Best PC Gaming Cases and Desktop Towers 2016

A good gaming case is the chassis for your expensive PC components. In the past I've used quite a few models that simply didn't live up to expectations. I've used several others that exceeded them.

Overall, I think it's a good idea to spend a little bit more on your case for longevity, but not too much where it affects the money you can put towards your PC. Whether you're new to PC building or it's just been a while here's a few good gaming cases to keep your eye on in 2016.

Best Budget Full Tower Case

Phanteks Enthoo Pro

If you've got a lot to store in your PC, I highly recommend you check out the Phanteks Enthoo Pro tower. It's super cheap for everything that it includes and is a great value at just under $100.

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Thermaltake Level 10 Aluminum ATX Super Full Tower Gaming Station Computer Case VL30001N1Z From the Manufacturer: Smart-lock Security System - the system allows gamers to lock the tower enabling them to secure their valuable components.Manufacturer's Technical Details: Open Compartment Architecture, 6 removable hard drive cases for 3.5" HDD or 2.5" SDD, ergonomically positioned handle, Smart-lock Security SystemFrom the Manufacturer: Open Compartment Architecture enables the gamer a unique way to experience the power of the high performance equipment and increases the usabilityFrom the Manufacturer: Integrated with 6 removable hard drive cases for 3.5" HDD or 2.5" Solid Disk Drives (SSD).
Thermaltake Level 10 Aluminum ATX Super Full Tower Gaming Station Computer Case VL30001N1Z
Thermaltake Level 10 Aluminum ATX Super Full Tower Gaming Station Computer Case VL30001N1Z
From the Manufacturer: Smart-lock Security System - the system allows gamers to lock the tower enabling them to secure their valuable components.
From the Manufacturer: Smart-lock Security System - the system allows gamers to lock the tower enabling them to secure their valuable components.
Manufacturer's Technical Details: Open Compartment Architecture, 6 removable hard drive cases for 3.5" HDD or 2.5" SDD, ergonomically positioned handle, Smart-lock Security System
Manufacturer's Technical Details: Open Compartment Architecture, 6 removable hard drive cases for 3.5" HDD or 2.5" SDD, ergonomically positioned handle, Smart-lock Security System
From the Manufacturer: Open Compartment Architecture enables the gamer a unique way to experience the power of the high performance equipment and increases the usability
From the Manufacturer: Open Compartment Architecture enables the gamer a unique way to experience the power of the high performance equipment and increases the usability
From the Manufacturer: Integrated with 6 removable hard drive cases for 3.5" HDD or 2.5" Solid Disk Drives (SSD).
From the Manufacturer: Integrated with 6 removable hard drive cases for 3.5" HDD or 2.5" Solid Disk Drives (SSD).

Cooling Computer Cases

Gamers know that proper ventilation and cooling is essential to keeping their PC running for long hours and within their safe operating temperature limits. Overheated components fail early and gaming rigs that run too hot lose performance and even freeze up from time to time. Beyond what cooling system and case you use external factors like dust and improper installation of fans and cables lead to poor air flow and inefficient heat distribution.

Cooling Options:

Most computers are simply air cooled through a basic fan ventilation system. Extreme cooling can consist of water cooling and in special circumstances can include liquid nitrogen and even helium elements. Gamers are constantly on the look out for better methods and cases that allow for better cooling to keep their hardware running at optimal levels and performance. Obviously the more cooling options within your case, the more you could expect to pay. Since All cases are designed for some level of cooling we'll feature a wide variety of cooling options for gamers of all budget levels.

Cooling Tips:

Ideally when looking for a cooling case you should get one that is made out of aluminum. Aluminum conducts heat better than steal and therefore dissipates the heat from inside your computer in a more efficient manner.

Budget Cooling Case

If you are on a budget, then consider the Cooler-Master Haf X gaming case.

Manufacturer's Technical Details:

  • Features -
  • SATA Dock for easy installation without the need of removing side panel.
  • USB 3.0 on front I/O panel.
  • Air duct to cool the latest graphic cards.
  • Up to 1 x 230 mm red LED fan and 3 x 200 mm fans.

What Consumers are saying about the Cooler-Master Haf X Gaming Case:

"This is HUGE case, so if you don't have room you should think twice... but if you do, it's a great case. It comes stock with 4 fans, which is just fine... but I added one to the graphics card air duct, and one to the top (comes with one 200mm fan on top, I added the optional 200mm). The cable management is very well thought out, with routes throughout that you can use to tuck away all those cables. I used the power supply partition and it was very helpful in hiding my cables. I also used the GPU holder since I am using two pretty heavy video cards. These little extras really make the case worth the money, and help you to build a better system."

If the Cooler-Mast HafX is still out of your price range or a little bit big for your needs, then consider the Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF Mid-tower case.

Custom Gaming Cases

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CSX CX-830RDFM-01-GP Red Flaming Skulls Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Side Side Window ViewCSX CX-830DRGN-01-GP Green Dragon Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Side ViewCSX CX-830SPTN-01-GP Spartan V1 Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Closeup Front ViewCSX CX-830DSPD-01-GP Desperado Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Top View (High Ventilation openings)CSX CX-1000BRDL-01-GP Broodling Cosmos Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Front View
CSX CX-830RDFM-01-GP Red Flaming Skulls Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Side Side Window View
CSX CX-830RDFM-01-GP Red Flaming Skulls Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Side Side Window View
CSX CX-830DRGN-01-GP Green Dragon Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Side View
CSX CX-830DRGN-01-GP Green Dragon Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Side View
CSX CX-830SPTN-01-GP Spartan V1 Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Closeup Front View
CSX CX-830SPTN-01-GP Spartan V1 Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Closeup Front View
CSX CX-830DSPD-01-GP Desperado Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Top View (High Ventilation openings)
CSX CX-830DSPD-01-GP Desperado Stacker Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Top View (High Ventilation openings)
CSX CX-1000BRDL-01-GP Broodling Cosmos Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Front View
CSX CX-1000BRDL-01-GP Broodling Cosmos Full Tower Case - Limited Edition: Front View

Custom Cases for Extreme Gamers - Limited Edition

Although reviewing each individual gaming case goes beyond the scope of this hub, we wanted to provide you with some of the most extreme custom gaming cases coming out in 2011.

Limited Edition Custom Cases for Extreme Gamers:

Each of these limited edition cases include the following:

  • Custom Paint: Custom hand air-brush automotive grade paint Wax-able surface Incredible warranty
  • Front panel opens to the left or to the right for easy access
  • Supports up to nine 5.25" drives Multi-Positioning for the 4-in-3 Aluminum device modules
  • Exclusive fan frame design provides easy screw-less assembly Side-opening design for remove 5.25" shield easily Superior Airflow
  • Accommodates up to nine 120mm fans High ventilation openings on the top

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For those looking for more gaming case options you can see our hub on the best gaming cases for 2016.

© 2011 brandonhart100

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