If you’re looking for a computer case that will last you a long time and that can house anything you could think to throw at it, then getting a full tower gaming case would be a good idea. They’re much pricier than other smaller cases, but also, provide much more value in the end.
Finding a good full tower case can be a daunting task when you have no clue what you’re looking for, so in this list I made it my job to find cases that all provided amazing airflow and a plethora of other useful features that will maximize your gaming experience.
This article is geared towards people who’re making computers for gaming or other intense tasks that require of lot of computing power, but all of these cases are affordable, so if you’re thinking of making a computer for office purposes don’t hesitate to check these cases out as well.
BEST LOW-END FULL TOWER CASE ON A BUDGET UNDER $100
I always like to begin my lists for people who’re on a budget or people who are just looking for a case that is amazing value for the money and these full tower cases under $100 are the best I’ve found at this price range that still provide amazing value in terms of what they bring to the table. If you’re looking for a case that’s stylish, but also affordable you really can’t go wrong with one of these cases.
NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Chassis
- Case Type: ATX Full Tower
- Material: Steel, Plastic, Mesh
- M/B Type: EATX (322.0 x 272.0 mm), ATX, MicroATX, ITX
- External Bay: 3x 5.25"
- Internal Bay: 6x 3.5"/2.5", 7x 2.5'' (6+1)
If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, then the NXZT Source 530 is my pick for anyone who is on a budget. While being that it’s a budget full tower case, you really wouldn’t expect the beautiful design as it looks like a case that is worth double than what it actually costs.
You’ll be getting a lot of things with this chassis as well including 8 PCI-E Slots, three external bays, five internal bays, two USB 3.0s, and five Fan mounts. As you can see for the price, this case provides a crazy amount of value! I’d also like to emphasize the fan mounts as they will serve as one of your biggest boons if you care about the longevity of your build.
One of the complaints with this case is that its quality seems to be shifty. While the case in of itself is beautiful, the bays that house the internal and external drives feel kind of cheap in comparison. While I understand that some sacrifices need to be made due to the price, I’d rather them have just taken out a few of them and have put higher quality bays in general.
I know many people personally have issues when it comes to spending a great deal of money, but if you’re looking to break into the full tower case market and have enough space for any future upgrades that may come, the NXZT Source 530 is ideal for you.
Other Good Cheap Full Tower Cases Under $100
These other cases didn’t make it as my top pick for best full tower gaming case under $100, but I’d still like to acknowledge them as they are great cases for the money. So if you don’t like the NXZT Source 530, check these out!
Phanteks Enthoo Pro
- Enthoo Pro includes 1 x 200mm fan in front and 1 x 140mm fan in the rear. Ability to upgrade to additional fans is possible. All fans included are Phanteks' new redesigned and better performing SP series fans. Budget friendly case.
- Appearance: Brushed plastic with an aluminum appearance; Stealth interior: hidden PSU / hidden HDD
- Cooling: Extreme cooling capacity; 2 included Phanteks' premium fans ; The PWM hub makes it possible to control all the connected fans (also 3-pin fans) with PWM function through 1 PWM connector and create a better cable management
- Extensive water cooling support. Provides up to 4 diff installation areas for radiators vary from single to triple (120mm & 140mm form factors). Clearance for push-pull fan configurations; Innovative liquid cooling mounting systems.Closed HDD panel strengthens the chassis' rigidity, even when both HDD cages are removed. Removable Drop-n-Lock SSD bracket that can be installed on 2 different locations. (1 bracket incl.)
- Dimension:235 mm x 535 mm x 550 mm (W x H x D)
Another great option for a full tower case would be the Phanteks Enthoo Pro. Honestly, if you’re willing to play close to a hundred dollars, then this is a great buy that I’d wholeheartedly recommend. Not only is it affordable, but it also comes with many high-quality features that just aren’t seen in other cases in this price range.
Compared to the NXZT 530 it looks rather bland, but if looks aren’t a priority for you, then this case isn’t a bad buy at all. Not only does it come with many features such as fan mounts and USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, but it also comes with some of the best cable management I’ve seen at its price range making your build a lot cleaner. Another pro for this case is that if you’re looking for a case that is water cooler friendly, then this is it.
This case also comes with two high-quality fans for those who’re looking for any extra value which can save you a pretty penny if you’re looking to use as many fans as possible.
When you consider all the things you get with this case, it’s no wonder that Phanteks calls this case the Enthoo Pro. If you’re looking for something that’s going to last you for a great deal of time, you really can’t go wrong with this case.
BEST MID-RANGE FULL TOWER CASE UNDER $200
If you’re looking for an amazing case that’s not going to cost a fortune one of these cases, are something you should be considering.
Corsair Graphite Series 780T
- Rounded corners and a sleek, cohesive design for great-looking systems
- Latched side panels for easy access
- Supports dual 360mm radiators for state-of-the-art cooling installations. Compatibility:Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX
- Front panel three-mode fan controller lets you tailor performance and fan noise
- Dual 140mm LED intake fans and a 140mm exhaust fan for ample airflow
I honestly love Corsair cases, as they honestly make some of the best full tower cases on the market. The Corsair 780T is a behemoth that comes in at 25 pounds!
It comes in two colors, I chose the black with red lights – but there is a slightly more expensive white case as well.
When you’re considering getting a case that’s at this price level you really want to make sure that everything is worth it and I can honestly say that the Corsair Graphite 780T is worth the price. Not only does it offer an ample amount of space but you’re also getting excellent airflow and the ability to control how much air the fans emit with a switch on the case which is a great feature. One of the most important things this case offers is the ability for fantastic cable management. There’s nothing worse than building a PC that just looks like a tangled mess. You also get an enormous amount of removable bays that allow you to store a lot of HDDs and SSDs as well.
The only complaint about this case is also its biggest pro. This case is huge! Like I mean it’s bigger than most full tower cases. So while some may love this feature others may absolutely just think it’s overkill. It also allows for some amazing cable management. The good thing is that you’ll never have any issues when upgrading which is why it’s one of the best cases you can get for the price.
If you’re looking for a massive full tower case that’s going to last you for a long time, then you really can’t go wrong with the Corsair 780T.
Other Notable Midrange Full Tower Cases
While these aren’t my top picks for best midrange case, I still think they’re great buys in their own right.
NXZT Phantom Full Tower Case
- Model: NZXT Phantom Black Case Type: Full Tower Black Interior Chassis Front Panel
- Cooling Systems: Front 1x140mm, Side 1x200mm, 2x120mm (included), Rear 1x120mm (included), Top 2x200mm (1xBlue Led 200mm included)
- Clearance: VGA>350mm, CPU Heatsink support 180mm (without side 200/230mm fan)
- Immense Performance: 7 fan capability ( Front fan 1x140mm, Top 2x200mm fan, Side 1x200mm and 2x120mm, rear 1x120mm).
- Large Expandability: Space for 7 hard drives and five 5.25 bays
As you can tell, it seems that a few manufacturers seem to make the best full tower cases, and I honestly feel there’s nothing wrong with that when you consider that their cases are all so versatile and unique. NXZT tends to have some of the most fashionable full tower cases, and if we were going off of just looks, this case would be one of my top picks. With the black and green color scheme going on it allows for something that impresses people who know about PCs and individuals who don’t. I’ll slightly get into what this case has to offer below.
The NXZT Phantom is a beast in its own right. If you’re looking for something that is a little more than $100 and is super stylish, then this Is the case for you. You’ll be getting a lot of HDD and SSD bays, and a heap of fan mounts. You also get plenty of fan options which will allow you to set the ideal fan speed for the amount of cooling your PC needs.
My only issue with this case is a similar problem I have with most other Corsair cases. They seem to focus so much on the exterior that they really neglect certain aspects of the interior such as cheap bay drives.
If you’re looking to get something that’s a slight upgrade from the cases under $100, then you can’t go wrong with the Phantom as it combines the best of both aspects.
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
- Mfr Part Number: RC-942-KKN1
- SATA Dock for easy installation without the need of removing side panel
- USB 3.0 on front I/O panel
- Air duct to cool the latest graphic cards
If you have a budget that is closer to $200, then the Cooler Master HAF X is a steal! One of the first things that comes to mind is that this thing is a really solid product coming in at 31 pounds.
Many people say they want a full tower case that’s going to be able to house anything that they could potentially put in their PC and if that person is you, then look no further than the HAF X! This case has enough space in it to hold up to 4 graphics cards and that’s without taking anything else out. You also get nine expansion slots that give you the ability to store so many gigabytes on your computer it’s not even funny.
If you’re looking for a case that has good cooling then the name says it all, this Cooler Master case just does an excellent job at cooling off the PC build due to their innovative case design. Aside from the cases design that helps cool off the build you also have the option to put to seven fans on the case.
Considering that this case has all the fundamental thing one looks for in a case, good airflow, decent cable management, and more than enough space for any upgrade coupled with the fact that it’s also made with many high-quality parts, this case can easily last you for a long time.
Corsair Obsidian 750D
- Generous Expansion Room for Building High Performance Systems
- Nine PCI-E expansion slots, up to ten 3.5" or 2.5" drives and three 5.25" drive bays. Compatible Corsair Liquid Coolers- H55, H60, H75, H80i, H90, H100i, H105, H110
- High Airflow Front Mesh Design Quiet, efficient air cooling performance for your CPU and GPUs
- Modular Drive Cage System. Compatibility: E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX, XL-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards
- Save space and customize your layout for your storage or airflow needs
If you don’t mind something that is simple and clean, then the Corsair Obsidian 750D full tower case is a wonderful buy.
Update: This case was below $100 (at time of the original writing), but it also provides so much utility that will allow you to fully take your build to the next level.
This case easily covers the most important aspects of a full tower case, great airflow, and a lot of room so there is nothing to worry from that front. You’ll also be getting plenty of fans which is something that you really can’t go wrong with.
One thing that this case has over the Source 530 would have to be it’s metal bays. While this isn’t such a big deal, I really feel that it can detract from a case if it looks so nice on the outside but the inside is made of plastic.
While the Obsidian 750D isn’t the most beautiful case out there, it gets the job done exceptionally well and in the end, that’s all that really matters. You also get the pleasure of a free two-year warranty from corsair, which is one of the reasons I respect their brand so much. While the 750D is a little more expensive than the Source 530 it’s a great full tower case in its own right and would be good buy for any gamer.
BEST HIGH-END FULL TOWER CASE
If you’re looking for a case above $200 then you’re really looking for something that will last you for a long time so I’m going to feature some of the best cases that I’ve found that provide you with the best that you can possibly get in 2016. These cases are the best of the best.
Thermaltake CHASER A71
- Advanced Liquid-Cooling Integrated Solution: Integrated LCS and CPU LCS Bigwater 850GT, with Dual 5.25 drive bays feature quick connector, 240mm motorsports radiator, and high performance pump.
- Ultimate Ventilation: Preinstalled 1 x 120mm rear fan; 1 x large 200mm front fan, 2 x 200mm Blue LED fans on the top and side to optimize airflow.
- Versatile Expansion: Flexible 1 + 6 drive bays, high end water cooling enablement with 240mm radiator, 500L Pump, 330cc reservoir.
- Motherboards: 9.6" x 9.6" (Micro ATX), 12" x 9.6" (ATX), 12" x 13" (Extend ATX.) I/O Ports: USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1. Drive Bays: Accessible：1 x 5.25", 1 x 3.5"Hidden：5 x 3.5" or 2.5."HDD Docking：1 x 3.5" or 2.5."
- Warranty: 3 year.
If you’re considering getting something high-end I’d recommend getting something that’s not just a little better but something that adds some extra value and my top pick would be the Thermaltake Chaser A71 with a built in water cooling system. Not only is this case already a good value on its own, but with the water cooling system built in, it eliminates any issues that you might traditionally have with a PC. While fans are pretty efficient at cooling a PC, if you’re really pushing your PC then a water cooling system may be something that can extend the life of your PC Components as it keeps everything in tip top shape. You also get some pretty huge fans on top of the cooling system which just further helps eliminate any overheating issues.
In the past there have been cooling issues with leaks – which explains the lower rating on Amazon. As with any liquid cooling rig, you must be very careful when setting it up and making sure all the screws are on tight.
Aside from the fantastic cooling system, this case offers pretty much anything and everything you’d expect from a full tower case at this price range. Outstanding cable management which is a must for any case and plenty of space that will allow you to upgrade your PC for years to come.
When I break down the Chaser A71, I have no complaints with it. Yes, it’s expensive, but other cases are cheaper on this list. If you’re looking for one of the best, then this case should be a serious contender.
Other Notable High End Full Tower Cases
Here are some other amazing cases that I believe are worth checking out if you the extra cash laying around.
Thermaltake LEVEL 10 GT Modular Case
- Hinged side panel to enable easier opening of the side door and access to computer for maintenance or upgrade.
- User no longer "hides" the excessive cable on the back, the Level 10 GT features numerous holders designed into the chassis for cable management.
- Five hot-swappable hard drive bays, each with its dedicated backplane to support hot-swap. Hard drive mounting supports both 2.5" or 3.5" drives
- Two USB 3.0 ports and one eSATA port located on the top.
- Connectivity array. Four USB 2.0 ports are conveniently located on the front bezel including a pair of audio ports.
While this case isn’t exactly over $200 at the time of my writing of this article, I’d still say that it’s probably one of the best full tower cases for someone who’s really serious about keeping a clean PC and wants something that is modular.
Other than the modular design, one can expect most other standard features from this case, so I can’t honestly recommend it over some of the cheaper cases unless you want to keep a tidy PC or love the design.
So on that note, If you want to have a unique case that prioritizes keeping a clean PC with some of the best cable management that you can have as of this moment then this full tower case is made for you.
One of the cons of this case is that it only have five removable hard drives due to the design which might be an issue for some, but other than that nothing else seems to be majorly affected.
Cooler Master Cosmos II
- Stylish and streamlined race-car inspired design
- Brushed aluminum and steel for strength and elegance
- Airflow Optimized Design
- Supports up to 10 fans and 13 HDDs (2 from X-dock)
- Supports 4 Way SLI/CF
While this case is the most expensive case on this list, it’s also the most unique, considering that it looks more like a console than a full tower case. Cool Master knows how to make cases that stand out, and the appropriately named Cosmos II looks pretty, but the looks aren’t just for show. You see, the Cosmos II is made up of full Aluminum and Steel chassis inside and out so you’re getting something that could last you for decades if you wanted.
So now that we’ve explained the outside, I’ll break down the inside for a little while. This case allows for up to 10 fans inside which is great, but what sets it apart is that it also allows up to 13 HDD’s or SSD’s which is a huge amount of space. This case’s cable management is also off the charts as you can hide each and every cable if you so desire.
Other than the fact that this case is expensive, there are no major flaws with this case. While I wouldn’t recommend it for the average person, if you’re looking for a case that is made of some of the finest materials then Cosmo II was made specifically for you.
Finding the best full tower case can be a long process as everyone has their own likes and dislikes. So while I know that this won’t appeal to everyone, hopefully, I provided enough variety that you found something that you could afford and also enjoy.
If you would like to add any other amazing cases to this list or just want some further assistance in finding the best full tower case, please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get right to you as soon as I can.
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