A custom-built PC gives you the chance to make all the specs exactly what you want, and the case is your chance to show off your personal style. Manufacturers continue to innovate with new materials and features, giving you more choice than ever when it comes to housing your build.
From cutting-edge designs that will attract attention to cases built for simplicity and durability, we’ve narrowed down the best the computer cases you should consider.
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
The combination of durable brackets, mesh panels, and a thorough cable cover system gives this Cooler Master case the edge over almost all the alternatives. The design can be conventional, inverse, or personalized, depending on exactly what hardware you want to include. Even the cable system has three different covers to choose based on your goals and what type of storage you use.
While RGB lighting and controls are included, you can always augment it with a colorful memory kit, if you wish. The built-in, slightly tinted, tempered glass side window allows everyone to see your fancy lighting setup illuminating from within. The two flat radiator brackets, meanwhile, allow for liquid cooling systems on the top, front, or bottom (or more than one location), with room for up to a 420mm radiator per bracket.
The I/O panel includes USB-C and USB-A ports as well as controls for fans and lighting. If you’re measuring your space, this all comes in at around 12.05 by 25.16 by 25.63 inches. Overall, if you want the best combination of style and performance in a case, this is an excellent place to start.
Fractal Design Define R5
With a sleek appearance and impressive built-in features — not to mention a low price — the Define R5 from Fractal Design is a great choice for just about any system builder. It’s not as flashy as some of its contemporaries but its wide configuration options make it a popular choice.
This case supports up to seven 140mm fans (two included) and provides dampening covers for the unused fan slots. It also supports an impressive amount of radiator options for water cooling.
Other notable features include slide-out trays for both internal hard drives, side-mounted SSD slots, dust filters for the front and bottom fans, and a quick-release system for the side panel. The only full-metal piece is the aluminum front access door.
The Define R5 ranges in price from $85 to $150 based on color (black, white, or titanium) and optional case window. The newer model —— adds vertical expansion slots and a USB-C port (10Gbps) for at least $20 bucks more.
Cooler Master Masterbox Q300L
If you’re on a tight budget but don’t want to sacrifice features for savings, then Cooler Master’s Masterbox Q300L is one of our firm favorites. Frequently showcased in our budget PC build guides, the Q300L is a mATX case with a gorgeous, compact aesthetic.
The Q300L doesn’t support full-size motherboards, but there’s enough space for full-size graphics cards, water-cooling radiators, full-size ATX power supplies, and plenty of fans to keep things cool. It also comes with magnetic dust filters and an I/O front panel you can place in six different configurations.
Overall, it’s an astoundingly effective case at a bargain price making it fiercely competitive with similar cases. The sub-$50 price seems almost impossible considering it uses steel, not low-cost plastic and aluminum.
Corsair Carbide Series 275R
If one of your computer-crafting goals is to save as much money as possible while picking the specs you want, you probably aren’t interested in paying hundreds of dollars for a case, no matter how pretty it is. Fortunately, this Corsair case is both attractive and highly affordable, with smooth lines and a tempered glass panel perfect for showing off what you’ve got.
This model includes built-in cable routing, steel drive trays that can hold both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch components, and seven case expansion slots for further customization. It measures 18.1 by 8.3 by 17.9 inches.
While the case comes with two included fans, there is room for up to six, or you can have a 360mm radiator in the front, a 240mm radiator on the top, and a 120mm radiator in the rear, giving plenty of cooling options for your setup. For a budget model, it’s impressive just how much is included in this case.
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