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The best PC case 2021: top cases for your desktop computer

The best PC case 2021: top cases for your desktop computer

The best PC case isn’t just for show. More than letting people know that you’ve got some fancy setup or to showcase the epic RGB lighting inside, an excellent PC case is first and foremost designed to shelter your components and keep them away from dust, debris, and anything else that could harm them. Equally important, it’s also responsible for providing great ventilation to keep those components from overheating and keep them in tiptop shape.

It’s vital therefore to invest wisely in one of the best PC cases, especially if you’ve just acquired the best graphics card and/or the best processor. Even a quality SSD or RAM needs a quality case that not only protects it from accidents and the elements, but also helps it stay in optimum condition. Of course, it would be great if that case is also future-proofed, which means it has an extra bit of space or additional empty bays to accommodate more components in the future.

We’ve collected what we consider the best PC cases available right now to help you finish your PC build. And, if you’re looking for a deal, use the price comparison tool to find the best price on your favorite case. If you don’t want to build your own PC, check out our best computers guide instead. And, be sure to complete your setup with one of the best monitors of 2021.

Since Prime Day 2021 is on June 21 and 22, we’d wait for Prime Day deals before we hit buy on any PC case on this list. It’s likely that some of them will receive decent discounts in the days leading up to the sale event, which means you can get a PC case for much less. 

Best PC cases at a glance:

  1. Corsair iCue 4000X
  2. Fractal Design Meshify-C
  3. Nanoxia Deep Silence 4
  4. NZXT H200i
  5. Phanteks Evolv Shift X
  6. Fractal Design Define R5
  7. Cooler Master H500P Mesh
  8. Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered Glass
  9. Antec Cube
  10. Phanteks Evolv X

Corsair iCue 5000x white case with full system built inside.

(Image credit: Corsair)

1. Corsair iCue 5000X

The best PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mid-tower

Dimensions: 520mm x 245mm x 520mm (L x W x H; 20.47 x 9.65 x 20.47 inches)

Mobo compatibility: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX

PSU support: Bottom mount

I/O: Power button, reset button, USB 3.1 Type C, USB 3.0 USB-A, 1x Headphone port

Because the world of the best gaming PCs would be nothing if it weren’t for decadent PC cases, Corsair has followed up its excellent iCue 4000X from late 2020 with the amazing iCue 5000X. Just like it’s predecessor, the Corsair iCue 5000X is filled to the nines with RGB lighting and tempered glass. It’s got four tempered glass panels, so you can show off your PC build in all its glory, and it’s one of the most modular cases we’ve seen from a mainstream manufacturer, so it’s incredibly easy to build in. 

Fractal Design Meshify-C

The Fractal Design Meshify-C has a unique style. (Image Credit: Fractal Design)

2. Fractal Design Meshify-C

The best mid-tower PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mid-tower

Dimensions: 395 x 212 x 440mm (L x W x H; 15.6 x 8.3 x 17.3)

PSU support: ATX

I/O: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HD audio in/out, power button, reset button

Includes: 2 x Dynamic X2 GP-12

Reasons to buy

+Freshly designed in multiple ways+Reasonable price

Reasons to avoid

USB 3.0 cable is too short FrontPSU dust filter is hard to remove

It is extremely rare to see any PC case that even vaguely resembles the Fractal Design Meshify-C. Given that the front of the case is entirely made of a mesh material sectioned off into an array of polygonal shapes, the Meshify-C has a unique style – without compromising on function. With two fans pre-installed, cooling is (forgive us) a breeze, even if the Meshify-C is held back by a number of obstacles. 

Nanoxia Deep Silence 4

The Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 is quiet as a mouse. (Image Credit: Nanoxia)

3. Nanoxia Deep Silence 4

The best Micro ATX PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Small form factor

Dimensions: 380 x 200 x 480mm (W x H x D; 15 x 7.9 x 18.9 inches)

PSU support: ATX

I/O: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HD audio in/out, power button, reset button, two-channel fan control

Includes: 2 x 120mm fans, 2 x modular HDD cages for up to five hard drives

Reasons to buy

+Low-noise+Onboard dual-zone fan controls

Reasons to avoid

 Not many extras 

As its name suggests, the Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 has the sole purpose of being quiet as a mouse. This silence-focused case is a well-balanced Micro ATX chassis that’s affordably priced, without sacrificing room for expansion. That’s right you can fit even the biggest, most powerful graphics cards in the Nanoxia Deep Silence 4. The fact that you will never hear it go above 30 decibels is just icing on the very taciturn cake. 

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Phanteks Evolv Shift X. 
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