The 10 Best Premium PC Cases in 2021
Nov 15, 2020
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.
- Overall Best Premium PC Case: Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL
- Best Premium PC Case for Silent Builds: Fractal Design Define 7 XL
- Most Innovative Premium PC Case: Antec Torque
- Best Looking Premium PC Case: Thermaltake Core P8
- Best Premium ITX Case: NZXT H1
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
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 insane, with 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:
- A 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 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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