Saturday, December 3, 2022

Do Mid Size Computer Cases Hit The Sweet Spot?

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When building your newest gaming PC, we usually start by imagining how much power our next computer should pack. We know we want a blazingly fast CPU, the best graphic card our money can buy, as much RAM and SSD storage as we can stuff in, and enough power headroom to install the coolest (and most efficient) RGB fans so it looks amazing and is silent as a mouse.

In a perfect world where budget is no constraint, we imagine we would just get the latest components and cram them inside a full tower. However, those who know a thing or two about computers know that this approach can be wasteful and impractical, not to mention aesthetically inferior, but we´ll get to that in a minute.

The primary role of computer cases is to serve as a platform that holds your components in place in an orderly fashion. This has become a lot easier with time as many components have been reducing their size (newer SSD drivers), or have outright disappeared (Floppy disks, optical readers/writers).

Cases now have a lot more internal space that is now used for more interesting things like cable management, cooling, and airflow. This means that we can fit more components into smaller cases and still pack a lot of punch.

That’s the case with small form factor gaming PCs. They can still be pretty high-end, and look awesome through a tempered glass side panel. However, having a fully overclocked gaming PC (with both the CPU and the GPU pushed to their tolerance limits) requires better airflow management and robust liquid cooling solutions that will not work in constrained environments.

A full-size tower PC case is often overkilling and will not yield as much cooling power as thought. Many people will state that the bigger the case, the better the cooling. But this is not true. In fact, full tower cases need a lot more fans to achieve decent airflow. One example is that putting some extra space between your GPU or CPU heatsink and your side panel increases the amount of air that needs to be pushed through your case to keep temperatures under control. This will demand higher investment in cooling solutions and power for almost the same performance. We are, of course, not mentioning other elements like the extra room you need on your desktop or room to place your full-sized gaming PC.

Today, mid-size computer cases truly hit the sweet spot between efficiency and power. Given the extra space achieved by eliminating old peripherals, you can fit in enough water cooling to ensure system stability, and still have enough clearance for efficient airflow. Moreover, they look awesome, provided your case comes with a tempered glass side panel.

Now, if you want to get an expertly assembled and overclocked high-end gaming PC, that perfectly fits a mid-size computer case and looks amazing, visit CLX gaming today. Their custom PC builder allows you to create the PC of your dreams and get a completely personalized look that will rock your gaming room for years to come.

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