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While there’s undoubtedly a great convenience to being able to easily buy anything you need ready-made online, the rise of DIY websites has proven that there’s a value to, well, doing it yourself. The advantages are plentiful. For one, anyone who has ever built anything, even something as simple as a Lego house, can attest to the simple satisfaction of having a tangible accomplishment. Also, building something yourself allows you to customize it to your exact taste. If you’re a serious PC gamer, chances are you’ve considered building your own PC.
There are a whole lot of guides on the “how,” but we wanted to give a brief guide on the “what.” It’s the inside that’s the most important, but the outer casing is crucial as well. To find the right case, you need to ensure that there’s enough space for all the components, and it should have a good fan for ventilation. It also doesn’t hurt if the case itself looks cool. Here are our picks.
1. NZXT Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case
The sleek tempered glass panel of the NZXT case allows you to appreciate your handiwork and show it off. The cable management system makes it easy to neatly organize the components, and there’s space for installing additional fans if need be.
Pros: Sleek design.
Cons: Glass panel can be difficult to work with.
2. Rosewill ATX Full Tower Gaming PC Computer Case
The ATX Full Tower case by Rosewill is an excellent buy for the money. Not only does it come with plenty of room for HDD or SSD storage options, but it comes with a setup that allows for a top or bottom mounted power supply. We love the ease of customization on this one for the price, and always greatly appreciate the dust filter which is extremely easy to clean.
Pros: Large size case with ability to top or bottom mount the power supply. Easy-to-clean dust filter is a nice touch.
Cons: Fans can get pretty loud
3. Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
The massive size of the full tower Rosewill case might be too large for more compact builds, especially if you’re looking to keep the tower on your desk. That makes the Mid Tower, a more compact and affordable case, a good option.
Pros: Includes a DVD drive, compact design.
Cons: Limited space for cable management.