Are you ready for your next build but aren’t sure what type of case you need?
Trust me, you’re not alone.
Before you go buying your GPU, CPU, and all the other good stuff, it helps to know what type of build you're going for.
Two of the most common PC cases you’ll find are the mid tower and full tower cases, but what exactly are the differences between the two? We break it down for you here.
|Mid Tower Cases||Full Tower Cases|
|Motherboards||mATX, ATX||XL-ATX, HTPX|
|PCI-E Slots||7 - 8||7 - 10|
|Fan Support||6 - 7||10 - 12|
|Better for Watercooling||-||Yes|
|Better for Airflow||-||Yes|
|Better for Silence||Yes||-|
|Better for More Hardware||-||Yes|
|Better Cable Management||Yes||Yes|
|Most Commonly Used for||workstations, gaming PC||home servers, DAW, video editing|
Generally speaking, mid tower cases are smaller than full tower cases which means they’ll have smaller motherboards, lesser fans, and expansion slots.
Full tower cases are best for those that want flexible upgrade paths so that you practically never have to replace your case. However, note that although bigger cases have better airflow, you can also risk having hot spots in certain spots of the case.
When to buy a mid tower case:
- You only need standard ATX motherboards with 1-2 GPU configurations
- Are conscious to price/space
- Basic water cooling needs/fan ventilation
When to buy a full tower case:
- Large motherboards for use with 3/4 way GPU configurations
- Extreme customer water loops
- Large amounts of hard drives
- Special case mods/custom designs
- Want more ease and comfort with building in a case
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