The 8 Best PC Cases With Fans Included in 2021
Nov 15, 2020
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.
- Best PC Case with Fans Under $50: Cooler Master N200
- Best PC Case With RGB Fans: MUSETEX T400-MN8
- Best ITX Case With Fan Included: Thermaltake Core V1
- Best ATX Case With Fans: Fractal Design Focus G
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 8 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).
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).
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