What is an ATX pc case?
ATX is a form factor for desktop computer cases, motherboards, and power supplies. ATX cases come in differing sizes, but they all are large enough to have a motherboard, at least one video card, and other hardware installed inside. Most ATX cases are able to hold several hard drives, both 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch, as well as at least one 5.25 inch optical drive. Other common features are 3.5 external drive bays, usable for installing hotswappable 3.5inch or 2.5inch drive bays and floppy disk drives, as well as other peripherals.
An ATX computer case is a PC case that complies to the ATX (Advanced Technology Extended) computer tower specifications. This standard was introduced by Intel in 1995 and defines acceptable sizes for motherboards, desktop computer cases, and computer power supplies. Most computer cases fall into the ATX specification, which guarantees that other computer components will be compatible with the ATX computer case you purchase. You'll find that most (if not all) ATX cases are compatible with Micro ATX motherboards as well.
What ATX case should I buy?
There are two major size types among ATX cases and they are mid-tower and full-tower cases. Mid-tower cases are able to used for building gamer systems and enthusiast systems, but full-tower cases are especially suited for these system as they are much larger and will often allow for larger motherboards such as XL-ATX amd E-ATX form factors. With full-tower cases, you'll easily be able to install multiple video cards, a liquid cooling system, storage drives and case fans, as well as other hardware you might want. Mid-tower cases are plenty customizable as well, and are well suited for small office / home office (SOHO) computer systems as well as Home Theater PCs (HTPC).
What is the best ATX case for me?
You want a case that will fit your budget and is compatible with the hardware you want to install, but you also a bit of style, a bit of flair. You'll be able to find that in here. With cases featuring toolless drive bays, liquid-cooling support, side windows, included LED fans, as well as your standard hardware such as ATX motherboards and PSUs, 5.25 inch, 3.5 inch, and 2.5 inch drive bays, USB 3.0 front I/O ports and more you get a great selection that can probably fill everything you're looking for a case.
What features are needed for a workstation PC?
Workstation PCs can vary about as much as any other type of system, as what really matters is how the system is going to be used. If it's for standard office use and database access, then there's little need for it to be cutting-edge in terms of processing and graphics hardware. As this applies to cases, you'll be looking for something like a windowless ATX case with 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch drive bays for HDDs or SSDs, and 2 to 3x 5.25 inch drive bays for an optical drive and possibly some other peripheral hardware such as a flash memory card reader or eSATA ports. A case that comes with a power supply and a couple of 120mm-140mm fans will help get you started even easier. However, if you're looking to build a system that is used for multi-media editing, especially 3D and video, we highly recommend purchasing a quality PSU along with your case, as well as extra fans and a CPU liquid-cooling system. This is your money-maker, so you'll want your hardware to stay cool and efficient. Easy to use cable management inside you case will help tremendously when you have any maintenance to perform. You'll definitely want to have plenty of clearance for at least one video card, likely more. Fortunately, most of these cases are capable of holding more than one discrete GPU.
What is a mid-tower case?
Mid-tower (or middle tower) cases are the most common cases in the desktop realm. These cases are most often rectangular and rise like a tower if you're looking at them head on (hence the word tower). These cases come in many designs, colors, and features - such as side windows, built-in fans, lighting, etc.
What is a full-tower case?
A full-tower or super tower case is much larger than standard mid-tower models. These cases are popular among server builds, gamers, and people who want more space for either installing additional hardware, getting better airflow, and/or just like the look of it. Sometimes you may be required to go full-tower because your motherboard or graphics card simply won't fit in a smaller form factor case (such as E-ATX, XL-ATX or HPTX motherboards).
What are custom pc cases good for?
Custom PC cases are modded versions of standard or traditional cases. With a custom pc case you either choose to have the looks and functionality of a case changed for you or you do it yourself using modding tools and design templates. A custom modded case has elements in it to be unique to you - whether it be the external or internal look, functionality, style / configuration, or whatever else you choose to change. We sell a lot of base cases that you can cut windows out of, attach custom fan sizes, and modify as you please. You can also modify your case using case lighting and watercooling components to make your rig look exactly the way you want it to.
What to look for in an ATX Case?
A high quality ATX computer case will meet your needs in three key areas, size, cooling, and looks.
When you purchase your ATX computer case, you'll want to consider the size of the case. ATX full-tower cases can be very large, and very heavy. Most people will want to purchase an ATX mid tower case, which is a little bit smaller. More important than the size of the PC case's exterior however, is the size of your desktop tower case's interior. If you're planning on installing large graphics cards the ATX computer case will have to be wide enough to accommodate it, if you'd like to use a tall CPU heatsink/fan the mid-tower or full-tower computer case must be deep enough to support it.
Your ATX computer case is responsible for controlling the ambient temperature of your PC. It's important to choose a case with adequate cooling for your needs. Users who keep their desktop tower in a hot area or who live in a hotter part of the world will need an ATX PC case with more case fans and better air flow.
An ATX PC case is the face of your computer since it's all you really see when you look at your machine. ATX computer cases can be basic and simple, or you can buy a ATX gaming case with cool LED lighting and see through side panels. Your PC case choice certainly depends on your personality, but, if the cooler looking PC games cases look good to you, it's definitly worth while to make the extra investment and get a PC case you'll be proud of.