We Reviewed the Best PC Cases of 2019

Modern components need a lot of space to do their magic. Here’s our selection of the best PC cases.

September 25, 2019

Building your own custom rig is the holy grail of PC gaming.  The case is what forms your PC’s meat space personality, but whether you like the 2001: A Space Odyssey black monolith look, or the attention-grabbing RGB builds, you need a quality case that will handle your hardware needs.

Want to pair you new PC case with the best peripherals? Here’s our list of the best monitors in 2019. Do you prefer gaming on a controller instead of the mouse and keyboard combo? Then you should check this out. Now, without further delay, here’s my (entirely subjective) list of the best PC cases available in 2019.

Pros Cons Conclusion

Editor's pick

corsair carbide best pc cases
Corsair Carbide SPEC-Omega Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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Standout black and white design
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Not a true RGB case Striking design and tons of wiggle room inside.

Best for the budget

silverstone sg13 best pc cases
Silverstone SG13 mini-ITX
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Can fit a full-size GPU, well-ventilated

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Not very visually appealing, component size is a real issue Bang for the buck.
thermaltake level 20 best pc cases
Thermaltake Level 20 MT ARGB ATX Mid Tower
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4 fans included
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Integral front fans limit design possibilities The prettiest RGB case.
thermaltake core best pc cases
Thermaltake Core P3 ATX
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Amazing look, can be configured in tower, horizontal, or wall mounted setup.
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You had better be amazing at cable management or else this will look a mess. The best-looking case overall.

10 Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower

Pros Has a 5.25 optical drive bay, comes with 2 fans, USB 3.0
Cons Only supports small fan sizes, dated design

ROSEWILL Micro ATX

Mini Tower Computer Case

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a fully functional PC case. The Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower is dirt cheap and includes some features you may not expect in a budget build as well. The two included fans and USB 3.0 support help to make this case a great value for the price.

It’s getting harder and harder to find a PC case that includes a 5-inch drive bay. I know that many of you consider optical storage a totally unnecessary feature, but there are still some valid reasons as to why you’d want a CD/DVD/RW drive. The Rosewill Micro-ATX Mini Tower case is small enough that you could include the optical drive and make it your local NAS for media storage.

9 Dark Flash DLM21 Mini/Micro Tower

Pros Very affordable, hinged side panel, room for 240mm water-cooling radiator
Cons Can only fit smaller size fans (120mm and 140mm)

darkFlash Micro ATX

Tower MicroATX Computer Case

The Dark Flash DLM21 Tower case is my favorite choice in the Mini-ITX/Micro-ATX category. It’s dirt-cheap, and the “suicide door” style hinged tempered glass side panel allows for easy access to the interior. Go for black if you want to show off your RGB components, or choose the white case for a clean aesthetic.

The DLM21 doesn’t have the cable management of other PC cases on this list, but it’s still pretty easy to build in. You won’t be able to fit the biggest fans and radiators, but if you’re building on a budget with this case that won’t matter much. There’s plenty of room to build a custom water-cooled loop, so feel free to sink all the money you saved with this case into that sexy new GPU you’ve been eyeing up.

8 Silverstone SG13 mini-ITX

Pros Can fit a full-size GPU, well-ventilated
Cons Not very visually appealing, component size is a real issue

SilverStone Technology Ultra Compact

Mini-ITX Computer Case

The Silverstone SG13 Mini-ITX is a tiny black box. If space comes at a premium in your situation, this case is the one for you. There are smaller PC cases out there, but the SG13 can take a full-size GPU. As a gamer, that’s what made me want to recommend this case over others in the compact category.

The mesh-filtered front panel is another nice feature that isn’t always found in budget PC cases. That’s just about the only extra that come with this case however. Overall, I like how Silverstone has managed to fit a lot into a small package without sacrificing things like the option to add a water-cooling loop.

7 Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic Razer

Pros Excellent airflow, RGB, Mid Tower full size ATX
Cons No fans included, no 5-inch optical drives

LIAN LI PC-O11

Dynamic Razer Edition

Lian Li is a trusted name in the PC industry, and the PC-011 Dynamic Razer is a great case for you to show off your design skills. It’s not small, and it’s not light, but it is very solidly engineered. You can fit pretty much any kind of motherboard that you want in here, along with a beefy water-cooling loop.

It’s a boxy, black case but there is a fair amount of RGB to lighten the mood. The front panel is outlined in RGB strips and features an RGB Lian Li icon in the center. The underside also has some RGB strips for dynamic lighting. Not much is included with this case, but it is awfully pretty-and you can build pretty much whatever you want in it.

6 Fractal Design Meshify C TG Lt

Pros Excellent open design for access
Cons Space can be an issue if you have large components

Fractal Design Meshify

Gaming PC Case

Amazon has 5 different options available for the Fractal Design Meshify C PC case, but I like the TG version. On first glance, it looks like just another run-of-the-mill mid-sized tower case, but the Meshify C is so much more. The mesh-filtered front panel will help keep particulate out of the case, and the floor-to-ceiling glass side panel will let you show off all the sexy components that you’ve filled it with.

Depending on how you configure it, you can easily fit 5 or 6 fans on the Meshify C TG case, which is plenty of cooling for all but the most extreme needs. Besides the mesh-filtered front, the rear of the case is honeycombed to allow for maximum air pass-through. If you want to run an air-cooled system and you like the all-black monolith look, this case is my recommendation for you.

5 Thermaltake Level 20 MT ARGB ATX Mid Tower

Pros 4 fans included
Cons Integral front fans limit design possibilities

Thermaltake Level 20 MT

Motherboard Sync ARGB ATX

The Thermaltake Level 20 MT ARGB ATX Mid Tower case absolutely screams RGB. It’s tall, thin, and the three RGB front fans make it look like a futuristic subwoofer. There’s a physical button for cycling through RGB modes, which is a really nice feature.

IF the fans aren’t enough, you can swap them out for a full-size 360mm radiator, if you want to set up a water-cooling loop in this case. I think that’s kind of missing the point of this case, but it’s nice to know that’s an option. The Thermaltake Level 20 MT also supports a 240mm side-mounted radiator and a 120mm radiator on the back. I recommend keeping the included fans and rocking some serious RGB colors.

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4 NZXT H210 Mini-ITX Gaming Case

Pros Can fit a liquid cooling loop, excellent build quality, 2 fans included
Cons Can only fit smaller (120mm, 140mm) fans

NZXT H210

Mini-ITX PC Gaming Case

NZXT’s H210 Mini-ITX Gaming Case has an easy to work with design and comes in 5 different color combinations. The tempered glass side panel is held in place by one screw, which provides quick and convenient access to the interior. The pre-installed cable management system is a nice touch, and will spare you some headaches during your build.

All of the air intakes come with removable filters, and two 120mm fans are included. I recommend buying two 140mm for the front fan bay to maximize cooling, but you can get away with just the two included fans depending on your build. The constricted airspace in these smaller PC cases means that heat dissipation is more of a problem than in full-size towers, so the ability to fit a water-cooling loop into the H210 makes it a solid recommendation. This is my favorite in the Mini-ITX category.

3 Cooler Master Cosmos C700M

Pros Keeps your components running cold, almost noiseless, great build quality
Cons Definitely not budget-friendly

Cooler Master Cosmos C700M

ARGB Lighting, Aluminum Panels

The Cooler Master Cosmos C700M is the perfect blank canvas to paint your magnum opus on. Want to vertically mount your GPU for greater heat dissipation? Go right ahead. Want to build a custom liquid cooling loop that keeps your system colder than your fridge? The Cosmos C700M can make that happen. Like RGB? This case has fully addressable lights on the top and front panels.

Beyond making this PC case easy to build in (both side panels swing open), Cooler Master has included a lot of nice touches in the C700M that make it a very user-friendly model. I love that there’s a physical fan speed button on the case, along with a USB 3.1 port and 4 USB 3.0 ports. Users report that it runs cold and nearly silent, which is great for the long-term life of your components.

2 Thermaltake Core P3 ATX Tempered Glass Gaming Computer Case

Pros Amazing look, can be configured in tower, horizontal, or wall mounted setup
Cons You had better be amazing at cable management or else this will look a mess

Thermaltake Core P3

ATX Tempered Glass Gaming Computer Case

The Thermatake Core P3 ATX is my favorite case on this list from a design perspective. There are several color options to choose from, but I think the best is just the classic pure transparent glass on three sides. You might prefer one of the more colorful configurations, but the all-glass look of the panoramic model is timeless.

It’s not a small case, but even if space is at a premium for you the Core P3 is worth a look. You can stand it up and make it a tower, lay it down to make it fit on a shelf, or even mount it on a wall. Whichever way you choose to set it up, it’s going to look amazing.

1 Corsair Carbide SPEC-Omega Mid-Tower Gaming Case

Pros Standout black and white design
Cons Not a true RGB case

Corsair Carbide SPEC-Omega

Mid-Tower Gaming Case

The Corsair Carbide SPEC-Omega Mid-Tower Gaming Case has a striking design that really stands out from the pack. There are so many mid-size tower PC cases on the market, but this one is unforgettable. You can get it in a variety of colors, but the black and white model is just so striking. The fact that the Carbide SPEC-Omega is also a really well-designed case is just icing on the cake.

With room for 6 fans and the space to fit a 360mm front radiator for water cooling, the SPEC-Omega case can handle heat like a full-size tower. Many reviewers report that it handles heat just fine using only the two included fans, however. As you would expect from Corsair, the SPEC-Omega case has great cable management features and is roomy enough to be a pleasure to build in. If you want style and substance, this is a great choice.

Matt Dixon

Matt Dixon

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He prefers to play RPGs, but also enjoys strategy games and the latest AAA titles. When he’s not glued to a screen, he can usually be found painting Warhammer 40K models or trying out the latest board game. Occasionally, Matt’s wife makes him leave the house to travel the world.

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