How To Choose The Best PC Case For Your Gaming Setup

Building a PC involves so many exciting steps but few are as important as choosing the PC Case. This is the main representation of the aesthetics associated with the entire gaming PC. It shows a lot about your personal taste.

The problem is that you cannot simply choose a cool looking gaming PC. The case also has important functions and can include several features you have to take into account.

To make the very best choice possible, here’s how to choose the best PC case for your gaming setup.

Form Factor

This is almost always the very first thing that you have to take into account when looking for a gaming setup. Several sizes are available and are created to basically work with specific parts. But, before you even think about internals, you have to look at the external part of the case.

What is the size you want? Do you need to buy a larger one that could house several GPUs? Or is the space you have available really small and the unit has to be compact?

These are the types of questions you need to ask yourself. Only after you know the size you need you can think about specific case form factors.

The smaller cases are micro-ATX and mini-ITX models. They will only work with some sizes for motherboards. The mini-ITX is the smallest. It is basically 50% of the size of the standard ATX gaming case. You can use it when you are strict for space. A good example of such a case is the Cooler Master NR200P.

The problem is that mini-ITX cases do not offer much flexibility when referring to expansions and build options. A micro-ATX is the next step. It is a bit smaller than the regular ATX gaming cases, shorter. You have more flexibility and compatibility but you are still faced with limits. When you want unlimited expansion and build options, the micro-ATX is simply not enough.

The next option available in terms of size is the regular ATX mid-sized tower case. It is common and works with most of the gaming motherboards available on the market at the moment. You can put almost anything you want inside it, except for maybe liquid coolers and a particularly large GPU.

The last option to take into account is the ATX super tower and the ATX full tower. Such cases do not actually correspond to standard motherboard sizes. They are for gaming setups that include extra-large PC components or extra components. You can easily add custom liquid cooling, dual GPUs, and extra fans. A good example of such a case is the Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO.

PC Case Features

After you finally decide what form factor and size you need for your gaming case, you have to look at the features you get. Basically, this is all about what the PC will be used for.

Do you need a very powerful gaming computer that has very strong cooling performance? Or do you want just a machine you use for browsing the internet and some light work?

You have to think about exactly what you will do with the PC before you think about features needed.

As an example, when you build a computer you will mostly use for gaming, you need to focus on things like strong video card, adequate cooling, and wattage that can support all the high load components. The case requires optimal cooling so you need breathing room. Also, if you might want extra GPU slots for future upgrades, you need even more space.

Generally speaking, the really important case feature you have to think about is air flow. When you use air coolers, the gaming PC case has to allow natural air flow when fans are properly placed. When there is not enough real estate available to support the cooling system, you will have serious problems. The case needs proper ventilation at the top, back, and front.

Obviously, you can also think about liquid cooling. In this case the case needs proper support and openings.

Besides cooling and airflow, you want to also think about the following:

  • The size of the GPU you will install
  • How the cables will be organized
  • Having enough RAM clearance
  • The location of the PSU bay

Aesthetics

We cannot talk about choosing the best gaming PC case without reflecting on aesthetics. Some people like to have all-RGB cases like the GAMDIAS ATX case. Others want the minimal blackout appearance, like with the MasterBox NR 600. You might also think about having tempered glass panels since they are pretty popular.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, choosing the best gaming PC case for you is all about personal preference. However, every single factor highlighted above will help you. There are so many different cases available right now. It is practically impossible not to find something you will love.