When you’re getting ready to building a computer, trying to find the best PC case is likely the last thing that that’s on your mind. So, you might be tempted to just settle for a PC case that’s cheap and flimsy instead. Sadly, though, when that chassis eventually crumbles, moving all of your myriad PC parts over to a new case is enough to send chills down our spine.

That’s , before you start picking out the best graphics card for your new rig, you should begin with one of the best PC cases on the market today. And, fortunately, we here at TechRadar have taken the initiative of finding the best PC cases for you. You got it, whether you’re planning on using your new PC to play games, watch movies, make art or just write like us, we’ve culled through every computer case we could get our hands on to bring you the best of the best.

We know that you’re thinking that all of this is some kind of clever trick, you can feel it deep in the pit of your stomach. Don’t mix hunger for skepticism, however, as we’ve found you 8 unique PC cases – each in separate categories – that display a variety of airtight arguments for why they should be the case to cradle your precious PC components. What’s better, these cases won’t break your bank either, as they pursue affordability just as much as utility.

If you have a suspicion that our list may be obsolete for including this familiar-looking chassis, we don’t blame you for your misgivings. The Cooler Master Cosmos II 25th Anniversary Edition was designed to imitate the 2012 case of its namesake to – of course– celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The 2017 edition streamlines HDD installations with its trademark X-Dock, and its tempered side panel looks gorgeous while illuminated by its blue LEDs.

Seeing any PC case that has even a close resemblance to Fractal Design’s Meshify-C is unlikely at the very least. Given that the entire front of the case is composed of mesh material divided up into many polygonal shapes, the Meshify-C has quite the style, and it does so without conceding on function. With two fans pre-installed, interior cooling is (forgive us) a breeze, even if the Meshify-C is held back by a number of obstacles.

As its title asserts, the Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 was created with the sole purpose of being quiet as a pin drop. This silence-focused chassis is a well-rounded Micro ATX case that’s reasonably priced and even accommodates some of the biggest, most powerful graphics cards with its cavernous interior. The fact that you’ll seldom hear it rise above 30 decibels is just icing on the very reticent cake.

Micro ATX may have been here longer, but Mini-ITX tech is getting to the point where it’s finally competitive for PC power users and gamers alike. The problem that Mini ITX shells still need to overcome, though, is the restraints they inevitably place on cooling and power solutions. Fortunately, the NZXT Manta was tailored for your beefier components as well as tiny motherboards. The nearly full-size design may put some people off, but we find that it’s more than acceptable for this bubble-shaped titan of a case.

When you first look at it, the Phanteks Evolv Shift X appears more like a sound bar than a PC case, 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 just as it does atop a desk, next to an equally high-end monitor. It may only be compatible with Mini-ITX mobos, which seems crazy given its size but the Phanteks Evolv Shift X offers tons of space for components and liquid-cooled loops. If this case is a little too large for your preference, there’s also the more manageable and smaller Phanteks Evolv Shift.

Fractal Design has scored a second entry on this list, and they deserve it. The Define R5 is yet another mid-tower case exhibiting a beautiful style. The metallic and blue LED-lit face of the 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 tool-lessly accessible, the Fractal Design Define R5 is otherwise painless to build a computer inside of. Not only that, but it’s not as expensive as you would expect from a PC case with such a pretentious name either.

Even if you’re trying to avoid spending a fortune on your build, it’s probably not a great idea to not settle for the absolute cheapest PC case you can find. For the most part, cheap cases don’t really incorporate proper ventilation and airflow, not to mention you’ll end up buying your own fans and cable management supplies. The Corsair Carbide Spec-04, on the other hand, shows up even some of the more expensive cases. It does so with rubberized feet, an included LED fan and tons of room to spare for additional fans and components.

This case is for the Razer fans out there. While the green snake-adorned company doesn’t manufacture its own PCs, it has partnered with several OEMs in the past to add its signature green-infused flare to a handful of desktop PC cases. This includes the Antec Cube, a small form factor chassis that supports Mini-ITX motherboards and is shaped like an italic font (but backwards). Complete with lots of space, either for an initial build or future expansion, the Antec Cube is also compact enough to travel with.

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