The Best PC Cases by Price (Oct 2018)

Adrian B Updated on Oct 08, 2018

One of the basic elements of a desktop computer is the case. There are a wide variety of forms, sizes and exclusive designs. The price will increase depending on how easy is to mount the inner components, how resistant it is or how cool the design is.

 

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How To Choose The Appropriate Case

Case Sizes

There are several standard sizes, each of them adapted specifically to one or another requirement. Here I will list only the commonly used sizes used to build Gaming PCs:

  • Full Tower (E-ATX). Lots of expansion options and space. This kind of cases are used for hardcore gamers, those who need multiple graphics cards, multiple hard drives, lots of RAM and free space to install triple radiators, gigantic heat sinks and 230mm case fans.
  • Mid Tower (ATX). It was the standard size until we got the Micro ATX. It has enough space to accommodate two graphics cards with a proper refrigeration.
  • Mini Tower (Micro ATX). This size has been replacing the mid-tower in the past years and now is the common size for most of the users. It is usually cheaper than bigger sizes cases and supports Micro ATX motherboards, which are the most common motherboard size.
  • Small Form Factor or SFF (Mini-ITX). Usually used as HTPC (Home Theater PC) because of the saving space benefits.
Cases Sizes And Common Features
SFF
Mini
Mid
Full
Motherboards
Mini-ITX
Up to Micro ATX
Up to ATX
Up to EATX
5.25” Drive Bays
1
1 to 2
2 to 5
3 to 6
3.5” Drive Bays
1 to 3
4 to 6
6 to 8
6 to 13
2.5” Drive Bays
0 to 4
0 to 4
0 to 10
0 to 10
Expansion Slots
2
4
7 to 8
7 to 10
Graphic Cards
1
1 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 4
Case Fans
1 to 3
2 to 4
3 to 9
5 to 10

Recommendations

  • Put your case in a fresh and ventilated place. Otherwise, you will be covering the case’s air outputs and that will overheat your CPU, GPU and PSU.
  • Always double check how many fans are included in the case you want to buy. Sometimes, usually in the cheaper models, the manufacturer images can be tricky.
  • Clean up the case inside regularly. The dust is accumulated in all the case’s fans and CPU’s and GPU’s ones. If you don’t clean them, they will move less air and therefore the case inner temperature will get higher.
  • Do not buy cases for less than $60 with power supplies included. Those power supplies will be probably cheap and of poor quality.

** Check out the following post where you can find the top 10 gaming cases reviewed:

Buying Guide

Functional – Up to $35

VIVO Case-V00

VIVO Case-V00launch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right14.8 x 7.3 x 14.2 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Zalman T1 PLUS

Zalman T1 PLUSlaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right19.3 x 16.6 x 9.3 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, GPU up to 250-300 mm, Up to 5 system fans
Market Price: $41.61
Available on:
Amazon USA
VIVO Case-V01

VIVO Case-V01launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right16.6 x 7.7 x 16.3 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
Market Price: $40.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Zalman T4

Zalman T4launch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right6.7 x 16.8 x 13.4 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, GPU up to 250-300 mm, Up to 4 system fan
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Thermaltake Versa H21

Thermaltake Versa H21launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right8.2 x 16.9 x 18.9 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
Market Price: $39.26
Available on:
Amazon USA

Standard – From $35 to $60

Resistant cases with good expansion and refrigeration possibilities and acceptable designs.

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1launch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right15.5 x 7.1 x 14.9 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, GPU up to 380mm, CPU Cooler up to 158mm, Up to 3 system fans
Market Price: $33.00
Available on:
Amazon USA
Cooler Master Elite 130

Cooler Master Elite 130launch

chevron_rightMini ITX
chevron_right15.7 x 9.4 x 8.2 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 343 mm
Market Price: $44.12
Available on:
Amazon USA
Thermaltake Versa H15

Thermaltake Versa H15launch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right15 x 7.8 x 16.2 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, GPU up to 315 mm, CPU fan up to 155mm
Market Price: $34.44
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Carbide SPEC-01

Corsair Carbide SPEC-01launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right18.8 x 7.8 x 16.9 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, Up to 5 system fan
Market Price: $49.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Cooler Master N200

Cooler Master N200launch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right17.5 x 7.9 x 14.9 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU up to 350 mm, Up to 5 system fan
Market Price: $44.43
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Carbide Series 88R

Corsair Carbide Series 88Rlaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right17.3 x 7.8 x 14.9 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 350 mm, Top radiator up to 240mm, Up to 5 system fan
Market Price: $58.00
Available on:
Amazon USA
VIVO Athena Case-V04

VIVO Athena Case-V04launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right18.7 x 7.8 x 20.4 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Thermaltake Versa N26 Dark Knight

Thermaltake Versa N26 Dark Knightlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right21 x 10 x 22 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, Up to 5 system fan
Market Price: $51.60
Available on:
Amazon USA
Cooler Master MasterBox 5

Cooler Master MasterBox 5launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right19.7 x 8.7 x 18.7 inches
chevron_right3x USB 3.0, Up to 4 system fan
Market Price: $64.89
Available on:
Amazon USA
Thermaltake CORE V21

Thermaltake CORE V21launch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right16.7 x 12.6 x 13.2 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0
Market Price: $62.43
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair 100R

Corsair 100Rlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right18.5 x 7.9 x 16.9 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, Up to 5 system fan
Market Price: $49.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Thermaltake Versa N24 Hell Fire

Thermaltake Versa N24 Hell Firelaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right21 x 10 x 22 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, Up to 5 system fan, GPU up to 415mm, CPU fan up to 240 mm
Market Price: $59.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

Advanced – From $60 to $100

Here you will find the cases with the best quality/price ratio. Clean designs, easy to configure and well constructed.

Corsair Carbide 200R

Corsair Carbide 200Rlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right8.3 x 16.9 x 19.5 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU max length 420 mm, CPU fan max height of 165 mm, PSU max length of 180 mm
Market Price: $44.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Carbide 270R

Corsair Carbide 270Rlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right20.3 x 8.3 x 18.1 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 370 mm, CPU fan up to 170mm, PSU up to 225 mm
Market Price: $59.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
VIVO Titan Case-V05

VIVO Titan Case-V05launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right20.9 x 8.5 x 20.3 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU up to 410 mm, CPU up to 170 mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Carbide SPEC-03

Corsair Carbide SPEC-03launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right19.4 x 8.5 x 16.8 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 426 mm, CPU fan up to 157mm, PSU up to 240 mm
Market Price: $135.76
Available on:
Amazon USA
Thermaltake View 28 RGB Gull-Wing Window

Thermaltake View 28 RGB Gull-Wing Windowlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right21 x 22 x 10 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU max length 410 mm, CPU fan max height of 155 mm, PSU max length of 180 mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
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Thermaltake Versa C23 RGB Tempered Glass

Thermaltake Versa C23 RGB Tempered Glasslaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right7.9 x 20.1 x 20 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU max length 400 mm, CPU fan max height of 155 mm, PSU max length of 220 mm
Market Price: $71.69
Available on:
Amazon USA

Key Facts

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Corsair Carbide 300R

Corsair Carbide 300Rlaunch

chevron_rightEATX
chevron_right19.1 x 8.3 x 17.7 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 450 mm
Market Price: $86.89
Available on:
Amazon USA
NZXT Phantom 410

NZXT Phantom 410launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right20.9 x 8.5 x 20.3 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU up to 305 mm
Market Price: $99.49
Available on:
Amazon USA
NZXT S340

NZXT S340launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right17.5 x 7.9 x 17 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 334 mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Rosewill WolfAlloy

Rosewill WolfAlloylaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right18.9 x 8.7 x 18.1 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, CPU up to 175 mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Mlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right19.7 x 9.2 x 18.9 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, CPU up to 194 mm, GPU up to 300 mm
Market Price: $205.84
Available on:
Amazon USA
Zalman M1

Zalman M1launch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right18 x 13 x 20 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 350 mm
Market Price: $601.49
Available on:
Amazon USA
Zalman Z11 Plus

Zalman Z11 Pluslaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right21.3 x 12.3 x 23.3 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU up to 290 mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
BitFenix Phenom

BitFenix Phenomlaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right12.5 x 16 x 18 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0
Market Price: $83.00
Available on:
Amazon USA
AeroCool DS-Cube

AeroCool DS-Cubelaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right15 x 10.4 x 16.2 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU up to 320mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Obsidian 250D

Corsair Obsidian 250Dlaunch

chevron_rightMini ITX
chevron_right13.8 x 10.9 x 11.4 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 290mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Phanteks Eclipse P400S

Phanteks Eclipse P400Slaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right18.3 x 8.3 x 18.5 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, CPU up to 194 mm, GPU up to 300 mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
BitFenix Prodigy M

BitFenix Prodigy Mlaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_right14.1 x 9.8 x 16 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0
Market Price: $97.00
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Air 240

Corsair Air 240launch

chevron_rightMini ITX
chevron_right15.6 x 10.2 x 12.6 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 290mm
Market Price: $84.19
Available on:
Amazon USA

Overclocking – From $100 to $180

Optimized cases to support liquid refrigeration systems. Big cases with plenty of free inner space.

NZXT H440

NZXT H440launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right22.5 x 11.5 x 22 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU up to 406 mm
Market Price: $99.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Carbide 400C

Corsair Carbide 400Claunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right16.7 x 8.5 x 18.3 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0
Market Price: $103.18
Available on:
Amazon USA
Silverstone Primera

Silverstone Primeralaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right25 x 25 x 12 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU up to 420mm, CPU up to 240 mm
Market Price: $130.59
Available on:
Amazon USA
NZXT MANTA M2

NZXT MANTA M2launch

chevron_rightMini ITX
chevron_right18.5 x 11.6 x 19.4 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 290mm
Market Price: $119.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Fractal Design NODE 202 + Integra PSU

Fractal Design NODE 202 + Integra PSUlaunch

chevron_rightMini ITX
chevron_right5.7 x 18.2 x 13 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 310mm, 450W SFX PSU Included
Market Price: $152.68
Available on:
Amazon USA
Fractal Design Define R5

Fractal Design Define R5launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right21.5 x 23 x 13 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0 + 2x USB 2.0, GPU up to 310mm, CPU cooler up 180mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Thermaltake Core P5 Open

Thermaltake Core P5 Openlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right16.7 x 8.5 x 18.3 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Wall Mount, GPU up to 320mm
Market Price: $138.28
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Obsidian 500D

Corsair Obsidian 500Dlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right19.8 x 9.2 x 20 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.1, 2x USB 3.0, GPU max length 370 mm, CPU fan max height of 170 mm, PSU max length of 225 mm
Market Price: $139.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Graphite 380T

Corsair Graphite 380Tlaunch

chevron_rightMini ITX
chevron_right15.6 x 11.5 x 14 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 290mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Thermaltake Core V71

Thermaltake Core V71launch

chevron_rightEATX
chevron_right9.1 x 23 x 22 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA
Rosewill Gaming Thor V2

Rosewill Gaming Thor V2launch

chevron_rightEATX
chevron_right9.1 x 23 x 22 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU up to 420mm, CPU up to 180 mm
Market Price: $129.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Carbide Air 740

Corsair Carbide Air 740launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right16.8 x 20.1 x 13.4 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, GPU up to 320mm
Market Price: $149.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Graphite 600T

Corsair Graphite 600Tlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right23.3 x 10.4 x 20 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 330mm, PSU up to 225mm
Market Price: $1,109.52
Available on:
Amazon USA
Corsair Graphite 780T

Corsair Graphite 780Tlaunch

chevron_rightEATX
chevron_right25.1 x 11.3 x 23.7 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
Market Price: $178.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

Master Race – From $180

Used to support multi graphic cards configurations and big refrigeration systems.

Nanoxia Deep Silence 6

Nanoxia Deep Silence 6launch

chevron_rightEATX
chevron_right28 x 13.4 x 29.4 inches
chevron_rightGPU up to 400mm
Market Price: $279.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Cooler Master Cosmos II

Cooler Master Cosmos IIlaunch

chevron_rightEATX
chevron_right28.9 x 15.3 x 30.5 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, GPU up to 385mm
Market Price: $369.00
Available on:
Amazon USA
Cooler Master Cosmos II

Cooler Master Cosmos IIlaunch

chevron_rightEATX
chevron_right28.9 x 15.3 x 30.5 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, GPU up to 385mm
Market Price: $369.00
Available on:
Amazon USA
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATXlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right19.5 x 9.2 x 20.1 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU up to 330mm
Market Price: $223.77
Available on:
Amazon USA
NZXT Phantom 820

NZXT Phantom 820launch

chevron_rightEATX
chevron_right28.9 x 12.1 x 27.1 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, GPU up to 333mm
Market Price: --
Available on:
Amazon USA

Changelog

Added Products

  • April 9, 2018: Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1
  • March 19, 2018: Corsair Obsidian 500D
  • December 15, 2017: Thermaltake View 28, Thermaltake G21, Corsair Carbide 200R, Thermaltake Versa C23
  • September 26, 2017: Corsair Carbide 270R
  • August 1, 2017: Fractal Design Define R5 and Fractal Design Node 202
  • July 2, 2017: Thermaltake Versa H15, Corsair Carbide Series 88R
  • April 11, 2017: Thermaltake Versa N26 Dark Knight, Thermaltake Versa N24 Hell Fire, Cooler Master MasterBox 5, Corsair Carbide SPEC-01
  • March 31, 2017: Corsair Carbide SPEC-03
  • January 30, 2017: Zalman ZMT1 Plus

Removed Products

  • August 5, 2017: Rosewill Gaming Nighthawk 117

How did you find this guide? What form factor are you currently using? Would you like to change to another one? Did you face any space problems when mounting the components?

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