Here you will find the best computer cases for 2018, packed in a “Top 10” post so you can focus just in the best cases and avoid getting lost, trying to choose one model out of the hundreds that are available.
Choosing a computer case is always a difficult decision and you should take it seriously as it is one of the most important parts of any gaming rig. This is the key component for keeping your components cool as well as the “eye-catching” part that all your friends will first see when they enter your room.
People like awesome cases designs, people feel proud of how their lovely gaming computer looks, people like to show their favorite toy to everyone who’s around… even if it can’t run Doom II. The computer case plays an important role: the visual aspect.
Other than that, the computer case will determine the motherboard form factor you can use, the cooling system type (liquid or air), the airflow quality (interior design), and other upgrade opportunities as SSD slots, optical drives, built-in connectivities, etc.
In this post, I will go over the best gaming PC cases, classified by form-factor, so you can easily identify which fits your needs better. If you want to see more models, you can take a look at the dedicated guide, but if you do NOT want to get too long trying to decide what case you should buy, just stick to his post!
SFF / Mini ITX
NZXT MANTA M2launch
This little-rounded case is not as little as it may look. This is the perfect combination of a small compact form factor with a lot of room to install all the components you can imagine. In fact, you won’t need to look for any short-length graphics card as it has room enough to fit a 360mm GTX 1080.
Also, you can install almost all of the most popular CPU coolers (including water cooling systems) as it supports heatsinks up to 160mm as well as enough room to install up to three radiators. What a beast you could build with this case…
Corsair Air 240launch
While the Corsair Air 240 is a little cheaper than the MANTA, it still offers some interesting features. This eye-catching cube design case includes three 120mm fans, two USB 3.0 ports and a full side window.
What I really love about this case is that, while it is an SSF size case, it supports MicroATX motherboards. And this gives you different design options:
- You could install a MicroATX motherboard + dual GPU configuration + one front 240mm radiator
- Or you could install a MiniATX motherboard + single GPU + two 240mm radiators (front and bottom)
I personally like the first option, though, as you could design a more balanced gaming computer, which means a better price/performance ratio. I mean, it makes no sense to me to install two 240mm radiators to cool one single GPU.
Mini / Micro ATX
Now, let’s take a look into the Micro ATX category. You will face some limitations with SFF cases if you want to use a dual GPU configuration and keep them cooled. And here’s where the Mini pc cases should be your target.
BitFenix Prodigy Mlaunch
The BitFeniz Prodify M is one of the most popular mini and coolest PC cases. And that is because of its simple but elegant design and awesome features. It can house two graphic cards, up to 5 fans, five 2.5″ SSDs, four 3.5 HDDs and still has space for slim 240mm radiators.
I’ve been in love with this model since I first saw it. The AeroCool DS Cube is another minimalist Micro ATX computer case but, in this case, it seems to me like a miniaturized standard ATX case. The chassis is solidly constructed SGCC (Galvanized High Carbon Steel) which helps to block out all noise.
The most remarkable features are:
- Supports a complete 240mm water cooling system on the top panel
- Super-silent 20cm fan(600 RPM) and 12cm fan (800RPM) included for front and rear cooling
- Removable PSU dust filter for easy cleaning
- Shock-proof rubber for 3.5″ & 2.5″ HDDs and PSU
Mid / ATX
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATXlaunch
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv is a high-end computer case. It’s made of 3mm thick aluminum and it mounts tempered 4mm glass side panels (both left and right). It comes with a bunch of utilities to help you keep a clean and well organized interior thanks to:
- 2x Drop-N-Lock SSD brackets
- 3x Modular HDD Brackets
- 2x removable dust filters
- Quick release panels for easy access to fans and dust filters
Also, it comes with:
- 3 premium fans: 2x front 140mm + 1x rear 140mm units
- RGB LED lights with illumination effects
Not to mention that it has space for any kind of graphic card and CPU heatsinks.
This is a classic NZXT, one of the most popular Mid PC Cases due to its remarkably clean and easy to use design. If you want to optimize your budget, this is probably the best option for this price range.
Although it’s not a full tower case, it has enough room to put a high-end GPU inside of. You don’t have to worry about the graphic video’s length with this case. It should be noted, though, that, in order to house an extra long GPU (with 3 fans), you will have to take out the HDD cage.
Other than that, as I said before, this is surely a win-win deal!
Full / E-ATX
Corsair Graphite 780Tlaunch
The Corsair Graphite 780T is a wonderful Full tower with Premium features. Its rounded corners and the sleek design make of this case a unique model. Probably the best computer case for hardcore gamers seeking multi-GPU configurations and high-end water-cooling solutions.
It supports dual 360mm radiators for hardcore water cooling systems as well as full size graphic cards.
Other interesting features are:
- Modular tool-free hard drive cages and side-mounted SSD bays
- Built in three-mode fan controller in the front-panel
- Latched side panels for easy access
- 2x 140mm LED fans + x1 140mm fan included
Cooler Master Cosmos IIlaunch
If you want the best computer case of the market, then you need the Cooler Master Cosmos II. Just take a quick look at the Amazon’s reviews: 2,289 customer reviews / 4.5 out 5 stars as of today. I personally didn’t see any other case with those numbers.
With this case, you can mount an E-ATX motherboard and 4-way SLI/CrossFireX configurations, i.e. 4 GPUs at the same time! Isn’t that crazy? It also comes with a built-in fan controller, USB 3.0 ports and support for up to 10 fans.
It just has one “negative point”: the price. Only those lucky guys with big budgets could afford this piece of art.
Thermaltake Core P5 Openlaunch
For the past few years, the “open” computer cases have been scaling up in popularity. And the Thermaltake Core P5 Open is the best example of it.
This unique wall mount PC case features a panoramic open frame design that provides multiple configurations and flexibility as it is fully modular.
Thermaltake Level 10 GTlaunch
You either love it or hate it. You can’t deny that the Thermaltake Level 10 GT has a unique design.
One of the big selling points is that Thermaltake really spent their time in an intelligent cable management system.
As in any other high-end computer case, you can expect top-quality features as:
- Superior airflow design
- Build quality
- Big enough to install any kind of GPU and CPU cooling system
Choosing The Best Computer Cases
At the end of the day, the case is just that, a box that contains the real “meat” of any computer. A better case won’t improve the FPS, nor the load times or the available space.
BUT, the case is still really important: it dictates what components you will be able to use. Depending on how big the GPU you want is, or the CPU heatsink, or the RAM height, or the motherboard size… you will have to decide what case size (SFF, Mini, Mid or Full) fits your needs better.
So, in order to save time designing your next computer build, follow one of the next approaches:
- Start with the case size and then choose the components that will fit in
- Choose the components you want and then find a case with enough room to house them all.
And as I always say, take your time, but try not to overthink, just focus on your priorities and needs. Otherwise, you won’t ever be able to decide on any model.