You finally have picked all the parts you want to put in your brand new gaming build, but all you need is a case. Or you already bought a case and realize it isn’t the right size.
Or maybe you are questioning the decisions you have made and asking questions like, “Is this really the best choice I could’ve made?”
As PC gaming continues to grow so does the knowledge of gamers and many people find themselves building their own custom computers.
PC gaming cases come in all shapes and sizes, colors, looks, and with fans included in some!
So what is the best case for a gaming PC in 2019?
The Size Matters
The size of your computer case is crucial and depending on how big your inner PC components are will determine which size you should get.
I’ve had a friend get a new graphics card before, but when they went to install the GPU it wouldn’t fit in the computers case, so they had to remove the entire side panel of the case and buy a new case just to get it to fit.
ATX standard is the most common standard in motherboards as of now and it stands for Advanced Technology Extended.
When you are looking at different computer cases they will usually tell you what size of motherboards they can fit.
Always check the specifications of a case to see what kind of motherboards it can fit. The most common motherboard size is ATX.
So for example, if the motherboard is an ATX size and there is a case you are interested in, always read what motherboards can fit into it within the description of the product.
It really depends on the manufacturer of the case, but most mid and full size cases can fit an ATX motherboard.
If the motherboard is a micro-ATX it will most likely fit in a micro case, but never second guess, ALWAYS read the supported motherboards for the case. Always better to be safe than sorry!
The same applies to the fans, graphics cards, and radiators as well. Always check the size of the components and see what sizes the case supports.
For example, if a case supports 360mm, 280mm, 240mm, and 120mm radiators and you have a 240mm radiator, then the case supports it!
If your GTX 1070 is 266.7mm in length and the gaming case supports up to 370mm GPUs in length, then it fits!
A very useful site for planning and seeing if your build is compatible or not is PCPARTPICKER.
Be sure that the case itself fits wherever you plan on placing it as well. Like if you want to place it on top of a small table be sure the dimensions of the case are small enough for the table.
I recommend placing your case at least 1 foot off the ground like I do to reduce dust build up.
Too Cool or Too Hot? – Just Let Me Breathe!
A lot of PC cases you buy these days come with fans included. Be sure there are going to be enough fans for your computer to keep it cool.
Always check how many fans the case supports and make sure the case has enough room for airflow so it can breathe.
Try to get a minimum of 3 fans and if your computer is more powerful the more fans it will likely need. I personally think it’s best to max out on fans because heat is a big enemy for electronics.
The cooler your computer is the longer it will usually last and the better it will run.
Now I’m not going to get into the big debate of how your input and output fans should be in your case, but a general rule of thumb is to have the front and bottom as intakes and the top and back as exhausts.
If your case doesn’t come with fans you can always buy some, but make sure the size of the fans are supported with the dimensions of the case. The fans should be good quality as well.
I personally don’t mind if my computer sounds like a jet taking off… okay maybe a little… So be sure to read the reviews because some fans are louder than others.
Some cases come with removable dust filters which are also useful for keeping your temperatures down because dust build up insulates the computer.
I recommend getting a case with a removable dust filter if you want to get the best out of gaming. The kind of computer case you buy can greatly affect the cooling and is extremely important!
Do You Even Lift?
Your gaming computer case should be a shield protecting your computers hardware guts. Getting a low quality computer case can lead to drastic consequences.
A poorly made computer case won’t support a gaming GPU and the force of the GPUs weight will all shift to the circuit holding it and cause bending or even cracking.
So be sure your case is strong enough to mount a GPU to it and support all the components in it.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
So the case looks great, but is it really all that it looks to be? Now I’m not saying to ignore how your case looks and to just focus on the quality, but to prioritize the quality over looks!
Don’t purchase a case that’s going to break or not be able to hold any of the components without doing significant damage to them.
If you are looking for an awesome looking case that’s fine, just make sure it’s high quality as well. Normally the reviews say a lot about the products quality, but be careful when reading the reviews.
Sometimes people post fake reviews or they aren’t very knowledgeable about the product and give it a bad review.
Telling if a review is fake or not usually just takes a little of common sense. Ask yourself questions like: How many reviews has this person written on the site?
Do they only write five-star reviews? Does the review sound like it came from the company itself? Does it sound too good to be true? Questions like that are good to keep in mind.
There are even some sites where you can paste the URL of supported website products and it will use artificial intelligence (AI) to determine whether the reviews are fake like the site FAKESPOT.
The Case Has Been Closed!
The best gaming PC case size in 2019 is really whatever case suits your needs. Always check the supported motherboards and other components like the GPU to see if it will fit in your case.
The case you are looking at will most likely tell you all the specifications and within these specifications are the dimensions of all the compatible components the case supports.
Remember, there are really useful sites out there to help you check with compatibility, but even after checking I would still manually check the specifications of the hardware to be sure the dimensions are in line with the case itself.
Some cases include fans with them, be sure that your case is one that is able to breath and support enough fans and cooling to keep your parts cool.
Not only are fans important, but the airflow of the case itself. You wouldn’t want the heat to affect your gaming!
The strength and quality of a case matters as well. No matter how awesome a case looks be sure that it has good reviews and that it’s strong enough to hold components.
You wouldn’t want a case to support a modern GPU on plastic or it will most likely cause cracks in the circuit board.
Once you determine all these previous factors then you can decide which cases look great and not only will it look fantastic, but it will be compatible and high quality as well, which is the very definition of the best gaming PC case!
As always I appreciate your time reading my thoughts related to modern PC gaming and if you have any comments to add be my guest!
Wishing you the best in PC gaming!