It is finally that time, you have saved enough money and you are going to build a computer of your own. But you might feel a bit confused as to what kind of build do you want to go for. The first thing that a person needs to buy when they are building a computer, has to be the casing. There are different PC case sizes available to choose from though.
Which size should you go for? Does size matter when it comes to PC Casing? It all boils down to your preference though. Are you aiming to go for a small form factor? Or you want the perks of a full tower case? Maybe you will be satisfied with a mid-tower case since it is the choice of most people.
There are basically 3 types of PC cases you can choose from, there are others, but they are variations of these. Let us go through each with a little detail.
This is the largest case available in the market for you to buy. There are also some cases called the ultra-tower or super-tower cases. But they are just a bit larger full-tower cases. A full tower case can house the biggest radiators, fans, and components.
Basically, you can fit the largest CPU coolers, full-sized GPU, an ATX motherboard, or larger. So there are no limitations to what you can do with a full-tower case. Cases like the Cooler Master Cosmos C700P and the Phanteks Enthoo Pro are some examples of full-tower cases available.
People usually opt for a full tower case when they do not want to be constraint by space. They want to install a full ATX board that has the largest number of expansion slots in it. They want to run a dual-GPU setup in SLI or Crossfire with either Nvidia or AMD.
They also do not want to compromise on the thermals and want to install the biggest CPU coolers. They want a custom water loop for cooling their GPUs, and CPU. They want to mount full-size radiators for that custom water loop on the top, the front, and the bottom of their case.
These are some of the things that are in the mind of people when they purchase a full-tower case. These are great for enthusiasts who upgrade often and do quite a lot of custom jobs for showing off.
The most common type of case has to be a mid-tower case. Most mid-towers can house an ATX or micro ATX motherboard without any issues. It can also house a single and at times a dual GPU setup as well. Though that depends totally on the case and the motherboard, whether it can fit in two GPUs or not.
Mid-tower case is most common for two reasons, one it does not bear any clearance problems. Or at least most of these do not have any clearance issues. Secondly, they are not as large as a full-tower case so they take less space.
Other than that most people are content with the setup they can build in such a case. That is why it is the most common PC case size amongst all kinds of users. Whether you want something for gaming or you are building a working system, mid-tower cases are perfect for both.
Some of the most famous examples of the mid-tower cases have to be the NZXT H710i and the Lian Li O11 Dynamic. Both of these cases have great options for mounting radiators and the tempered glass is great for showing off your build.
Micro ATX and Mini ITX Cases
Often referred to as the small form factor cases, these can be as small as a modern-day gaming console. But it can house parts that can make it a beast of a gaming rig. Micro ATX is a bit larger than mini ITX, and mini ITX is the true small form factor case.
Micro ATX can house plenty of cooling solutions like water coolers and larger sized CPU fan coolers. While mini ITX is severely limited due to its small size. You require very precise measurements for mini ITX builds, while micro ATX gives you a little bit of relaxation.
Some famous examples of micro ATX cases have to be the Corsair Crystal 280X and NZXT H400i. Both of them have plenty of room to install a 2 fan GPU without any clearance issues. The Corsair Crystal 280x even has a double compartmentalized solution for PSU, drive mounts, and cable management. It is one of our personal favorite micro ATX cases.
Whilst in the case of mini ITX cases, they are so small form factor, sometimes you can barely fit in one GPU in it. There are some specific GPUs made with mini ITX in mind, like the Gigabyte RTX 2070 8G ITX. It has just one fan but enough firepower to run any game at high settings without issues.
Though it will require some precise clearance measurements, you can fit in a GPU, an SFX PSU, and a low profile CPU cooler. You cannot fit in a will require some techniques for custom water loops.
Another micro ATX and mini ITX case used by people who have issues with fitting components is a cube case. These are cubes, small in size but due to the dimensions they can fit in most build in them easily.
These cases are usually modular so you can fit in things in them as you wish and compartmentalize different components for better airflow. A few good examples of cube cases have to be the Cooler Master H100 and the Thermaltake Core V21.