Regardless of whether you treat your computer as the center of your home office or simply put it under your desk, buying the right PC case is important .
You want at least a PC cover that is the right size for your needs and that offers space for all your hardware and USB devices. But some PC cases offer much, much more. Large guts, lower temperatures, muffled sound, extensive support for water cooling and chic glass panels or RGB lighting are just the tip of the iceberg.
Here is a guide to buying a PC case that is perfect for u . This is just the first step in your do-it-yourself journey; also read the PCWorld manual for building a PC.
Editor's Note: Last updated with the information in the PC section and some changes to our recommendations.
News about PC cases  The prices for cases have risen due to the rates of the United States for Chinese products. Expect to pay a little more for a case – around $ 10 to $ 25 – than a year ago.
NZXT launched the H510 Elite at the end of July, and as the name implies, it is a more blinded variant of the ultra-popular NZXT H500. Highlights include a Smart Device v2 controller and USB-C 3.1 port on the front, but it also combines two 140 mm RGB front fans, more tempered glass and a little extra maneuvering space in the minimalist design. Watch us poking and poking the case in the video above, then go to the NZXT website if you want to buy it for $ 170.
The In Win 309 mid-tower has 144 addressable RGB lights on the front panel, allowing you to create glowing recreations of your favorite retro gaming images. It also comes with 12 built-in lighting modes for out-of-the-box light shows. Cooling options are plentiful, but finer details are not: prices and availability for this stunning case have not yet been announced.
Small PCs also need love, and MasterCase H100 from Cooler Master ($ 70 on Amazon) offers many affectionate details for MITX enthusiasts. It is broken down quickly, easily and completely, as you can see in the video above, and it bears the signature of the H-series from Cooler Master in the form of a large 200 mm RGB front fan. This itty-bitty tower measures 12.28 x 8.5 x 11.85 inches (312 x 216 x 301 mm), with a stated volume of 17.6 liters.
Size is important for PC enclosures
First, determine the size of the case you need. There are three main enclosures: Full-tower, mid-tower and mini-ITX.
Full-tower and mid-tower cases both fit on standard ATX motherboards – by far the most common motherboard size there is. Both also fit on smaller micro ATX motherboards. The exact size varies from case to case, but most center towers are around 18 centimeters high and about 8 centimeters wide. Mid-tower PCs are probably the most common form factor and have enough room to provide systems with a closed-loop CPU cooler, a few graphics cards and a lot of storage.