (unless you’re looking at building a high-end server or production rig).
Where the Torque really shines spec-wise is in cooling; hosting up to 6 120mm fans or 2 360mm radiators.
You may think this isn’t that impressive for an expensive ATX case, but the Torque’s design is completely open-air.
Because your PC isn’t isolated in a completely covered box like traditional cases, even significantly powerful hardware can be cooled with way less air/liquid cooling in place.
If you want to stand out from the crowd but don’t want to compromise on fantastic capability for overclocking/cooling, the Antec Torque is the best expensive PC case for the job.
The Most Expensive PC Case Ever: InWin WINBOT
You knew it was coming…
We’ll be clear from the start; we’ve included this pick for fun and don’t recommend this case to anyone with the slightest concern about their budget!
While we’ve focussed on cases worth buying for the most part; a list of the most expensive computer cases wouldn’t be complete without the WINBOT.
InWin is known for being the best chassis brand for creating promotional/limited-run cases. The WINBOT is the grandest example of this style, with a very limited quantity existing worldwide.
It’s one of the rarest PC cases still in the market, usually selling for around $3,000 to $5,000.
With its unique 360 degrees/sphere PC case design, the WINBOT is made up of thick aluminum and plexiglass capable of handling its unique curvature, this chassis is full of unique case innovations like a motorized window opening, 360 degrees rotation that can be aligned with motion detection, and hand gesture operation.
It’s easy to forget this is a PC tower! But it does have plenty of utility for that too, with room for:
- E-ATX motherboards up to 12″ x 13″
- 8 x expansion slots
- GPUs up to 340mm length (still enough for nearly every card available today)
- Up to 4 x 3.5″ & 8 x 2.5″ drives
- Up to 5 x 120mm fans or 1 x 360mm radiator + 2 x 120mm fans
Despite its incredibly unique shape, the WINBOT still manages to live up to its expensive full tower title with decent hardware space and airflow inside for a high-end build.
Is the WINBOT worth the money on a practical level? Not in the slightest.
If you’re one of the lucky people who can spend several thousand dollars without batting an eyelid, then the WINBOT is a lot of fun and is the closest to a spaceship PC case we see on the market today (it can’t fly to the moon though).
Most Expensive Mini-ITX Case: ASUS ROG Z11
For those building a premium desktop in the smallest possible form factor, ASUS has recently introduced a fantastic offering for Mini-ITX users.
The ASUS ROG Z11 boasts a design that is not only beautiful but also highly capable of hosting powerful gaming, streaming, or production setups (something that can’t be said for every case in the ITX form factor).
Starting with its build quality; the unit is made with a combination of beautiful thick aluminum, tinted tempered glass, and subtle ARGB lighting controllable by a front I/O panel button and ASUS’s signature Aura Sync software.
It’s important for an ITX case to be durable when many users like to build these setups with some portability in mind; which is why we love how ASUS has managed to build something sturdy and beautiful.
Where the real challenge is for even the most expensive mini-tower is the cooling/spec availability, which the Z11 also excels at for its size, with:
- Support for 3-expansion slot GPUs up to 320mm
- Up to 4 x 2.5″ & 1 x 2.5″ / 3.5″ drive bays
- Up to 2 x 120mm & 2 x 140mm fans
- Support for ATX PSUs up to 160mm
These may not sound very impressive compared to the other expensive mid towers we’ve been looking at. But as far as ITX chassis go, these specs are fantastic.
With plenty of fan cooling to support even a powerful build, the Z11 takes its airflow design one step further with an 11 degree tilted setup; pushing the motherboard to a slight diagonal angle, this layout means the underside of the motherboard/GPU both receive some room for airflow which is a huge plus for a tiny case where every degree of cooling matters tremendously.
With all of this in mind, the ROG Z11 is one of the best ITX cases for gaming with a powerful GPU like the RTX 3090 (just be sure to check the model you’re looking at is less than 320mm wide, which a large majority are).
Asus has created something truly special here. With fantastic GPU space, drive allotments, and cooling for an ITX build all housed in a gorgeous, durable & well-thought-out design; the Z11 is easily our top pick for the most expensive ITX PC case worth buying.
Most Expensive Micro ATX Case: Thermaltake AH T200
Is it a helicopter?
Is it a spaceship?
No! It’s a PC case!
Standing at the best for those after an expensive mATX PC case worth buying is the AH T200.
With its open-frame design that rivals our Antec Torque pick, this chassis is built with thick dual tempered glass windows and SPCC steel. This latter material won’t be quite as nice as the Torque’s aluminum finish but is to be expected at a notably lower price and is still very durable/beautiful when compared to nearly every other mATX chassis on the market.
Inside, the T200 has room for:
- 5 x expansion slots
- VGA lengths up to 320mm
- Hidden bays for up to 2 x 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives
- Cooling: up to 4 x 140mm fans or 1 x 280mm radiator & 2 x 140mm fans
With a similar approach to the Torque, the AH T200 comes with slightly less spec availability (particularly drives and fans) than other comparable mATX cases in order to keep its unique design as clean as possible.
And like the Torque, the lower fan availability is completely offset by the open-air design (in other words, you have a PC case here capable of high-end setup cooling/overclocking even with low fans – a great perk).
Price-wise, although it’s undoubtedly a premium case, it’s one of the cheapest options on the list.
This is often the case with the micro ATX form factor, which is the leading choice for budget cases that still provide expansive space for mainstream builds.
So if you’re after a case that provides a comparable capability to our more pricey offerings like design, build quality and space, while coming in at a lower price-tag, the AH T200 is a great option and one of the best mATX cases on the market.
Most Unique Expensive PC Case: Azza CSAZ-804V
Azza specializes in some of the craziest designs possible at the premium price-range, and leading them is the 804V pyramid PC case.
Made with very high-quality aluminum, thick SPCC steel, and tempered glass, its build adds up to one of the most durable expensive towers around.
The metal finish and sleek, sharp corners make this offering incredibly striking.
We appreciate the 804V isn’t just form over function though, with room for:
- 2 x expansion slots with vertical GPU installation option
- Graphics cards up to 295mm in length (lower than other picks but still capable of many mainstream cards, just be sure to check the width of your choice)
- Bays for up to 2 x 2.5″ & 1 x 3.5″ drives
- Air: up to 4 x 120mm fans with 1 x Hurricane II Digital RGB Fan included on the case ceiling
- Liquid Cooling: up to 1 x 360mm radiator
Of course, compared to the other most expensive ATX cases worth buying on the list, the hardware space is notably lower.
But this is to be expected with such a unique pyramid design; with its layout designed to accommodate a single-GPU build, and with the RTX 3070, 3080, or 3090 leading the market, a one graphics card is all you need for a powerful gaming PC case today.
The internal cooling of the case is well-equipped for a powerhouse build too, with subtle gaps in the glass to work alongside the fans/radiators for decent airflow.
We appreciate the layout of the case also lends itself well to a clean build, with the drives hidden in the bottom and all the visual attention on the main compartment (this unit will look fantastic with some RGB hardware should you look to go down that route).
The one layout issue we’d call out is cable management; some users have cited some slightly clunky accessibility to the hidden spaces available for routing. The 804V is very capable of hiding your cables, it’s just worth pointing out you will have a bit of a challenge putting it together.
What we like about the 804V is it represents a truly crazy design, but its price range isn’t nonsensical like InWin’s sphere PC case.
In other words; it’s a chassis that is still clearly made for mainstream consumption and is worth buying if you’re after a unique build that can perform.
The above cases are our top picks are the most expensive CPU cases worth buying (or wanted to highlight for hilarity, in the WINBOT’s case).
However, there’s a bunch of other worthy contenders for those after the best premium offering/someone with more specific requirements or a different aesthetic; and we’ve covered them below!
Best Expensive Clear PC Case: Thermaltake Core P8
With cooling to rival the 1000D and one of the most beautiful aesthetics to show off an internal build, we love the Core P8 and talk about it more in our premium feature.
Most Expensive Case for Quiet Builds: Fractal Design Define 7 XL
One of our favorite cases of all time in any category, the Define 7 XL is a masterpiece from the brand king of quiet cases; if you want the perfect chassis for a silent build, you don’t need to go any more expensive than this. Read our review here.
Most Expensive E-ATX Case Runner-Up: Cooler Master Cosmos C700M
While we think the 1000D does what C700M does a little better, it’s still a great choice if you prefer its aesthetic or specs on offer and is still one of the largest chassis on the market for a high-end PC.
Most Expensive Dual Chamber Case: FSP CMT710
This is a “for fun” pick as there are cheaper dual-chamber cases that perform better for a high-end setup.
But there’s no denying this FSP case has a wonderful, crazy aesthetic and is still decent enough to host expensive hardware if you’re in love with its design (and have big pockets).
Beautiful Expensive PC Case Alternative: AZZA CSAZ-802F
Azza likes to work in unique shapes; while it doesn’t stand out quite as much as a pyramid, the 802F looks stunning and its cube shape is more naturally suited to the requirements of a PC. This is one of the best expensive desktop cases available for someone wanted to balance a unique shape with capability.
Craziest PC Case: Cougar Conquer 2
This case speaks for itself! If you want something extra large with more curvature, edges, and crazy colors than any other option on the market, the Conquer 2 is for you and comes with a layout and accessibility features design for a high-end gaming build. Check our review here.
Best PC Case with In-Built Screen: iBUYPOWER Snowblind S
While not as pricey or impressive for high-end overclocking/cooling as some of our other picks, a mid-tower with a screen built into the side panel window will be the kind of extravagance a lot of people have in mind when looking at the most expensive PC cases.
It’s a great mid-range case and is still capable of decent performance alongside it’s screen aesthetic.
Most Expensive ITX Case Alternative: InWin A1 Plus
As much as we love our top ASUS ITX case pick, if you’re after something even smaller, the A1 Plus is the best premium option.
With wonderfully tight dimensions, a unique ARGB light base, and included PSU, there’s a lot going for it which is why we’ve featured it many times.
Striking Expensive PC Case: MSI MPG SEKIRA 500X
Last but not least is an offering from PC gaming giant MSI.
While not as big in the case manufacturer space, they’ve managed to put together a really beautiful option with the 500X capable of hosting a powerful gaming build.
Our only trepidation is the cooling is not quite up to par with other full tower options, but if you’re in love with the aesthetic, it’s still worth considering.
The most expensive PC cases missing from the list?
If you look around the web, you’ll undoubtedly come across other offerings which are very pricey but not on this list.
We reviewed many more of the most expensive computer cases while writing this feature, but we wanted to focus more on highlighting products that actually offer something for their expensive price-tag.
Take, for example, the JONSBO MechWarrior, which offers similar utility/aesthetic to the Antec Torque at double the price (and from a less reputable brand), or the Thermaltake Core W200 which has a significant history of difficult customization.
So if you don’t see an expensive chassis on this list, know we likely haven’t included it for a reason!