A computer case is the most visible portion of your build - so choose a design you love. There are many options to go with when it comes to a case - from popular pre-configured atx desktop cases designed for most standard builds to those you can custom mod into a gaming PC case. Desktop cases at their core function house & protect the internal components of a build. Because they last for a long while and act as a shield for your components from the outside, choosing a good case is important and will let you carry it over to future builds & upgrades over the years. From elaborate paint jobs to side-windows that let you peer into your setup - cases can be an expression of your style. Choose the right size case for the components you will be installing into it - ATX cases can house larger builds and support both ATX and mATX motherboards. Micro ATX cases only support mATX boards and tend to be smaller than ATX. ITX cases support ITX boards only.
What should I look for when buying a computer case?
These questions will help to find a lot of the answers you'll be looking for. Video cards can get long, so be sure that you can fit the card that you really want, because otherwise you'll have to change either your card or your case. Computer parts aren't the kind of hardware that you can hammer in to make fit; they either fit, or they don't.
What are the basic case sizes out there?
The most popular case form factors for PC builders are ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini ITX. We are proud to feature brands such as Antec, BitFenix, NZXT, Fractal Design, and many more in our selection of personal computer cases.
What features should I look for in a computer case?
Basic features in computer cases to look for are motherboard form factor compatibility, number of hard drive bays, internal space for a video card, as well as room for your cooling systems, whether they are case fans, or CPU liquid cooling. More minimal features that are of interest are the front I/O (USB 2.0 or USB 3.0, 3.5mm Audio, eSATA, etc.), and hard drive installation features such as front 3.5 inch drive bays, and toolless internal drive bays.
What is the right computer case for me?
The kind of system you want to build is a strong determing factor in the type of case you should buy. For a gaming PC, you'll likely want a larger case with plenty of room for at least one video card and a hefty cooling system, so a mid-tower ATX Case is good starting point, the step-up from which would be a full tower ATX computer case, which some could also support E-ATX and larger motherboard sizes. For a standard SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) computer, you could go with a mid-tower, or even a MicroATX or Mini-ITX system, depending on the kind of hardware you want to install. HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) are often used as a entertainment or media hub, so you'll likely want to use a Mini-ITX case to create a discrete system that will look good in your living room. You can also save quite a bit of money if you go with refurbished or used computer towers so if that fits all your needs, that is a good way to proceed.