Choosing A Computer Case

Computer cases have come on leaps and bounds in recent years and quite rightly so. It’s safe to say that the days of boring grey computer cases are long gone.

With manufacturers spending more time on the design of their products, PC builders are keen to show them off rather than enclosing them in a boring case.

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Image Courtesy of custompcguide.net

You’ll now find computer cases with clear side panels, LED lights and exhaust fans all in various colours. Let’s take a closer look at the choice and variation you’re faced with when choosing a computer case:

Design

As mentioned earlier, computer cases now come in all sorts of colours and designs allowing the PC builder to put their own stamp on a machine. ‘Case Modding’ has become increasingly popular over the last few years with many PC builders choosing to install LED lights, liquid cooling elements as well as numerous fan variations on their case.

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Gulf Livery Case Mod, digitaltrends.com

At BT Shop, we think that if you’re going to spend all this money on PC components, then why not show them off with an equally as impressive case?

Case Size & Motherboards

Be sure to check the form factor to ensure that the case will house your motherboard. Most large computer cases will house all motherboards but it’s best to be on the safe side.

Connection Ports

If, like us, you like to have connection ports in the front of your PC you’ll need to ensure that your case will cater for this.

Also take into consideration what ports the case will have on the front? Do you need a headphone jack? Lightning/ Firewire ports? Be sure to check the specifications.

Weight

When it comes to computer cases, lightweight isn’t always best. A solid-heavyweight case will help pro-longue the life of your PC should it come up against any bumps.

You’ll also need to consider what kind of surface your PC will be resting on as you’ll want to make sure that it can hold the PC without vibrating or shaking.

We see a lot of PC builders positioning their case on top of their desk these days rather than underneath.

Number of Drive Bays

How many drives are you planning on having within your PC? Some cases have drive bay clips, whilst others have sliding rails which offer a bit more stability. Be sure to check the specifications before purchasing.

Expansion Slots

If you’re looking to install things such as sound cards or graphics cards (and why wouldn’t you?), you’ll need to check that the PC case comes with expansion slot panels. You’ll need to make sure you have an equal or greater number of slots to what you intend on using.

Cooling Fan Slots

Cooling is essential if you’re planning on building a powerful PC as the components generate a lot of heat. Most cases have two or more fan slots but you’ll need to double check this. Some cases even come prepared for water cooling.

Power Supplies

Some cases will come with a built in power supply, other will not.

Once you know what sort of components you’ll be putting inside your build, you’ll need to figure out what sort of power supply you’ll need in order to power it. If you’re building a PC with really powerful components, you’ll most likely need a much bigger power supply.

Internal Access

Are you going to be regularly upgrading your PC? If so you’ll probably want to make sure that the case is easy to get into.

Many manufacturers have simple sliding panels that allow you access to your components. However, some cases will require you to unscrew panels for access.

Why not shop our full range of cases, cooling products and power supplies here.

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