When looking into building your next custom PC, we are always haunted by the same question: how much space will we need. Many only think about external space, like how much space do I have in my room or desk to fit my new desktop. This is very important too as you might want to keep your RGB fans and fancy water cooling system visible, but the only space available for a full tower is right next to your feet.
There is also the subject of personality. One of the best things about having a small form factor computer case is that their innards look awesome through their tempered glass side panels without having to spend much money on components to fill it up. Full towers, in comparison, look kind of sparse unless you really go wild with graphic cards, fans, and exotic water cooling systems.
So, it is easier to be a show-off with a mini-tower and a fully loaded micro ATX and still get impressive processing and graphic performance. However, working in these microenvironments tends to feel claustrophobic, and you have to be extremely mindful of clearance issues. You don’t want to get stuck with an unusable GPU or a radiator that’s half an inch too big.
That’s why mid-size PC cases continue to be so popular. These are generally more affordable than full towers and can fit almost anything you throw in them, provided you don’t need an extended ATX or aren’t planning to throw in the actual kitchen sink. You can try it and let us know how it goes, though.
A mid-size PC case provides enough elbow room and clearance to install dual GPUs or high-end cards that require two PCI slots, a sizable heat sink, a more than decent water cooling system, and enough RGB lighting to double as a Christmas tree. And I´m not being hyperbolic.
The advantage is that you can fit a mid-size PC case almost anywhere in your room and still comfortably fit two or three gaming monitors. You can go pretty far with your overclocking projects without having to worry about clearance too.
You only have to take into account a few factors when shopping for your next mid-tower PC.
First, make sure it is thermally sound. Remember that the more fans you install, the better your airflow. Look for models that remove airflow obstructions by eliminating 5.25-inch drive bays, unless you´re planning on using them, of course. NVMe SSD drives make it unnecessary to have a full row of bays in the front panel, so you can fill it up with 140mm or 120mm fans as you see fit. Cable management is another big issue. Make sure your new case has cut-outs in the motherboard support tray so you can keep your cables out of the way. And, finally, get a mid-tower pc case with a tempered glass panel so your PC is part of your room decoration and not a bulky box in an obscure corner.
If you´re still not sure about the size of your case or are looking for the right components for your next mid-sized gaming PC, we recommend you visit CLX Gaming. They have incredible deals in parts and components, and can also build a custom PC for you, eliminating the risk of getting parts that won´t fit or incompatible components.