Your computer case is a lot more important than you think. For starters, it plays a critical role in the cooling process of your system. And, your case will also determine what you can and cannot do in the future with your computer (in terms of upgrades.)
Not only that but for a lot of people, the style of their PC case and the way it looks is also an important aspect. Let’s face it, if you put a Lamborghini engine inside of a Toyota Corolla and priced it the same as the Lamborghini, fewer people would buy it. People like style.
So, despite the little direct impact that your gaming computer’s tower will have on your gaming experience, it’s still crucial that you take your time and select one that will give you excellent airflow, upgrade opportunities, and that will look the way you want it to. Because, in the end, your gaming PC’s case is the only part of your computer that could still be relevant and usable 5-10 years down the road.
In this post, we will take a look at the best gaming cases in 2020 at various price ranges for different budget sizes. I’ve broken down the categories into five different price ranges: PC cases under $50, PC cases between $50-$100, PC cases between $100-$200, high-end cases between $200-$300, and extreme cases over $300.
I chose a few different options for each price range and while there are definitely some other worthy gaming cases in these price ranges, I felt these offered the best returns for PC gamers. And, if you’re specifically looking for a mini-ITX case, or a micro-ATX case, check those links for our list of the top options at those form factors.
Our Top Picks for the Best Computer Cases
For a quick look at some of the best PC case options across a handful of different categories, the table below shows our picks for the top options for different use cases. We’ve chosen the best overall PC case, the best value option, the top mini-ITX chassis, the best case under $100, and the best cheap case.
The Best Extreme PC Cases Over $300
There aren’t a lot of people who actually have the need for a $300+ computer case. That’s because cases in this price range go far and beyond what a normal tower provides into what are almost unnecessary territories.
However, if you’re planning on building a multi-video card, overclocking, liquid-cooled monster, then you may have a need for one of these cool computer cases.
And, I suppose if you have an unlimited budget and you just want the best-looking desktop case—one that will stop people in their tracks—then an extreme computer tower will suit your needs as well.
They have everything you could want… and then some.
High-End PC Cases Under $300
These sub-$300 cases are a happy medium between the quality cases that are listed in the sub-$200 category below and the insanity that is offered in the extreme cases listed above.
In fact, the cases in this price category border on insane themselves and they can also be used for extreme setups just like the cases listed above.
While these cases don’t have quite the overwhelming factor that extreme PC cases have, they are definitely still incredible options, and they’re much more affordable as well.
So, if you’re looking for a really high-end computer case for your gaming PC and you don’t want to pay $300+ for one of the monsters listed above, then these cases under $300 will fit your needs.
The Best PC Cases Under $200
The sub-$200 cases listed below aren’t that far behind the $200-$300 cases listed above. In fact, for these tier 3 options, you can get a high-quality case that will house even the most extreme setups.
The computer tower cases listed below are ideal for mid-to-large sized budgets and will give you plenty of options to choose between.
Ultimately, though, if you’re willing to spend over $100 on a case, you can expect good quality. And, since choosing a PC tower is largely based off of personal preference, if you prefer the style of a case in this price range over the style in a case listed above, then, by all means, jump on it.
Because, in the end, even these computer cases will offer the necessary features to suit the majority of builders’ needs.
Affordable Cases Under $100
For the sub-$100 cases, I looked at options that cost between ~$50-$100. And, surprisingly, the cases in this tier are pretty darn good options.
For instance, the Fractal Design Meshify C, the Phanteks Pro M, and the NZXT H510i offer high-quality mid-tower cases for just under $100.
And, for the price it comes in at, the Phanteks Eclipse P350X is, in my opinion, one of the best value options currently on the market. Most of these cases can hold just about any setup you have in mind with exception to something on the very extreme side. But, multi-video card setups and liquid cooling are definitely possible with these cases, which is pretty cool considering their price.
Ultimately, if you don’t have more than $100 to spend on your case but you don’t want to sacrifice quality on the cheap computer cases below, these cool PC cases offer a nice middle ground.
Budget PC Cases Under $50
Typically, in most tiered lists, the tier at the bottom represents a poor offering. This isn’t so for these tier 5 cases. While these cases won’t blow anyone away, they will allow you to build a solid system inside of them without forcing you to spend a ton of money.
In fact, even if you’re looking to build a high-end single-GPU (and even a dual-GPU) setup, there are some cheap PC cases in this tier that will work for you. So, don’t be dismayed if your budget only allows for a sub-$50 case. They are plenty good enough to get the job done.
And, if you’re building a budget gaming PC, these cheap computer towers will not only give you an affordable option to house your components, but you can also rest assured that the cases listed here will fit even the most powerful graphics cards out there as well.
Which Case is Right for Your Gaming PC?
The case you choose for your gaming PC is not going to increase your framerate or improve your load times. It’s also not going to increase how much storage space you have or how much memory your PC contains.
However, the case does hold all of your components and, as such, dictates which components you can use. If you choose a case that doesn’t have a lot of clearance for your graphics card, you will be limited to choosing a smaller graphics card. And, while a lot of graphics cards manufacturers are packing their higher-end cards into smaller offerings, in most cases, the smaller the card, the less power it provides.
Another key component of your case is air flow. The better the design of the case is, the more airflow can enter into it and keep your components cool. And, of course, one of the most important parts of choosing your case is aesthetics. While some people don’t care what their case looks like, for others, the design is the most important aspect.
So, when looking for the best computer towers, it’s important that you take those three factors into consideration. Fortunately, though, the options listed above will give you plenty of choices to choose between, from cheap computer cases all the way up to the best computer cases.