The Top 10 Best PC Cases

Here at The Tech Buyer's Guru, we've reviewed more PC cases than any other category of product - over three dozen in all, with more reviews being added every month! So it's with pretty good authority that we give you this list of the top 10 cases on the market. Now, to be clear, we didn't target specific prices, like best $30 case, $50 case, $100 case, and so on, because frankly, sometimes, there is no "best" case at a given pricepoint. We also didn't target having a certain number of small, medium, and large cases. We simply picked the cases that we think best represent the state of the art in the PC industry. Going forward, some of our guides may have a bunch of gamer-oriented mega-towers, while at other times, we may list exclusively small form factor cases. Who knows... only time will tell!

By the way, unlike a lot of other categories of PC components, cases can be used in multiple systems over time, making them a very good place to invest in the best you can afford. With that said, we're seeing more rapid advancement of PC case design than ever before, with new USB connectivity standards, new fan standards, new cooler standards, and new layouts to account for the move from big drives to tiny M.2 drives. So while you may want to keep a case for 2 or 3 builds, it may not be in the interest of your own sanity!

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The Top 10 PC Cases - Winter 2020

  • Case:

    Silverstone SG13

    The SG13's form factor may be nothing new, but no one has done shoeboxes better than SilverStone, and the SG13 is its best. With room for video cards up to the Nvidia-reference 10.6" long (and ideally reference height as well), there's always a top-end GPU that will fit, even if most will not. And because it puts the GPU right up against a mesh intake, it doesn't starve those high-end GPUs of air like so many other cases. Just one tweak we highly recommend: don't use an ATX power supply in this case, even if it will technically fit. Instead, get the SilverStone PP08 adapter and install an SFX unit, like SilverStone's SX500-G. This will increase CPU cooler clearance from 61mm to a much more impressive 82mm.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Learn more about this case in our full build guide!

  • Case:

    SilverStone PS15B-G Micro-ATX

    If you're building a budget-oriented PC, whether for home office, business, or gaming use, you simply cannot go wrong with the SilverStone PS15. With its tasteful, timeless design, accented by a stylish tempered glass side panel, it will look good anywhere, and it also has plenty of space for high-end components, including video cards up to 12.3" long and CPU coolers up to 154mm tall. Note that this is a micro ATX case, so make sure to pair it with an mATX motherboard, and then enjoy the wonder of a case that's just over 25 liters in volume!

    The Guru's Tip:

    One of the things we absolutely love about this case is that unlike just about every other budget offering, it allows you to install dual 140mm fans behind its front mesh panel. That in turns allows for some seriously epic airflow in this tiny case!

  • Case:

    Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB

    If you're building a mid-range or even high-end gaming rig, you owe yourself the favor of checking out the V200. With its triple 120mm front fans and single 120mm rear fan, it offers excellent cooling, and because those three front fans have RGB lighting, they also bring you a very trick-looking system.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This case has room for CPU coolers up to 160mm tall (i.e., any 120mm-class cooler), along with video cards of any size - with its 15" limit, the V200 can fit any card ever made.

  • Case:

    SilverStone ML09B

    So, from our point of view, this is the reference small office PC case. It's tiny, at just 7 liters, but it's also highly configurable, allowing you to install up to four 2.5" drives, an optical drive, and a compact dual-slot video card! Yes, there are smaller cases, and yes there are cheaper cases, but none are as attractive or usable as the ML09. Note that it does require the use of an SFX power supply, and we recommend the SilverStone SX300, which has just the right wattage for the kind of system you can actually install in this case.

    The Guru's Tip:

    For a high-powered office system, one nice option is to remove the optical drive bracket and included 120mm case fan, and install in their place a high-performance low-profile CPU cooler - with these components removed, there's 70mm of clearance. That's enough room for even the class-leading Noctua NH-L12S! Learn more about the case in our full ML09 review.

  • Case:

    be quiet! Pure Base 500 White

    Simply put, this is the best case under $100. Yes, there are actually cases that cost $100, which this case does not, but they aren't as good! What makes the Pure Base 500 a winner? A thoroughly modern design. be quiet! went back to the drawing board with this case, looking at what PCs actually need today. And that means a whole lot of space for big CPU coolers, 140mm fans (two are included!), and excellent airflow. What do modern PCs not need? A dozen 3.5" drive cages, for one, so those are almost entirely gone in the 500, which is just fine with us.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Learn more about this case in our full review. Note that it continues to be available in limited quantities, and the best chance you have to get one is to pick up the white model with a solid side panel.

  • Case:

    Phanteks EVOLV mATX Tempered Glass Gray

    While no longer new, and perhaps not the best if you're looking for extreme airflow, the Evolv mATX ushered in a wave of changes in the PC market that are still cutting-edge. From a hinged tempered glass panel on the left side to beautiful aluminum panels everywhere else, it just looks fantastic. And the two included 140mm fans are extremely quiet. Note that while it's not tiny for an mATX case, it is extremely stylish, and would make for a great high-end business PC.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This model, in the Phanteks trademark Anthracite Grey, is our favorite color, but it's available in a few other colors as well. Frankly, no matter which way you go on color, you'll have the most premium case you can buy for under $200!

  • Case:

    Lian Li PC-O11DX 011 Dynamic White

    Simply put, this is the best "showcase" on the market. The nearly wall-to-wall glass make your components stand out like no other case can, and it has room for a lot of high-end gear despite very compact proportions. It's truly one-of-a-kind!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This case comes with precisely zero fans, so save some room in your budget to add a few. We suggest SilverStone's new 3-pack of Air Blazer ARGB fans.

  • Case:

    Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh White

    If you want extreme cooling, there simply is no better case than the H500P. Yes, you can spend more, but no, you can't get more airflow. Its dual 200mm front fans suck in huge amounts of air through the front mesh panel, and look good doing it thanks to the RGB lights built into them. You also get a huge top compartment that can swallow just about any CPU cooling radiator, including the massive Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280mm, which we know because we tried!

    The Guru's Tip:

    You can read our full review right here. Note that we tested a pre-production grey model that never made it to retail - the case is in fact only available in white, which we think is just fine!

  • Case:

    Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M

    The SL600M is by far the most innovative case on this list, and it's also probably the worst-selling model of all the cases we list. That's because it's somewhat misunderstood. While positioning the motherboard and video card just like a standard case, it shifts airflow 90 degrees, giving it a true chimney effect. That avoids a mess of cables at the top of the case that previous-gen cases that rotated the entire motherboard created. We believe that in a few years, all cases will be designed this way, and people will look back on the SL600M as the case of the future.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The one misstep that Cooler Master made in designing this case was closing off the rear panel. That unnecessarily traps GPU exhaust heat in the case. We suggest that if you get this case, you equip it with a liquid CPU cooler with a radiator positioned on the top panel, which will take full advantage of the chimney cooling effect, unlike an air cooler.

  • Case:

    Thermaltake View 71 ARGB

    The award for the best looking case on the market goes to the View 71 ARGB, hands down. Thermaltake was already onto something when it released the original View 71, which featured dual hinged glass panels on either side plus a glass panel in front and on top. But by adding ARGB fans, it has become something truly special. And being a Thermaltake case, it of course offers plenty of enthusiast-friendly features, including support for massive custom loop coolers and the largest video cards.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Honorable mention goes to the Cooler Master Cosmos C700M, which looks just as good, but at about $200 more is a bit harder to recommend.