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A beginner’s guide to computer cases

Where computer cases were once purely a functional black box that sat hidden underneath your desk, these computer staples are now made to be put on display. As such, it pays to put a bit of consideration into choosing your PC case.

Of course, functionality is still key – after all, these units house the essential components needed to keep your computer running – but with compact sizes, variations in shapes, and different types now available, PC cases have become a much more appealing part of the whole computer experience.

This simple guide steps you through the ins and outs of computer cases, helping you to settle on the right product to match your needs.

Breaking down the different types

As you’re probably aware, cases come in a range of different sizes and shapes, which ultimately reflect the variety of computers now available. For newbies, this can be somewhat confusing. We’ve fleshed out the differences between the three main types of cases you’ll encounter: full-size tower cases, mid-tower cases and mini-tower cases.

  • Full-size tower cases. As the name suggests, these products are larger than your standard desktop cases, standing at approximately two feet high with capacity to hold two computers.

    • Pros: with room for six to 10 drive bays and multiple extension slots, the grandiose capacity of these cases means you can upgrade the components of your system as need be.

    • Cons: naturally, the imposing size means you’ll need adequate floor space to sit your full-tower case.

    • Suitability: these products are a go-to format for computer enthusiasts keen on custom modifications, including tempered glass, lighting and water cooling features.

  • Mid-tower cases. Look around most offices and you’re likely to find mid-tower cases at each workstation. Measuring at approximately 18 inches high, these cases are designed to sit atop a desk next to the display monitor, with capacity to hold two computers.

    • Pros: featuring two to four external drive bays, mid-tower cases are arguably the most popular choice among gaming enthusiasts, given they provide enough internal room without compromising physical space.

    • Cons: while smaller than full-size tower cases, these cases still require a bit of a premium desk space.

    • Suitability: as long as you have an adequate-sized desk, these products are a great option when looking for something that has a degree of adaptability without all the bells and whistles of a full-tower case.

  • Mini-tower cases. As to be expected, these products are the smallest of cases, therefore reducing the airflow, hardware and cooling space. Unlike full- and mid-tower cases, the mini products typically only hold one computer.

    • Pros: the smaller size of mini-tower cases renders these products ideal for poky nooks, while their simplicity means they’re perfect for beginners.

    • Cons: with only one or two external bays and next-to-no adaptability, mini-tower cases are more of a here-and-now option rather than something that will future-proof your computer needs.

    • Suitability: if you’ve just entered the world of gaming and your builds are likely to remain less than two GPUs for a while to come, a mini-tower case should fulfil your needs.

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