Top 5 Gaming PC Cases

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - updated July 15th, 2022
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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 5 Gaming PC Cases!

Quick List! Top 5 Gaming PC Cases

  1. Lian Li PC-011D EVO
  2. NZXT FLOW
  3. Phanteks P400A
  4. Cooler Master H500M
  5. Gigabyte C200

For this list, we’ve focused on the Gaming PC chassis that fit full sized ATX motherboard options, excluding those dedicated to small mATX and ITX motherboard sizes as these deserve a top 5 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. Lian Li O11 Dynamic Evo

The O11 Dynamic Evo is the latest case from Lian Li, it offers a plethora of configuration options so you can build your rig just how you like it. It comes in three colour options, Modern Black, Pure White and Harbor Grey, all of which will look stunning no matter where you're setting your PC up, or what you put inside of it.

This is a mid-tower chassis, and you’ll certainly appreciate that when you start building in it. This case is spatially very well optimised, giving you a tonne of options in regards to what components you’d like to use, and where you can place them.

The O11D Evo has awesome cooling potential with space to accommodate triple 360mm radiators with a 120mm on the back.  This is just with the base chassis too, there are optional mod kits that allow you to mount your GPUs upright or vertically, the upright GPU kit also allows users to move their water-cooled GPU right next to the motherboard - it does look a bit odd with the PCIe extension cables, but it's certainly interesting.

If you need a lot of storage, you're in the right place. And when we say a lot, we mean a lot, this case supports up to 9x SSDs, or 6 HDDs & 3x SSDs.

There are also mounting points for a 60mm fan on the hard drive cage in the second chamber, so you can rest easy even if you’re planning on working those drives hard. These storage mounting points are easily accessible too, great for when you upgrade in the future, or if even 9 slots isn’t enough for you.

As you would expect from Lian Li, the cable management is effortless and best in class. It's conveniently hidden away on the other side of the dual-chamber to keep the cables out of site and your case looking tidy

Lian Li has really gone all out to make sure you can get this case looking just how you want it to. And they've clearly sweated the small stuff too, the aRGB lighting strip has 7 built-in lighting effects that can be controlled with the M button the front panel, and an 8th mode allows you to enable motherboard software or L-Connect control. Relocatable I/O ports means you have 3 different locations to choose from, and this can be adjusted without the need for any tools!

Looking to build in a mid-tower, high quality dual chamber case? Look for the Lian Li O11 Dynamic Evo in the Lian Li Store!

2. NZXT FLOW

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

Well-engineered airflow, 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 FLOW also includes two Aer F120mm fans .

The H510 FLOW 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 FLOW, 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 H7 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 FLOW 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 FLOW is just one of many minimalist designs that are available in the NZXT Store today!

3. 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, 

4. Cooler Master H500

Coming in as our number #4 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 because of the way it pulls apart!

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!

5. 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 five!

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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