A lot of people don’t pay much attention to the chassis of their PC build. They tend to spend most of their budget on finding the fastest processor, the most powerful GPU, and the fanciest RAMs. They forget to set some money aside for the primary component that will bring the other parts together. In the end, they just try to squeeze in a PC case with whatever little budget they have left.
However, we highly recommend that you avoid making that mistake. Your PC case is more than just a box holding your setup together. It’s an asset that’s going to determine how well your PC works in the long run. Moreover, if you’re looking to maximize the performance you can get from a build, you’ll certainly need a good PC case.
This article will mention some of the best PC case brands available in the market and discuss what makes their products stand out from the rest.
Our Favorite PC Case Brands
In an effort to name the best PC case brands on the market, we scoured forums, subreddits, Discord servers and went through an endless number of reviews to get into the details of what makes each of these brands special. The following ten cases are the best on the market and you really can’t go wrong with buying any of them.
NZXT is a brand that has made a name for itself by listening to customer reviews. Every single product in their lineup is better than the last. It’s always nice to see when a company is constantly improving itself to make better products, and NZXT is an example of how far listening to your customers can take you.
Their line of cases isn’t visually different, but they’re one of the most reliable brands on the market. The main benefit of choosing this PC case brand would be its ease of use. NZXT cases are quite beginner-friendly, especially when it comes to cable management. The company has its own patented cable management kits and creates pre-built routes, so it’s easy for even a novice to tuck cables out of sight.
NZXT cases lack airflow, which is why they didn’t have a higher ranking on our list. The fan configuration doesn’t give the case enough exhaust to filter out the hot air, which can toll the performance. However, you can easily get over this minor inconvenience by water-cooling the case.
Long story short, NZXT cases are a combination of simplicity and reliability that is always nice to have.
Lian Li has been around for the better part of the last decade. However, they never got the popularity they deserved.
The cases made by Lian Li used to be excessively expensive, which discouraged a lot of customers back in the old days. But, today, they have diversified their range to include affordable cases as well. This range was enough to bring Lian Li back into the industry as strong contenders for the best PC cases on the market.
Making a build inside a Lian Li case isn’t a simple job by any means. Their cases are bold and the Dynamic case from their lineup is proof of that. This case is built fully from tempered glass. It doesn’t just give you one panel to see through on the side. Instead, the insides are fully visible, and you can see every hinge and corner from every angle. You have to be a pro to manage the cables for Lian Li cases, but once done, they look breathtaking.
MSI is a brand that’s known for practically anything when it comes to the world of PC gaming. They make power supplies, graphic cards, coolers, peripherals, motherboards, and obviously, PC cases. Their cases aren’t as popular as the rest of their hardware. However, they’re extremely underrated and are a great purchase nonetheless.
Their best PC cases are from the GUNGNIR lineup with the best one being the 110R. MSI likes to put a unique touch on their cases. 110R stands out because of the ‘two-faced’ frontal design. Half of the front is MSI’s matte black casing while the other half gives you a peek inside the ARGB fans. Speaking of fans, MSI includes four of their proprietary 120mm fans in their cases which gives it that extra bit of value. Control all of that beautiful RGB with a single insta-light loop button.
Fractal is a name that is often referred to as the best case manufacturer in the gaming industry due to one particular reason; innovation. Fractal tries to do something new with each case in their lineup and the company usually ends up setting trends that the rest of the companies end up following. The best part is that these cases are unbeatable at their affordable price point.
The most popular line of Fractal cases would be the Define series. We absolutely adore the Define 7 that has a huge, glossy black front design giving it a sleek look that no other case can match. To go with the discreet look, Fractal also makes sure that their cases are quiet. Fractal Design adds sound damping modules to their case to make them extremely quiet during extensive gaming sessions.
The name says it all. Be Quiet! cases are made with only one concern in mind; zero noise. All of the products, from fans to coolers to cases, are designed to keep noise to a bare minimum which is something that a lot of gamers like to see. Moreover, less noise doesn’t mean sub-par airflow! Be Quiet still offers amazing airflow and cooling capabilities even with the reduced sound.
One of the flagship products is the BGW03. This case is 25 inches tall and has a clean and dominating look that is unlike any other. The case has a pretty hefty price tag so it’s reserved for the more expensive builds. But, if you can afford it, it’ll be the best part of your entire build.
Silverstone is another case that targets a wider price range by providing amazing cases for both budget and overkill high-end builds. These cases have a pretty unique look as they’re one of the only mainstream manufacturers that have the I/O ports loaded on the front like the old school cases. They do look messy when the ports are plugged in but still offer a clean look out of the box.
The best from the Silverstone lineup would be the FARA R1. It’s a pure black case with a unique blend of matte and glossy black shades. The I/O ports are loaded on the front. The feature that really stands out about the Silverstone FARA R1 would be its spacious interior. It’s roomy enough to house any kind of hardware you could ever think of. The case also features ARGB built-in fans that can be controlled by the RGB button on the front of the case.
Thermaltake is the biggest name in the world of PC cases. The company is well-known for its other hardware, but its cases are out of this world. Their main selling point is that they’re unique. Anything that has the Tt logo will be unlike any case you’ve seen before. They certainly know how to make their products stand out, and this is something they’ve taken decades to perfect.
Their cases are a bit expensive, which is why people tend to stay away from the brand. But, if you have the budget to afford it, you certainly won’t regret it.
For example, take a look at the Thermaltake Tower 900. It’s a spectacular case that is amazing to look at when it comes to the sheer aesthetic. There are no fancy slots, no mounting brackets; there’s nothing that makes it look like a typical case. Instead, the Tower 900 looks more like a mini-fridge on acid.
At the same time, other cases like the Thermaltake S100 are more like your traditional case. This beautiful white chassis is more on the affordable side of the Thermaltake range of products but is still good enough for most budget builds out there. Heading over to the other side is the Thermaltake Core P3, which is less of a case and more of a way to put your hardware on display. This case and all of its variants are completely open frames and have a tremendous amount of natural airflow to keep your hardware cool.
Going back to the type of cases with a unique look, Cooler Master is one of the finest in this regard. These PC cases have different front panels, which make them stand out from the competition. As a result, their cases look futuristic and can be spotted from a mile away. The Cosmos C700M (the name says it all) is a brilliant example showcasing its premium craftsmanship.
One essential part of Cooler Master’s success would be their premium airflow. The company has spent an awful amount of time making PSUs and fans. They have airflow as their expertise, which is clear from every product they launch in the market.
Apart from their flashy cases, they also have functional and straightforward cases like the MasterBox MB511. In addition, their diversified collection ensures that no matter what type of gamer you are and what preferences you have, there is something in the Cooler Master to suit your needs.
Corsair’s vast and impressive catalog of PC cases is a sight to see. Every product they’ve launched is a top-of-the-line case and competes with the best in the world of PC cases.
What makes Corsair unique is that they’re pros across the board, especially when we talk about their prices. The company makes cases for budget and high-end builds, with both of them being of amazing quality.
Corsair visuals are primarily focused on making the cases look clean and sleek. Unfortunately, some manufacturers get lost amidst all the RGB options and overdo it, which ruins their build quality. On the other hand, Corsair knows how to create RGB cases that still look somewhat minimalist. Finding the correct percentage isn’t easy, but it’s something Corsair is almost an expert in.
Phanteks is sort of an underdog of the PC case brand world. Many gamers worldwide ignore Phanteks as a viable PC case, but the products from this company are constantly considered to become the best case of the year.
Phanteks does things a little differently than most people. They don’t focus too much on the visuals, although that doesn’t mean their visuals are bad. Their cases are still quite aesthetically pleasing.
Phanteks cases don’t have a unique look to them as some of the other manufacturers on this list. However, it’s pretty clear from the different configurations that they put all their time into the engineering of the case.
For example, they have some of the best airflows as compared to most brands on the market. On top of that, they go the extra mile by adding noise-damping panels to ensure that your gaming sessions aren’t disturbed by the constant whirring of your fans. This really goes to show Phanteks priorities and how functional their cases are.
There are tons of reliable PC case brands in the market, and we mentioned the best on our list. However, it’s important to note that even if a case is good, it doesn’t guarantee that it’s suitable for you and your requirements.
Therefore, the best course of action is to do extensive research and buy from one of the brands mentioned above. If you pull these two tasks off successfully, you’ll be able to get your hands on a fantastic PC case.