Top 10 Gaming PC Cases

Benjamin Bolstad By Benjamin Bolstad - updated September 16th, 2020
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What are the best PC cases to use for your next Gaming PC build? Well, it's complicated but we've been busy checking out the largest range of PC Cases available today, and even busier watching friends build some of the coolest Gaming PC's with them. All this building has resulted in finding some really exceptional chassis options, and from these favourites amongst the new range, we bring you our latest Top 10 Gaming PC Cases!

For this list, we’ve focused on the mid-sized gaming PC chassis options, excluding those that fall into the smaller mATX and ITX chassis sizes as these deserve a top 10 all to themselves.

Our top PC case list focuses on those which offer a top-notch building experience and give us superior value for money. Many of the most popular PC chassis available today are part of a series, each with similar versions that cater to a PC builder and their specific need by changing panels to improved thermal performance, or coming pre-fitted with a range of RGB lighting, so whenever possible we've included quick links to those along with our favourite picks.

Let's get started!

1. Phanteks P400A

The Phanteks Eclipse P400A offers a high airflow option for improved cooling performance with its full metal mesh front panel. Through engineering improvements the Phanteks team have been able to make a new chassis option that gives users some of the best possible thermal performance, while still keeping dust from entering the system, thanks to the ultra-fine front panel design.

Although it’s pretty much all perforated, the front panel is still very durable with steel used, so it won't flex easily and you can't accidentally put a finger through it. Phanteks have also kept the pull-away design we loved from the P400 too, making assembly super easy.

There are P400A case versions available in black or white, with or without fans included. If you do get yourself the D-RGB versions you’ll have 3x 120mm pre-installed behind the front panel. These are connected to the chassis and can be controlled with buttons on the top IO. With one button you can switch between a range of colours, a simple long press turns the LED off while leaving the fans running. Another button can be used to adjust fan effects and patterns.

Surprisingly the P400A D-RGB chassis doesn’t include a rear 120mm fan.

Should you want to connect these fans to your motherboard you can, just make sure it’s got the needed 3-pin 5v D-LED header for this and uses the software suites listed as compatible, in this case it’s with Asus Aura, Gigabyte Aorus RGB FUSION, MSi Mystic Light, ASRock Polychrome Sync and Razer Chroma, so pretty much everything! The fans included with the P400A case have cables for the Phanteks D-LED connected by default, so all you need to do is connect the SATA power and D-RGB 3-pin cable to your motherboard, install the software and then you’ll be good to go!

Picture of P400a Custom PC Build

The Phanteks P400A is super popular worldwide, and there's a newer, smaller version named the P300A too that's incredibly good too, and a P500A that offers even more cooling performance with three 140mm fans used.

So many great options, see all the latest chassis in the Phanteks store today, 

2. Cooler Master H500

Coming in as our number #2 pick is the H500 series from Cooler Master, be it H500(P) in gunmetal or white, H500(M) in dark grey, or the straight up H500 in black… it’s a PC Chassis with more variants than most, but rest assured the CM H500 in any form is a pretty good choice for the highest end gaming PC configurations, and whichever one you get, it’s an absolute joy to build in!

All H500 models have two massive 200mm fans in the front, with the latest versions these are addressable LED kinds so we can customise the colours in new ways. The iconic large fans are the core of the H-Series in design and function, capable of operating quietly while moving high volumes of air due to their size.

There are little differences between the models available but the most important for most will be from the H500(M) and H500 versions, and their included ultra fine mesh front panel option, so you can choose between using a mesh front panel for better airflow or the glass option for aesthetics!

Looking at the H500(P) specifically there are transparent panels on the side, front and top to showcase all the awesome components inside. A single latch on the large side window panel makes it very easy to remove. Likewise with the top window panel for the cooling, it’s held in place with an easy to access thumbscrew.

Picture of H500P Custom Gaming PC Build

The H500(M) has glass panels on both sides, so be sure your cable management game is strong if you’re going with this one! It does include a shield to hide some of the larger ones though, like the 24-Pin or GPU 6+2-Pin cables.

With support for massive water cooling radiators, and those included 200mm fans, the H500 series from Cooler Master is definitely worth checking out, check out the full range of Cases in the Cooler Master Store today!

3. NZXT H510 Elite

Next up is the stunning new version of NZXT H510 ELITE, a compact ATX mid-tower that could be perfect for your next RGB build.

Behind the flush-mounted, tempered glass front panel, you’ll discover our renowned Aer RGB 2 fans keeping your components brilliantly cool. Well-engineered airflow, removable radiator mounting bracket, multiple fan filters, vertical GPU mount, a front panel USB-C connector, and an all-steel and tempered glass construction are just some of the key features you’ll get. The H510 Elite also includes the NZXT Smart Device V2, powering the built-in RGB light strips and case fans.

The H510 Elite design is pretty specific as to what you should build with, for example and we can’t use 360mm radiators when building in the H510 Elite, the maximum fitting is 280mm on the front - and there isn’t an option for top mounted radiator kits (unless you want to use the single top 120mm slot, which would look pretty odd!). This is a limitation unique to the H510 series, the NZXT do have a larger H710 which gives us full length 360mm radiator support in front or top, with a great cutaway on the front PSU shield that allows for some rather fat options to be fitted in a push/pull configuration.

You'll also want to use a motherboard that has a USB 3.2 Gen 2 header, so it can work with the front IO USB Type-C on the chassis. If you're thinking about upgrading into a new chassis and don't have the header needed you can either go without, or consider the NZXT H511, it's much like the popular H510 but without the front-panel USB-C connector so it's much easier to build with, instead opting for the far more common USB 3.0 Type-A.

Picture of NZXT H510 Elite Custom Gaming PC Build

The new NZXT lineup features the elements builders loved in the original H Series, including the patented NZXT cable management system, removable fan/radiator mounting brackets, easy-to-use drive trays, and a tempered glass side panel that installs with a single thumbscrew.

The ecosystem of NZXT products is growing, and this NZXT H510 ELITE is just one of many minimalist designs that are available in the NZXT Store today!

4. Corsair 275R

The Corsair 275R caught us a bit by surprise, with a beautiful tempered glass side panel that has black edges, framing the view of the components within your system. Having built so many customs in this one now we totally get the appeal, the clean lines and styling make this chassis ideal for the office, or the gaming lounge.

A tempered glass panel edged in black frames the components within, while the case’s subtle curved edges take a softer approach to the general look and feel. The front panels look like brushed metal but are actually a high quality plastic, durable and lightweight.

The Corsair 275R is designed with room for up 6x fans and you can pop a 360mm radiator in front, a 240mm radiator in the roof, and a 120mm radiator to the rear, making it a great all rounder.

The drive trays provide ample room for up to two 3.5” HDDs and four 2.5” SSDs within, while providing a little more space than most for cable management, enabling clean builds with less effort.

For those craving higher end components and better airflow with which to feed them, there is also a Corsair 275R Airflow version available for this chassis, with a stylish, slatted front panel design that provides more airflow into your system for efficient cooling, along with a unique look, especially with RGB fans mounted behind the panel!

Picture of Corsair 275R Custom Gaming PC build

Although in-expensive the case is sturdy and well constructed throughout. Classy indeed, the Corsair 275R is available now and just a part of the new range available in our new Corsair Store, some of the new options are simply brilliant!

5. Lian Li PC-011

Next up we have performance-focused, yet great looking, Lian Li O11 Dynamic. The Lian Li O11 Dynamic is extremely popular around the world and with good reason, builds using it are a stunning combination of modern design and art.

Through years of researching, collecting feedback and redesigning; Lian Li has successfully crafted the best edition of the dual chamber chassis.

Get ready to experience the full view, with front and side tempered glass and a motherboard tray with back cable management area designed to conceal and exclude any cable mess.

The chassis does feature a front IO type-C port yet again, so be sure to check your motherboard for the needed USB 3.2 Gen2 header needed. That aside it’s crazy how much you can fit into these cases. Graphics card supports up to 420mm, and there is space to equip 3x 120mm fans on the top, front and side, so you can get a lot of cooling performance into the case - it’s utterly awesome!

Although wider than most because of the dual chamber, it comes together very cleanly, and any completed build in this case is sure to get a lot of people looking, it’s one of those cases that’s just great in a showroom.

The Lian Li PC-011 enjoys a range of Special Editions, from top brand partnerships with Razer, Republic of Gamers and recently PCMR to name a few. Each adds their own flair to the already impressive chassis.

Picture of Lian Li Razer Edition PC-011 Gaming PC Build

Looking for a high-quality dual-chamber case to build in? Look for the PC-O11 Dynamic in the Lian Li Store for sure!

6. Corsair iCue 465X

Part of the new Corsair iCUE series of PC cases with aRGB fans included, this beautiful 465X is a mid-tower that offers brilliant software-controlled lighting out of the box with three LL120 RGB fans and two tempered glass panels.

Inside the chassis is an iCUE Lighting Node CORE which can control the RGB fans that come included with the cases, it has space for a couple more too, brilliant if you're thinking adding a rear fan and two more up top on water cooling setup - which of course you are!

Made from durable steel it's built solid, and those tempered glass panels have large ventilation gaps so the airflow allows for some very high end components to be housed within.

Cooling potential is strong with room for up to 6x 120mm fans and radiators up to 360mm on the front, with three removable dust filters to keep it clean and tidy.

At 21.6cm wide it’s a little larger than most, but this space it used well. With some cases, and top mounting spot for radiators, some seem to forget that the motherboard is placed just underneath and this often causes the mounting to become unusable - but with the Corsair 465X and that little width, it gives us the clearance we need!

Picture of Corsair 465X Gaming PC Build

Smart design and glorious good looks?! Check the new look 465X and more in the Corsair Store today!

7. Phanteks EVOLV X

The Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV X chassis is a new design that gives us great looks and airflow within a solid chassis. It's the modern upgrade to the popular EVOLV series, bringing with it glorious RGB lighting and a TYPE-C front USB port.

The interior is designed in such a way that no space is lost, providing you with the ultimate flexibility to customize your desired configuration.

Whether it’s a high-end water cooling showcase, professional data storage system or even a dual-system PC, the Evolv X has got you covered while keeping a mid-tower form-factor, although it certainly is a larger one!

RGB LED lighting lines the front panel, with trace path lighting underlining the window panel. The tempered glass is on a great swinging hinge too, and if you don’t place the front thumb screw in, you can smoothly open the side window with a gentle pull.

The Evolv X has the ability to add side mounted graphic cards, and it’s a three slot holder making it compatible with most of the larger GPU options available without stunting airflow.

This chassis can do something pretty unique, you can top mount a second ITX motherboard inside, up top, building a secondary PC within the PC. You’ll need some specific hardware to make it all work, like a Phanteks Revolt power supply that can connect to everything twice but it’s pretty neat stuff, and shout out to Phanteks for making such a clear manual about how to do it all too!

Picture of EVOLV X Gaming PC case

Check out this and more in the Phanteks Store today!

8. Cooler Master MasterBox MB520 RGB

This case is somewhat special, providing an affordable option in the world of great looking RGB performance gaming chassis!

Like many Cooler Master cases this one has solid airflow due to the large intakes on each side of the front panel and the way those fans within have been mounted back a little from these intakes, providing the gap needed for them to be super effective.

Additional ventilation on the top panel adds thermal support. 3x 120mm RGB LED fans come pre-installed in the front to create beautiful lighting effects.

It's important to note that these aren't the addressable RGB fans, so you'll only need a 3pin RGB header on your motherboard for software controls if you're wanting to set things up that way, an RGB controller is also included in the accessory pack if your motherboard does not support the RGB control function, you can even connect the RESET button and control the RGB lighting directly from the I/O panel!

The side panel bracket hinges on an angle during removal, while two "captive" screws are held in place with rubber so they are not misplaced, nicely done Cooler Master.

Small features, design tweaks and dashing good looking make this case a real winner for the price.

Picture of Cooler Master MB520 Gaming PC build

The MasterBox (MB) series makes this MB520 is just one a many options in the range, so be sure to check out the similar MB530 option with ARGB fans, along with all the other exciting cases which are available in the Cooler Master Store today!

 

9. Cooler Master SL600M

The Cooler Master SL600M is elegant, and performance is top-notch in terms of both noise and temperature with its unique design and this makes it totally worth the extra effort spent finding a motherboard that is equipped with enough IO headers to connect the beast.

The top and front of the case are clad in anodized aluminium with a smooth sand-blasted finish for a stunning look and feel. The panels inhibit noise while 2x200mm fans move comparatively larger volumes of air than smaller fans in a lower RPM and can operate even quieter by manually controlling the fan speed slider found on the I/O panel.

The SL600M puts airflow directly into the path of your graphics card, and because of this, a build in the chassis typically enjoys the best GPU temperatures possible. With 2x 200m fans mounted at the bottom of the chassis, cool intake air is blasted upwards.

There is a top vent system that allows for hot air to escape out the top of the case, this aluminum top panel can be adjusted to 3 different positions. The panel can either stay flush against the mesh, raised, or completely removed.

With such efficient case cooling, there is a potential for system fans to operate quieter in turn, and to maximise the noise reduction, those dual 200mm fans can be set to their lowest RPM setting via the I/O Panel!

Be wary though, you'll need to pair this SL600M chassis with a motherboard that has 2x internal USB 3.0 (the classic blue ones) + 1x USB (3.1 Gen2) headers - but such is life when you're working with a case like this!

Picture of CM SL600M Custom Gaming PC Build

The SL600M Chassis is strong, sleek and available now!

10. Gigabyte C200

It's unusual to find such an affordable chassis on a list like this but Gigabyte have done such a good job with their C200 chassis it's well deserving of the spot!

Black inside and out, the C200 brings us that simple boxey design we love, with a nice vent design on the side.

A dash of prismatic styling up top pops just right, while a subtle light bar just below adds more for that custom gaming feel.

The light bar can shine with seven static colours and a bunch of neat lighting effects too. These are all hardware controlled via a button on on the case, with single quick presses cycling through the various colours and modes, with a long press turning off the RGB for a clean dark look.

Speaking of clean looks, inside you'll find a PSU shield fitted to help hide those messy cable connectors, while also separating the PSU heat from the rest of the internal system. Detachable dust filters make for easy cleaning with a quick, simple rinse. Anti-vibration rubber feet complete a solid design with minimum noise.

Picture of Gigabyte C200 gaming PC build

The Gigabyte C200 a great case available at a great price, and a perfect way to end to our quick top 10!

These are just a small selection from our massive PC component range on offer in NZ, and if seeing all these awesome chassis has you feeling excited about a new build, be sure to check out the Custom PC building tool at PB Tech which has all these options loaded and many, many more!


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Benjamin Bolstad

Spends time gaming when he should be sleeping

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SathC

Best case for a RTX3090 build?

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MikeyM9

What are the cables in the 465X PC?

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PrettyL8

lian li strimer I think https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/CHSLAN0003/Lian-Li-STRIMER-PLUS-24-LED-PSU-Extension-cable

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MikeyM9

thanks

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