If you are confused about what computer case to choose, you are not alone. This is a decision that many builders contemplate and struggle with, even if they have experience in building computers.
So if you are hesitant to start building because you are worried about this particular problem, you shouldn’t give up just yet. The right chassis is out there waiting to be discovered.
It just takes some time because choosing a computer case takes patience and a lot of research.
The first thing to consider before buying a computer case is your budget. Seeing as you will be spending on your internal components, would a case come after or before you have your components?
In any case, there are three price points when it comes to computer cases: Budgeted ($20 - $60), Mid-range ($60 - $150), and high-end ($150 and up). What are the differences between the three and will it affect your building?
Budgeted Case Pros and Cons
- Typically rectangular in shape, no variation in design
- Some have special features to help fit your components and manage cables
- Very plain, but also functional
Budget cases are best for those just dabbling in building or those who have no plans in expanding their components. This is a case normally used in offices and homes that use computers just for its basic uses.
Mid-Range Case Pros and Cons
- More variation in design and construction
- Offers more unique features such as soundproofing, wire routing, and extra connecting ports
- Cases have a different mix of features
- Some mid-range cases may lack features you want and need
- More difficult to choose from
- More thought needed before purchasing
- Comparing one brand from another is a must
Mid-range cases work best with builders who know more about the specific features they need for their setup. There are a number of brands that offer computer cases at this price point, meaning that it will take more research until you finally decide which one will work best for you.
Going for a well-known brand like Cooler Master is a great place to start off your search.
High-End Case Pros and Cons
- Naturally more expensive
- Can hold every component you want
- Expansion is not an issue
- Design might not be functional
- Cooling ability is unmatched
- May be too big to fit on a desk
- More complicated to use
High-end or expensive chassis are usually those that belong in a museum. Manufacturers tend to overdo it with their designs so that functionality is hindered.
This is a computer case that is best for experts and gamers who plan on expanding and expanding their internal components. These cases are also well-equipped with cooling and soundproofing, making it an ideal computer case for those who use their computers for days on end without shutting down.
Considering the Space
Now that you know a little bit more about the different price points of computer cases, another factor to consider when choosing a computer case is the space you have. If you have a limited space like a simple work desk, it is best to stick to the smaller or mid-range cases, seeing as anything bigger will not fit in your working space.
A small space with ill-equipped ventilation can cause your computer to overheat and also make it uncomfortable for you as the temperature rises. Remember that computers tend to produce a lot of heat, especially those with a number of components that are frequently used.
Just imagine your working space and see how big of a computer case fits without compromising your comfort and its functionality.
It would also be advisable to keep your PC in a place that will not restrict its airflow. Putting a fully-equipped computer case on top of a crowded desk can affect its function and may even lead to damage.
Make sure that the fans are not blocked and can release the hot air inside of the case properly.
Know When to Expand
Do not put a lot of strain on your chassis by expanding beyond its capacity. If you want to continue expanding, it is better to invest in a case with more expansion slots.
Do not take upgrading for granted because you might end up losing valuable data on your hard drive and motherboards if you don’t upgrade your case accordingly.