The PC tower case houses the most important parts of your PC which includes the motherboard, processor, hard drives, optical drives, and all other peripherals. Choosing a PC tower case is usually aesthetic in nature and will mostly depend on the design. However, there are also some other considerations that are sometimes or even regularly overlooked by a buyer. Let me share some.
First is its form factor. If you check your motherboard, you’ll see there the form factor. This means that the motherboard will fit almost perfectly on the form factor stated on the manual. The most common is the ATX form factor (there are still a few ATs left and new barebones and new designs that look like a small box). There is the micro-ATX (small boards), mini-ATX, mid-ATX, and the full ATX tower. If you want flexibility, go with the bigger form factor. Based from experience, since I’ve used quite a lot of micro-ATX boards, you can fit smaller motherboards into bigger cases. I have a mid-ATX case and my micro-ATX boards still fit perfectly.
Most tower cases come equipped with a generic power supply. They usually have wattage of around 250-400 watts. Well, it’s fine if you don’t have a very powerful PC. But if you have a high end system with a Quad-core processor, super high-end video card in either SLi or Crossfire (2 video cards installed and running at the same time for extreme gaming), multiple drives, etc, the stock power supply that comes with the tower case won’t be able to power them up.
You need to buy a more powerful power supply in the range of 500-700 watts or more. So, if you can save a few bucks if you don’t include the stock power supply, I suggest you do so. You usually don’t need it anyway. Invest on a better power supply for optimum performance.
Temperature is one of the main issues especially on hardcore PC enthusiasts who maximize the potentials of their PCs. Keeping the PC as cool as possible is one of the major challenges in dealing with tower case temperatures. There are a lot of tower cases that has spaces to install big fans for heat exhaust and some have small vents that will allow the heat inside to go out of the case. This is really important especially for the overclockers out there with PCs running as hot as 60 degrees Celsius or more.
Next would be the expansion bays. Just check if the tower has enough available spaces to accommodate your DVD drives and hard drives especially if you have a good number of them. Most tower cases would allow 2 optical drives and 3 or more hard drives.
Finally, choose your design. Choose the one that you like. Although for me, it isn’t that important since what matters is what’s inside. But still, looking at a good-looking tower will probably make it a little more enjoyable using your PC.