Not only does a quality computer case help keep your components cool, but an attractively designed tower will also be the icing on the cake for an awesome gaming PC. In this post, I’m going to go over some of the best gaming PC cases available across all price ranges.
|Corsair Obsidian 900D||19.7″||15||9.6/10|
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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 PC 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 tower 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 gaming PC’s 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 2017 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.
TIER 1: GAMING PC CASES OVER $300
There aren’t a lot of people who actually have the need for a Tier 1 PC case.
That’s because Tier 1 PC cases go far and beyond what a normal tower provides into what are 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 cool computer cases.
And, I suppose if you have an unlimited budget and you just want the best looking desktop case—one that will stop people in their tracks—then a Tier 1 computer tower will suit your needs as well.
They have everything you could want… and then some.
Ultimately, you won’t be disappointed in the features in the cases listed below.
TIER 1 PC CASE COMPARISON (CLICK ‘READ REVIEW’ TO EXPAND)
TIER 2: GAMING PC CASES UNDER $300
The Tier 2 cases are a happy medium between a really nice case and the insanity that is offered with Tier 1 cases.
In fact, these Tier 2 cases border on insane themselves and they can also 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 PC cases have, they are definitely still incredible options, and they’re much more affordable as well.
So, if you’re looking for a really high-end computer case for your gaming PC and you don’t want to pay $300+ for one of the monsters listed above, then these Tier 2 cases will fit your needs.
TIER 2 PC CASE COMPARISON (CLICK ‘READ REVIEW’ TO EXPAND)
TIER 3: GAMING PC CASES UNDER $200
Tier 3 cases aren’t that far behind Tier 2 cases. In fact, for a Tier 3 PC case, you get a high-quality case that will house even the most extreme setups.
The computer towers listed below are 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.
Because, in the end, even these computer cases will be more than enough for the majority of builders.
TIER 3 PC CASE COMPARISON (CLICK ‘READ REVIEW’ TO EXPAND)
TIER 4: GAMING PC CASES UNDER $100
For Tier 4 cases, I essentially looked at cases that cost between ~$70-$100. And, surprisingly, the cases in this tier are pretty darn good options.
For instance, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro and NZXT Source 530 offer quality full tower cases for under $100.
And, the Cooler Master HAF XB EVO is, in my opinion, one of the more interesting cases in this price range. In fact, I even use the HAF XB EVO for the computer I have at my office (although I originally had it to house my HTPC/living-room-gaming-PC.)
Most of these cases can hold just about any setup you have in mind with exception to something on the very extreme side. But, multi-video card setups and liquid cooling are definitely possible with these cases, which is pretty cool considering their price.
Ultimately, if you don’t have more than $100 to spend on your case and you don’t want to sacrifice for something really cheap, these cool PC cases offer a nice middle ground.
TIER 4 PC CASE COMPARISON (CLICK ‘READ REVIEW’ TO EXPAND)
TIER 5: GAMING PC CASES UNDER $50-70
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 some cheap PC 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.
And, if you’re building a budget gaming PC, these cases will not only give you an affordable option to house your components, but you can also rest assured that the cases listed here will fit most single-GPU setups.
TIER 5 PC CASE COMPARISON (CLICK ‘READ REVIEW’ TO EXPAND)
WHICH CASE IS RIGHT FOR YOUR GAMING PC?
The case you choose for your gaming PC is not going to increase your framerate or improve your load times. It’s also not going to increase how much storage space you have or how much memory your PC contains.
However, the case does hold all of your components and, as such, dictates which components you can use. If you choose a case that doesn’t have a lot of clearance for your graphics card, you will be limited to choosing a smaller graphics card. And, while a lot of graphics cards manufacturers are packing their higher-end cards into smaller offerings, in most cases, the smaller the card, the less power it provides.
Another key component of your case is air flow. The better the design of the case is, the more airflow can enter into it and keep your components cool. And, of course, one of the most important parts of choosing your case is aesthetics. While some people don’t care what their case looks like, for others, the design is the most important aspect.
So, when looking for the right case for your gaming PC, it’s important that you take those three factors into consideration. Fortunately, though, the options listed above will give you plenty of choices to choose between, from cheap computer cases to all the way up to the best computer cases.