If you are going to use a Micro ATX or an ATX motherboard in your system then you at least need an ATX Mid Tower gaming case. Companies like Corsair, Fractal and NZXT provide some of the best cases for every need and every budget. But other companies like Thermaltake and Rosewill also seem to give a tough competition to these.
Depending upon your needs and the components you will be using, you can either get a mid-tower with only 2 HDD mounts and only a few fan ports or you can get an insanely big mid-tower case that supports water cooling and a lot of custom fans.
Doing a lot of research, I have found the best ATX mid-tower cases for every budget with different features you can buy this year. All these cases have got plenty of positive reviews and I am going to review them to make it clear whether these cases worth your money or not.
I have divided these cases into three categories:-
1. Best Mid-tower cases under $50
2. Best Mid-tower cases $50-$100
3. Best Mid-tower cases above $100
For tight budget builds like $500 gaming build or $400 gaming build, the cases that cost under $50 are the best choice and above $50, these cases are best for building gaming rigs that cost you more than $500 up to $1200. Cases that cost above $100 are for enthusiasts and have many additional features that you may want in order to get better quality or to show off.
This guide is going to be very long therefore if you want to save your time, you can choose your category according to your budget first and then read the reviews.
The Best Mid-tower Cases for under $50
Thermaltake Versa H22 SPCC ATX Mid Tower
This case is available in two versions. One has an opaque side panel and this one has a transparent window in its side panel which lets you see through it inside. This case is good for a budget build costing more than $300 up to $600 as it has some of the most important and basic features that you would be looking for. A similar case I have used for my $500 gaming build. As for the window panel, it costs above $50 but this case which has opaque side panel costs only $40.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
The material used in this case is SPCC steel and the colour is black both on interior and exterior and will look best if used with components coloured in orange, red, blue or white. The design is simple and has been optimised for good ventilation. The front of the case has honeycomb mesh for cool air intake and has two ports for installing 2x120mm custom fans.
The top of the case also has a perforated mesh which is for eliminating the heat through the top. As the side panel doesn’t have any fan slots, you will not be able to install any fans in that. But the rear has a 1x120mm pre-installed fan for exhaust. If you install two fans at the front for intake, the case will never heat much as it will create a good cycle of exchanging the cold and hot air.
Inside the case, you have 3 drive bays for 5.25″ drives, 3 drive bays for 3.5″x Hard drives that can also be replaced with 3×2.5″ SSD’s and finally at the bottom you get 3 drive bays more for 2.5″ drives. So you have a pretty good amount of support to install more hard drives and SSD’s.
Now, this case can support motherboards with form factors Micro ATX and ATX and standard PS2 power supplies. It can support long graphics cards and also has a good amount of space so that you can easily install a custom cooler like Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO etc. and will have no problem in doing two-way CrossfireX or SLI. The front of the case has audio and mic jacks for easy access. Two USB ports are also available along with them out of which one is USB 3.0 and one is USB 2.0 ports.
- Has a lot of slots for installing storage devices
- Has decent cooling system with enough ventilation
- Has several holes for routeing cables
- Value to price is unquestionable
- It has a old design which may not appeal to enthusiasts
- Short cutout in the motherboard tray which makes it difficult to install an aftermarket cooler without removing the motherboard
Rosewill Gaming Challenger S
A better case for a little more price is this Rosewill Challenger S. For a budget less than $50, this case is among the best cases available now in the market. It is best for gaming PC’s costing $500 and above up to $1000 as it supports full-length components. Although it generally costs above $40 but you can get it for less than this on some occasions.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
This case is also made up of SPCC steel. The design is very attractive especially the front which has a curve on the sides. The case comes with 2x120mm blue LED fans pre-installed on the front which not only makes it cooler but also makes it look better. The rear is also equipped with 1x120mm fan for exhaust. This case is even better than the Thermaltake Versa 22 as it has more space inside and supports more custom fans. At the front along with 2x120mm fans, you can also install a water cooling radiator with fan 120mm in size for cooling your CPU. That’s why I included it in my best airflow cases of 2018.
The top and the bottom are equipped with perforated mesh and dust filters. Creating all side ventilation, in this case, is easy as you have the support to install fans at the top, bottom, rear and front. The total amount of fans it can support at a time is 8 including the radiator. 2x120mm fans at the top, 2x120mm/2x140mm fans at the side and front respectively. Cable management and wiring are just simple as all other cases in this list. You don’t have to worry about cable management in all of these cases.
It supports even longer graphics cards up to 360mm in length. Even the compatibility of motherboards is better with the support of MINI ITX motherboards additionally. So, you can build even a budget or a high-end build with it. The only con it has as compared to the previous one is that it has 2×2.5″ drive bays and 2×5.25″ drive bays as compared to 3/3 in the previous case. But you still have 3×3.5″ drive bays for up to 3 hard drives. Now, I still don’t think that it is a con because there is hardly anyone who utilizes more than 3/4 drive bays in total.
The drive bays for SSD’s like in the previous ones are replaced with the Radiator support that also makes sense as you can do liquid cooling for your CPU.
- It has great airflow and support for liquid coolers
- Ventilation is exception at this price point
- Cable management is decent with a enough clearance for cables
- Comes equipped with pre-installed 3x 120mm fans(2 with Blue LED)
- Best for Value to price performance
- The material quality is not that great
Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition
This case is also from Thermaltake which is still one of the great cases of 2018 and has more features than the Versa 22. I have even used it previously for my $600 gaming build. This case will be good for you if you want too many drive bays and fans support. It is available in two more colours: Black and Black/Red.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
The case has stylish design at the front and at the side. From inside it’s simple but it looks great with white exterior and black interior and will match any coloured components. It has a lot of ports for installing custom fans. Although the case comes with only 1x120mm pre-installed fan at the rear, you still have two ports left on the top, front and one at the bottom for cooling your graphics card.
This case has a balanced cooling systematic design as the front cooling fan is for intake and will cool your hard drives. The bottom one will cool the video card and the rear and top fans will work as exhaust. So you have two sides for intake and two sides for exhaust at appropriate places.
In this case, you will be able to use CPU coolers up to 170mm of height and graphics card with a maximum length of 320mm. It supports only two form factor motherboards: Micro ATX and ATX. So you cannot use a Mini-ITX in this like the Challenger S.
There are a lot of drive bays present for your needs. You can install up to 5 hard drives, 3 optical drives and 1 SSD. The case should have been provided for more 2.5″ drives but still, at this cheap price, it’s good. The other disadvantage of this case is that the side panels are a little flexible and not rigid as they should be but you get what you pay. Even at this price, this case is good as it has proper ventilation and lots of components support.
- Has a lot of ventilation and slots for installing fans
- Has several drive bays for installing hard drives and SSD's
- Looks gorgeous from every angle
- Comes with a transparent window panel along with a slot of installing a 120mm fan
- Traditional and old design from inside
- Not enough clearance for cable management at the back
Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01
I think this case is the winner of all below $50. It is built very well and uses good quality materials. Best for mid-end PC’s and is best for using long graphics cards. I have used it in my $750 gaming build because it is much upgradable and doesn’t feel to be cheap at all.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
The design is unique and looks elegant especially from the front as it has one 120mm fan pre-installed which have a mild red LED. The case is totally black from exterior and interior and looks awesome with Red LEDs. But you can change the fans anyways according to your choice.
The case has support for a total of 5 fans that you can install at the front, top and rear. The front has more compatibility for fans and you can either use 2x120mm or 2x140mm fans for cooling your whole system and Storage devices. The case has fan filters at the front which are necessary as the front fans will intake cool air and will keep out the dust from entering the case. Unfortunately, you will not get a fan port at the bottom which could be helpful for cooling your graphics card more.
The case supports insanely longer graphics cards up to 414mm, so you don’t have to worry about the compatibility of graphics cards in this case and you will be also able to do two-way SLI or CrossfireX. For cooling, the maximum CPU cooler height it can support is 150mm which is lower than that of Thermaltake Commander MS-I edition but still, you will be able to install coolers like ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2. Although you will also be able to fit Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO in it, the cooler will just fit into it leaving a mm gap from the side panel. This case is best with liquid coolers like H55, H60, H75, H80i and you will be able to install the radiator at the rear.
Now, the support of drive bays is also good. You will get 4 combo drive bays for HDD’s and SSD’s and 2 drive bays for 5.25″ drives. All over, I find it a very good budget case under $50 that will help you build even a higher end build.
- Looks decent and is lightweight
- Perfect for any mid-end PC with support for a lot of components
- Huge transparent side window panel to see through
- Supports long graphics cards
- No space for mounting radiators at the top
- Comes with only 2x 120mm fans pre-installed
The Best Mid-tower Cases for $50-$100
Thermaltake Commander G42
This case is again from Thermaltake and has many specs that Thermaltake Commander MS-I edition has. But as the price of this case is more, you get even more features that I am going to explain below. For a price of only $60, this case is ready for high-end builds costing $1000 and above.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
The case has awesome design and better of all we have seen in previous cases. The front is similar to the Commander MSI but the USB and audio jacks are present at the top. The case is sturdy and feels decent not like the Commander MS-I and space is even more. It comes with 1x120mm pre-installed fan at the rear and has 6 more additional fan slots in whole.
Three slots at the front, two at the top and 1 at the bottom making it possible that you can cool all of your hard drives, SSD’s and ODD’s. The top is better as it supports liquid cooling radiators with 2 fans that you can use to cool your CPU. Corsair H100i can be fit in that space easily. The front panel is perforated mesh just like the Thermaltake Commander and will allow the intake fans to take cool air from outside but as I said, you are also able to put three fans instead of two. One more thing in this case I liked is that the side panel has thumb screws for easy access to remove it which are actually fitted in the side panel itself so that you may not lose them.
The case supports Micro ATX and Standard ATX motherboards and you can easily do two-way CrossfireX/SLI in this case without any problem. The CPU cooler support is also good as the side panel is made convex for more space. Similarly, the cable management is unmatched and the side panel will allow you to easily route the cables through the holes and won’t be so tight.
For Drives, there are 3×5.25″ drive bays for ODD and 6×3.5″/2.5″ drive bays with tool-free installation setup for Hard drives and SSD’s. You can also remove three of them to make more space clearing up to 410mm of the area for longer graphics cards. So this case is really good for this price and customers have given several good reviews about it that it has no con.
- Ventilation and cooling is awesome and can support fans at multiple areas
- Solid quality and esports look
- Modular design with several tool less storage drive bays
- Perfect cable management system for the price
- Not enough clearance to install radiators at the top
- Comes with only 2x 120mm fans pre-installed
Corsair Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition
This is the case which I have used in my $1250 Kabylake build as well as $600 Kabylake build because it has a good components compatibility and is almost silent. There are two versions of this case but the other one is not made silent as this and costs only a few bucks lower.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
The design is simple and sleek and the ventilation, however, is not much good like the previous one but you can actually install up to 3 custom fans inside the case. As the case is bigger you can still expect it to not heat so much. Actually, this case is designed as silent as possible for media works etc. The side panel doesn’t have a window but actually, all of the panels including the top of the case use insulation material for absorbing noise. The front of the case is straight and sleek too with the support of 2x120mm/140mm fan support inside.
The rear has a fan controller to make your fans slower or faster which is a good feature to use the fans as slow as possible when the system is idle and push them as fast as you can when you are doing gaming. But if this case would have ventilation perforated mesh or something like that, the case wouldn’t be so silent. So, if you prefer silence over ventilation, this is a right option for you.
The components compatibility is also fine. It has 2×5.25″ drive bays and 4×3.5″/2.5″ combo drive bays for Hard drives and SSD’s which are tool-free easy to setup drive bays. The compatibility of motherboards is, however, better than the previous case as along with the Micro ATX, ATX motherboards, it also supports Mini-ITX motherboards. But the maximum height of CPU cooler it can support is 150mm which could have been more for this price.
The case supports Liquid coolers like H55, H60, H75, H80i but I think you can use a Corsair H100i on the front. As the there are no drive bays in middle of the case, you can actually use graphics cards longer up to 414mm and two-way SLI/CrossfireX.
In the front, there are Audio I/O jacks and two USB 3.0 ports. So, if you have a motherboard that has a USB 3.0 front panel port you will get the benefits of these two ports. I think this case is only good for you if you want a silent PC with a little bit of compromise. Sure it has some disadvantages when we look at the ventilation but at the same time, you get compatibility with Mini-ITX motherboards and more silence.
- Several cut outs for proper cable management
- Outstanding silent operation
- Tool free drive bays
- Lack of proper ventilation
- Lack of 240mm radiator support
NZXT S340VR Elite
NZXT S340VR Elite is the newer model of NZXT S340. The case looks like a lot similar but there are a few changes in the case which I have listed below. The price difference is almost $20 but it’s justified for the extra features it comes with.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
This case is simply plain and modernistic. Some may like a transformer looking case but I prefer a plain case like this which has a good design. Although the ventilation, in this case, is not good enough but it’s still fine for normal high-end gaming rig which is not made specifically for overclocking. The case has 2x 120mm fan slots the rear and at the top. It’s definitely a CON here not having at least two 120mm fan slots at the top but when you see that the front has only two slots for fan installation then it makes sense because a case should have balanced airflow.
You can install a 240mm or a 280mm radiator at the front. The case will take cool air from the bottom and will result in lesser dust but at the cost of lesser airflow. So don’t go for hardcore overclocking of every component. Now talking about its looks, it comes with a tempered glass side panel which resists micro-scratches, unlike the normal NZXT S340 version. The case also comes with a magnetic puck that can be used to hang headphones or VR headset at the front. Cable management is also improved a little bit but everything else is similar to the previous version.
The case supports Mini-ITX, Micro ATX and ATX motherboards and graphics card with a maximum length of 364mm without any front radiator and 334mm with radiator. You can do two Way SLI/CrossfireX easily, in this case, however, I don’t recommend SLI now.
The power supply mount and hard drives mount is present at the bottom which is totally hidden and will keep your system even tidier and neat. Unfortunately, there is no drive bay for ODD so you have to use USB drives instead. But there is an additional SSD slot at the side of the PSU shroud and a cutout for neat cable management. So, now you can install up to 3 SSD’s.
The cable management is even better with a lot of holes and a cable bracket that hides the big cables. There are also straps present at the back which will hold your cables altogether. Overall this case is very decent for its price and I don’t have any reasons for you to not to buy it.
- Looks great with the tempered glass side panel
- Has a full length PSU shroud that hides most of the cables/PSU and hard drives
- Has three SSD slots and awesome cable management
- Comes with a magnetic puck for hanging headphone or VR headset
- Not enough ventilation at the front panel
- Lacks required amount of fan slots at the top
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M
I cannot stop myself but put this beautiful mid-tower on this list as it features one of the best designs for compatibility with components and for cooling. It’s the combination of everything at one place and comes at a budget price that many cases fail to come at.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
When the design of this case is considered it’s better than the NZXT S340 Elite in my opinion with some fewer premium features but what it comes with is not present in the S340. The interior of this case is designed in such a manner that it gives you more than enough empty space to work with and you can do custom water loop liquid cooling in this case without any problem. There are two big routeing holes with rubber grommets that hide the cables neatly and the presence of this holes almost at every suitable place makes it a good case for cable management.
Installing a custom CPU cooler won’t be a problem in this chassis as it has a big cutout on the motherboard tray and a lot of space behind it. The case also features a full-length PSU shroud that will hide every cable properly along with the hard drives. Your power supply, however, will be visible from the side because of the cutout at the shroud so you can either make your PSU brand appear from outside or you can mod the PSU for better looks.
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The front panel of the case is one of the best things in it which is currently not being implemented in a lot of cases. It sports a ventilated front panel with a dust filter that will allow good airflow inside the case and at the same time, it will stop the entrance of dust to a good extent. At least it’s better than the cases which have very less area for intake and because of this I recommend going with it over the NZXT S340 Elite, however, the latter comes with a side tempered glass panel which is absent in it. It contains a side window panel that is not immune to scratches but should easily let you see the interior of the case properly.
Starting from how much fans and coolers it can take, there is a very good support for both radiators as well as chassis fans in it. You can install up to 3x 120mm fans at the front if you remove the HDD cage and with HDD cage installed you can install 2x 120mm fans. Similarly, you can install up to 360mm radiator at the front and a 360mm radiator at the top which is exactly what you should be looking for in case you want the best cooling performance. Surely, it’s not the best in cooling but it’s far superior to most of the mid-towers I listed on this list.
You can install Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX as well as E-ATX motherboards in it that should not be wider than 264mm. A normal mid-tower doesn’t have a compatibility like this and you can install a very big CPU cooler in it at the same time as the total clearance for a CPU air cooler is 194mm. And as there is a lot of space in it because of the absence of the HDD cage in the middle, you can install very long graphics cards and do two Way-SLI or CrossfireX if you are planning to build a high-end Gaming PC.
For storage, there are a total of 2 bays present for 3.5″ hard drives and you can install 6 more of those which aren’t included with this case and you can buy them for expanding your storage capacity. For SSDs there is one drive bay present and you can install two more separately. Overall, this case should be your priority if all of your requirements come under what I have stated.
- A perfect mid tower with compatibilty of E-ATX motherboards and big CPU coolers
- Has support for custom water cooling
- Full PSU shroud hides cables and hard drives
- Proper ventilation with dust filters for improved cooling
- No tempered glass at the side panel
NZXT Phantom 410
It’s true that 2017 was the year of tempered glass and RGB and so maybe 2018 but it doesn’t change the fact that there are some old cases which are still the best for their price and people should consider them for their PC’s. This is another NZXT mid tower that costs equal to the S340VR Elite but looks damn professional. Just like the other mid towers, it has a similar design but has exceptional cooling features along with flexible customization. This case is the best-looking case for under $100.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
The design is very sleek and stylish. The material used in this case is a very good quality steel and the front panel has some good features like a removable top cover to access the ODD’s and also has a mesh ventilation for better airflow. The case comes with 3 pre-installed fans. 1x120mm fan at the rear and front and 1x140mm fan at the top. Along with these fan ports, you still have 4 more fan ports in the whole case including areas front, top, bottom and at the side panel.
The pre-installed fans are very good quality and the other fan ports can be used by installing similar NZXT fans. The case also has fan filters at the front and at the top making difficult for the dust to enter it. With this case, you can easily cool your CPU with a 240mm dual radiator at the top and for overall case cooling, the front 1x120mm fan can be replaced with either 2x120mm or 2x140mm fans. The side panel also has a transparent small glass window along with the side fan port so as you can see through it inside. The only con I have heard of it from the customers is that it is too big. LOL. How can it be a con?
It supports Mini-ITX, Micro ATX and ATX motherboards. Along with the support of too many fans, you can install a graphics card up to 280mm with a front fan installed at the front, up to 230mm long graphics card with drive bays installed and up to 305mm long graphics card if nothing is installed at the front middle.
For storage devices, it has 3×5.25″ drive bays, 6×3.5″ combo drive bays for both HDD and SSD out of which 4 are removable to install bigger graphics cards. The drive bays are a tool-free mechanism and require no screws to install the drives. You will never have problems with any components installation and cable management with this case.
- It has several cutouts with rubber grommets for finesh cable management
- Has great support for radiators and big coolers
- Has tool free modular Hard drive cage design
- Good amount of ventilation will make this case remain cooler
- No tempered glass side panel edition
- May not appeal to those who like plain simple design
The Best Mid-tower Cases for $100-$150
Thermaltake Suppressor F-51
Just above 100 dollars another beast mid-tower from Thermaltake catches our attention. It has two versions, one is silent edition without any transparent window which costs $100 and this one is gaming edition costing more than $110 now. It has a transparent window on its side panel and is fully modular.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
This case is badass. Customers have said that it is very heavy and does not feel cheap at all and it shouldn’t be as it is enthusiast gaming case. Along with too much of space, this case has dampened panels all side to make it silent. The interior and exterior are steel grey in colour and looks elegant. For cooling, it comes with pre-installed 1x140mm fan at the rear and a huge 1x200mm fan at the front to cool the hard drives.
But it becomes a little bit noisy when your system is working under 100% load otherwise, the case is completely silent. For cooling your CPU you can install a radiator at the top which also has a dust filter. The bottom and the front panel also have large dust filters to keep the dust-out. And if you want to install a dual or triple radiator for your CPU, you can install it at the top or even at the front as the drive bays are totally removable creating a huge amount of space. This case is really silent as well as has a complete solution for maintaining the temperature at lower degrees.
It can fit any component easily. You don’t have to check out the specs of a radiator or a graphics card before buying to make sure that it will fit or not. Anything will fit into this case. It can support huge radiators, water cooling setup, insanely long graphics cards and what not. For storage, there are 6+2 drive bays for ODD, HDD and SSD’s which are easily removable if you want to create more space but even if you don’t remove them, you can easily be able to do SLI/CrossfireX of up to 3 graphics cards. This case is really huge and you can never regret buying it.
- It's a huge case with great compatibility
- Cable management is easy with more than enough clearance
- Has support for custom water loops
- Has modular design and can be changed accordingly
- Not enough airflow at the front
- No tempered glass edition
Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB
Except for some flaws that are minor for me this case is the most premium mid-tower chassis but at a cost, not everyone can afford. For $180, this case has a great support for components and a premium look with all side tempered glass panels.
DESIGN AND VENTILATION
I don’t remember exactly the case name from which the idea for Corsair 570X was taken but nonetheless, this case has 4 sides tempered glass panels which makes it very heavy and a burden sometimes because it needs a lot of care. But those tempered glasses make it look fantastic making visible everything from fans to internal components. Many people didn’t like the tempered glass at the back as it exposes the cables but if you do the cable management properly with the help of the metal cover and velcro straps that it comes with, it should be no problem.
The case although have tempered glass panels at the front and top, it has clearance at the sides for airflow. Those aren’t enough for proper airflow but does the job done. As I am using this case in my personal RIG I can say that those aren’t a problem for me but for overclockers, it won’t be an appealing choice. Coming to the interior, it has a good amount of empty space with a PSU shroud that does not extend towards the front panel making clearance for thick radiators if you want to do custom water cooling in it. The PSU shroud doesn’t come with any cover that hides cables but if you stuck them well inside the shroud, then it will be OK.
The case has a good amount of routeing holes with rubber grommets but at the PSU shroud, there isn’t any. So, these are some flaws which may make you imply that this case isn’t the best one and sure it isn’t but the material quality is superior when compared to some of the best chassis in the market. Also, it comes with 4x 120mm Corsair SP series fans that are RGB connected to a Corsair Controller at the back of the case which can be controlled using the three buttons at the top of the case. You can switch between the effects, colours and speed for making your case gorgeous.
This case can support intermediately sized CPU coolers and long graphics cards. As the hard drive bays are present at the back of the case there is enough space present at the front which won’t put any interference in installing thick radiators. You can install 2x 3.5″ hard drives as well as 2x 2.5″ SSDs at the back. There isn’t any more room for expanding the storage capacity in this case.
For cooling, as there are already 4x 120mm fans pre-installed in it, you can install two more 120mm fans at the top making a balanced airflow overall. Similarly, you can install up to 360mm radiator at the front and 240mm radiator at the top. The front, of course, comes with a dust filter and it gets filled with dust in a month easily which you can remove for cleaning. So, in case you are doing ultimate cooling in your case be prepared for cleaning the dust regularly.
This case when released was available in only black colour. Now it is present in Mirror Black, Red and White also providing you options to choose from.
- A premium case with 4 side tempered glass panels
- Support for very thick radiators at the front
- Comes with 4x 120mm pre-installed Corsair SP series fans
- Available in 4 different colours to choose from
- Not proper airflow because of the tempered glasses
- No routeing hole in he PSU shroud
- Needs a lot of care