When it comes to PC cases, there are a ton of options out there. Transparent glass cases, open air, Micro-ITX, full towers, budget options, and more.
The only problem with all these choices is that they also make the whole buying process much harder. Finding the best case in its category is quite tough on its own.
Still, since we’ve already showcased our best picks in various types of cases, we decided that we may as well take the extra step and pick the best of the best. That being said, here are 8 best PC cases in 2019!
Best dual system case
Dual system cases allow us to install at least one ATX and one Mini-ITX motherboard inside a single build. And from everything that we’ve tested, the Phanteks Luxe 2 is quite possibly the best choice.
It offers a ton of modularity, a clean/elegant design, plenty of support for water cooling with radiator clearance of up to 480mm, and even support for SSI-EEB motherboards (Dual CPU socket mobos).
As for the overall upgradeability, you can fit pretty much any CPU cooler and GPU, up to 15 fans, dual or even triple water cooling setups, 12 drives, and even 2x PSUs. All things considered, the Luxe 2 is a great choice for a monster build or a dual system setup.
If there’s one downside, then that’s definitely going to be the weight and size. But, that’s just how PC building works. The larger the case, the more features and space that it’s going to offer.
The simplistic/elegant design is also something that you either love or hate. But, that’s a matter of personal preference.
- Plenty of space for everything
- One of the few options that deliver dual system support
- Great modularity
- Offers one of the best cooling setups
- Superb cable management and radiator support
- 5-year warranty
Best silent PC case
Many of us spend their biggest part of the day sitting in front of their computers. If you’re one of them, then you definitely understand the need for having a relatively silent build. And as far as silent PC cases go, the Define R5 is the best we’ve seen yet.
It provides sound dampening side panels, HDD bays that absorb vibrations and noise, and of course, plenty of support for large components and good cooling.
To be more specific, we’re talking about 8 slots for 3.5 or 2.5-inch drives, 2 dedicated slots for SSDs, 2 more for 5.25 accessories, enough room for up to 9 fans, and plenty of clearance for bulky CPU coolers, long GPUs, and 420mm radiators!
Other than that, it also offers a good deal of modularity. Just like the Luxe 2, the only downside that you’ll find is the size. But, again, the only way to create a powerful rig is to look for big cases and there’s no avoiding that.
- Good for a rig that’s both silent and cool
- Decent cable management
- Lots of room for everything
- Decent modularity
- Competitively priced
- Lack of transparent panel and RGB may be a deal-breaker for some people
Best Mini-ITX case
There are tons of people that have no need for a big, monster build. In fact, many will prefer something that comes at a compact size. If you belong to that category, the Thermaltake Core V1 is one of the best buys that you can make!
Coming at unique cube-like design, it offers enough room for 2 drives, 285mm GPUs, 140mm coolers, and a big 200mm fan that’s pre-installed on the front.
With all of that being said, that small form factor does come with a lot of disadvantages. There’s no liquid-cooling support, no room for bulky coolers, and a bit of airflow is being sacrificed as well.
Obviously, someone who is looking for something that small isn’t trying to build a monster rig and thus has no need for expensive cooling – which is one of the reasons that its disadvantages didn’t stop us from recommending it.
- Very small
- Decent cooling compared to many other Mini-ITX cases
- Great design
- Can’t fit bulky coolers or any radiators
- Only 2 drive slots
Best M-ATX PC case
M-ATX cases are a tiny bit smaller than the standard ATX platform and that makes them a great choice for those who want as much functionality as they can get on a smaller package. After all the micro ATX cases that we went through, the Phanteks Evolv is our best recommendation.
It’s one of the very few options in that form factor to deliver support for 320mm radiators, bulky coolers, 4 drives, and 6 fans. For an M-ATX case, that’s rather impressive.
Just do keep in mind that the only way to fit in a 320mm radiator is by removing the 3.5-inch HDD bracket. That essentially leaves you with enough room for 2.5-inch drives and is something that can be solved by getting a 280mm radiator instead or by resorting to air-cooling.
- Plenty of room to satisfy the average builder in a smaller form factor
- Good water cooling support
- Gets up to 4 drives
- Good cooling
- Easy access to side panels
- The only way to fit in a 360mm radiator is by getting rid of 3.5-inch drives
5: NZXT H500i
Best tempered glass PC case
NZXT has always been a huge name in PC cases. So, it’s no surprise that it gets the spot for the best tempered glass PC case.
It offers integrated RGB, radiator support up to 280mm, 4 fans, great cable management, and plenty of room for bulky CPU coolers or large graphics cards.
This is generally one of the most beautiful and well-balanced cases that are out there at the moment. The fact that it offers only 4 fans instead of 5 or more can be considered a downside by some people. But, let’s be honest, two intake fans and two more for outtake are generally the sweet spot for effective cooling.
- Plenty of room for components
- Supports radiators up to 280mm
- Lots of room for storage
- Looks beautiful
- Can only take 4 fans
Best budget PC case
If you only have about $60 to spend on your case, then the Eclipse P300 is a superb choice.
It offers plenty of room for GPUs, 4 drive slots, decent cable management, 4 fans, while also offering radiator clearance up to 280mm and RGB sync.
The only small downside is that it doesn’t allow us to install the bulkiest CPU coolers. But, chances are that a budget builder isn’t going to need such a thing anyway.
- Tempered glass
- RGB sync
- Enough room for lengthy cards and 4 drives
- Water cooling support
- Not enough room for 165mm coolers
- Mediocre cable management
Best open air case
Open air cases offer by far the most unique and interesting designs that you’ll ever see. That’s also why choosing the best one is a challenging task.
We personally went with the Thermaltake Core P3 since it’s very easy to use, cheap, and offers wall mounting along with almost everything that you’ll ever need.
Our only complaint is that it doesn’t allow us to install fans in the front for a bit of VRM airflow. But, that’s not going to be a problem for mid to high-end builds anyway.
As an open air case, it can fit any cooler and GPU inside while offering 4 drive slots of which 2 are hidden. Water cooling support is a given as there is enough room on the side to fit in a 420mm radiator as well.
Last, but not least, there’s also a lot of room for modularity and even the option for adding specialized 3D printed accessories and mounts. Overall, the Core P3 is a great open air PC case.
- Open air
- Plenty of room for everything
- Great water cooling support
- Relatively cheap
- Lack of fans at the front may end up being an issue for some
Best full tower PC case
Full towers are the ultimate choice for someone who needs both a monster rig and a ton of storage. The Thermaltake View 71 offers both while still managing to look very beautiful – which is one of the main reasons that we picked it as the best full tower PC case.
Apart from being covered with tempered glass everywhere, it comes with 3 pre-installed RGB fans and more space than you’ll ever need for components and storage.
To be more specific, we’re talking about 10 drive slots, E-ATX support, vertical GPU mounts, enough clearance to fit a 360mm radiator in 3 different places (420 at the top), lots of modularity, and great cable management.
The only downside is that it doesn’t have 5.25 bays. But, the truth is that optical drives are almost extinct and most people don’t care about 5.25 accessories anyway.
- More room than you’ll ever need
- Great water cooling support
- Great modularity
- Tempered glass at all sides
- Large and heavy
- Lack of 5.25 bays can be a deal-breaker for some
Things to Look Out for When Buying a PC Case
These were our top picks. If you still struggle to find what suits you best, then the small tips below may end up helping:
- Size: Larger cases generally offer more features and room for components while smaller ones sacrifice not only upgradability but also thermals. So, do keep that in mind.
- Upgradeability: Look for CPU clearance, GPU clearance, storage, radiator support, etc. A good case should be able to hold not only your current build but also a couple of future ones as well.
- Cooling: The more fans that can fit in, the better.
- Modularity: Everyone likes having a few options regarding component placement.
- Appearance: Nobody likes having an ugly computer.
- Design and features: Open air cases and dual system cases are great, but they are not made for everyone. Don’t spend extra money for features that you don’t need.
- Cable management: Especially important with tempered glass cases where you can’t hide messy cables.
- 5.25 bays: If you need case accessories such as external fan controllers, 5.25 bays are a huge help.
- Water cooling support: If you’re interested in water cooling, keep an eye out for radiator clearances.
- Motherboard support: Already picked a motherboard? Then make sure that your case can take it.
Still don’t know which case to choose? Here is what you can expect from each one of them in a nutshell:
- Phanteks Luxe 2: Best dual system option. Can hold up to 2 motherboards
- Fractal Design Define R5: The Most silent case that you can get
- Thermaltake Core V1: Smallest case that comes with a cube design
- Phanteks Evolv: The best M-ATX option
- NZXT H500i: Most beautiful tempered glass case
- Phanteks Eclipse P300: Enough to satisfy the average builder on a budget
- Thermaltake Core P3: The best open air choice
- Thermaltake View 71: A beautiful full tower with tons of room for storage
That’s all for now. Again, the least that you can do before buying that the case of your choice also fits the motherboard (E-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX).