Corsair 650D Case
The 650D is one of the most popular mid-tower cases from Corsair. It was released in May 2016 and it comes with two preinstalled fans – 120mm SilentWings 3 fan and 140mm SilentWings 2 fan.
Both fans are quiet enough to run at low speed without any noise reduction measures (if they were not installed). There are no additional fans included in the case.
It is very well designed, compact and sturdy. The front panel features three USB ports, audio jacks and power button.
On the rear side there is space for cable management, which allows you to mount extra drives or cables behind the motherboard tray if needed. You will find a dust filter on top of the PSU compartment door.
Very well designed and built;
No unnecessary features like fans, extra fans, etc. are included (this helps to keep the price at a reasonable level);
Two preinstalled quiet fans;
Comes with removable dust filters;
The case is very basic, hence it doesn’t offer advanced features like fan speed controller, USB 3.0, etc.
NZXT H440 Mid Tower Computer Case: gunmetal grey/white
This is one of the newest models from NZXT. It is quite popular among PC builders and it received positive reviews from various tech sites.
Its design is simple, yet elegant. Just like the 300, it doesn’t come with any additional fans, yet it comes with a large stock air cooler (140mm) that will keep your components cool even if you are using a powerful CPU.
The front panel offers three USB 3.0 ports, audio jacks and power button.
The I/O panel is located at the top and it features two USB 3.0 ports, as well as three 120mm fan mounts. You can mount two of them with fans out of the box.
The case is available in different colors, hence you can choose the one that best fits your style and PC layout. It is made of steel and it is very easy to work with, thanks to meshed panels and large internal space.
The case is very easy to work with;
It doesn’t include unnecessary features (no fan speed controller, extra fans, etc.);
It is available in different colors;
The stock fans are not as quiet as some people would like;
NZXT H440 Mid Tower Computer Case: red/black
This is another version of the H440 case by NZXT. It doesn’t differ much from the previous model, yet it looks better in some people’s opinion.
The front panel is has red highlights and it features two USB 3.0 ports, audio jacks and a power button. The I/O panel is located at the top, just like in the previous model.
The case is available in other colors as well and it is made of steel. It is easy to work with and it doesn’t include any additional fans.
The stock two (140mm) are more than enough to keep your components cool even if you are using a powerful CPU.
It is easy to work with;
No unnecessary features (no fan speed controller, extra fans, etc.);
Fractal Design Define R5 Black Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case with USB 3.0 & 2.0
This case is part of Define series by Fractal Design and it happens to be one of the best selling models ever. There is a reason why it is so popular, as it is a great case with great design and solid features.
Upon first glance, you can notice that it has a clean and elegant design. The front panel is simple and it has a transparent side, which display the PSU and 3.5” drive.
The interior is very spacious and it can accommodate several HDD and SSD for your games.
The Define R5 also comes with a large stock air cooler that cools down both the CPU and the GPU. It is very quiet and you can barely hear it even if you put your ear near it.
Comes with large stock air cooler;
The price is very reasonable;
Very quiet operation.
Might be a little bit too simple for some people.
Corsair Carbide Series CC-9011019-WW Air 540 High Airflow Cube ATX PC Gaming Case – Black
This cube case by Corsair is a more interesting and unconventional option when compared to the other models listed above. It is smaller than the other cases listed here, which means it has less space for your components.
That being said, if you find other models rather large, then this one is a good alternative.
As the name suggests, it is a cube. The frontal panel has transparent side, which makes the PSU and hard drives visible from the outside.
From the inside you can see the 3.5” drive bay and the place for the motherboard. You can install up to three hard drives, for easy access
The front panel also features two USB ports for easy access and two pre-installed fans for extra airflow. The side panel is also made of transparent plastic, which gives this case a unique look.
You can buy this case in three different colors (black, white and red). It is very easy to work with and the overall quality is good.
The fans included with the case are very quite, even at full speed. They also move a decent amount of air.
The only negative thing about this case is the dust, which will get trapped in the transparent plastic.
Lots of room for storage;
Comes with two fans;
The fans are very quite.
The transparent plastic can trap a lot of dust.
Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Micro ATX Case
This case is the latest product from the popular Corsair series. It looks similar to the previously listed model, yet it has some unique features that you can take advantage of.
It has a very simple design and it is made out of metal, which ensures a better durability.
It is a mid-tower ATX case that can accommodate two hard drives, three optical drives and four SSDs. You also have the option to place a dual-slot graphics card, which means that you can use it with most of the gaming computers out there.
This case comes with three pre-installed fans, two 120mm on the front panel and one 140mm on the back panel. The side panel features a large window, which allows you to display your components from the inside.
While this case is not as flashy as other models, it has everything that a high-end gaming computer needs. It has a great cooling system, lots of space for extra components and it is quite easy to work on.
Lots of space for extra components;
Comes with pre-installed fans;
Great air flow.
Sata and power cables are not that long;
The fans may be too loud for some people.
Best Gaming PC Cases Buyer’s Guide
Size of the case: The first thing you need to decide before buying a case is its size. Computers come in different shapes and sizes, from huge towers to miniscule cubes.
Common sizes are mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX. The best gaming PC cases are those that are compatible with ATX, as you will have more options when it comes to picking a motherboard. However, you can also find some models that are compatible with the other two formats.
Material: Cases are generally made out of steel or acrylic. Steel is more durable, while acrylic has the advantage of allowing you to see the inner components of your computer.
However, acrylic cases are more prone to cracking. Most models are made out of plastic, as this material combines some of the advantages of both steel and acrylic.
Size and shape: You also need to decide on the size and shape of your case. Most towers have a rectangular shape, although you can also find models with different shapes.
In addition, you can choose between a mini tower, midi tower or full tower. The bigger the tower, the more space it will offer you for extra components.
Cooling: The cooling system of a computer is very important, as any increase in temperature will slow down the processor and other hardware. The best cases come with at least 2-3 fans already installed, as well as additional spaces for adding more.
Front panel connectors: The front panel connectors are very important as they connect the case’s power button, reset button, lights and front ports (disk drive, headphone/mic jacks, etc) to the motherboard. You need to make sure that the connectors on your case match those on your motherboard.
Extra features: Finally, you may want to choose a case that comes with extra features such as card readers, audio ports or display ports. Choosing an advanced case like this will allow you to easily connect your system to external speakers or a display, for increased gaming performance.
How do I take off the side panel of my ATX case?
Most ATX cases today are easy to work on, since most of their covers are easily accessible. To remove the side panel, you only have to unscrew the screws at the bottom of the case, near the edges, and then pull it out. After that, you should have access to most components in your computer.
Are modern cases still compatible with ATX motherboards?
Yes, modern cases are fully compatible with ATX motherboards. In fact, most of them also support other formats, such as Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX. The only thing that you need to double-check is the size of your motherboard. Once you measure its length and width, you should be able to easily find a case that fits it.
Should I get a window on my case?
That’s a matter of personal preference, although there are also other factors that you should take into account. Cases with windows allow you to quickly identify any problem with your hardware, such as a loose cable or a disconnected device. On the other hand, if you plan on watercooling your PC, then a window becomes completely useless as it will be blocked by the reservoir and tubing.
How many fans do I need?
This may also depend on your particular case, as not all of them have the same number of fan mounts. On average, you will be able to install 4-5 case fans. However, high-end cases come with multiple pre-installed fans. Installing more fans will help your overall case cooling, but it all depends on your hardware. For instance, if you overclock your processor or graphics card, then additional airflow will be necessary.
Are there any alternatives to buying a PC case?
You can go for an all-in-one approach and build your PC right into a desk. This is a very interesting concept that saves space and looks really nice. Of course, a desk PC will not have the same upgradability options as a traditional case does, so you pretty much have to get everything right in the first place.
How do I know if my PC components are compatible with each other?
While there are many websites that can help you compare PC components, CPU-Boss and Vantage Tech are very useful ones. Simply put in all of your planned components and they will let you know if they are compatible or not.
How many watts does my power supply need to be?
The general rule is that you should multiply the total amount of power required by each component (including the power needed by the PC’s hard drives, optical drives and motherboard) and that number should be lower than or equal to the watts provided by your power supply. However, for safety reasons, it is always better to get a power supply with a higher amperage. Also, it is necessary to have a little more juice in the power supply than what’s recommended by the components themselves.
How many pins does my processor have?
Most Intel processors come in LGA1151 package (such as Intel’s 7th and 8th Gen). They all come with just one socket type. Some earlier Intel processors come in LGA1150 package, which has two variants: one with just one socket and another with two sockets (for Core i7 and Core i5 respectively). AMD all come in AM4 socket. The number of pins may vary, but all of them fall under the same category. Motherboards with the correct socket type will be compatible with any processor of the same socket type.
Which is better, AMD or Intel?
It is a matter of personal preference. However, at the moment, Intel processors are slightly better than their AMD counterparts, but they usually cost more.
Do I need to remove my CPU’s heat sync?
The heat sync is designed to remain on the CPU even when it is being used. It is not supposed to be removed.
How do I clean my CPU and heat sync?
You can use an air compressor (that can blow out air at around 10psi) to blow out any dust in and around the CPU. You can also carefully use a brush to remove stuck on dust and dirt. Make sure you never directly spray water on either the heat sync or the CPU, as this may damage them.
How do I clean my keyboard?
Regularly removing debris under the keys of your keyboard and wiping off excess crumbs will help keep it in good working condition. First, use a vacuum to suck up any debris that may be underneath the keys and then wipe the keyboard clean with a damp cloth.
Why doesn’t my computer go to sleep or hibernate when I close the lid?
Most likely because you have disabled those options. Go to your computer’s power settings and enable the sleep and hibernate options.
Why is my computer so noisy?
Newer computers are often much louder than older ones due to product and manufacturing improvements. If your computer is producing an unusual amount of noise for the type of hardware you have, you should check to see if any of the fans need to be cleaned. You can search online to find instructions on how to clean each of your computer’s components. Be very careful when removing and replacing the fans; they can be very fragile. Cleaning your computer’s components can help reduce excess noise and possibly prevent a fire.
My mouse is very jerky, why?
If your mouse is moving in small increments and not smoothly, there are a few things you can do to fix this:
Make sure you are running at least Microsoft Mouseworks or PS/2. Your mouse will work much better than with just the basic Microsoft IntelliPoint software that comes installed on most computers.
Make sure that you have the latest drivers for your mouse and motherboard.
Make sure you aren’t running too many programs at once.
If you have a laptop, make sure you have the latest drivers for Windows and your video card.
How can I clean my keyboard?
First, use a vacuum to get rid of any debris beneath the keys. Then take a can of compressed air and spray it between the keys and any other tight spaces. Make sure you don’t use too much force when doing this as you could damage the keyboard.
How do I fix my computer from freezing or stopping in the middle of what I am doing?
Below are a list of things you can try to fix this problem:
Reduce the number of programs running at the time. If you are only reading a text document, close any unused programs.
Close any programs from opening automatically when you start your computer. If you have any programs set to autorun, you can get rid of them or change how they open by following these steps: Click Start and then choose Settings (or Start Menu) and select Control Panel.
Double-click on System. Choose the Advanced tab and then choose Settings in the Startup and Recovery section. Place a checkmark next to Disable Autorun.
How do I clean my monitor?
To clean the exterior of your monitor, use a soft cloth and gently wipe away any dust or smudges. It is also recommended that you clean your monitor’s screen with a damp cloth to remove dirt or dust from the screen.
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