Best Gaming Cases 2017

The end of the year is drawing closer it’s time to sum up what made the cut for the top PC Gaming Cases for 2017. Whether or not you’re in the market or soon to be in the market for a new computer case it’s important to keep up with new trends and designs for when you decide to start your build. In this top list we will go over what features go into our decisions and focus on innovations that drive the industry forward.

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Factoring in price value, innovation, design, customizability, and more, we’ll weigh in on the highest value per dollar products produced by the top brands. Many elements go into making your considerations and you will have to decide which aspects are right for you. With everything from the tower size, bay support, sound dampening, and price go into what makes the best choice.

The best gaming cases in this top list are either products we’ve reviewed personally, come recommended by top industry professional reviewers or modders, or have history of outstanding quality. We’ve scoured through hundreds of reviews, videos, and feedback to help weigh in on our choices and narrow down the pros and cons.

What Do The Different Form Factors Offer?

Full Towers

The Full tower case is the biggest of the bunch and offers the ultimate range of choices. You can stuff an overabundance of options into these. Best used for top end video editors, workstations and servers full towers cater to niches of every variety of power users with seemingly endless options for expandability and cooling. Typically supporting the biggest radiators in the industry if you’re a hardware enthusiast trying to get the optimal cooling with custom water cooling full towers might be your best option.

Offering up to nine expansion slots and motherboards up to E-ATX and XL-ATX, full towers have been known to house the most powerful rigs in the market, and in some instances, multiple systems. If you’re up for a challenge and want to do a multiple system build then full towers are your go-to.

Fully equipped full tower pc gaming setups can be extremely heavy and take up a ton of space. Unless you plan on needing the entirety of the space they might not be ideal for you. As someone who owned one of these monsters you should be aware of the inconvenience they possess. Unless you have a ton of desk space (see our top gaming desks if you’re in the market) I would advise against full tower pcs.

Mid Towers

Mid towers offer the most practicality without suffering on performance options. Along with the diminishing popularity of disk trays and SSDs becoming standard, the power efficiency rendering large PSUs obsolete, mid towers have become the most common tower size today. AIO coolers have become very popular and rightfully so. They are incredibly easy to install and offer almost the same performance as custom liquid cooling.

Mid chassis allow up to seven slots for expansion, which is excessive by today’s standards, you have a max capacity of 3 distinct GPUs or other various expansion devices. Rarely having to compromise on GPU height and width or motherboard size, with exception of E-ATX or XL-ATX, mid towers are great for most normal users.

While still requiring decent desk space mid towers are cheaper, lighter, and more convenient than their big brother the full tower. All this taken into consideration if space isn’t too much of an issue for you, you don’t want to spend time researching part compatibility, and just want the easiest value then most gamers will find mid towers as their answer.

Micro-ATX Towers

Micro ATX towers are a personal favorite of mine. With the right design they can offer top of the line performance with very few drawbacks. Supporting both Micro ATX and mini ITX motherboards, micro ATX towers give you up to four expansion slots often supporting SLI and Crossfire. With the currently graphic capabilities having more than two GPU’s is becoming ineffective.

As time goes on and strides in efficiency keep making components smaller the rise of this form factor becomes more apparent. Micro-ATX towers essentially provide the same capabilities of mid towers and offer a better solution to desk space and ease of transporting making them a great choice.
One note of warning being to make sure you research the compatibility of your components with the size limitations of your case. Many mATX towers cannot support extra-large graphics cards due to either length or height limitations.

Mini-ITX Towers

These small form factor pc gaming cases are fantastic for home entertainment systems, frequent movers and modern minimalists. Current tech innovations have made it possible to have some of the best experiences in these tiny compact powerhouses. If you’re looking to utilize the most amount of space and get a fair amount of performance then mITX cases could be for you.

The mITX only supplies one expansion slot so you won’t be able to install multiple GPUS but with current new technology like HBM manufacturers can fit extremely high performance into small form factors like mini-ITX towers. Some case brands have opted to installing PCI riser cables letting you install full sized graphics cards.

You will have to take into consideration that there are drawbacks to tiny form factor builds. One of those is being cooling methods. Most ITX cases don’t natively support watercooling and often come with noisy small fans. Another noteworthy consideration is component size capabilities. SFX power supplies, low profile ram, and maximum CPU cooler heights just to name a few. If you’re set on doing a mITX build I would highly suggest heading on over to /r/buildapc over on Reddit to get some feedback on your build.

So What Gaming Cases Are Right For You?

With a good understanding of the capabilities of each size and how each have their own benefits and draw backs you must decide which is best for you. Take into account what your needs are. Maybe you’re planning on moving your pc frequently, perhaps you need the extra power, or are limited by the amount of real estate available. Most people find mid tower to be the perfect size as it sets the standard for compatibility. Whatever your choice may be we will provide this year’s best options.
What Factors Do We Take Into Consideration?

Aesthetics

For every new case comes a new design and the first thing we judge when seeing a new case is always how pleasing it is to look at. With RGB lighting on the rise and extra attention going into component design it’s obvious that enthusiast take pride in their rig. The PC gaming case is the centerpiece of our builds and set the stage for how we choose the rest of our components. Define what style you wish to represent and choose accordingly.
Build Quality
In the past 10-15 years advances in manufacturing has made significant improvements to overall quality of computer cases. Since we’re planning to stuff our PCs with hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of equipment it’s important to make sure everything is structurally sound. Premium build quality is a must in order to make our list for best pc gaming cases 2017.

Functionality

The PC industry is founded on improvements to technology. There are hundreds of different gaming cases on the market and each of their own layouts and designs. Many of which offer innovative design choices much like bequiet!’s integrated wireless charger. These innovations coupled with practical design choices make good cases great.
Cost Value
The price is objectively the most important determining factor when making your decision. While there are some amazing cases out there not all of them offer a good value proposition. In Win’s H-Frame 2.0 is pretty beautiful but coming in at about $1200 isn’t a reality for a most gamers. Our list will be broken down into price groups and we will focus our main determining factor to what gives you the best bang for your buck.

Now that we have a good understanding of what suits your needs lets pick our favorite gaming pc cases from this year.


Best Budget PC Gaming Cases

If you’re trying to squeeze as much out of your budget as possible but want something besides a cardboard box as a case then this section for cheap cases is for you. Let us find the PC tower for you.

Full Tower | NZXT Source 530

While the design of the 530 is nothing special, NZXT offer great value with all the necessary amenities and component compatibility. If you wish to get an in depth review check out HardwareCanucks review of the case.

Specifications

Dimensions 20.1 x 9.2 x 20 inches
Drive Bays External 5.25″ x 3
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 6
Internal 2.5″: 1 + 6
Fan Support Front 2x140mm/ 120mm or 1x200mm
Rear 1x140mm / 120mm (1x120mm included)
Bottom 2x120mm
Top 2x140mm or 3x120mm (1x120mm included)
Interior 1x120mm/140mm
Motherboard Support ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, EATX (322x272mm)
Expansion Slots 8



Mid Tower | Phanteks P400S

Phanteks was going for a case tailored for a genuine gaming system build with air and/or AIO liquid cooling while providing a great cost proposition and it’s our opinion that they nailed it. With a solid build quality and sleek aesthetics the P400S ticks most gamers box’s and gives them a great looking gaming pc case.

Specifications

Dimensions 18.3 x 8.3 x 18.5 inches
Drive Bays External 5.25″ x 0
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 6
Internal 2.5″: 2
Fan Support Front 2x140mm/ 3x120mm (1x120mm included)
Rear 1x120mm (1x120mm included)
Bottom –
Top 2x120mm/ 2x140mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, EATX (322x272mm)
Expansion Slots 7


mATX | Apevia X-QPACK 3

Coming in at just under 60 bones at the time of this review, this little budget box offers a great value for users looking for a compact, no fault case. While slightly larger than most mATX gaming cases, the X-Qpack 3 offers a different style as the motherboard lays flat rather than on its side. Thumbs up all around the board (no pun intended).

Specifications

Dimensions 15.2 x 10.2 x 13.8 inches
Drive Bays External 5.25″ x 1
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 2
Internal 2.5″: 1
Fan Support Front 1x140mm (1x140mm included)
Rear 1x120mm
Bottom –
Top 1x120mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support ITX, Micro-ATX,
Expansion Slots 4



mITX | Silverstone SG13B

The Silverstone SG13, part of the Sugo lineup, is an amazingly compact design. Although, it doesn’t come without its challenges. Those who plan on using the SG13B will have to be sure to plan their builds very carefully. Even with Silverstone claiming GPUs up to 10.5″ are useable, getting it in there is a feat. Don’t let that deter you if you’re an experienced builder as the end result is worth the trouble.

Specifications

Dimensions 7.1 x 11.2 x 8.7 inches
Drive Bays External –
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 2
Internal 2.5″: 1
Fan Support Front 1x140mm/ 1x120mm
Rear –
Bottom –
Top –
Interior –
Motherboard Support ITX
Expansion Slots 2



Best Mid-Range PC Gaming Cases

For when you don’t want to look like a pleb but are tight on spending cash then the mid-range pc tower case will be your best bet.

Full Tower | Phanteks Enthoo Luxe

The build quality is surely great and the features offered in this gaming case give modders lots of options. The Phanteks Enthoo Luke one of the best full tower case designs that comes with everything you need and at the same time the price is kept at a very respectable level. You have to like the design, but if you do then this tower is for you.

Specifications

Dimensions 22 x 10 x 21 inches
Drive Bays External 5.25″ x 3
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 8
Internal 2.5″: 8
Fan Support Front 2x120mm/ 2x140mm/ 1x200mm (1x200mm included)
Rear 1x120mm/ 1x140mm (1x140mm included)
Bottom 2x120mm/ 1x140mm
Top 3x120mm or 3x140mm (1x140mm included)
Interior –
Motherboard Support ATX, EATX, uATX, SSI EEB
Expansion Slots 8



Editors Pick

Mid Tower | Corsair Crystal 460X RGB

With the rise of RGBs it would seem this case was inevitable given Corsair’s newest releases. Although even with it not coming as a surprise, this case blew us away with it’s lack of drawbacks. An elegant design without being tacky and the full functionality plus build quality you expect from the brand. This is one cool gaming case with broad appeal and a solid price point.

Specifications

Dimensions 17.3 x 8.7 x 18.3 inches
Drive Bays External –
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 2
Internal 2.5″: 3
Fan Support Front 3x120mm/ 2x140mm (2x120mm included)
Rear 1x120mm
Bottom –
Top 2x140mm or 2x120mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
Expansion Slots 7



mATX | Fractal Design Define Mini C

Fractal Design has built the Mini C around its price, so you won’t be getting many extras such as integrated lighting or tempered glass. However, the design quality of this case is very effective. Whether you choose an AIO cooler or air, the Mini C gives you all the options you need to keep your components cool and quiet. A solid design by Fractal Design.

Specifications

Dimensions 19 x 11.4 x 19.7 inches
Drive Bays External –
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 2
Internal 2.5″: 3
Fan Support Front 2x140mm/ 2x120mm (1x120mm included)
Rear 1x120mm (1x120mm included)
Bottom 1x120mm
Top 2x140mm or 2x120mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support ITX, mATX
Expansion Slots 5



mITX | Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

There isn’t much to say about the Evolv ITX that already hasn’t been said about it’s big brother. Although lacking a tempered glass panel, the Enthoo Evolv ITX has a beautiful design and is a great show piece.

Specifications

Dimensions 15.6 x 9.1 x 14.8 inches
Drive Bays External 5.25″ x 3
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 6
Internal 2.5″: 1 + 6
Fan Support Front 2x140mm/ 2x120mm or 1x200mm (1x200mm included)
Rear 1x140mm / 1x120mm
Bottom –
Top 2x140mm or 2x120mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support ITX
Expansion Slots 2



Best High End PC Cases

So we want our gaming case looking great and to come with absolutely everything that we’ll need but we don’t want to spend a fortune to get it. The good news is we don’t have to. Some of the best gaming cases are actually pretty reasonably priced. Check them out below.

Full Tower | Corsair Graphite 760T

With a nice big window and an awesome level of expandability the 760T makes for a fantastic showpiece. Even Anandtech spoke highly of this gaming case.

“The Graphite 760T offers a great variety of options and combinations, allowing each end user to find their desired balance between thermal performance, acoustics, and cost,” Anandtech’s E. Fylladitakis wrote. “It is aesthetically attractive without being too aggressive, offers good stock thermal performance without being too noisy, and is very versatile without being too expensive.”

Specifications

Dimensions 25.2 x 13.4 x 26.2 inches
Drive Bays External – 5.25″ x 3
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 6
Internal 2.5″: 4
Fan Support Front 2x140mm/ 2x120mm
Rear 1x140mm / 1x120mm (1x140mm included)
Bottom 1x120mm
Top 2x140mm or 3x120mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, EATX, XL-ATX
Expansion Slots 9



Mid Tower | Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Tempered Glass

Phanteks have outdone themselves with the enthoo evolv series. Offering an interesting futuristic aesthetic with great visibility of your build. With great room for both AIO coolers and custom loops, master builders will find no trouble getting what they want out of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv gaming case.

Specifications

Dimensions 19.5 x 9.2 x 20.1 inches
Drive Bays External 5.25″ –
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 8
Internal 2.5″: 3
Fan Support Front 2x140mm/ 3x120mm (2x140mm included)
Rear 1x140mm / 1x120mm (1x140mm included)
Bottom –
Top 2x140mm or 3x120mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
Expansion Slots 7



mATX | CaseLabs Bullet BH4

CaseLabs is the one company that absolutely builds their cases to last. The Bullet BH4 is no exception. With a unique design and fantastic build quality the BH4 is a killer cool gaming case. The handles are a bit strange as I never had a problem carrying a small case around. But none the less they offer it.

Specifications

Dimensions 14.9 x 13.1 x 12 inches
Drive Bays External 5.25″ –
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 2
Internal 2.5″: 4
Fan Support Front 2x120mm
Rear 60mm
Bottom –
Top 2x120mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support mATX, mITX
Expansion Slots 4



mITX | NZXT Manta

NZXT decided to go in a different direction with the Manta, and it’s our opinion that they nailed it. A futuristic design without the cold rigid box like exterior. You could build a pretty killer gaming pc out of this cool case. If you want a full in depth review of the Manta we suggest checking out HardwareCanucks review.

Specifications

Dimensions 18.5 x 11.6 x 19.4 inches
Drive Bays External 5.25″ –
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 2
Internal 2.5″: 3
Fan Support Front 2x140mm/ 2x120mm (2x120mm included)
Rear 1x120mm (1x120mm included)
Bottom –
Top 2x140mm/2x120mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support ITX
Expansion Slots 2



Best Enthusiast PC Cases

For when price isn’t an issue and we want not only an amazing PC but a show piece as well there is options. Modders and fanatics rejoice as we dive into the absolute best cases the market has to offer.

Full Tower | Bequiet! Dark Base Pro 900

“The Dark Base Pro 900 costs $250, with added features like the Qi Charger, an extended PWM fan controller, and the tempered glass side panel. The Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass fits a similar side panel for $50 less, the same price as the non-Pro Dark Base 900. Either way, if you spend $200 or more on a case, then you’re going to expect excellent overall performance. The Dark Base Pro 900 offers good performance by itself, but not when compared to similar cases on the market.” -TomsHardware

Specifications

Dimensions 26.5 x 13.2 x 25.8 inches
Drive Bays External 5.25″ x 2
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 7
Internal 2.5″: 15
Fan Support Front 3x140mm (2x140mm included)
Rear 1x140mm (1x140mm included)
Bottom 2x120mm/ 2x140mm
Top 4x120mm, 3x140mm, 1x180mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX
Expansion Slots 8



Mid Tower | Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T

Cooler Master has revamped their lineup recently with more functional gaming cases. The MasterCase 5T is the crown jewel with great customizability. Nearly everything inside is removable or interchangeable and it offers a great building experience for both new and veteran builders.

Specifications

Dimensions 21.5 x 9.6 x 22.6 inches
Drive Bays External 5.25″ x 2
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 2
Internal 2.5″: 2 + 2
Fan Support Front 3x140mm/ 3x120mm (2x140mm included)
Rear 1x140mm / 1x120mm (1x140mm included)
Bottom –
Top 2x140mm / 2x120mm
Interior
Motherboard Support ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
Expansion Slots 7



mATX | Lian-Li PC-O6SX

The Lian Li PC-O6SX is an extravagant case that delivers on interesting design and high end construction material. So this cool case isn’t for those with a strict budget but more marketed towards looking for a show piece.

Specifications

Dimensions 24 x 25 x 9
Drive Bays External 5.25″ x 1
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 6
Internal 2.5″: 6
Fan Support Front –
Rear 1x140mm
Bottom –
Top 3x120mm
Interior –
Motherboard Support Micro-ATX, ITX
Expansion Slots 4



mITX | Ncases M1

“The NCASE M1 is an amazing chassis and looked at on its own deserves a full 10/10. Numerous big case brands have tried creating the perfect ITX chassis to fit as much as possible into as little space as possible and here is a new brand with their first chassis out of the gate that pretty much leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. With the NCASE M1, you are able to go for a compact unit with lots of storage or, for those budget-conscious builders, an ATX PSU with a short GPU. Or you could use the M1 as intended and stuff everything an enthusiast could dream of into this 12.6 litre volume chassis as big as a traditional shoe box. The flexibility and choice presented within the M1 are amazing, as are the ease of assembly, quality, and its cable-management potential.” -Techpowerup

Specifications

Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 13
Drive Bays External 5.25″ 0
Internal 3.5″ /2.5″: 3
Internal 2.5″: 3
Fan Support Front –
Rear 1×80/92mm
Bottom 1×80/92mm
Top –
Interior 4x120mm
Motherboard Support ITX
Expansion Slots 2



Final Thoughts

It’s been an amazing year for new and exciting components, cases are no exception. Then there is the rise of RGB everything and tempered glass becoming standard. We’re looking forward to 2017 and will make sure to bring you more news and reviews. If you like what we’re doing be sure to support us by using any of our amazon affiliate links, cheers.

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