Best Full Tower Cases 2020 – Ultimate Buying Guide

Full tower cases are the solution for those who want it all: a PC with room for every piece of cutting-edge tech, sometimes several times over. While size isn’t always everything, when it comes to PC builds, it’s undeniable that a more substantial case will allow you more features than a small form-factor would.

However, not everyone wants a full tower case, either. These cases take up a lot of space, and they also tend to be the most expensive. Unless you’re on a mission to make a micro PC, though, a full tower case will be your best bet when building a high-end, high-performance PC.

In this guide, we’ll go over your current prospects for the best full tower cases on the market. Each of the ones mentioned here will have their own specific pluses and minuses.

The 8 Best Full-Tower Cases For 2019

ModelConnectivityFans Included 
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
1x 200mm Fan
1x 140mm Fan
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
4x 140mm Fans
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
1x USB-C
2x 140mm Fans
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
3x 200mm LED Fans
1x 140mm Fan
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
1x e-SATA
1x 230mm LED Fan
2x 230mm Fan

1x 140mm Fan
4x USB 3.0
2x USB-C
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
None
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
2x 140mm LED Fans
1x 140mm Fan
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input

 
3x 140mm Fans

Since full-tower cases tend to be a bit of a niche market, full-tower fans will see a lot of repeat entries on this list from recent years. After all, there’s little reason to replace something old but good, especially since time will make it cheaper!

However, if you’re looking for a state-of-the-art case fresh for 2019, we have a few of those entries on our list, too! Just because there are fewer cases on the market doesn’t mean that full-tower chassis are any less useful than the other size tiers.

Full-tower cases are designed to have extra space for a variety of things, such as additional CPUs, liquid cooling systems, or multiple radiators. To be clear, the average computer user or builder most likely won’t need the added bulk of a full-tower case, but ambitious or niche builders will find them to be very useful indeed!

While it’s true that a full-tower or super-tower case is more of a niche item, that doesn’t mean you should skimp on research when choosing the best one!

Phanteks Enthoo Pro

Phanteks Enthoo Pro

The Phanteks Enthoo Pro is the quintessential budget edition to our list, and while this budget-friendly mindset shows a bit, that doesn’t necessarily take it out of the running. After all, since you’ll likely be spending a bit more than usual to fill your full tower case with all the bells and whistles, it might be useful to save a few dollars on, say, the case itself.

Like we said above, while the Enthoo Pro takes the cake for most affordable chassis on our list, it’s unfortunately rather apparent that it’s a budget case. The case is made of plastic made to look like brushed aluminum, and the side windows are plastic instead of glass. If you’re willing to add a bit more onto the unit’s price, you can splurge for a version with a slightly fancier looking tempered glass window instead.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Design

Despite the cheapness of the materials, this case does cut a rather no-nonsense image, and it has a very modern design aesthetic despite being a few years old. It doesn’t mess around! It doesn’t carry that “spaceship” look that many of the older full-tower options have, either, which is a big plus, in our opinion.

All in all, this case compromises on quality just enough to make the price unbeatable. However, that doesn’t mean the chassis is fragile or unattractive, either. If you’re looking for a smart, no-nonsense place to start with your full tower adventures, this is the place to do it.

For those looking for a unique build, this case cuts imposing lines in a white variety, too. It also comes in a very unique “titanium green” color for the rarity seekers. Additionally, if you’re not willing to splurge for the tempered glass model, a window-free option exists, too. While this will hide your RGBs and LEDs, you won’t have to look at the kitschy plastic window, either.

The Pros

  • Extremely affordable
  • Color and window options
  • Unobtrusive, modern look
  • Sturdy without being excessive

The Cons

  • Slightly outdated
  • Lots of plastic

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe

The Phanteks Enthoo Luxe is the slightly more mature, expensive brother to the Enthoo Pro. Instead of metal-look plastic, for just under twice the price, the Luxe is made with a metal chassis instead. Add some attractively-placed LED lights on top of that, and you have a beautiful, yet inexpensive full tower on your hands.

For being an aluminum-plated steel case, the Enthoo Luxe comes in at a reasonable price. Most of its direct price competitors still use cheap plastic faceplates, and next to none have built-in LED lights that don’t include the fans.

Like its little brother, the Enthoo Luxe also comes in multiple colors, but this time, the alternate option is an attractive grey. The Luxe comes in a plastic window version, too, but in our opinion, the plastic detracts from the sleek look of the Luxe. We prefer the tempered glass version, hands-down.

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Design

We can’t overstate the satisfaction of touching your case and feeling the cold metal, either. Even if the Enthoo Pro (and several other entries on this list) look like metal, the farce is ruined immediately upon touching the material. Since the Luxe is aluminum-plated, you won’t see that problem.

Overall, the Enthoo Luxe seems like an excellent all-around full tower case. It has a surprising amount of bells and whistles for the price, while still maintaining a sleek, current look. It also does all this without venturing into expensive territory. If we had to recommend a single chassis for everyone wanting a full tower case, this would probably be it.

The Pros

  • Looks and feels expensive
  • Modern-looking
  • Well-priced

The Cons

  • Limited LED colors

Thermaltake A700

Thermaltake A700

The Thermaltake A700 is a mid to high-tier case in terms of price and quality, and this shows in the build itself. While we have a decent mix of both new and returning cases in this lineup, the A700 takes the cake in terms of modern lines and style. The reason why the A700 looks so impressive is that it actually is a fresh addition to the market; it came out in the third quarter of 2019.

Instead of cutting a rectangular profile like some full tower cases, the A700 is more square-shaped. It’s about as long as it is tall. Some users may prefer this square-ish shape, while others may not.

While the A700 is on the higher end of price for the cases we look at in this guide, it is relatively new, so builders will pay a premium for that. That aside, the A700 offers a great mix of premium materials and hookups at a reasonable price.

Thermaltake A700 Design

Aside from looking beautiful, the A700 feels premium, too. While it doesn’t come standard with any LEDs like some other cases in our lineup do, the design of the case capitalizes on any light shows that you put inside. Both sides of the chassis use thick, sturdy, swing-out glass panels so that every last inner working can shine.

Best of all, this case is extremely versatile. It’s full of options for mounting custom water cooling circuits, multiple cards of various types, and more. While the case only comes with two cheap fans out of the box, you’ll want to replace those with some flashier fans or water-cooling options anyway.

The Pros

  • Brand-new case
  • Modern and sleek
  • Room for everything

The Cons

  • Premium price tag
  • Strangely shaped

Thermaltake Core V71

Thermaltake Core V71

The Thermaltake Core V71 is the slightly older, more spaceship-looking brother of the A700. While this case hasn’t been on the market nearly as long as some of the other full tower cases in our lineup, it does have that 2000’s plastic spaceship look that’s so common among full-tower cases.

If you’re not bothered by that look, then the Core V71 can come through in terms of specs and price. Plastic or not, the V71 isn’t nearly as garish as the Corsair Graphite 780T or the Rosewill Thor V2, for example. With the right RBGs and internal component choices, you could even argue that the Core V71 is stylish, or at the very least, refreshing.

Thermaltake Core V71 Design

The price on the Core V71 is a little higher than the other plastic cases in our lineup, but the smart design choices that the designers used help to offset that price a bit. However, poor airflow issues in the front of the case make this budget option less economical.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive full-tower case that doesn’t hurt to look at, give some thought to the Core V71. While it will likely function better with a water-cooling system instead of air cooling because of the airflow issues, it does have plenty of room for whatever cooling options you choose to install.

The Pros

  • It’s not ugly
  • Sturdy, quality build

The Cons

  • Airflow problems in the front
  • Expensive for a plastic chassis

Rosewill Gaming Thor V2

Rosewill Gaming Thor V2

The Rosewill Gaming Thor V2 is the quintessential plastic, LED-decked gaming PC chassis. Anyone who looks at it for long enough will get flashbacks to the 2000s. The reason for this is because it’s an older case, to begin with, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less a contender than the other examples here.

If you don’t mind downgrading on modern looks, the Thor V2 provides a gentle price downgrade, too. However, it doesn’t come close to the Enthoo Pro, our budget winner. If you’re looking for some flashy LEDs and sharp lines, though, the Thor V2 wins here hands-down.

The Thor V2 does come in a white version as well. While still very rocket-esque, the white version looks quite a bit more sophisticated than the black. In both cases, you’ll end up with a computer case reminiscent of a military aircraft carrier (hence the name “Thor”), but some people will appreciate this design philosophy.

Rosewill Gaming Thor V2 Design

An exciting feature of the V2 is the vents on the roof of the case. These “fins” can open or close to alternatively give better airflow or keep a smoother profile. While this feature is only minimally functional, it’s an interesting aesthetic addition that some builders may appreciate.

The Pros

  • Inexpensive plastic case
  • Comes decked with LED fans

The Cons

  • Some won’t appreciate “spaceship-esque” design
  • Older case with some outdated dials and buttons

Corsair Obsidian 1000D

Corsair Obsidian 1000d

The Corsair Obsidian 1000D is our premium entry to this 2019 case list. This full-tower chassis is full of top-of-the-line features, right down to the LED-rimmed USB ports! However, these cutting-edge features reflect the cost of the case. It’s not cheap, and you haven’t even put any internal components in it yet.

If you’re looking for something top-of-the-line to build your next PC, the Corsair Obsidian is about as modern and feature-forward as you can get without breaking into a four-digit price tag.

The Obsidian 1000D is actually what Corsair calls a “super tower” case rather than a full tower. Because of this, it’s slightly larger than the other entries on this list. This means that it can fit more fans, more cooling tubes, and, well, more everything. This case is the definition of over-the-top.

Corsair Obsidian 1000d Design

The Obsidian 1000D rocks an exceptionally modern look because of what it’s made of. The entire exterior of the case is made of tempered glass plates, providing a look at the insides of your build from every angle. The glass is slightly tinted, almost like an automobile window.

This means that all of your LEDs, bells, and whistles will always be on full display, and if you’re willing to drop the money on an Obsidian 1000D, you’ll surely be buying some flashy inner parts, too.

Despite being made of glass all around, the Obsidian 1000D isn’t prone to airflow issues. With space for up to 18 fans, this isn’t particularly surprising, but with how much you’ll be paying for this case, it’s very welcome.

The Pros

  • Premium look and feel
  • Functional and well-designed
  • LOTS of space

The Cons

  • Premium price tag
  • Doesn’t come with any stock fans

Corsair Graphite Series 780T

Corsair Graphite Series 780t

The Corsair Graphite 780T might arguably be the most out-of-this-world entry on our list of full tower cases. With a strange, rounded look at the corners and fin-esque feet on the bottom, the 780T looks a bit like an alien spacecraft. However, it’s just weird looking enough to be slightly charming, we think. Not everyone will like the look, but for those who do, there’s no contest that this is a winner.

Like several of the other cases in this lineup, the 780T also comes in a white variety. While both the black and the white look like something out of a robot movie, the white version looks particularly robot-like.

The side panels on this case are a bit of a topic of contention, however. While corsair says they’re designed to be accessible with “tool-less removal,” they can, unfortunately, be just as quick to fall off. There’s a reason why side panels on PC cases tend to require tools to remove, and this is because they tend to come off too quickly otherwise.

Corsair Graphite Series 780t Design

While this case is made of steel, we can’t deny that it looks like a plastic case. Whether this matters to you or not is your call, but it detracts from the beauty of the chassis in our opinion. The price point on this case is okay, but nothing special.

The Pros

  • Interesting design and appearance
  • LED-friendly
  • Looks like something out of Portal

The Cons

  • Materials can appear cheap
  • Flimsy side panels

Corsair Obsidian 750D

Corsair Obsidian 750d

The Corsair Obsidian 750D is the newer, metal-bodied twin to the Enthoo Pro we looked at earlier on. Both cases look very similar, but the Corsair seems like it’s been brought into this decade, while the Enthoo Pro looks a bit more antiquated.

The Obsidian 750D is, price-wise, a good compromise between a plastic case and a metal chassis. It’s not cheap, but it’s not overly expensive, either. When you touch the case, you can tell it’s metal, not just metal-look plastic.

 Additionally, the Obsidian 750D comes in a standard and an airflow version (which exchanges the main front panel for a perforated screen), though the standard version is more attractive, in our opinion.

Corsair Obsidian 750d Design

The main question to ask with the 750D is, is it worth paying twice what the Enthoo Pro costs for a very similar-looking case? If you’re a materials purist and you’d rather have a metal case instead of a metal-look case, then yes, you might prefer the 750D.

However, aside from that and the fact that they come from different manufacturers, the two cases are nearly indistinguishable from afar. An extra hundred dollars or so isn’t outrageous if you’re looking for a high-quality metal chassis, but the decision of whether it’s worth it or not lies with the customer.

The Pros

  • Sturdy metal body
  • Attractive and modern

The Cons

  • Visually similar to cheaper cases
  • Quality control issues

Conclusion

In the end, our decision for the best full tower case on the market today is the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe! The Enthoo Luxe improves on all of the budget features of the Enthoo Pro without inflating the price too much. It’s an excellent mix of LED capabilities, metal body, and modern shape without sacrificing quality. Everything comes together for the Enthoo Luxe.

However, none of the cases in this lineup are without their own strengths! The Enthoo Pro is still our budget winner, and the Thermaltake A700 is our favorite premium pick of the bunch. While we like the Corsair Obsidian 1000D, as well, its extra expense isn’t necessary unless you’re building a truly gigantic computer.

As long as you know what you need from your full tower chassis, you’ll be able to pick the best option for you from this list without much trouble. We hope this guide has been helpful, and best of luck to you on your hunt for the best full tower case!

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