If you plan to build your own gaming computer, choosing the right case for it is a very important decision, after all the case is what holds and protects all of your valuable hardware, not to mention it also determines how many fans you’ll have, the airflow, what hardware can fit inside, and much more.
In this article I’ll list some of the more important things to remember when deciding what case you’ll be using for your gaming computer.
The material your case is made out of can make a big difference on both durability and cooling.
For example, an aluminum case can help to keep your hardware cool, but aluminum cases are also often less durable than their steel counterparts.
You may also run into cases that make extensive use of plastics. Plastic cases are often hit and miss, so don’t be surprised if you buy a mostly plastic case and find out later it fell apart after opening it up.
Number of fans
Depending on your cooling needs and what hardware you plan on putting in your case, you may need quite a few fans, or only just a few.
You’ll not only want to pay attention to how many fans a case can hold before you buy it, but also the size of the fans. If the case can hold bigger fans you may find that you need fewer to keep your hardware cool.
Different cases will have different airflows depending on the shape of the case, fan placement and if there’s any parts of the case that may disrupt airflow.
It’s not uncommon to find a case that has the hard drive cage not only unable to benefit from the airflow, but also obstructing it and keeping it from flowing freely over your other hardware.
If possible, you may want to look up reviews on the case your looking at to see if anyone else have experienced any airflow issues before you buy it.
The size of your case is very important, because obviously you wouldn’t want a huge case if you plan on carrying it around a lot, now would you? Likewise, you wouldn’t want one that’s too small for your hardware, either.
There are also some cases that are incredibly small (Sometimes also with a handle) and are often intended to be for people that take their gaming computer to LAN parties or tournaments a lot. If this interests you, then you’ll need to find smaller hardware to accommodate such a small form factor.
Of course since this is a gaming case, you’ll want it to look cool, right? Or maybe you’re the more conservative type, and would like your case to match your personality?
There are hundreds of different looks to choose from, whether it’s a giant flashy case with a window and bright lights, or a plain, low-profile aluminum case.
The world of computer cases is in no short supply of different looks to choose from.