PC Components

When it comes to finding the best PC case for you, there’s a lot to consider. First and foremost you have to consider airflow. Keeping your hardware cool (whether it’s a high-end system with one of the best graphics cards or just a basic PC with a cheap CPU) and noise levels as low as possible is paramount to good system performance and your own peace of mind. There’s a lot to consider when choosing the best PC case, even in that small facet of case design. A mass of variables affect it, from the number of included fans (and total fan mount locations), to sound dampening material and overall shape and design, the list is long. 

And then there’s size. Are you looking for a cupboard-sized super tower, or a shoe-box-like ITX chassis? Choose the best PC case for you and it’ll serve you well through multiple builds, plus save some hard-earned cash in the long-run. That said, with hundreds of available chassis models and variants, where do you even start? Well, you’re in the right place.  You’ll find a list of the best we’ve tested in varying categories below. But first, here are a few tips to steer your case buying in the right direction.

Best PC cases at a glance:

1. Fractal Design Define 7
2. Lian Li Lancool II Mesh
3. Phanteks Eclipse P300A
4. Fractal Design Meshify 2
5. NZXT H400i
6. Cooler Master Silencio S400
7. NZXT H1
8. Cooler Master Cosmos C700M
9. be quiet! Dark Base 700
10.  Phanteks Enthoo Pro II

The Best PC Cases You Can Buy Today

Fractal Design Define 7 (Image credit: Fractal Design)

1. Fractal Design Define 7

Best High-End ATX Case

Type: Mid-Tower ATX | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX | Card Length Supported: 18.4 / 12.4 inches (467 / 315mm) | Storage Support: (7) 3.5″, (2) 2.5″ | Included Fans: (3) 140mm, (3) 120mm

Tempered-glass side panel

Filtration system

Good thermal performance

Low noise

Water cooling support

USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C

Versatility

No RGB Lighting

A dual-layout (open or extra storage) interior, vented top panel, dedicated water cooling fill port under the top filter, and a Nexus 2 PWM fan hub add to the Define 7’s extremely solid construction and top-notch fit/finish to make it a sure hit with performance enthusiasts. If you’re looking for top notch performance with a strong feature set, the Fractal Design Define 7 is worth the money.

Read: Fractal Design Define 7 review

Lian Li Lancool II Mesh (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

2. Lian Li Lancool II Mesh

Best Mid-Range ATX Case

Type: Mid Tower ATX | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX | Card Length Supported: 15.1 inches (384mm) | Storage Support: (4) 2.5-inch (3) 3.5-inch | Included Fans: (2) 140mm, (1) 120mm

Excellent thermal performance

Thoughtful interior

Ingenious cable management

Three included fans with controller

Affordable

No RGB (a pro, for some)

Exterior design is a bit boring

USB-C costs $15 extra

If you’re in the market for a no-fuss, built-like-a-tank, high-performance, competitively priced PC case and don’t mind this model’s somewhat boring appearance, we can do nothing other than recommend the Lian Li Lancool II Mesh.

Aside from being a great performing case, the Lancool II Mesh is also a dream to work in and offers unparalleled flexibility. The case is heavy, but feels extremely solid and is clearly meant to last.

Read: Lian Li Lancool II Mesh Performance Review 

Phanteks Eclipse P300A (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

3. Phanteks Eclipse P300A

Best Budget ATX Case

Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX | Card Length Supported: 355mm (14 inches) | Storage Support: (2) 3.5” (1) 2.5” | Included Fans: (1) 120mm ARGB

Cheap

Great airflow

Easy to work in

Loud performance under load

Only ships with one fan

No USB Type-C or RGB

If the Phanteks Eclipse P300A had a motto, it would be “less is more.” It succeeds at what it aims to do well and is an excellent choice for a beginner builder. It’s a simple, minimalist budget chassis at a nice $60 price.

Its mesh front panel also lends the chassis to a highly airflow-optimized design. Despite that it only comes with one fan from the factory, performance is acceptable thanks to the mesh front. We would still recommend adding at least one fan to blow air onto the GPU if you can spare the expense, but it’s worth noting that our test bed with the i9-9900K and the 2070 Super is far beyond what most shoppers in this segment would throw at this case, and the P300A’s single fan still managed to keep temperatures in check. 

Read:  Phanteks Eclipse P300A review

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

4. Fractal Design Meshify 2

Best Case for High-End Rigs and Workstations

Type: Mid-Tower ATX | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (285 mm) | Card Length Supported: 467mm (18.4 inches) | Storage Support: (11) 3.5″ (6 brackets included), (4) 2.5″ (2 brackets included) | Included Fans: (3) 140mm

Interior brilliance

Excellent cooling performance

Easy panel and dust filter removal

Overkill for modest builds

Slightly buzzy fan motors

Fractal offers a thoughtful, versatile design aimed at ease-of-use, and delivers a very pleasant and enjoyable building experience with the Meshify 2. Whether you use this case as a system where you just want to deliver tons of airflow and room for expansion, a workstation with tons of hard drives, a server, or high-end custom liquid cooling, the Meshify 2 will find a way to accommodate your build. For that, along with thermal and acoustic performance that is in-line with what we expect from a mesh front, it earns a rare five-star rating.

The Meshify 2 doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel when it comes to case design, instead gently chiseling away at it to refine the experience. There’s only one thing about it that you need to ask yourself before smashing the buy button: Will you really use the room for storage or cooling parts, or can you buy a smaller case and save yourself some space and money?

Read: Fractal Design Meshify 2 reviews

NZXT H400i

5. NZXT H400i

Best MicroATX Case

Type: Mini Tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX | Card Length Supported: 411mm (16.2 inches) | Storage Support: (1) 3.5″, (4) 2.5″ | Included Fans: (3) 120mm

Good-looking tempered-glass design

Strong thermal performance

Included RGB lighting and fan control

Reasonable price

Slightly noisy at full fan speed

No front-panel USB-C ports

Excellent performance, good-looking design, included RGB and fan control, and competitive price tag come together to make the H400i an excellent choice for MicroATX builders. The case gets a little noisy with fans running at top speed, and there’s no USB-C ports on the front panel. But if those shortcomings sound reasonable to you and your motherboard is smaller than full-size ATX, this case should be on your short list.

Read: NZXT H400i review

Cooler Master Silencio S400

6. Cooler Master Silencio S400

Best Budget MicroATX Case

Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX | Card Length Supported: 319mm (12.56 inches) | Storage Support: (4) 3.5″, (4) 2.5″ | Included Fans: (3) 120mm

Whisper quiet operation

Sleek design

Solid build quality

Reversible front door

SD card slot

5.25-inch ODD slot

Below average thermal performance

No USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C

Front radiator support may require hard drive rack removal

We don’t often find a case that’s lined with sound damping sheets for under $100, let alone one that has a damped front panel door with reversible swing. The Silencio 400 offers these, plus a hidden front panel device bay and adequate dust filtration, along with a classic look. Despite its slightly higher-than-average temperatures, the case’s exceptionally reduced noise gave it a great performance balance that could be perfect for your low-noise environment.

Read: Cooler Master Silencio S400 review

NZXT H1 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

7. NZXT H1

Best Mini-ITX Case

Type: Ultra Compact Desktop | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX | Card Length Supported: 305mm (12.01 inches) | Storage Support: (2) 2.5″ | Included Fans: (1) 140mm

Easy installation of hardware

Includes 650w SFX PSU and 140mm AIO liquid cooling

Compact footprint

Supports only mITX motherboards

No support for additional fans

With a base that’s under 7.5-inches square and a height of just over 15 inches, the H1 from NZXT packs a lot of hardware into an incredibly small footprint. Concerns over its incredibly large price are mostly addressed via its inclusion of NZXT’s 650w, 80 Gold SFX modular power supply and built-in 140mm AIO liquid cooling system. Those custom fit components leave builders free to assemble their machines without the need to purchase custom-length cables, as may have otherwise been required to fit so much hardware into so small a space. With support for both AM4 and LGA 1151 processors plus graphics cards up to 12″ long, limitations are primarily left to your imagination.

Read: NZXT H1 review

Cooler Master Cosmos C700M

8. Cooler Master Cosmos C700M

Best High-End Showcase PC Case

Type: Full Tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, (E-ATX support up to 12 x 10.7 inches) | Card Length Supported: 490mm (19.3 inches) | Storage Support: (5) 3.5” (4) 2.5” ( 5x converted from 3.5) | Included Fans: (4) 140mm

Excellent thermal performance, liquid cooling support and cable management

Quiet under full load

Expandability

Modular design allows for a variety of configurations

USB-C port

Multiple GPU configurations

Includes GPU riser cable and four 140mm fans

Price

Heavy

Requires two USB 3.0 headers or a 20-pin splitter cable for all four front panel USB 3.0 ports

Reconfiguring the motherboard layout may be tough for beginners

You couldn’t ask for a more full-featured, future-proof chassis than the Cooler Master Cosmos C700M. Even with the higher than average price tag, the case’s thermal performance, integrated ARGB lighting, multi-layout design and laundry list of features definitely justifies the asking price.

Not everyone can or should spend $440 on a case, but but this is a specialized, high-end chassis specifically built for enthusiasts willing to spend their hard earned money to have the best. And make no mistake about it, the Cooler Master Cosmos C700M is one of the best.

Read: Cooler Master Cosmos C700M review

be quiet! Dark Base 700

9. be quiet! Dark Base 700

Best XL/EATX Case

Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX | Card Length Supported: 286mm (11.2 inches)/430mm (16.9 inches with HD cage removed) | Storage Support: (7) 3.5, (9) 2.5″ | Included Fans: (2) 140mm

Good thermal performance

Great looking chassis

Embedded lighting

Tempered-glass side panel

Low noise

Excellent filtration system

Price

Only two 140mm fans (three would be ideal at this price)

The be quiet! Dark Base 700 is in a class of its own. At first glance it may seem like just another case with a tempered-glass side panel. But upon further inspection, it’s clear how much time and effort went into the design. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more versatile, high-performance enclosure.

It’s clear that be quiet! put a great deal of thought into the design of this chassis’ filtration system. Every intake fan mounting location in the Dark Base 700 is equipped with a washable nylon fan filter. Gaining access to filters requires removing the front panel, but even though the front and bottom filters are extremely long, maintenance and cleaning is a snap.

Read: be quiet! Dark Base 700 review

Phanteks Enthoo Pro II (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

10. Phanteks Enthoo Pro II

Best Dual-System Case

Type: Full-Tower ATX | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX(2), Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX | Card Length Supported: 19.8 inches (503 mm) | Storage Support: (12) 3.5″, (11) 2.5″ | Included Fans: None

Excellent thermal performance and cable management

Flexible interior and lavish front I/O

Affordable for its size and features

Unnecessarily big

No fans included

Materials could be of higher quality

Phanteks’ Enthoo Pro II is a very unique chassi, offering the most seamless dual-system support we’ve ever seen. And its new fabric mesh front looks really great, especially when you get close to the case. 

Thermally and acoustically, the Enthoo Pro II also performs phenomenally well. Of course, the mesh does let more noise out than a closed-front case would, but if you’re careful in your component selection and only pick quiet parts, it should all remain very tolerable.

Read: Phanteks Enthoo Pro II review

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