Full tower and dual system cases that offer enough room and features to build monster rigs are absolutely great. But, the truth is that not everyone can afford to spend $200 or more for a good case.
Thankfully, there are tons of budget options out there. The only problem is that finding something that is not just cheap, but also good, is a great challenge, to say the least.
That’s why we decided to show you our top 6 budget PC cases! Without any further ado, let’s get right into it!
Sleek/clean design with RGB support
The Eclipse P300 is a great choice for anyone who doesn’t care about ultra bulky CPU coolers. Because other than that, it’s almost perfect.
There is plenty of room for big graphics cards (330mm), power supplies, 2 slots for 3.5-inch drives and 2 more for 2.5 ones, plenty of room for good cable management, and support for radiators up to 280mm.
Add the fact that it supports RGB sync with motherboards, the tempered glass side panel, and the beautiful design, and you can clearly see how it’s a very decent choice at that price point.
- RGB sync
- Clean design
- Holds up to 4 drives
- Plenty of room for big graphics cards (Definitely not the biggest ones, though)
- Tempered glass panel is a nice addition
- Holds up to 4 fans
- Water cooling support
- Doesn’t support the best coolers for lacking 5mm of clearance (165mm vs 160 that the case offers)
Best Micro ATX budget case
If you’re looking for something that’s small, cheap, sleek, and powerful, then look no further. This is a great choice that offers support for Mini ITX and Micro ATX systems without sacrificing a ton of features.
That being said, just like Eclipse P300, it only offers support for CPU coolers up to 160mm. That’s still 5mm short for installing the biggest coolers such as the Dark Rock Pro 4, so do keep that in mind.
Other than that, we’re looking at enough room for big graphics cards, 4 drive slots, 5 fans, a removable HDD drive bay, decent cable management, radiator support up to 280mm at the top, a door on the side panel, and more.
All things considered, it’s a great choice that comes in a small package.
- Radiator support up to 280mm
- Enough room for 5 fans
- 4 drive slots
- Plenty of room for big graphics cards
- The door-like side panel is a great addition
- Tempered glass
- Doesn’t support 165mm coolers
- No integrated RGB
One of the cheapest options
The AeroCool Cylon is quite possibly the cheapest case that you can get without sacrificing too many features and room for upgradeability. That being said, it does end up sacrificing a bit of airflow and build quality. But, hey, at least it comes with RGB.
One nice addition that this case offers and that we almost never see in other cases, no pun intended, is the integrated SD card reader. And let us not forget to mention the 2 fan mounts at the top of the PSU shroud that can push fresh air towards the GPU.
Dedicated GPU cooling is definitely a brilliant idea. Though, we’re not sure just how effective it is in real-life usage.
Leaving that aside, as far as features are concerned, we’re looking at enough room for a total of 5 fans (Excluding the 2 VGA ones), enough room for big GPUs, and integrated RGB.
If you’re into water cooling, then you’d best forget about it with this case since there’s only support for radiators up to 120mm. That’s most likely going to be worse than even mid-range CPU coolers.
- Integrated RGB
- Very lightweight (Could be a con if you worry about build quality)
- SD card reader is a welcome addition
- Dedicated room for VGA fans
- Plenty of room for GPUs
- Only 155mm of clearance for CPU coolers
- Liquid-cooling support is bad (Can only fit 120mm radiators)
Elegant, serious, and powerful
There is no doubt that cases that offer fancy aesthetics like transparent side panels and RGB are very beautiful. But, that’s not the only kind of beauty that people are after. Some of us prefer something a bit more low-key, elegant, and serious.
If you belong to that category, do definitely consider getting the Versa H17. At this point, let us not forget that it’s M-ATX. So, you can basically forget about full ATX support.
That being said, despite its size, the Versa H17 offers all the basics that are needed. 4 drive slots, enough room for 5 fans and big graphics cards, radiator support up to 280mm, and decent cable management.
- Small form factor
- Elegant look
- Enough room for big GPUs
- 4 drive slots
- Allows you to install up to 5 fans
- Can’t hold 165mm coolers
- Lack of RGB and glass panel could be a downside for some people
This is without a doubt one of the best budget PC cases to get in 2019. It has pretty much everything that a mid-range builder will need without asking for a lot of money.
We’re talking about 5 drive slots, 6 fan mounts, 2x 5.25 brackets, radiator support for up to 480mm, and more than enough room for big graphics cards.
Also, this is the only case in this list that supports 165mm CPU coolers. So, if you’re interested in that, then there is literally no other choice.
Let us not forget to mention that it’s also one of the few budget choices that allow you to install 5.25 case panels. Things like fan controllers, extra USB ports, etc.
- No compromises
- Enough clearance to fit some of the biggest coolers
- Up to 480mm of radiator clearance
- Holds up to 6 fans
- 5.25 brackets are a welcome addition
- Plenty of room for everything
- Easy access to the front panel
- Lack of integrated RGB can be a deal-breaker for some people
As far as features are concerned, the Rosewill Nautilus is more or less on equal standing with the other cases. However, one thing that it does differently is the overall design. So, if you feel like all cases look the same nowadays, do check this one out.
The bottom half of the front panel is covered with more or less nothing but a dust filter for maximum airflow while the top half is solid and offers a 5.25 bracket for optical drives and case accessories.
As for features, we’re looking at 5 drive slots, up to 5 fans (4 if you use the 5.25 bracket), up to 240mm of clearance for radiators, plenty of room for big GPUs, and a tempered glass panel which is a nice addition.
- Can hold up to 5 fans
- 5 drive expansion slots
- Plenty of room for big GPUs
- 240mm of clearance for radiators
- 5.25 bracket is a nice addition
- Need to get rid of 5.25 accessories for installing the 2nd fan
- Doesn’t support 165mm coolers
Things to Look Out for When Buying a Budget PC Case
Budget cases are the ones that require the most research since they often end up sacrificing a lot of functionality to stay at a low price point. So, here are a few things to look out for:
- Cooling: Even budget systems need decent cooling. The minimum is 3-4 case fans. Anything less than that is just toying with your luck
- Size: There are tons of cheap M-ATX or even Mini ITX cases. Those often sacrifice a bit of cooling and features to stay small, so, do keep that in mind
- Upgradeability: A budget build doesn’t ask for too much. But, what about the future? Are you going to need a big cooler? Maybe liquid-cooling? A bigger GPU? Pay attention to such things
- Features: At these price points, we need to grab every bit of advantage. RGB, glass panels, 5.25 brackets, extra drive expansions, etc
- Design: Most cheap cases are very dull looking. But, there’s no need to settle for them as there are also numerous beautiful options that do not ask for much more
- GPU clearance: Some cheap cases do not offer enough room for graphics cards. Gamers need to avoid that at all costs. Look for a minimum clearance of 280mm, just to be safe
Those were our 6 best budget PC cases in 2019. If you went through all of them but still don’t know which one to pick, here’s what each one of them does best in a nutshell:
- Phanteks Eclipse P300: Sleek design with integrated RGB and RGB sync
- darkFlash DLM 22 Micro ATX: Offers the basic features at a slightly smaller size
- AeroCool Cylon: Very cheap for what it has but it also sacrifices water cooling support and build quality to achieve that
- Thermaltake Versa H17: Elegant design in a small package
- Fractal Design Focus G: Has everything that you’ll ever need from a budget case except integrated RGB (Also the only case that supports 165mm coolers)
- Rosewill Nautilus: Offers a unique design and a 5.25 bracket but that’s about it
ATX users need to keep an eye out for M-ATX or Mini ITX cases as those will not support your motherboard. That’s all for now.