One of the most estatic parts of building a PC is choosing the case. It’s the first thing that strikes your eye and the most distinctive element of your build. But there’s far more to consider than attractive looks when it comes to choosing the right case. Good airflow is needful to keep the components cool, and noise levels are greatly affected by the types of fans used. To help you, we’ve put together a list, according to budget, of the PC cases that will give you the best value for money in 2018.
Budget PC Cases:
Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 3.1 TG
The MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX Case is a straightforward option for your PC build that doesn’t ignore good looks, customization, or performance. A sleek DarkMirror front panel and three custom trim colors offer a great first entry point for customization. Additionally, it comes with an edge to edge tempered glass side panel to show your internal components and lighting.
The S340 has become a favorite among PC gamers thanks to its minimalistic design, steel panels and most importantly accessibility. Its sleek design includes a steel cable management bar PSU shroud to keep things looking just as clean on the inside as it does on the outside. If you want to add a pop of color to your build, NZXT offers the S340 in several colors to match your components. Overall the case feels worth way more than what you’re paying for it.
SilverStone Redline Series RL05 –
The RL05 is a mid tower PC case that delivers an impressive set of modern features, including two large LED intake fans, USB C ports, large side panel window etc. for a fair price. It also has a shroud that helps hide unsightly power supply and drive bays. A few downsides are the lack of room for storage drives, and slightly stiff power and reset buttons.
Corsair Carbide SPEC-ALPHA
With its aggressive, angular edsign, and a name to match, the Corsair Carbide SPEC-ALPHA is a mid tower that will certainly grab your attention. While the it does have an emphasis on its modern styling, Its also worth noting the range of features included with the case – including a 3-speed fan controller, 2 LED fans and an impressive support for up to four SSDs.
High-end PC Cases:
Corsair Obsidian 500D
The 500D packs a unique design and just like other cases from the Obsidian series it also features brushed aluminum and sleek exterior lines. Modern updates include large tinted tempered glass panels and USB 3.1 Type-C. As expected from any Corsair case, the 500D has plenty of support for liquid cooling and convenient cable management options.
Fractal Define R6
The latest in the Define series is the R6 which is a larger mid tower that even supports some eATX motherboards and somehow fits a massive 420mm radiator inside. The tempered glass version features a massive window that showcases a clean interior with a unique vertical GPU mount design. The Define R6 may be on the pricey side for some, but Fractal has proven time and time again that the Define series is a reliable pick.
This is The ease of building in it and the satisfaction it provides are second to none. NZXT markets the H700i as a “smart” case thanks to the inclusion of a new smart hub powered by the company’s CAM software. If you’re looking for a simple mid tower that’s easy to build in with standard features, the H700i is definitely a bit pricey. But if you’re looking for a timeless case with features that will suit your current and many future builds to come, the H700i is an absolute steal. The included accessories and ease of use make this case a great choice for high end mid towers.
Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900
Originally known for their silent power supplies and fans, be quiet! entered the case market with a big splash and has done quite well in a short period of time. Their new Dark Base Pro 900 remains one of the best PC cases in the market to date. The Dark Base Pro 900 is large enough to support the biggest motherboards and radiators up to 420mm in size. The case also features total modularity with options for an inverted motherboard layout and even some nifty features like wireless qi charging and preinstalled LED lighting. This is as good as a case can get.