The Best Gaming Computer Cases in 2014

The Best Gaming Computer Cases

Not only does a quality case help keep your components cool (by providing high airflow), but an attractively designed case will also be the icing on the cake for a good gaming computer. In this article I’m going to go over some of the best gaming cases available at various different price ranges.

Your computer case is a lot more important than you think. For starters, it plays a critical role in the cooling process of your system. And, your case will also determine what you can and cannot do in the future with your computer (in terms of upgrades.)

Not only that, but for a lot of people, the style of their case and the way it looks is also an important aspect. Let’s face it, if you put a Lamborghini engine inside of a Toyota Corolla and priced it the same, less people would buy it. People like style.

So, despite the little direct impact that your gaming computer’s case will have on your gaming experience, it’s still crucial that you take your time and select one that will give you excellent airflow, upgrade opportunities, and that will look the way you want it to. Because, in the end, your case is the only part of your computer that could still be relative and usable 5-10 years down the road.

In this post, we will take a look at the best gaming cases in 2014 at various price ranges for different budget sizes. I’ve broken down the categories into five different price ranges: gaming cases under $50, gaming cases between $50-$100, gaming cases between $100-$150, gaming cases between $150-$200, and gaming cases over $200.

I only chose one case for each price range and while there are definitely some other worthy gaming cases in these price ranges, I felt these offered the best returns for PC gamers.

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TIER 1THE BEST GAMING CASES

There aren’t a lot of people who actually have the need for a Tier 1 case. That’s because these cases go far and beyond what a normal case provides into almost unnecessary territories.

However, if you’re planning on building a multi-video card, overclocking, liquid-cooled monster, then you may have a need for one of these cases. And, I suppose if you have an unlimited budget and you just want a ridiculously awesome looking case that will stop people in their tracks, then a Tier 1 case will suit your needs as well.

Ultimately, you won’t be disappointed in the features in the cases listed below.

Tier 1 CASE Comparison Chart

Picture Case Size  Drive Exp. Fans Price
SilverStone TJ11-BW Full 15 9 5 Hover
Corsair Obsidian 900D Super 13 10 15 Hover
Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Full 16 11 10 Hover
Lian Li PC-V2120X Full 15 11 5 Hover

Corsair Obsidian Series 900D Super Tower Computer Case ($330-$350)
(Prices fluctuate–check here for current pricing)

Corsair Obsidian 900D Super Tower CaseThis super tower case has everything a game could ever dream of… and then some. There’s literally nothing lacking on this case.

With ten expansion bays and room for multiple power supplies, the sky is the limit with this enormous computer case. Not only can you fit in nine HDDs/SSDs, but if you want more room, you can fit in additional drive cages (which are sold separately).

The cooling potential on this case is also incredible, as it offers mounts for up to 15 total fans, and has five different radiator mounting points. It also comes with four removable dust filters to help your system stay clean.

All-in-all this gigantic case is worthy of being used for the biggest and baddest builds out there.

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Corsair Super Tower Computer Case Specs

  • Super Tower
  • Great for water-cooled systems
  • Tool-Free design
  • Well-designed cable management system
  • Supports up to 15 fans
  • Full side-panel window
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Four dust filters
  • Five radiator mounting points
  • Support for up to 4-way SLI/CrossFireX configuration
  • Ten expansion slots
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Ports and 4 x USB 2.0 Ports on the front panel
  • 4 x 5.25″ Drive Bays
  • 9 x 3.5″ Drive Bays
  • 3 x 2.5″ Drive Bays

Customer Reviews

From Moar Cores on Amazon:

The Corsair 900D has finally arrived in my house and I’m blown away by this fantastic case. I can safely say it’s the best full tower case in the market and there’s no other case that looks this sexy. The 900D is enormous; you can fit a ton of radiators and still have room for more. The amount of options for cable management is mind blowing.

From ADC on Amazon:

I just received it and this thing is a beast! I could not believe the size of the package the UPS guy dropped in front of my door. I haven’t build my rig yet but after a thorough visual inspection, I was very pleased with the built-in quality. As an Aerospace Engineer, I care a great deal about paying attention to details and not cutting corners. This case exceeds my requirements. I think I won’t be needing another case for a very very long time!!


SilverStone ATX Tower Computer Case TJ11-BW ($580-$600)
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Best Gaming Case 2013Extreme gamers need extreme gaming computers. And, extreme gaming computers need extreme cases.

The SilverStone ATX Tower Computer Case is an absolute monster. A little overboard? Probably. A lot of awesomeness? Absolutely.

This case can actually hold and accommodate two power supplies. And while I can’t think of any plausible reason why you’d ever need two power supplies, the fact that you can do it if you wanted to is cool enough for me!

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SilverStone ATX Tower Computer Case Specs

  • Full Tower
  • 90 degree motherboard mounting
  • Comes with two Air Penetrator AP181 fans to aid in stack cooling
  • Great for water-cooled systems
  • Tool-Free design
  • Well-designed cable management system
  • High airflow design
  • Excellent ventilation
  • See-through side-panel
  • Quick-access filters
  • Nine plus one expansion slots and support for 4-way SLI/CrossFireX graphics cards
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Ports on front panel
  • Supports SSI-CEB, XL-ATX, Standard ATX, and Micro-ATX motherboards
  • 9 x 5.25″ Drive Bays
  • 6 x 3.5″ Drive Bays
  • 3 x 2.5″ Drive Bays
  • 1 Year Warranty

Customer Reviews

From Ethan Hughes on Amazon:

A truly awesome case, very high quality and craftsmanship. This case is a monster in both size and weight. The air flow in the TJ11 is very good with the two AP181 180mm fans. A very expensive case, put a high quality PSU in it and it will be close to $1000.00, but very well worth it. Totally AWESOME and SWEET case.

From J. Miles on Amazon:

I have been building computers since 1990 and have always used premium computer cases. The Silverstone TJ-11 is BY FAR the nicest case I have ever had the pleasure of using. The computer case is one of the few items that can be recycled through many evolutions of computer builds. This long term usability goes a long way in justifying the hefty price tag.


Cooler Master Cosmos II – Ultra Full Tower Computer Case ($290-$310)
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Cooler Master Cosmos IIIf you’re looking for a monstrous case with a ton of features, the check out the Cooler Master Cosmos II.

The case is enormous, offering support for XL-ATX motherboards and 4-way SLI/CrossFireX configurations. It also comes with a built-in fan controller, USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, support for up to 10 fans, and the option to install up to 13 hard drives.

The case has a race car inspired design and it is definitely one of the more unique looking towers on the market. So, if you’ve got a big budget and you’re looking for an awesome full tower case, then the Cooler Master Cosmos II will suit you well.

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Cooler Master Cosmos II Specs

  • Full Tower
  • Supports up to 10 fans
  • Brushed aluminum and steel
  • Will fit an XL-ATX motherboard
  • Tool-Free design
  • Well-designed cable management system
  • Built-in fan controller
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Race-car inspired design
  • Support for 4-way SLI/CrossFireX graphics cards
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Ports on front panel
  • Supports SSI-CEB, XL-ATX, Standard ATX, and Micro-ATX motherboards
  • 3 x 5.25″ Drive Bays
  • 13 x 3.5″ Drive Bays
  • 11 x 2.5″ Drive Bays

Customer Reviews

From Brett A. Barnett on Amazon:

Biggest tower I have ever had ! Gonna make a great system and have room for everything you need. This is my second Cooler Master owe the first Cosmos and this one is twice as nice.

From I. Perez on Amazon:

I was trying to wait for the Corsair 900D to become available, but I gave up waiting. I am so glad I did. This case is a monster that might outlive me. It is also a gorgeous piece of artwork with HANDLES for maneuverability, unlike the 900D.


TIER 2THE BEST GAMING CASES

Tier 2 cases are the happy medium between a really nice case and the insanity that is Tier 1 cases. In fact, these cases border on insane themselves and can be used for extreme setups just like the Tier 1 cases listed above.

While these cases don’t have quite the overwhelming factor that Tier 1 cases have, they hold their own, and they’re much more affordable as well.

So, if you’re looking for a really high-end case and you don’t want to pay $300+, then these Tier 2 cases will fit your needs.

Tier 2 CASE Comparison Chart

Picture Case Size  Drive Exp. Fans Price
NZXT Phantom 820 Ultra 10 9 9 Hover
Antec Ninteen Hundred Full 17 7 8 Hover
Cooler Master HAF X Full 11 9 7 Hover
Corsair Obsidian 650D Mid 10 8 3 Hover
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition Full 10 8 5 Hover

Cooler Master HAF X – Full Tower Computer Case ($170-$200)
(Prices fluctuate–check here for current pricing)

Best Gaming Case 2013The Cooler Master HAF X is one of my favorite cases. Now, it’s probably because I’m biased and I currently have this case for my main computer (the blue edition) but there’s no denying how awesome this case is.

In fact, it pretty much beats all similarly priced cases in air flow/cooling benchmarks. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but if you want a huge case with a ton of options and phenomenal airflow, then this case will be exactly what you need.

If you want to find out more about the Cooler Master HAF X, check out the review I did on it awhile back! Otherwise, just take my word for it and get this case!

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Cooler Master HAF X Specs

  • Full Tower
  • Black and Red color scheme (there’s also a blue edition as well)
  • Comes with four fans with the option to go up to seven total
  • Great for water-cooled systems
  • Tool-Free design
  • Well-designed cable management system
  • High airflow design
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Filtered inlets to prevent dust buildup
  • Ventilated and see-through side-panel
  • Nine expansion slots and support for 4-way SLI/CrossFireX graphics cards
  • Integrated fan controller for easy access
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Ports on front panel
  • Supports E-ATX, Standard ATX, and Micro-ATX motherboards
  • 6 x 5.25″ Drive Bays
  • 5 x 3.5″ Drive Bays
  • 2 x 2.5″/3.5″ Drive Bays
  • 2 Year Warranty

Customer Reviews

From Acontius on Amazon:

Anybody buying computers these days knows that quality is becoming rare, which is sad. That’s one reason I so enthusiastically praise Cooler Master for this product (and the Hyper 212 Plus heatsink that looks so freakin’ cool through the window!)

From Andruff on Amazon:

This case is amazing in looks, but especially in functionality. The cable management system is something I have never seen executed so well in the design of a PC case. It is so nice to be able to just reroute cables behind the MB without the need for countless zip ties. The layout of this case is just perfect. Another just awesome feature is the tool-less design for hard drives and BD/DVD drives. You can literally swap them out in a minute.


TIER 3THE BEST GAMING CASES

Tier 3 cases aren’t that far behind Tier 2 cases. For a Tier 3 case, you get a high-quality full tower case that will house even the most extreme setups. They’re ideal for mid-to-large sized budgets and will give you plenty of options to choose between.

Ultimately, though, if you’re willing to spend over $100 on a case, you can expect good quality. And, since choosing a case is largely based off of personal preference, if you prefer the style of a Tier 3 case to a Tier 2 case, then by all means jump on it. It will be more than enough to get the job done.

Tier 3 CASE Comparison Chart

Picture Case Size  Drive Exp. Fans Price
NZXT H630 Ultra 10 9 11 Hover
Fractal Design Arc XL Full 14 9 7 Hover
Antec Twelve Hundred Full 12 7 8 Hover
NZXT PHANTOM Full 12 7 6 Hover
CM Storm Stryker Full 13 9+1 6 Hover

NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower Steel Chassis ($100-$130)
(Prices fluctuate–check here for current pricing)

Best Gaming Case 2013Perhaps no gaming case has a bigger cult following than the NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower cases, or otherwise known as the Phantom Full Tower Chassis. With it’s unique design, full tower size, and very affordable price, it’s no wonder why so many PC gamers go crazy about the Phantom. Not only that, but these cases come in a multitude of different color schemes and are bound to satisfy any kind of personality. So, if you’re looking for a stylish case with a ton of room at a pretty good price, then the NZXT Phantom is what you need.

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NZXT Phantom Full Tower Specs

  • Full Tower
  • Comes in multiple color schemes
  • Comes with four fans with the option to go up to seven total
  • Great for water-cooled systems
  • Tool-Free design
  • Well-designed cable management system
  • Exceptional airflow
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Ventilated side-panel
  • Seven expansion slots with support for over-sized graphics cards
  • Integrated fan controller for easy access
  • Supports E-ATX, Standard ATX, and Micro-ATX motherboards
  • 5 x 5.25″ Drive Bays
  • 7 x 3.5″ Drive Bays
  • 1 Year Warranty

Customer Reviews

From Steve on Amazon:

When it arrived I was absolutely stunned… the case is drop-dead gorgeous. I had seen so many pictures and even videos of the thing, but none of them measured up to actually seeing it in person. The buttons and sliders on top feel solid and are quite impressive. The drive door is kept shut by two magnets, which is a very nice touch, but also the inside of the door is finished (rather then bare like most other cases that have doors) and the door itself has some weight to it… just the act of opening it gives off quite the impression of quality.

From Nathan Krewson on Newegg:

This is truly a nice case. Massive and plenty of room. And the case is pretty light for being as big as it is. It does support E-ATX motherboards. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Very satisfied with my purchase. Would definitely buy a NZXT case again.


TIER 4THE BEST GAMING CASES

Even Tier 4 cases provide enough room, cooling, and features to house a high-end build. While they aren’t as roomy as the cases listed above, they will provide enough space for your build… and they’ll do so for under $100.

So, if you’re working with a budget but you don’t want to sacrifice a quality case, then take a look at these Tier 4 cases. They’ll suit your needs just fine.

Tier 4 CASE Comparison Chart

Picture Case Size  Drive Exp. Fans Price
NZXT Source 530 Full 9 8 8 Hover
Corsair Carbide 400R mATX Mid 10 8 10 Hover
CM HAF XB EVO Cube Mid 6 7 6 Hover
Antec Nine Hundred Mid 10 7 6 Hover

Corsair Carbide Series Black 400R Mid Tower Computer Case ($85-$110)
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Best Gaming Cases 2013Sleek. Efficient. Roomy. Price effective. #$%*ing awesome. Those are some of the terms that come to mind when describing the Corsair Carbide Series Black 400R Mid Tower Case.

If you don’t want to spend the money for a full tower case, or you don’t like how big they are, then the 400R is the case for you. It has all of the options of a full tower case, without the ridiculous size.

And, with all of the money you save by choosing this case over a more expensive full tower case, you will have an easier time filling the ten drive bays that the 400R comes with!

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Corsair Carbide Series 400R Specs

  • Mid Tower
  • Tool-Free design
  • Well-designed cable management system
  • Exceptional airflow
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Ventilated side-panel
  • Fits over-sized video cards easily
  • Eight expansion slots
  • Supports Standard ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards
  • 4 x 5.25″ Drive Bays
  • 6 x 3.5″ Drive Bays
  • Backplate cutout makes it easy to install a new heatsink for your CPU
  • 2 Year Warranty

Customer Reviews

From Ed on Amazon:

The Corsair Carbide Series 400R mid-tower case has hit its mark. For $99, you probably shouldn’t expect too much out of an ATX case, but the 400R has raised the bar. The 400R gives system builders and enthusiasts an affordable alternative to Corsair’s higher-end enclosures, without sacrificing a whole lot. You still get the same Corsair-grade build quality, support, tool-free design, cable-routing holes, roomy interior, flexible cooling and good looks. So yeah, you could say that the 400R has lived up to its billing, and is a great way to step into a Corsair case without breaking the bank. I highly recommend it.

From Alex Leatherman on Amazon:

I’ll keep it short and sweet. If you are building your PC from scratch, this is the case for you! It is so simple and basic yet it has everything you will ever need. Up to 10 fans, ATX motherboards, room for a massive GPU, room for 240mm liquid cooling, no tools needed to open or install optical drives, hard drives (including pre-mounts for SSD), and even has ports to hide wires inside and behind the motherboard. You can’t beat this, for the price and what it includes and the options for the inside are limitless this day in age.


TIER 5THE BEST GAMING CASES

Typically, in most tiered lists, the tier at the bottom represents a poor offering. This isn’t so for these Tier 5 cases. While these cases won’t blow anyone away, they will get the job done for an affordable price.

In fact, even if you’re looking to build a high-end single-GPU (and even a dual-GPU) setup, there are are cases in this tier that will work for you. So, don’t be dismayed if your budget only allows for a Tier 5 case. They are plenty good enough to get the job done.

Tier 5 CASE Comparison Chart

Picture Case Size  Drive Exp. Fans Price
NZXT Source 210 Mid 11 7 7 Hover
Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid 10 7 6 Hover
Antec One Mid 10 7 5 Hover
Thermaltake Commander Mid 10 7 4 Hover
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid 12 8 6 Hover

NZXT Source 210 Mid Tower Case ($25-$40)
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NZXT Source 210The NZXT Source 210 isn’t always available for under $30, but when it is it is easily the best deal on the market. This case is another great NZXT product for budget builders. In fact, I used this case when building a computer for a relative and I was very happy with its durability and cable management.

Style-wise it’s not going to blow you away (but for some people, that’s a good thing). It comes in either black or white and it gives you plenty of options for storage and drives.

One thing that really stood out to me was the when using a micro-ATX motherboard in this case, there was a ton of room to play with. This is good as more room means better airflow and cooling.

Ultimately, there’s a reason why I am currently recommending the NZXT Source 210 in four out of the nine EGC Budget Builds. So, if you’re looking for an affordable, quality, and reliable case, then you can’t go wrong with the NZXT Source 210.

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NZXT Source 210 Specs

  • Mid Tower
  • Tool-Free design
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Plenty of space for large video cards and extra add-ons
  • Supports Standard ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards
  • 3 x 5.25″ Drive Bays
  • 8 x 3.5″ Drive Bays
  • Seven Expansion Slots

Customer Reviews

From nobum on Amazon:

Simple. Traditional. Cheap. This is all it needs. A lot of cases today are trying to look new or modern with flashy lights or unique designs. But this case brings back the old plain stock case design in black. It doesn’t rely on exagerations or extra decorations to catch the attention of buyers. It could be used for both professionally and for gaming.

From J. Shearon on Amazon:

At $40 (price I paid here on Amazon) INCLUDING shipping this case is a terrific bargain. The inside edges are all rolled so there are no sharp points to cut your fingers off on. Nobody likes losing a finger just so they can play Call of Duty. The inside of the case is coated with the same powder-coated paint that is on the outside, a nice finishing touch.


Cooler Master Elite 430 – Mid Tower Computer Case ($35-$50)
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Best Gaming Cases 2013There aren’t a ton of cases under $50 that will blow you away. But, the Cooler Master Elite 430 definitely will.

With excellent ventilation and a tool-free mechanical design, you will be hard-pressed to find a case that delivers like the Elite 430 does at the cost that its priced at. Not only that, but for budget builders who want to show off the inside of their computer, the 430 is one of the only few affordable cases that will allow you to do so. (It has a see-through side panel.)

So, if you’re not looking to spend thousands of dollars on your parts and you’re working with a tight budget, then this case is probably perfect for you.

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Cooler Master Elite 430 Specs

  • Mid Tower
  • Tool-Free design
  • Excellent ventilation
  • See-through side panel
  • Plenty of space for large video cards and extra add-ons
  • Made out of steel and ABS plastic
  • Supports Standard ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards
  • 3 x 5.25″ Drive Bays
  • 7 x 3.5″ Drive Bays
  • Can support up to six case fans for optimal cooling
  • 2 Year Warranty

Customer Reviews

From tuxattack80 on Amazon:

This is an awesome case for the money, yes cable management can be a bit tricky but it still provides excellent air flow possibilities  it’s big enough to work around in, tool-less design is nice, and one other thing I found to be a plus, something that you normally see in just higher in cases, is that when you take off the right side panel it gives you access to your CPU back plate, which is nice for those that want to install nice aftermarket coolers and don’t want to go through the hassle of removing everything and putting it back together.

From Dave on Amazon:

It has to be the best case in it’s price range. It’s very big and houses some of the larger heatsinks (not all, but lots of them). I have the Hyper 212, also from Cooler Master, and it fits snuggly. The case also has been painted ALL OVER. Most cheap cases don’t paint under the front plastic piece, this case is an anomaly and IS painted. The whole thing looks great in that flat black color. There is plenty of space for lots of 120mm fans, which should keep noise down and keep lots of air flowing. The bottom mounted power supply is a major plus for this case. Cooler Master even includes large thumb screws for taking the panels off. I swear, it feels like this a case that is twice the price.


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Comments

    • says

      Hey Groovy, how’s it going?

      This list has a lot of the top cases on the market, but, admittedly, doesn’t feature them all.

      I do need to go through it and add more to the list in the next update, but other than the fact that the list isn’t a extensive as it should be, no there isn’t a reason.

      Anything Fractal Design makes will be top quality.

      Hope this helps! I’ll see to adding Fractal Design cases and others that are missing in the next update.

      • Groovy says

        Going good thanks.

        Understood.

        Also check out the NZXT H440… Probably one of the best new cases of 2014 according to all the top reviewers.

        Thanks for all your work for this site, I visit it every time I want to check up on PC things.

        Keep on keepin on!

  1. JAY says

    Very good cases

    which the best for 60$
    i like the side windows panel & gaming front panel too

    Thermaltake Commander G42 Window
    Thermaltake versa h23 window
    Cooler Master K380
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Combat with Side Window
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Combat windowed version
    Corsair SPEC-03 Red LED Mid-Tower Gaming Case
    Corsair SPEC-01 Red LED Mid-Tower Gaming Case

    or any good cases in 60$
    thx

  2. Alejandro says

    All this info is great thank you. I will definitely keep all this in mind. I have a question. What is your opinion about the Cool Master Storm Enforcer, the Cool Master Scout 2 or the NZXT guardian 921 RB. Which one you recommend the most.

  3. Dustin says

    • says

      It’s definitely a solid case. Really, though, cases over $100 really come down to personal preferences on design. If you prefer the look of the Thor over similarly-priced cases, then definitely grab it.

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