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Choosing the Best Full Tower Case (For Any Budget) 

2018 is a great year to start building your dream PC. With the release of the latest Nvidia RTX20xx graphics processors, PC enthusiasts are likely to see drops in GPU prices, negating the market flux brought about by cryptocurrency miners around the world. GPU prices are expected to normalize over the next months, and with recent advances in other components – Intel’s newest 8th generation processors, for example – now seems like an excellent time to start planning out the machine of your dreams. Whether you’re looking to build a high-end workstation, or a powerful gaming rig, one of the best ways to get the best bang from your buck is to create your very own PC. 

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Building a custom, personalized computer from your choice of parts, components, internals, and peripherals has been a hobby for PC enthusiasts around the world – and the tradition of building your own computers is probably responsible for computers the way we know them today. While several brands and manufacturers build desktop PCs in a wide range of sizes, performance levels, and price ranges to serve a variety of purposes and needs, for people who have the patience and a little bit of technical know-how, building your own PC is the only way to go. When you build your own PC, you have the power to decide what to put in it – from processor to cooling solution, to RAM, to GPU, to the motherboard, to RGB lighting and liquid cooling. Building your own PC gives you full control over how your machine is built so that you can come up with a computer that caters to every single one of your needs and preferences. 

The last thing (or maybe the first thing) you need to decide when building your own PC, is the casing – the housing for all of your components. PC Cases come in different sizes that can accommodate different features, components, and most importantly, dictate what size motherboard you can use. From the small and portable mini ITX to the monster full-tower cases, the option is left to the discerning PC builder. If you’re looking for the best full tower case for any budget, we’ve prepared this list designed to make it easier when choosing the best full tower case. 

While we recommend that you take as much time as you need to decide what to outfit your rig with – what CPU, GPU, how much RAM, what motherboard, etc. – when you’re finally done with internals, it’s time to move on to choosing the best full tower case for any budget.  

What We Look For 

Before you peruse our list of recommendations for the best full tower case for any budget, we want to share with you the three criteria that we look for in the best full tower case for you. 

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Size 

Granted, if you’re in the market for the best full tower case, you should already be prepared to get a behemoth of a PC case. However, not all full tower cases are made the same, or in the same dimensions, so we took into account the largest full-tower cases for your monster PC build, and the not-so-big full tower cases to house your components and still look sleek and compact. 

Style 

We fully believe that your choice in PC case is a deeply personal decision. Choosing the best full tower case to house your computer’s components should be heavily based on how it looks to YOU. You’re going to be looking at this thing for quite a bit of your life, and it’s going to take up quite a bit of your desk space. So, if you’re going to invest quite a bit of your time and money into a full tower case, you’ll want to get something that you think looks great, something that’ll make you feel proud day-in, day-out that this is the case you chose. 

Features 

The best full tower cases come in different shapes and sizes – but it’s hard to believe the difference in some of their price tags. Some full tower cases can be bought for as cheap a $50 without compromising quality, while top-of-the-line cases could net you over $500. Why the big difference? The short answer – features. Full Tower cases come with packed with different characteristics, and usually, the higher up the price spectrum you go, the more features you get on your PC case. Just some of the features you typically see in a mid-range to high-end full tower case would be dust filters, integrated lighting, cable management solutions, removable motherboard tray, and soundproofing.  

Price 

No matter what purchase he makes, the smart buyer considers the best bang for his buck. While the market for full tower cases is rich and extensive and caters to PC builders of every budget-size and price-range, we’ve helped whittle down your options to the best of the best full tower cases for any budget. 

Our Top Picks for the Best Full Tower Case (For Any Budget) 

 

Our Top Pick: Thermaltake View 71 

The Thermaltake View 71 is THE full tower case for people looking for a flashy, showcase feel for their premium PC builds. The Thermaltake View 71 has so many tempered glass panels that make it easy, and an unparalleled joy, to look at your internals while you’re working or while you’re gaming, so you always have easy access to that feeling of utter pride.  

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The Thermaltake View 71 has four tempered glass panels for comfortable, almost 360-degree vantage points and built-in RGB fans to direct the attention towards your build. Thermaltake has been making top-notch, high-quality components and internals for PCs for nearly 20 years now, and the View 71 is a masterpiece of a PC case that does wonders for the company’s already stellar reputation.  

The View 71 is the latest addition to Thermaltake’s View Series, a product lineup of PC cases aimed at providing consecutive vantage points into your power PC build, so you can look at the majesty of what’s under the hood without having to pop it open. The Thermaltake View 71 is reminiscent of glass display cases in exhibits and expos, adding a thrillingly premium feel to your machine. The case itself is highly modular so that you can replace or upgrade your parts with ease and efficiency. 

This full tower case comes with motherboard support for four sizes: Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, and E-ATX. It also comes with one audio jack each for input and output, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, six 2.5-inch drive bays, and three 3.5-inch drive bays. 

At $199 MSRP, the Thermaltake View 71 is a fantastic full tower case for PC builders who are enthusiastic about RGB lighting and have the desire – the urge, even – to stare at their masterwork build through the best full tower case that brings it justice. 

Technical Specifications of the Thermaltake View 71 

Size: Full tower
Dimensions: 23.3” x 10.8” x 22.7” (592 x 274 x 577 mm)
Weight: 41.67 lbs (18.9 kg)
Motherboard Support: Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX
Drive Bay: 6 x 2.5”, 3 x 3.5” 

 

Best Premium: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P 

Cooler Master is one of the best and most trusted computer parts manufactures in the world – supplying PC enthusiasts with everything from power supply units and cooling fans to PC cases big and small for almost 30 years. The C700P is the latest in Cooler Master’s Cosmos series and adds a lot of flavor to the well-loved Cosmos design. 

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The Cooler Master Cosmos C700P is a modern and futuristic full tower case for the discerning PC enthusiast. The build quality and overall design of the C700P is a pure, unadulterated premium, and bar-none one of the most beautiful and well-made PC cases we’ve ever had the pleasure of evaluating. The RGB lighting is positioned in such a way that it doesn’t oversaturate the look with lights, but rather, the lights enhance and accentuate the C700P’s best features. The C700P comes with a tempered glass panel so you can peer into your internals and show off the best of your PC build. 

The C700P doesn’t just look like it’s built for the future – it’s designed for it. The Cooler Master Cosmos C700P comes with an easily configurable motherboard tray that provides support for the latest high-end components, including E-ATX motherboard support in addition to the standard Mini ITX, Micro ATX, and ATX support. The C700P has enough room to house multiple oversized graphics cards, including the large GTX1080s and even the latest RTX series graphics processors.  

In addition to being able to support the latest and greatest PC components, with plenty of space and capability to make the C700P future-proofed for the next generation of the high-end parts and components, the C700P is outfitted with top-of-the-line I/O, including one dedicated audio output jack, one audio input jack, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, and 4 high-speed USB 3.0 ports. The C700P can accommodate two 2.5-inch drives and eight 3.5-inch drives. 

The C700P is a premium tower case that we feel is well-worth, and well-deserving of, the $299 price tag. Cooler Master outdoes itself yet again with the Cosmos C700P, offering PC enthusiasts with a premium PC case that does justice to even the most high-end builds and configurations. 

Technical Specifications of the Cooler Master Cosmos C700P: 

Size: Full tower
Dimensions: 25.1” x 12” x 25.6” (639 x 306 x 651 mm)
Weight: 48.9 lbs (22.2 kg)
Motherboard Support: Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX
Drive Bay: 2 x 2.5”, 8 x 3.5” 

 

Best Overall Value: be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 

Be quiet! Is a company that’s best known for producing the most powerful, yet least noisy cooling fans available on the consumer market. Lately, however, be quiet! Has entered the pc case scene with several top-of-the-line PC cases that offer excellent features and come with signature be quiet! Cooling. Our pick for the best high-end full tower PC case is the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900. 

The Dark Base Pro 900 is the most modular cases on the market today, with hardly anything riveted into to place. Instead, almost every slot and tray inside the Dark Base Pro 900 is removable, making modifications and build upgrades a much less troublesome endeavor. Described by many as the “PC modder’s dream”, the Dark Base Pro 900 is easy to modify and tinker with, so you can experiment and change up your build whenever you feel like it, without having to commit too hard to anything. 

The Dark Base Pro 900 is also one of the most customizable cases on this list, giving users a lot of reign with regards to internal layout and motherboard layout – the option for an inverted motherboard layout is a possibility as well. The Dark Base Pro 900 also comes with excellent built-in features, including six-color LED lighting and integrated wireless charging support for Qi-enabled devices. 

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The Dark Base Pro 900 brings a lot of prestige to the be quiet! Name, with three pre-installed top-of-the-line Silent Wings 3 fans to provide almost inaudible, but powerful cooling, and the capacity for up seven additional cooling fans, totaling ten fans – more than enough for even the most potent, heat-intensive builds and components. With its built-in tempered glass viewing panel, you won’t have to hide the majesty of your PC build – instead, you can showcase it in the Dark Base Pro 900, a high-end full tower case that goes perfectly with your high-end PC build.  

With modular drive bays that can be repositioned and adjusted, the Dark Base Pro 900 offers PC enthusiasts with unprecedented flexibility when it comes to their builds. The Dark Base Pro can accommodate up to 15 drives at once, up to 5 hard disk drives and ten solid-state drives with its five 3.5-inch and ten 2.5-inch drive bays. The Dark Base Pro 900 also supports five motherboard types: Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, XL-ATX, and E-ATX. With its size and flexibility, the Dark Base Pro has more than enough space and capability to accommodate even the most complex cooling solutions, while still maintaining a sleek and streamlined look. The Dark Base Pro 900 comes with one port each for Audio Output and Audio Input, two high-speed USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, and a Qi panel for wireless charging. 

At around $200, the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 offers excellent value for a high-end PC case that features unparalleled cooling, top-of-the-line modularity, and is big enough to house the biggest and most complicated builds and cooling solutions, all with room to spare. 

Technical Specifications of the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900: 

Size: Full tower
Dimensions: 22.7” x 9.6” x 23.1” (577 x 243 x 586 mm)
Weight: 31.72 lbs (14.39 kg)
Motherboard Support: Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX
Drive Bay: 10 x 2.5”, 5 x 3.5” 

 

Best Budget: Phanteks Enthoo Pro 

No matter where you look or who you ask, the name that probably comes up most often when you’re looking for the best full tower case for any budget is the Phanteks Enthoo Pro. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro is one of the best entry-level full tower cases for budding PC enthusiasts and even veteran PC builders on a budget. Chances are, if you’ve asked around for a budget full tower case that compromises nothing for your PC build, you’ve been told that the Enthoo Pro is the way to go, and with good reason. 

The Enthoo Pro has been around for quite a while, and while some may think the design is getting a little dated, we believe that it’s aged quite well, and is still a highly relevant piece of hardware well into 2018. Developed by Phanteks, a relatively new player in the PC case scene, the Enthoo Pro is an excellent full tower PC case that’s perfect for first-time PC builders because of how the Enthoo Pro makes it easier to build PCs and is more forgiving of not having a lot of technical know-how. 

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The Phanteks Enthoo Pro redefined PC building for enthusiasts everywhere as it was one of the very first cases to feature built-in cable management systems that made it so much easier to manage complicated PC builds. Despite having a lot of plastic parts, the Enthoo Pro boasts excellent and sturdy build quality, and a large enough size and form-factor to accommodate and support bigger builds and a host of liquid cooling options. 

Phanteks designed the Enthoo Pro for future-proofed PC building, and on that, it delivers. While the case itself may not be flashy – no tempered glass panels here, nor are there any built-in RGB lighting systems – but it’s big, it’s sturdy, and it’s potentially dated design provides a comfortable, elegant, and classical feel. 

The Phanteks Enthoo Pro supports ATX, E-ATX, Micro ATX, and SSI EEB motherboards, and comes with seven 2.5-inch and six 3.5-inch drive bays to offer plenty space and support for hard disk drives, solid-state drives, and optical drives. Input/Output on the Enthoo Pro isn’t state-of-the-art, but it has enough to get any job done with one port each for Audio Input and Audio Output, two high-speed USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports. 

At just under $90, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro is the best full tower case for enthusiasts on a budget. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but the Enthoo Pro delivers a sturdy PC case with enough room to house all of your components, and then some – with support for specific liquid cooling options. 

Technical Specifications of the Phanteks Enthoo Pro: 

Size: Full tower
Dimensions: 9.25” x 21” x 21.7” (235 x 535 x 550 mm)
Weight: 30.4 lbs (13.8 kg)
Motherboard Support: ATX, E-ATX, Micro ATX, SSI EEB
Drive Bay: 7 x 2.5”, 6 x 3.5” 

 

Splurge Pick: Corsair Obsidian 1000D 

The Corsair Obsidian 1000D is, in a word, jaw-dropping. This full tower case comes in a class of its own – dubbed by Corsair as a “super tower”, and we understand why. This thing is huge. The Corsair Obsidian 1000D is a massive tower case that can, impressively, house two separate systems all at once, an E-ATX and a mini ITX system both at the same time. 

The Corsair Obsidian 1000D is our splurge pick for 2018’s best full tower cases. This tower case is the most prominent and heaviest full tower case on the consumer market and has enough room to house even the most complex and monstrous high-end PC builds. Its predecessor, the 900D, was already a massive case in its own right and for years was the top choice for PC enthusiasts looking to create massive builds. We didn’t think it was possible, but the Corsair Obsidian 1000D cranks it up even higher to reach unprecedented levels of form and function in the most prominent consumer PC case ever built. 

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The Corsair Obsidian 1000D isn’t all brawn and no brain, though. Despite its size, the Obsidian 1000D packs a whole lot of intelligent and intuitive features. With an ingenious design and triple chamber layout, the Obsidian 1000D is a PC behemoth that can simultaneously house up to 18 cooling fans, and four radiators up to the largest standard size, 480mm. The Corsair Obsidian 1000D can support just about any build you can dream up, and with its tempered glass panels to accentuate and showcase your build and RGB lights, this PC case lets you make that dream a reality – for a price. 

With enough space to house two parallel systems, the Corsair Obsidian 1000D supports simultaneous installations of E-ATX and Mini ITX systems, or a single operation on Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, SSI EEB, and E-ATX motherboards. The Obsidian 1000D has 11 drive bays to accommodate up to six 2.5-inch drives and up to five 3.5-inch drives and features no shortage of I/O with one port each for Audio Input and Audio Output, four high-speed USB 3.0 ports and two of the latest USB 3.1 Type-C ports. 

At $500, the Corsair Obsidian 1000D is an expensive giant of a full tower PC case. But if you’re looking to build a massive PC with the most significant bad-ass components available, the Corsair Obsidian 1000D is the best full tower case out there with enough room for literally anything, whether it’s a super complex cooling solution or an entirely separate mini ITX system. 

Technical Specifications on the Corsair Obsidian 1000D: 

Size: Supertower
Dimensions: 27.4” x 12.1” x 27.3” (696 x 307 x 693 mm)
Weight: 65.03 lbs. (29.5 kg)
Motherboard Support: Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX, SSI EEB
Drive Bay: 6 x 2.5”, 5 x 3.5” 

That’s it for our take on the best full tower PC cases for any budget. If you’re a PC-building veteran or an up-and-coming PC enthusiast looking to build his very first PC, we hope we were able to help you choose the best full tower case for your needs and your budget. 

 

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