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The best PC cases 2022: top computer housing for your new build

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Invest in one of the best PC cases when building your own PC. After all, a case has to keep everything inside safe and running optimally, something that’s especially true with more powerful builds. You don’t want to have to replace an expensive GPU because the PC case you invested in does a bad job of keeping out cat hair, dust, and other debris that may linger around your desk space.

That PC you're building must be protected from the elements. But, it must be protected from heat as well. All those components inside – motherboard, processor, graphics card or RAM – generate heat, particularly when running demanding tasks, and the last thing you want is your PC to experience thermal throttling or get damaged from being too hot. Quality PC cases prioritize airflow to keep those expensive internals cool. So, while there may be some nice looking cases with RGB lighting and a glass side panel, if the cooling isn’t up to par, it’s not worth the investment.

Whether that computer is for creative projects or a gaming PC, you need to put some thought into the kind of case you use. While there are a lot of options out there, we can help you narrow down the choices to find something that works for you. While many have not gone through an official review process here, we’ve built plenty of PCs ourselves and know what to look for when it comes to PC cases.

Take a look at our collection of the best PC cases below. It's time you can get started on building your PC, and properly house and protect those vital components.

The best PC cases 2022

best PC case Corsair iCUE RGB 5000x at an angle on a white background

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The best PC case overall

Specifications

Form factor: Mid-tower
Dimensions: 520mm x 245mm x 520mm (L x W x H; 20.47 x 9.65 x 20.47 inches)
Mobo compatibility: ATX
PSU support: Bottom mount
I/O: (1x) USB 3.1 Type C, (2x) USB 3.0, (1x) Audio in/out

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly stylish and open design
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Great out-of-the-box airflow

Reasons to avoid

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Attaching and removing most removable internal pieces is frustrating

A hulking glass beast is what you’re getting with the Corsair iCue RGB 5000X whose offerings include good cooling – thanks in large part to its mesh coverings around the top and bottom panels, a lot of space for efficient building, and three Corsair RGB fans. And, it delivers all those while looking incredibly sleek, albeit massive. It might be a bit pricey for some folks, but for those whose top priorities include airflow and space, it’s worth the price.

Read the full review: Corsair iCue RGB 5000X

best PC case Fractal Design Meshify-C at an angle on a white background

2. Fractal Design Meshify-C

The best mid-tower PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mid-tower
Dimensions: 395 x 212 x 440mm (L x W x H; 15.6 x 8.3 x 17.3)
PSU support: ATX
I/O: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HD audio in/out, power button, reset button
Includes: 2 x Dynamic X2 GP-12

Reasons to buy

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Freshly designed in multiple ways
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Reasonable price

Reasons to avoid

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USB 3.0 cable is too short Front
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PSU dust filter is hard to remove

It is extremely rare to see any PC case that even vaguely resembles the Fractal Design Meshify-C. Given that the front of the case is entirely made of a mesh material sectioned off into an array of polygonal shapes, the Meshify-C has a unique style – without compromising on function. With two fans pre-installed, cooling is (forgive us) a breeze, even if the Meshify-C is held back by a number of obstacles. 

best PC case Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 at an angle on a white background

3. Nanoxia Deep Silence 4

The best Micro ATX PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Small form factor
Dimensions: 380 x 200 x 480mm (W x H x D; 15 x 7.9 x 18.9 inches)
PSU support: ATX
I/O: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HD audio in/out, power button, reset button, two-channel fan control
Includes: 2 x 120mm fans, 2 x modular HDD cages for up to five hard drives

Reasons to buy

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Low-noise
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Onboard dual-zone fan controls

Reasons to avoid

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 Not many extras 

As its name suggests, the Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 has the sole purpose of being quiet as a mouse. This silence-focused case is a well-balanced Micro ATX chassis that’s affordably priced, without sacrificing room for expansion. That’s right you can fit even the biggest, most powerful graphics cards in the Nanoxia Deep Silence 4. The fact that you will never hear it go above 30 decibels is just icing on the very taciturn cake. 

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Phanteks Evolv Shift X. 

best PC case NZXT H200i at an angle on a white background

4. NZXT H200i

The best Mini-ITX case

Specifications

Form factor: Small form factor
Dimensions: 210 x 349 x 372mm (8.3 x 13.7 x 14.6)
Mobo compatibility: Mini-ITX
PSU support: ATX
I/O: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x audio/mic, 3 x fan channels with max 10W per channel output, 1 x RGB LED port support up to 4 x HUE + LED strips or 5 x Aer RGB fans
Includes: 1 x Aer F120 Case Version top fan, 1 x Aer F120 Case Version rear fan

Reasons to buy

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Built-in Smart Device RGB control
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Adaptive noise reduction

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly pricey

Every single day mini-ITX gets more popular, and closer to toppling Micro ATX. And, it makes sense – why not spring for a small computer that can get just as much work done as a full tower? NZXT’s new H-series case line manages to integrate a ton of the same features as its Micro ATX and mid-tower equivalents, with mesmerizing, built-in and smart device-controlled RGB lighting and an adaptive noise sensor that sees improvement only by way of the Grid+ V3 fan controller.

best PC case Phanteks Evolv Shift X at an angle on a white background

5. Phanteks Evolv Shift X

The best home theater PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Small form factor
Dimensions: 170 x 650 x 274mm (W x H x D; 6.7 x 26.1 x 10.8 inches)
Mobo compatibility: Mini-ITX
PSU support: SFX, SFX-L, ATX (160mm max)
I/O: 2 x USB 3.0, power button, RGB button
Includes: 2 x 140mm fan, 1 x power supply cover, 1 x pump bracket, 2 x SSD bracket, 1 x PCIe x16 Riser cable, 1 x 8-pin CPU extension cable

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of room for beefy components
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One-of-a-kind aesthetic

Reasons to avoid

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 Massive for Mini-ITX

When you first look at the Phanteks Evolv Shift X, it looks more like a sound bar than one of the best PC cases, but this helps it vanish into any living area or studio setup. It’s flexible to the point that it looks natural placed under a TV as it does on a desk, next to one of the best gaming monitors. It may only be compatible with a Mini-ITX motherboard, but the Phanteks Evolv Shift X offers tons of space for components and liquid cooling loops. If this case is  a little large for your preference, you can get the smaller Phanteks Evolv Shift for easier management.

best PC case Fractal Design Define R5 at an angle on a white background

6. Fractal Design Define R5

The best silent PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mid-tower
Dimensions: 232 x 451 x 521mm (W x H x D; 232 x 451 x 521 inches)
PSU support: ATX
I/O: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, audio in/out, power button with LED, HDD activity LED, reset button
Includes: 2 x Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans, velcro straps

Reasons to buy

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User-friendly (and handsome) design
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 Affordable price

Reasons to avoid

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 Definitely not tool-less

Fractal Design wins again with the Define R5, yet another mid-tower case with a gorgeous aesthetic. The metallic and blue LED-lit face of this case is simple, yet elegant, and is accompanied by noise dampening materials throughout its interior. In spite of the detachable ModuVent panels and drive trays not being toolessly accessible, it’s incredibly easy to build a system inside of the Fractal Design Define R5, plus it’s not as expense as you’d expect from a PC case with such a pretentious name, either.  

best PC case Cooler Master H500P Mesh at an angle on a white background

7. Cooler Master H500P Mesh

The best high airflow case

Specifications

Form factor: Full-tower
Dimensions: 544 x 242 x 542mm (L x W x H; 21.4 x 9.5 x 21.3 inches)
Mobo compatibility: Mini-ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX (12 x 10.7 inches)
PSU support: Bottom mount, ATX PS2
I/O: USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0 x2, Audio in & out (supports HD audio)
Includes: 2x 200 x 25mm RGB fan, 1x 140 x 25mm fan

Reasons to buy

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Great airflow
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Gorgeous RGB lighting

Reasons to avoid

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Not as big as other full towers

Cooler Master is kind of known for, well, cooling things – and the Cooler Master H500P Mesh is evidence of how it got there. This beautiful RGB-packed case has plenty of room for airflow, even accommodating up to 360mm radiators on the top and front for when you really want to take your cooling to the next level. Add on top of that the RGB lighting and tempered glass side panel and you have the potential to build something beautiful with this case. Go for it.

best PC case Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered Glass at an angle on a white background

8. Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered Glass

The best budget PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mid-tower
Dimensions: 492 x 201 x 433mm (L x W x H; 19.4 x 7.9 x 17 inches)
PSU support: ATX
I/O: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x headphone port, 1 x microphone port, power on button, reset button
Includes: 1 x 120mm LED front fan

Reasons to buy

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 Attractive price 
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 Very aesthetic 

Reasons to avoid

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 Only includes 1 case fan 

If you’re looking to save a few bucks, while still getting one of the best PC cases, look no further than the Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered Glass. Not only does it have plenty of space for airflow, it also has a deceptively large amount of space for future expansion, meaning that even at this low price point, you won’t have to worry about fitting a full-sized graphics card. And, when you’re done building, the tempered glass side panel will allow you to show off your handiwork. 

best PC case Antec Cube at an angle on a white background

9. Antec Cube

The best PC cube case

Specifications

Form factor: Small form factor
Dimensions: 365 x 250 x 460mm (H x W x D; 14.4 x 9.8 x 18.1 inches)
PSU support: ATX
I/O: 2 x USB 3.0, I/O button, audio in/out
Includes: 1 x 120mm rear exhaust fan mount

Reasons to buy

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Ample space for power and cooling
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Integrated fan controller

Reasons to avoid

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Wildly expensive
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Less than satisfactory performance

The Antec Cube is without a doubt the best PC case for you Razer fans out there. While Razer hasn’t made its own desktop PC (not yet, anyway), you can build a Mini-ITX gaming PC, pretending it’s a razer product. You see, Antec partnered with Razer to bring its signature green-infused flare to the Cube, a small form-factor chassis. Complete with a deceptively high amount of space for future expansion, the Antec Cube is also compact enough to travel with. 

best PC case Thermaltake Core W200 against a white background

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10. Thermaltake Core W200

For a fully kitted-out setup, and then some

Specifications

Form factor: Super Tower
Dimensions: 677 x 475 x 678 mm (26.7 x 18.7 x 26.7 inch)
PSU support: Standard PS2 PSU x 2 (optional)
I/O: USB 3.0 x 8, HD Audio x 2
Includes: Transparent Window, 10 expansion slots

Reasons to buy

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Can house a ton of stuff
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Very customizable

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap

The Thermaltake Core W200 might not be the cheapest, but it may just be what you need if you need a piece of kit with all the necessary (and some perhaps frivolous) trimmings while still having more than enough room to expand in the future. This super tower has room for more than twenty drive trays and up to ten expansion slots – more than enough to technically have two PCs in it. And, if that doesn’t seem versatile enough for you, it also has a dismantlable modular design boasting removable drive racks and freely interchangeable SSD/HDD cage sections. All that comes at a (steep) price, but it’s well worth it if it’s exactly what you need.

Which case is best for a gaming PC?

Honestly, pretty much any case on this list is going to be an excellent pick for a gaming PC. But you should consider what you're going for with your build, whether you want a ton of RGB flair like the Corsair iCue RGB 5000X, a lot of airflow like the Cooler Master H500P Mesh or something small and portable like the Antec Cube.

The best part of picking a PC case, like with anything in PC gaming is that you have so many choices that will be absolutely amazing.

What is the best airflow PC case?

If you only care about keeping your PC components cool without investing in pricey and complicated liquid cooling setups, the Cooler Master H500P Mesh should be at the top of your list. Plenty of open space, and more room for fans than many other mid-tower PC cases, and it looks good to boot. 

What is the most overkill PC case?

In the world of PC gaming, we all love going above and beyond what anyone could reasonably need in a gaming rig, and that all starts with the PC case. Cases like the Corsair Obsidian 1000D, which can fit two whole PC builds are exactly what to look out for when looking for an overkill PC case.