With the motherboard now out of the way (you opted for an ASUS Prime B350-Plus ATX mobo to join the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU), we now know just what size case we need for the PC Build 2017. Until you get into the extremes of overclocking, the case is the component which is going to have the smallest impact on actual performance. Housing all of your components, the appeal of a case purely comes down to the functionality it offers in conjunction with aesthetics.
Some folks love a great looking gaming case, others are happy to just shove it under the desk and forget about it. At the end of the day, it's going to be the home for each and every other component you buy, so it's got a pretty important role to play.
Before we head onto picking a gaming case, and how to decide what gaming case is right for you, here is how the GD Build 2017 is shaping. Money's beginning to run a little dry now, we're up to around 50% of the total budget.
|GD Choice||Proportionate Spend||Budget Allocation||Actual Spend|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 1500X||18%||$180||$189.99|
|Motherboard||ASUS Prime B350-Plus ATX||9%||$90||$99.99|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3000MHz||8%||$80||$119.99|
|Storage||DREVO X1 Series 60GB SSD + WD Blue 1TB 7200 RPM HDD||8%||$80||$86.98|
Which Cases are Best for a B350 AMD Ryzen AM4 Motherboard in 2017
We're on a very tight budget with the case, having just a target of $50 to spend on it. Overall, the majority of GD'ers voted the case as the least important aspect of the build. This limits the choices available somewhat, meaning we're probably going to have to make a sacrifice in terms of either aesthetics of functionality.
And the 28 of you who voted for $1000? Please send me pictures of your PC grafted from titanium using Thor's hammer itself, I'd love to see.
GD Build Guide 2017 ATX Motherboard Gaming Case Options
According to the poll at the start of this whole process, the case is the least important component of your entire build, and by some distance. For the most part it seems folks take an 'anything will do' approach to the case, preferring to direct resources elsewhere. To that end, over half of you wouldn't spend more than $75 on a case, and in the context of a $1000 build, we have just $50 to spend.
That's not much, so things are going to be tight here. We're going to be using an ASUS Prime B350-Plus AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard in there, which means we'll need an ATX-compatible Mid of Full Tower. Due to our $50 budget, a Full Tower is pretty much out of the question, limiting our options somewhat. Your job now is to assume you have a $50 target, and then pick which case you'd choose for the ideal PC build 2017.
VIVO ATX Mid Tower Economy Case - $34.99
Rosewill ATX Slim Full Tower - $64.99
What to Look for in a Case
The case, more than any other part of your build, comes down do a combination of aesthetics and specs. From the outside, this is basically going to determine what your PC looks like. Some aren't overly fussed by their PC's looks, while for others its appearance is their pride and joy. The aesthetic appeal then needs to be matched by the space for your components, compatibility, and of course the price.
Before you do anything when buying a case, you'll need to pick a size first. For the most part, PC cases are split up into three key sizes - Mini-ITX (or Micro-ITX), Mid Tower and Full Tower.
Mini Towers are the most compact builds and are great when you don't have a lot of room or you want to store your PC away and out of sight. They're a great fit for living rooms and they're also much more portable if you want some LAN sessions.
Mid Towers are the most commonly found cases and can fit ATX motherboards and smaller. They offer a little more room for manoeuvre than a mini tower and also mean you won't have to occasionally compromise on hardware in order to fit them in. The Mid Towers popularity is due to to being a middle ground option with no major drawbacks.
Lastly, there're Full Towers, and these are actually pretty huge. If you're used to see Mid Towers then these are actually a large step up. They can extended ATX motherboards and have room for just about any hardware combination you want, including four-way multi-GPU, liquid cooling, and even dual power supplies. Their large size means they're easier to optimize your cabling, however they can be real pain to move around.
Once you've opted for a size, the decision now comes down to price range, aesthetics, and feature set. Some cases offer improved audio dampening, others can fit differing amounts of fans. It's always worth exploring user reviews before you buy as well, as some cases can be an absolute pain to open up and tinker with.
How To Install a New PC Case
You don't install a new case, every other component gets installed in it!