So, you’ve planned out your ideal gaming configuration. But now, you need to decide on which computer case will be housing that powerful hardware, and don’t be fooled! There is more to picking a case than just the aesthetics.

Here, we will be presenting a number of the very best gaming cases that you can get in 2019, and we will briefly go over all the things that you should keep in mind when choosing a case.

So, without further ado, let’s begin!

CaseFormatFront Panel Connectors 
Mini ITX2x USB 3.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
Mini ITX2x USB 3.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
Mini ITX2x USB 3.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
Micro ATX2x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
Micro ATX1x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
Micro ATX2x USB 3.1
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
ATX2x USB 3.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
ATX2x USB 3.0
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
EATX2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.1
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input
EATX2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x USB-C
1x 3.5mm Audio Output
1x 3.5mm Audio Input

Cooler Master Elite 110

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We kick off the list with a highly compact Mini ITX case – the Cooler Master Elite 110. This little case is cube-shaped, featuring little in terms of details and placing an accent of good airflow, something that any gaming PC needs, especially a compact one.

The front panel is conveniently placed on the side of the case, and it includes two USB 3.0 ports along with two 3.5mm jacks (one audio output and one mic input). It also comes with a front-mounted fan and additional two fan mounts on the sides.

Format

Mini ITX

Dimensions

260 x 208 x 280 mm

Color

Black

Material

Metal

Fan Mounts

1x Front (120mm)
2x Side (80x25mm)

Radiator Mounts

1x Front (120mm)

Overall, it is a fairly affordable, well-built case on all fronts. Needless to say, it is not ideal for high-end gaming PCs but is bound to be a good solution for those who don’t have any overly ambitious specs in mind and find the compactness of the case appealing. However, since it’s a very small case and the fan that comes with it isn’t the best, you’ll probably want to invest in a good case fan or two.

The Pros

  • Compact and portable
  • Good value
  • Solid build quality

The Cons

  • Will require extra fans
  • Built-in front fan gets loud under load

Fractal Design Node 202

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Speaking of compactness, you’d be hard-pressed to find a case more compact than the Fractal Design Node 202. The case boasts a clean and simple design, and it looks more like a console than a PC case, something that certain users are bound to appreciate. It even ships with its own vertical stand, so if you ever wanted a low-profile gaming PC to put in your living room, then this case might be a good choice.

Now, you’d be right to worry about cooling with such a compact case, but it actually handles cooling quite well for its size. Namely, the interior is split into two compartments and there are two 120mm fan mounts, and a case fan is definitely a must for a case this small.

Format

Mini ITX

Dimensions

377 x 82 x 330 mm

Color

Black

Material

Metal

Fan Mounts

2x Side (120mm)

Radiator Mounts

N/A

All in all, considering the console-inspired design and the attempts at optimizing cooling, it is obvious that the Node 202 was designed with gaming in mind. And sure enough, it can house a powerful gaming configuration, complete with a full-sized GPU, all the while maintaining a low profile.

However, the limited space leads to some obvious compatibility issues: it only supports SFX power supply units, doesn’t support 3.5-inch drives, and it doesn’t support an optical drive. Furthermore, virtually any GPU is bound to hit some high temperatures quickly, but it’s nothing that can’t be managed with some case fans or with a blower-equipped GPU.

The Pros

  • Extremely compact
  • Supports full-sized GPUs
  • Console-like design makes it ideal for living rooms

The Cons

  • Limited hardware compatibility
  • Not the best cooling

NZXT H200

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Then, we have something a bit more attention-grabbing, and it’s the NZXT H200, another Mini ITX case with a beautiful design and a glass panel that comes in several colors, including black, black-white, black-red, and black-blue.  

Format

Mini ITX

Dimensions

210 x 334 x 372 mm

Color

Black; Black-white; Black-red; Black-blue

Material

Metal

Fan Mounts

2x Front (120mm/140mm)
1x Rear (120mm)
1x Top (120mm)

Radiator Mounts

2x Front (120mm)
1x Rear (120mm)

Overall, the H200 is easily one of the best Mini ITX cases available at the moment. Not only does it look great and is available in several color variants but it also has several fan and radiator mounts, all the while shipping with two solid 120mm fans.

However, it’s a bit on the pricey side and it’s also a bit large for a Mini ITX case, so it’s not the most compact one out there. However, as far as the aesthetics, the build quality, the cooling efficiency, and value are concerned, this is a top-notch case.

The Pros

  • Beautiful design with several color options
  • High-quality build
  • Several fan and radiator mounts

The Cons

  • A bit large for a Mini ITX case
  • On the pricey side

Thermaltake Versa H17

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Moving on, we get to more spacious cases, starting off with the sleek-looking and affordable Thermaltake Versa H17. It boasts a clean design with a brushed metal front and it comes only in black, making it a very minimalistic an inconspicuous computer case.

Format

Micro ATX

Dimensions

390 x 205 x 380 mm

Color

Black

Material

Metal

Fan Mounts

3x Front (3x120mm, 2x140mm)
1x Top (120mm, 140mm)
1x Rear (120mm)

Radiator Mounts

1x Front (240mm, 280mm)
1x Rear (120mm)

Overall, the Versa H17 is a good step up in size compared to Mini ITX cases but it is also a step down in price. If you’re looking for a case that can support extra fans and fit a larger motherboard, all the while remaining relatively compact and affordable, then this just might be the right case for you.

The only real issue with it is that the front of the case doesn’t enable optimal airflow for the front-mounted fans. As such, it won’t exactly shine in the cooling department, especially if you plan on doing any serious overclocking.

The Pros

  • Clean and minimal exterior
  • Solid build quality
  • Affordable

The Cons

  • Not the best airflow

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1

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After the low-profile Versa H17, we have something a bit more flashy, and it’s the Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1. It features a transparent tempered glass side panel and a black-tinted semi-transparent front, making it great for RGB enthusiasts or simply for those who prefer glass to plastic or sheet metal.

Format

Micro ATX

Dimensions

456 x 208 x 381mm

Color

Black

Fan Mounts

2x Front (120mm)
1x Rear (120mm)

Radiator Mounts

1x Front (240mm)
1x Rear (120mm)

The MasterBox Lite 3.1 doesn’t support as many fans as the Thermaltake Versa H17 and costs about the same, so it isn’t really so much a step up as it is a step sideways. It won’t offer better cooling than the Thermaltake case, but it sure looks great – if you prefer this approach to the clean and inconspicuous exterior of the H17.

And sadly, much like the Versa H17, this case also suffers from limited airflow, especially when it comes to the front-mounted fans. Even so, it remains a highly appealing budget case if you don’t plan on doing any serious overclocking.

The Pros

  • Sleek glass-heavy design
  • Looks great with RGB or LED fans
  • Affordable

The Cons

  • Not the best airflow

NZXT H400

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Now, we get to a real step up – a Micro ATX case that combines aesthetics and cooling efficiency into one beautiful whole. The case in question is the NZXT H400, which sports a design similar to that of the H200, coming in multiple colors and with extra fan and radiator mounts.

Format

Micro ATX

Dimensions

210 x 393 x 421mm

Color

Black; Black-white; Black-red; Black-blue

Fan Mounts

2x Front (120mm/140mm)
1x Rear (120mm)
2x Top (120mm/140mm)

Radiator Mounts

2x Front (120mm/140mm)
1x Rear (120mm)

While it is essentially just a slightly larger Micro ATX variant of the H200, the H400 also has extra fan mounts, ships with three excellent 120mm fans, and boasts great thermal performance overall. It is definitely the go-to case for anyone looking for a case that’s both compact and efficient, not to mention great-looking.

Of course, the main issue with the H400 is the price, as it costs twice as much as either of the above two cases. Moreover, the bundled fans can get a bit noisy under load, but apart from that, you’ll find little to complain about, as this case hits all the right checkboxes for a Micro ATX gaming case.

The Pros

  • Beautiful exterior design
  • Good cooling and airflow

The Cons

  • On the pricey side
  • Bundled fans can get loud under load

Corsair Crystal Series 570X

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Up next, we have a very popular (and a bit pricey) case from Corsair – the Crystal Series 570X. It looks great with its tempered glass exterior and the three bundled RGB fans truly make it shine – no pun intended. But of course, it’s not all about the looks. There’s also the cooling to consider, and the 570X handles that admirably, too.

Format

ATX

Dimensions

480 x 234 x 512mm

Color

Black; Red; White; Mirror Black

Fan Mounts

3x Front (120mm)
2x Top (120/140mm)
1x Rear (120mm)

Radiator Mounts

1x Front (120/240/360mm)
1x Top (120/240mm)
1x Rear (120mm)

With the above specs in mind, it’s fairly obvious that the 570X is a superb case that brings aesthetics and cooling efficiency together in a great-looking chassis, and it comes in four colors, too. Still, there’s no denying that it’s not exactly a budget-friendly case, so it’s not for everyone.

The Pros

  • Beautiful tempered glass exterior
  • Bundled RGB fans

The Cons

  • On the expensive side

Corsair Carbide 100R

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The next entry on the list is a more modest case from Corsair – the Carbide 100R. While not as visually impressive as the 570X, it is still a spacious high-quality ATX case, and more importantly, it won’t be as hard on your wallet.

Format

ATX

Dimensions

470x200x429mm

Color

Black

Fan Mounts

2x Front (120mm)
2x Top (120mm)
1x Back (120mm)

Radiator Mounts

1x Front (120mm)
1x Back (120mm)

Overall, the Carbide 100R is a case that manages to find just the right balance between affordability and quality – it’s not overly expensive, but it still boasts a solid build, offers decent airflow, and even has a transparent side panel. Sadly, it won’t appeal to many an overclocker due to limited cooling, and the plastic exterior does make it feel less premium, but for the price, this is definitely one good-looking case that offers good value for your money.

The Pros

  • Solid build
  • Fairly affordable
  • Good value

The Cons

  • Not the best cooling
  • Plastic front may feel a bit cheapish

NZXT H700

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Continuing the trend, we have yet another NZXT case, and unlike the previous two more compact variants, the H700 is a much more spacious case that supports extra fans and radiators, but apart from that, it’s pretty much the same deal as with the H400 and the H200.

Format

EATX

Dimensions

230 x 494 x 494mm

Color

Black; Black-red; Black-white; Black-blue

Fan Mounts

3x Front (120mm/140mm)
3x Top(120mm/140mm)
1x Rear(120mm/140mm)

Radiator Mounts

1x Front (360mm)
1x Top (360mm)
1x Rear (120mm)

The H700 is a mid-tower case but it can fit even an EATX motherboard, not to mention that it supports up to seven fans, with four of those spots already occupied by NZXT’s Aer 120mm fans, the same ones we’ve already mentioned. On top of that, it also supports up to three radiators.

Obviously, the price is the key issue with the H700, since it hovers around the same price point as the Corsair Crystal Series 570X. If you need the extra space and the extra cooling, it’s bound to be a good purchase, but if not, then you won’t miss out on much if you go with something more affordable.

The Pros

  • Beautiful exterior design
  • Supports a number of fans/radiators
  • Comes with four quality fans

The Cons

  • Expensive
  • Fans get a bit loud under load

Thermaltake Level 20 GT

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And finally, we have a full tower EATX case that makes seemingly no concessions. The Thermaltake Level 20 GT is a massive case with a sleek and appealing high-end design, and it comes complete with three beautiful RGB Riing fans that greatly enhance the airflow inside the case.

Format

EATX

Dimensions

580x294x592mm

Color

Black; Black-red; Black-white; Black-blue

Fan Mounts

3x Front (120mm/140mm)
3x Top(120mm/140mm)
1x Rear(120mm/140mm)
2x Bottom (120mm)

Radiator Mounts

1x Front (360mm/420mm)
1x Top (360mm)
1x Rear (120mm/140mm)
1x Bottom (240mm)
1x Right (240mm/420mm)

As you can see, the Level 20 GT is a serious case that can support some serious cooling, making it ideal for users who want to put together high-end performance-oriented builds and squeeze every bit of processing power out of the CPU and the GPU(s).

Naturally, though, the main drawback of such a case is obviously its hefty price tag. On top of that, it’s ridiculously heavy and not very easy to move. Still, neither of these should pose a significant problem if performance is your primary goal.

The Pros

  • Premium design
  • Extremely high-quality build
  • Superb cooling
  • Multiple RGB fans included

The Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Heavy

How to Choose the Best Computer Case For Your Needs

As you can see, PC cases, too, are quite varied. So, what should you keep an eye out for when picking out your next case?

Size

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As you can see from the image above, computer cases are generally divided into four general categories: Mini, Micro, Mid, and Full Tower.

Now, you might be wondering why Mini is smaller than Micro, and it’s because they are named after their respective supported motherboard formats, the first two at least: Mini ITX and Micro ATX. Meanwhile, the Mid Tower cases are made with ATX motherboards in mind, while the largest Full Tower cases are designed for E-ATX motherboards.

So, what do you get with a smaller case and what do you get with a bigger case?

Smaller cases are, obviously, more compact. As such, they look good, take up less space, and are more portable. However, this also means that it won’t be able to fit certain larger components and that it will have less expansion space. On top of that, heat will build up inside a compact case more quickly, meaning that it will require better cooling, especially if you also plan on doing any overclocking.

Larger cases are, naturally, more expansive and can fit larger components. They feature extra expansion space, are easier to manage, and fare better when it comes to cooling.

As for the internal components, we have already mentioned the motherboard formats. You can check out the full article on this subject here, but here’s the gist of it:

  • Mini ITX motherboards are extremely compact but they tend to be on the pricey side, all the while featuring only one PCIe x16 slot and two RAM slots.
  • Micro ATX motherboards are still quite compact but are cheaper and they feature additional PCIe slots, with one or two of them being 16-lane slots. Furthermore, a Micro ATX motherboard also features four RAM slots.
  • ATX motherboards are slightly larger than Micro ATX ones and the main difference between the two, apart from the size, is that ATX motherboards feature even more PCIe slots (up to 3 PCIe x16). They still feature only four RAM slots, however.
  • E-ATX motherboards take things even further and can feature as many as four PCIe x16 slots, as well as up to eight RAM slots.

That said, which motherboard/case should you pick?

Generally speaking, Micro ATX and full ATX motherboards i.e. Mini Tower and Mid Tower cases will be the optimal pick for the average gamer, allowing sufficient flexibility without being overly expensive.

Meanwhile, Mini ITX motherboards and compact cases are only really good for those who are hell-bent on building a compact gaming PC, as the setup, maintenance, and limited internal space can all pose unnecessary problems.

As for Full Tower cases, they tend to be on the pricey side so they can hardly be deemed good investment unless you actually plan on taking full advantage of the extra space and the cooling capabilities that they offer.

Hardware Compatibility

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So, we have discussed the motherboards, but what about the other internals? When it comes to other components, the limitations aren’t so clear-cut and will vary from case to case. So, what should you keep an eye out for if you want to make sure that everything can fit inside the new case that you’ve got your eye on?

CPU

While the CPU itself isn’t in any way limited by the size of the case, the CPU cooler is. When it comes to regular air coolers, all you need to keep in mind is the maximum supported cooler height – this is especially important when it comes to compact cases.

Meanwhile, liquid coolers use case-mounted radiators, so the case also needs to have adequate radiator support if you intend on using a liquid cooler.

GPU

Again, much like the CPU, the GPU itself has nothing to do with the size of the case, but different graphics cards come in different formats and with coolers of various sizes. The key dimensions to keep in mind are length and width.

Length is usually more important, as longer cards (or just cards with longer coolers) won’t be able to fit inside some smaller cases. However, some graphics card models also feature bulkier heatsinks that take up more vertical slots than the average graphics card, so it’s important to check the width, too.

PSU

Just like there are different case and motherboard formats, different PSU formats exist, too. And while most cases support standard ATX power supply units, some compact cases use smaller SFX PSUs instead, so that’s another thing to keep an eye out for. Check out our full article on this subject here.

Cooling

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On the cooling front, there are several things to consider: CPU cooling, GPU cooling, and whether the case is compatible with the cooler in question.

CPU Cooling

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There are two types of CPU coolers: air and liquid.

Air cooling is far more common, and it relies on a single cooler that’s mounted directly on the motherboard, above the CPU. Additional case-mounted fans are not necessary but are always good to have.

Meanwhile, liquid cooling is not quite as common. It is more expensive but also more efficient, making it the prime choice for overclocking. Where regular air coolers use a single fan to push cold air through a heatsink, liquid coolers use liquid as a means of getting the heat away from the CPU and to the case-mounted radiators, which are then cooled by one or multiple fans.

That said, if you plan on using a liquid cooler, you should make sure that the case has adequate radiator support.

GPU Cooling

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Just like CPUs, GPUs can be cooled either by air-based or liquid-based coolers, and they function in pretty much the same way: air coolers use one or multiple fans to push air through a heatsink while liquid coolers rely on case-mounted radiators.

One thing to take note of, though, is that GPU air coolers usually come in two variants: open-air and blower.

Open-air coolers are much more common, and as the name suggests, they feature an open heatsink and can utilize anywhere from one to three fans. In contrast, blowers use a single fan and a closed heatsink, with the single blower fan blowing the hot air straight out of the back of the card.

The reason why open-air coolers are more popular is that they are generally quieter and more efficient since they usually use multiple larger fans, plus they can benefit greatly from case-mounted fans that improve airflow.

That doesn’t mean blowers don’t have areas where they excel, though! Namely, they are great for small, cramped cases, as they help reduce heat build-up inside the case. As such, if you’re going for a compact case, a blower might be a better choice, though open-air coolers are generally better in larger cases.

Case Fans – Do You Need Them?

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As we’ve mentioned above, case-mounted fans are usually good to have, as they can give any PC a boost. But how important are they and do you really need them, especially if you don’t intend on doing any serious overclocking?

Well, you’d be surprised how much of a difference even one or two case fans can make, even in a regular gaming PC! Airflow is important, and these extra fans can improve it significantly. More importantly, most fans aren’t even that expensive, but the benefits are definitely noticeable, be it a drop in temperature or a drop in noise generation.

Conclusion – The Best Gaming Case of 2019

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Seeing as we have listed a number of very different cases here, it’s simply impossible to pick out the single best one, but if we had to make some picks, it would be as follows:

  • Budget Pick – Thermaltake Versa H17 – In many ways, this is the ideal budget case. It doesn’t cost a lot but still looks great and supports a high number of fans and large radiators.
  • Best Value – NZXT H700 – “Value” is inherently a very dubious criterion to judge a product by, especially when it comes to diverse products that cover such a wide price range. However, considering the build quality, the design, the features, and the flexibility of the NZXT H700, we have decided to choose it as our overall “best value” pick for this list.
  • Premium Pick – Thermaltake Level 20 GT – Obviously, this is the most expensive case on the list, and the one with the best cooling support, not to mention the build quality itself. As such, it is our premium pick.

But of course, these are only our top picks, and any of the cases listed here are bound to be a good fit, assuming that you know what you need from a case!

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