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:
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.
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.
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.
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.