If you want to assemble a computer, you may have selected all the internal and external hardware. However, the PC case is equally important. I will share with you how to choose an efficient PC case.
Although computer cases have no direct role in the operation of your PC, they are still important. The main function of the PC case is to cover and protect the components in the computer. It also plays an important role in promoting airflow in the system.
There are a variety of housing options with different sizes, designs and functions. However, you need to pay attention to the PC case selected for the system.
1. The motherboard should fit perfectly
Choose a PC case that fits perfectly with your computer. In the previous article, we discussed various common motherboard sizes. Motherboards are divided into four categories according to their size.
In addition, the chassis should perfectly wrap the motherboard, fan, CPU cooler, and other hardware. You can check it in the chassis size parameters. There are different PC cases; full-tower, mid-tower, Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX.
- Most PCs use mid-tower cases because they are not too large and easy to use. However, mid-towers are not suitable for smaller motherboards because they look too large.
- The full tower is ideal for expanding ATX motherboards.
- Mini-ITX case and Micro-ATX case are suitable for smaller PCs
2. Radiator height
Custom graphics cards and CPU coolers are the two largest components of a computer. Therefore, after considering whether the motherboard will be fully enclosed, check whether the height of the two components will exceed the width of the chassis.
The height of the full-length graphics card should not exceed the size of the case, and the length should be slightly shorter than the case. This is to reserve enough space in front for air intake and heat dissipation. Therefore, if you choose a smaller or too large case, it will bring you inconvenience.
In addition, consider the height of the air CPU cooler tower. This is because some graphics cards are longer than others. When purchasing a case, please check the specifications of the CPU cooler it can accommodate.
3. Hard drive bays
Nowadays, PCs do not always need optical drives. This motivates people to buy more external hard drives. When people assemble computers, they use solid-state hard drives as system and software disks, and hard drives for data storage.
Therefore, please consider whether there is HDD space in your case. The PC case requires at least 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive bays for storage drives. Depending on the number of drives you plan to put in your PC, you may need an additional bay.
Another important factor is their airflow capability. There is a misunderstanding that the larger the case, the better the heat dissipation.
Some PC cases come with pre-installed fans, while others offer the option of adding fans. Therefore, please check the fan configuration of the chassis before purchasing to ensure that the internal components get the best airflow. This is to ensure that the computer stays cool while in use. When choosing a computer case, it is very important to prioritize maximum airflow.
If you choose a case that focuses on silent design, please rest assured that it will cause high temperatures. However, on the plus side, they reduce the noise emitted from the system. However, their counterparts; the airflow-focused PC case has a mesh panel that allows the fan to draw in as much air as possible.
When choosing a PC case, consider airflow, installable fans and heat sinks. If the case has good airflow, this means that the PC will run quieter due to effective heat dissipation. Fans are also essential for making PCs cooler and quieter. The radiator is an integral part of a customized liquid cooling system. Ultimately, a larger PC case will accommodate a larger heat sink.
5. air filter
There is a lot of dust in the air. When your computer is running, dust often enters the case. Therefore, when you buy a case, it is best to choose a case with an air filter. If not, you can buy it from an online retailer.
If you live in a dusty environment, find an enclosure with an air filter. In addition, you can place any intake fan where there is a filter and the exhaust fan where there is no filter. If dust and pet hair clog your computer, it can cause the system to overheat and become unreliable. The main function of the chassis fan is to suck and discharge air.
6. power supply
Pay attention to the air inlet and outlet of the power supply to ensure heat dissipation. The power supply also determines what kind of case you can buy for your computer. Nowadays, power supplies are rarely pre-installed in computer cases. If you purchase the chassis and PSU bundle separately, please check the specifications. Ensure that the power supply has sufficient capacity to power the computer.
However, there is no single, universal rule for choosing a power source. Remember to buy a power supply from a reputable manufacturer, and check the reviews and connectors before buying to confirm that the device is compatible with your system. In any case, try to avoid universal powers. Take a closer look at the power output, power rails, and efficiency.
7. Cable management details
After installing the motherboard and power connector, it is difficult to manage the cables. Therefore, try to choose a chassis with back wiring for neat cable management.
However, the cable management of the chassis does not affect the airflow. It just provides a healthier environment for your PC components. Before purchasing a chassis, read about the chassis cable management options. In addition, please consider how much space is behind the panel, holes, hooks, rubber gaskets, and PSU shield.
8. Front panel port
On the front of the case, interfaces are often used, including MIC jacks, USB interfaces, and so on. We recommend that you reserve enough space for external jacks. It is recommended to have a USB3.0 interface, because the speed of 3.0 can reach 500MB/s. On the other hand, USB2.0 is around 30MB/s. Other ports are used for SD card jack, audio jack and type-c interface.
The front panel port can access plug-in external storage. When choosing a chassis, consider the ports you want. In addition, the motherboard should provide the connections needed to make the ports work properly.
Yes, after the actual performance, this case still needs to look attractive. Remember to consider RGB lighting and glass side panels. Before buying the motherboard casing, check it from all angles. Choose a cool-looking case because you will use it for a long time. They also have different colors, materials and designs.
A poorly designed case can ruin your PC building experience. As long as the case meets all your needs, a specific case is best for you. In addition, after considering all factors, please check your budget to make sure it is affordable for you.
Choose the best quality PC case to improve durability. In addition, it is important to consider the compatibility of the housing with the internal components. Due to the high-power components of gaming computers, they may require larger cases.