Best Computer Cases For Gaming

Choosing a gaming chassis isn't as easy as it looks like. It involves considering pros and cons of each individual model and comparing them side by side to finally pick the case that meets your requirements. To narrow down your search, you should consider the most important factors when selecting a computer case which includes; form factor support, size, cooling features, design, material, noise and finally the price. Now, let's briefly look at above features:

Form Factor:

Computer case comes in different shape and size that support multiple platforms in different form factors such as MicroATX, ATX, EATX, Mini-ITX and etc. The most popular form factor for desktop computer is ATX. Before you pick your gaming enclosure, make sure the motherboard can fit in your case.

Size:

The main types of computer cases which also show their sizes are; mini-tower, mid-tower and full-tower. The full-tower case is larger among the other two and has better air flow and more internal/external drive bays that makes it a suitable choice for high-end gaming computer build.

Cooling Features:

Proper air flow is very important to keep all the internal components at safe operating temperature level, thus, some cases have multiple internal fans mounted on top, front and back of the case to help increase the air flow. Always check the number and size of pre-installed fans to make sure there is good air flow to keep the internal components cool. If you tend to overclock the CPU to it's limit then look for the cases with water cooling support.

Design:

Computer cases come in different shape and designs, a proper design facilitates the assembly and maintenance of internal components. Some important factors in internal design of a computer case are cable management, screw-less design (for mounting drives), dust filters and painting.

The final look and appearance of computer case doesn't affect the performance of your system but surely everyone would prefer to have an eye-catching gaming case to receive compliments from friends. Some people may prefer to have a side panel window on their case so they can look inside the case, specially when the CPU or graphics card have LED fans that shine through the window.

Material and Noise:

Computer chassis is usually constructed from aluminium, steel and plastic. Aluminium cases are light weight and less durable than steel cases. Steel cases, on the other hand are acoustically quieter and more expensive to build than aluminium case. To reduce the noise, some computer cases have special acoustic foam to absorb the noise of cooling fans. Some computer cases also add the extra switch to control the fan speed. Also, the type of the fan bearings and size of fan, makes a notable difference in noise level.
Below, you'll find our recommended enclosures for gaming.

Best Gaming Case 2015 - November Round-up


Under $75
$76 - $100
Cooler Master NZXT Phanteks Fractal Design
Cooler Master Elite 130
NZXT S340 Red

Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey
Model
Elite 130
S340 Red
Enthoo Pro
Define R4 Titanium Grey
Type
Mini-ITX Cube
Mid Tower
Full Tower
Mid Tower
Supported Motherboards
Mini-ITX
Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX
mATX, ATX, EATX, SSI EEB
Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX
Max Graphics Card Length
343mm
334mm
347mm/472mm (without HDD Cages)
295mm/430mm (without HDD Cages)
With Power Supply
No
No
No
No
Max CPU Cooler Height
65mm
161mm
193mm
170mm
External 5.25" Bays
1
-
3
2
Internal 3.5" Bays
2 + 1 (Shared with 5.25" bays)
2 + 1
6
8
Internal 2.5" Bays
3 (Shared with 5.25" bays) + 1
4 (Shared with 3.5" bays)
6 (Shared with 3.5" bays) + 1
8 (Shared with 3.5" bays)
Cooling Fans
1x 120mm, 1x 80mm
2x 120mm
1x 200mm, 1x 140mm
2x 120/140mm
Front USB Ports
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Card Reader
No
No
No
No
Dust Filter
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Fan Control
No
No
-
-
PSU Mount
Top
Bottom
Bottom
Bottom
Material
Steel
Steel / Plastic
Steel / Plastic
Steel / Plastic
Dimensions (H x W x D)
9.40" x 8.20" x 15.70"
17.51" x 7.87" x 17.00"


Other Specs
- Side panel Window,
- Supports a 120mm radiator in the front,
- Tool-less design,
- Water cooling solution,
- Good cable management design
- Drop-N-Lock SSD brackets,
- Ultimate water cooling solution,
- 240/280mm water cooling support,
- Good cable management design,
- Tool-less design
Price
$45
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$70
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$100
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$96
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$101 - $130
$131 - $170
Rosewill Corsair Thermaltake Corsair
Rosewill THOR V2 Black
Corsair Obsidian 750D

Thermaltake Chaser MK-I
Corsair Graphite 760T Windowed
Model
THOR V2 Black
Obsidian 750D
Chaser MK-I
Graphite 760T Windowed
Type
Full Tower
Full Tower
Extra Big Tower
Full Tower
Supported Motherboards
mATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX
Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX, E-ATX
mATX, ATX
Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX
Max Graphics Card Length
280mm/400mm (without HDD Cages)
450mm
330mm
450mm
With Power Supply
No
No
No
No
Max CPU Cooler Height
170mm
170mm
180mm
170mm
External 5.25" Bays
5 + 1
3
4
3
Internal 3.5" Bays
6
6
6
6
Internal 2.5" Bays
6 (Shared with 3.5" bays)
6 (Shared with 3.5" bays) + 4
6 (Shared with 3.5" bays) + 1
6 (Shared with 3.5" bays) + 1
Cooling Fans
3x 230mm + 1x 140mm
3x 140mm
2x 200mm, 1x 140mm
3x 140mm
Front USB Ports
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Card Reader
No
No
No
No
Dust Filter
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Fan Control
Yes
-
Yes
-
PSU Mount
Bottom
Bottom
Bottom
Bottom
Material
SECC
Aluminum / Steel
SECC
Steel / Plastic
Other Specs
- Gaming type to increase air flow
- Advanced cable management design,
- Screw-less design,
- eSATA port
- Tool-less design,
- HDD Docking Station,
- Water cooling support, - Good cable management design
- eSATA port,
- Tool-less design,
- Heightened Foot Stands,
- HDD Docking Station,
- Water cooling support
- Water cooling solution,
- Good cable management design,
- Tool-less design
Price
$130
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$130
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$132
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$170
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