If you’re looking to build yourself a new gaming PC – or have someone build one for you – then it’s a definite that you’ll need to buy yourself a great gaming case. We mean great in terms of function, sure! But we also mean great looking! There’s nothing quite like making a visual statement with your gaming case, whether it’s a tower or otherwise… You can modify it later, but you have to start somewhere… So what actually are the best gaming cases?
Well, we aim to answer that question in this edition of our blog. We’ll be running through some info about a handful of great gaming cases, and pointing out some of the main selling points. The things that can swing your decision on whether to invest your hard-earned cash or not…
NZXT Black H1 Mini-ITX Windowed PC Gaming Case w/ 650W PSU & AIO
The all-new NZXT H1 has a small vertical chassis, but maintains full-sized GPU compatibility. So, in a way it’s a tower amongst towers! It’s streamlined and efficient-looking, with tempered glass panels, and is available in either black or white. It uses its compact space in a really clever way.
It has pre-routed cable channels and an integrated PSU and AIO liquid cooler. The dual-chamber exhaust layout maintains superior cooling for the CPU and GPU, providing each with a dedicated air source. This case supports a Mini-ITX motherboard.
Although there are no RGB lighting features with the NZXT H1 (probably to save on the space that the gear required to power lighting would use), the absence of this feature is not a problem. It’s a simple, stylish and striking looking case, affordable too, which is fairly easy to build in. It’s no wonder that Ebuyer sells ten times as many of these cases as they do any other.
Thermaltake Core V21 Usb3.0 Micro-atx Side Window Mesh Stackable Case Black
The new Thermaltake Core V21 is a fairly recent and highly affordable addition to the popular Core V series of cases. Designed for use in either a vertical or horizontal orientation on the motherboard, the Core V21 is a micro M-ATX-based chassis which offers the opportunity for customisation. It also offers great looks – and it’s stackable so you can double up on the brilliance by putting two together. This unit just exudes ‘solid’ and ‘reliable’ doesn’t it?
A huge 200mm fan on the front panel ensures that the Core V21 delivers outstanding cooling performance , and the Core V21 also has the ability to accommodate various overclocking components to boost performance even further where it counts!
Corsair iCue 465X RGB Black
The Corsair iCUE 465X RGB is an ATX smart case offering truly stunning visuals, showcased by a pair of tempered glass panels (4mm-thick tempered glass, at the side and front). The iCue also contains Corsair LL120 RGB fans and an iCUE Lighting Node. The CORE smart RGB lighting controller combines with powerful iCUE software for fully customisable illumination straight out of the box – so you’ll have yourself an impressively lit unit within minutes.
The Corsair iCUE 465X also has the potential for cooling modifications / upgrades, with space for up to six fans or multiple radiators. The Direct Airflow Path layout ensures obstruction-free airflow to your components. You can also keep your system clean and tidy with intuitive built-in cable routing and three removable dust filters.
Fractal Design Era ITX Cobalt Compact PC Case
This is one of the best-looking ‘out of the box’ cases we’ve seen. What a beauty! Just look at that colour, that shape and that design… Just a point of interest, here, too: There are several other colours available, but this is the one that really ‘got out writer going’! The Fractal Design Era ITX Cobalt Compact PC case has a unique and elegant look, and is a compact chassis free from the restrictions usually associated with small form factor cases.
Even with a modest 16 litre footprint the Fractal Design Era ITX can still accommodate dual-slot GPUs, AIO cooling systems up to 240mm, high-end processors and up to four storage devices. so it’s pretty versatile! this is a case specifically for those looking to make a design statement without sacrificing power and functionality. High end – because you’re worth it!
MSI MAG FORGE 100R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
A pretty futuristic looking front-face design give the MSI MAG FORGE 100R Mid Tower Gaming Case quite a distinctive look. And a light grey tempered glass side panel means you will be able to show off your RGB lighting effects (plus have easy access for internal component self-builds).
Perhaps the main feature of this impressive £50-range case is the fantastic lighting opportunity. Customisable RGB LEDs are integrated into the front, top & rear cover of the case. With a dedicated control button or using MSI Mystic Light software, millions of colors and special effects can be synched up to your components to give an amazing display!
Okay, so this has been a brief and pretty brisk run through some of the gaming PC cases that we think will blow your socks off when you’re hitting the ground running for a new case. Check out our website for the many others we have on offer…