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The best PC cases 2022: build with confidence with these boxes

Best PC cases 2022
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Building a new computer doesn't need to be a challenge as the best PC cases give you all the essential room to forge your machine, and upgrade in the future, without compromising air flow. Form and function are certainly paramount, but we would be lying if we said that style and flair didn't play a little bit into your decision either. After all, this is the box that will live on or under your next for a couple of years at least, so it might as well look good. 

That's right, aesthetics are important when building your machine, but you will need a chassis to accommodate the kind of build that you're aiming for. Simply put, if you want a true rig on the bleeding edge running one of the best graphics cards and best CPUs for gaming, then that will require a serious amount of cooling and power. This means that opting for a smaller form factor build may not be quite the right fit. Similarly, if your scope is firmly rooted in the budget build territory, with an entry-level video card, smaller PSU, and an air cooler then a hulking full-tower could be overkill. 

Of course, building a gaming PC doesn't begin and end with the chassis, so we've also been busy rounding up all the latest parts for your next machine. If you're not sure where to start, then our guides on the CPU for gaming, the best RAM for gaming, and the best SSDs for gaming should provide you with all you need to get started. 

Best PC cases in 2022

best PC cases: NZXT H710i

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1. NZXT H710i

The best overall PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mid tower
Motherboard support: MicroATX, Mini-ATX, ATX, EATX
Drive Bays : 2.5-inch: 7 3.5-inch: 2+1
Radiator support: Front: 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm with Push/Pull Top: 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm Rear: 1 x 120
I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A 1 x Headset Audio Jack
Weight: 12.3kg / 27.1lbs

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful design 
+
CAM diagnostics and lighting
+
Vertical GPU mount

Reasons to avoid

-
May look plain to some people

Building a gaming PC in 2022 is a very different proposition from years prior, and NZXT seems to agree with its line of understated cases that still feature RGB lighting as well as modern innovations such as USB-C and vertical GPU mounting for an encompassing next-gen shell for your build. 

Tempered glass is going to be hit and miss for some people, but personally, we found that the commitment to aesthetics here really works in the case's favor without compromising the airflow, especially with a case as spacious as this. The included cable-routing kit allows for easy management so it will look just as good as it performs at a competitive price for its size. 

best PC cases: MSI MAG Forge 100R

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2. MSI MAG Forge 100R

The best budget PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mid tower
Motherboard support: MicroATX, Mini-ATX, ATX
Drive Bays: 2x 3.5-inch
Radiator support: 120 / 240mm (Top); 120 / 240mm (Front); 120mm (Rear)
I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A / 1 x HD Audio / 1 x Mic
Weight: 25kg/55.12lbs

Reasons to buy

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Solid cooling performance 
+
ARGB front fans 
+
Spacious for the price

Reasons to avoid

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No support for 360mm radiators
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No front USB-C ports 

There's no reason why a high-quality gaming PC case should cost a crazy amount of money. MSI seems to agree with its line of MAG Series cases, with the 100R being great for any budget builder ensuring that your money can be better spent on core components without conceding on class. 

The concessions made to keep the costs low aren't likely to be a deal-breaker - the lack of support for 360mm radiators and only two drive bays comes to mind, but if these omissions don't matter much to you, then this is still a great case for the money. 

Corsair iCUE 5000T

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3. Corsair iCue 5000T

The best premium PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mid tower
Motherboard support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
Drive bays: 4x 2.5-inch; 2x 3.5-inch
Radiator support: up to 360mm (front); up to 360mm (top/roof)
Front I/O: 3x USB 3.0; 1x USB-C; 3.5mm jack
Weight: 14.52 kg / 32.03 lbs

Reasons to buy

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208 programmable LED lights
+
Support for multiple AIO water coolers
+
Excellent cable management

Reasons to avoid

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Potentially overpriced

The Corsair iCue 5000T is one of the best PC cases for those wanting to make the most of the brand's extensive RGB lighting capabilities and thorough cooling options. Though this particular PC case carries a very premium price tag with its $400 / £350 MSRP, there's no denying that if you've been in the market for a high-end box to build in, few can compare. 

On the practical side, the Corsair iCue 5000T tool-free hinged side panels make it easy to access both sides of your PC case without tools or thumbscrews. What's more, there's support for both vertical GPU mounting and two 360mm radiators (one for your CPU and GPU), or support for up to 10x 120mm or 4x 140mm fans. You've got a lot of options here to keep your computer ice-cool, in other words, but it's perhaps the aesthetics and steel frame that will push this case to the next level. 

If you're familiar with the iCue RGB technology, then the 208 (!) LEDs are sure to be the standout at first glance of the Corsair iCue 5000T. There are three front RGB case fans in the front, as standard, but this monster also includes light strips on the top, side, and bottom of the case to highlight your components. 

best PC cases: Thermaltake View 71

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3. Thermaltake View 71

The best Full Tower PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Full Tower
Motherboard support: MicroATX, Mini-ATX, ATX, EATX
Drive Bays: 8+2
Radiator support: Front: 1 x 360mm / 1 x 420mm Top: 1 x 360mm / 1 x 420mm Rear: 1 x 120mm / 1 x 140mm Bottom: 1 x 240mm
I/O Ports: USB 3.0 x 2 USB 2.0 x 2 HD Audio x 1
Weight: 19.1kg/ 42.11lbs

Reasons to buy

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Modular drive cages
+
Support for custom cooling loops 
+
Vertical GPU mount

Reasons to avoid

-
Could be too big for some

Let's be real, when you want to make a high-end gaming rig, you're going to need some serious space. Fortunately, this particular Full Tower is comparatively massive with more than enough space - with its modular nature - to build as insane of a battle station as your money - or imagination - can come up with. 

Hyperbole aside, the tool-free drive bay cages are a genuine game-changer, meaning that you can hot-swap storage drives to suit your usage without having to mess around with unscrewing things, so you won't have to fret about buying another SSD or HDD again. 

best PC cases: Razer Tomahawk ATX

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4. Razer Tomahawk ATX

The best Razer PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mid Tower
Motherboard support: MicroATX, Mini-ATX, ATX, EATX
Drive Bays: 3x 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch HDD or SSD 2x 2.5-inch SSD
Radiator support: Up to 360mm
I/O Ports: 2x USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A Ports 1x USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C Port 1x Dedicated Microphone Port 1x Headphone 1x Power Button 1x Reset Button
Weight: 13.5kg/ 29.85lbs

Reasons to buy

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Built-in cable management
+
Tempered glass swivel doors 
+
Razer Chroma enabled lighting

Reasons to avoid

-
Love it or hate it design

Razer has been making sleek gaming laptops and peripherals for a long time, and the company has channelled its knowledge - and lighting - into this Mid Tower gaming PC case which features some neat inclusions, most notably the built-in cable management and forwards opening doors for easy building. 

That's not to mention the Chroma lightning - which some people may find excessive - though it's only underneath as opposed to be being hooked up to any included fans and what have you. Even better is the support for a a 360mm radiator size, so you can keep high-end CPUs ice-cold with ease. 

best PC cases: Cooler Master case

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5. Cooler Master MasterCase H500

The best PC case for upgrading

Specifications

Form factor: Mid Tower
Motherboard support: MicroATX, Mini-ATX, ATX, EATX
Drive Bays: 2x 2.5-inch/3.5-inch (Combo) or 4x 2.5-inch
Radiator support: Up to 360mm
I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (formerly USB 3.0), 2x USB 2.0, 1x 3.5mm Audio Jack, 1x 3.5mm Mic Jack, 1x ARGB Controller, 1x ARGB 2-to-3 splitter
Weight: 9.2kg / 20.33lbs

Reasons to buy

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Stunning RGB lighting 
+
Great airflow 
+
Handle for easy transportation

Reasons to avoid

-
Design isn't for everyone

If there's one thing to know about Cooler Master, it's that the company always tends to live up to its name, and that's due to its spacious design which makes it prime real estate for building into as you go. 

Those dual 200mm ARGB fans aren't going to be everyone's proverbial cup of tea, but they are bound to keep your rig chilled - and with easy fan controls - you can be sure that you can tailor the speeds easily to keep those temps down at all times. Personally, we're fans of the angular, thick tank-like shell, too.

best PC cases: H510 Elite

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6. NZXT H510 Elite

The most stylish PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mid Tower
Motherboard support: Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX
Drive Bays: 2.5-inch: 7 3.5-inch: 2+1
Raditor support: Front: 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm with Push/Pull Top: 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm Rear: 1 x 120
I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A 1 x Headset Audio Jack
Weight: 9kg / 19.95lbs

Reasons to buy

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Absolutely stunning
+
Vertical GPU mount 
+
USB-C ports 

Reasons to avoid

-
Top ports are limited

There's no accounting for taste - of course - but this has to be one of the cleanest looking gaming PC cases we've seen in a long time. As with other NZXT cases in our list, this model is built with convenience in mind - especially the included cable routing kit complete with pre-installed straps and channels - so you can get things up and running without breaking out so many damn cable ties. 

Bringing its looks back into the equation, this is a truly next-generation looking case with modern sensibilities in mind with regards to the front ports that, while a little sparse, include USB-C for an elegant solution for controllers, external SSDs/HDDs, and more. 

Best PC Cases: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L

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8. Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L

The best small form factor PC case

Specifications

Form factor: Mini Tower
Motherboard support: Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX
Drive bays: 2x 2.5-inch; 1x 3.5-inch
Radiator support: Front: 120mm, 240mm; Rear: 120mm
I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0; Audio In & Out (3.5mm)
Weight: 3.70kg / 8.16lbs

Reasons to buy

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Good airflow 
+
Solid construction 
+
Space for bespoke cable management

Reasons to avoid

-
Design isn't the most exciting

If you've wanted to build something a little smaller than usual, but never knew of any high-quality, but affordable, Micro-ATX cases for gaming PCs, then the MasterBox Q300L could have the missing piece of the puzzle to complete your setup in style. 

One of the most exciting elements about this particular PC case is how the I/O can be orientated either horizontally or vertically and in six different places on the box, meaning you can set it up to your preference. What's more, the 28mm of extra routing space is sure to allow for tidy cable management between the SATA III bay and the side panel.

Best PC cases - Frequently asked questions

Do cases matter for PC gaming?

The size of PC case is going to depend entirely on the kind of hardware you want inside your machine. For example, if you want to put together a small form factor machine, then you generally will not be able to fit larger graphics cards inside and may suffer from hotter thermal temperatures. Should you want room to upgrade your rig then bigger is always better, and usually leads better airflow. 

Which is better out of a mid tower or full tower?

Mid tower cases are, arguably, the most popular type that you can get for your gaming PC build. This is due to a balance size between form and function, generally being lighter and smaller than full towers while, largely, being able to accommodate the same components. The main advantage of full towers, however, is the increased building space and breathing room, meaning support for larger radiators (such as 360mm models) and bigger graphics cards (like the RTX 3090 Ti). Full towers also tend to be more expensive depending on the manufacturer, so it comes down to what your usage requirements are. 

How much does a good PC case cost?

There's no definitive figure for the best PC case, but generally we think that $100 is a pretty solid metric to get your hands on a case from an established brand that offers good airflow and space to build. While opting for around a $50 case is certainly possible, you may run into issues with cramped interiors. 


What's more, kit your setup out fashionably with the best gaming chairs, best gaming desks, and best gaming monitors to enjoy the latest titles in comfort and luxury. 

Aleksha McLoughlin
Aleksha McLoughlin

Aleksha McLoughlin served as the Hardware Editor for GamesRadar from June 2021 until August 2022. Her main area of expertise was the PC gaming platform, which comprised buying guides, features, reviews, and news coverage on components and prebuilt machines. She was also responsible for gaming chairs and storage. She now works on a freelance basis while studying to become a university lecturer specializing in English for foreign territories. Prior to joining GamesRadar, she wrote for the likes of Expert Reviews, The Rory Peck Trust, No Clean Singing, Vinyl Chapters, and Tech Spark while also working with the BBC.