Whether you want to build a new rig for gaming or a media machine for the family, finding the perfect full tower PC case can be a tall order. While there are an abundance of options available, we’re going to focus on the best ATX cases and provide you with a few tips to make your decision simple.
10 Best Full Tower ATX PC Cases for 2020
|Corsair Graphite 780T||24.9 pounds||25.1 x 11.3 x 23.7 inches||up to 9 case fans/3 pre-installed|
|Cougar Panzer Max Ultimate||31.1 pounds||21.9 x 10.4 x 24.1 inches||up to 8 case fans/3 pre-installed |
|Rosewill Thor V2||30.4 pounds||21.9 x 9.1 x 22.8 inches||up to 9 case fans / 4 pre-installed –|
|SilverStone TJ11 Dual Aluminum Case||50 pounds||30 x 13 x 30 inches||up to 5 case fans / 2 pre-installed |
|Rosewill Rise Glow||23.6 pounds||17.32 x 9.17 x 21.65 inches|| up to 7 case fans / 4 pre-installed |
These are our picks for the Ful Tower ATX Cases of this year. If you’re ready to explore more, let’s jump right onto it.
Table of Contents:
- Corsair Graphite 780T Full Tower Case
- Cougar Panzer Max Ultimate Full Tower Gaming Case
- Rosewill Gaming THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Computer Case
- SilverStone Dual Aluminum Unibody Frame ATX Tower
- Rosewill RISE ATX Slim Full Tower Gaming Case
- ATX Case Buying Guide
- The Bays
- Cooling Systems and Graphics Cards
- Ports, Cables, and Panels
- Final Thoughts
Corsair Graphite 780T Full Tower Case
This slick case is a fan favorite and a lock for the top spot in our best ATX cases list. Corsair is a major player in the PC parts and accessories space, and the Graphite 780T is an excellent option when you need ease of access and some extra wiggle room for cooling.
Corsair made this cool computer case for consumers that need lots of space. There are six modular cages for your hard drives to go along with three side-mounted bays for solid-state drives. It’s also ideal if you have large graphics cards or cooling systems.
The case can handle dual 360mm radiators, and fan controls allow you to dial in the speed on your system although there are no independent controls on this model.
The ports are split so you’ll get two USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports along with jacks for a microphone and headphones. The system itself isn’t tool-less, but the side panel is with a latch that allows you to access those bays in seconds. Key tech specs include a GPU length of 355mm, PSU length of 260mm and a max cooler height of 200mm.
If you need a case built for cooling, the Graphite 780T is well worth a look. The only downside may be its size in some cases considering it measures 25.1” x 11.3” x 23.7” and weighs almost 25 pounds.
Some users also had issues with scratched panels, but that’s a common issue with cases of this nature. The Corsair Graphite 780T has a 3-year warranty and is available in White or Black.
- Modular cages
- 3-speed fan control
- Four USB ports
- Dual 140mm intake cans
- No independent fan control
- Could be too large for some
Cougar Panzer Max Ultimate Full Tower Gaming Case
The Cougar Panzer Max is a case geared towards gamers on the go or Pro level users looking for something unique. Whether you want to show off your rack of graphics cards or lug it to a gaming session, the Panzer Max Ultimate can do it all.
The design of this desktop computer case screams “gamer” and it includes extras you won’t find elsewhere on our list. There’s a keyboard tray on top for storage and handles that can tote a 77-pound load. USB access is located on the front with two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks, and fan controls. Consumers were thrilled with the cable management system on this one as well.
The company included a total of eight expansion slots on this model, and it’s highly configurable. There is support for five different motherboard form factors and up to four double slot graphics cards at 390mm.
You’ll also have room for two 5.25” optical drives above the fans if you require drives for physical media. Cooling support won’t be a problem with the Max either according to the user manual.
At 21.89” x 10.4” x 24.1” with a weight of 31 pounds, the Cougar Panzer Max is in line with other full tower ATX cases. We love how configurable this one is, especially if you have a lot of SSDs as it can hold six. It can also hold six fans although you’ll only get three out of the box. The Panzer Max has a 1-year warranty for the switches and fans.
- Tool-less panel removal
- Headphone and Keyboard storage
- Easy to transport
- 8 expansion slots (total)
- Quality control
- LED fans are hit or miss
Rosewill Gaming THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Rosewill is another name gamers know, and the THOR V2 is a case that lives up to its namesake. While it’s definitely in the full tower class, it’s a little thinner and shorter than others models. That’s impressive considering it has 10 expansion slots and supports up to six fans.
The Thor V2 will support XL-ATX boards measuring 13.5” x 10.3” or the slightly shorter E-ATX motherboards. It comes with four fans pre-installed with 230mm fans for the front, top, and side and a 140mm fan in the rear. With the flick of a switch, you can turn the front fan’s Red LEDs on or off.
You’ll get six 3.5” drive bays with this case along with slots for six 5.25” bays. No matter your configuration, cable management is top-notch on the Thor V2 with plenty of pass-throughs. Inputs on the I/O panel include a mix of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports along with dual fan controls, audio jacks, and an e-SATA slot.
As mentioned, this full tower computer case is slimmer at 22.84” x 9.14” x 21.89” with a weight of 30 pounds. We like the fact you get several fans with the Thor V2 as well, and there’s plenty of room for more depending on your needs. This good-looking case comes with a standard 1-year warranty and is available in Black or White.
- Cable routing system
- Tool-less design
- LED front fan
- Bottom mounted PSU
- Poor instructions
- Quality control (fit)
SilverStone Dual Aluminum Unibody Frame ATX Tower
An ATX full tower case is usually affordable, even when it’s filled full of bays although there are a few enclosures that bring a bit more to the table. That’s the case with the SilverStone ATX case as it’s an aluminum beauty with room for nine internal drives.
This aluminum case is 2.0mm thick with a sandblasted anodized finish for a clean, modern look. It’s longer and taller than other cases at 25.26” x 25.87” x 8.82” but thinner and quite heavy at 38 pounds. Needless to say, there’s clearance for cooling in the top at 120mm, and the bottom accommodates a 540mm radiator although it requires a third-party solution.
By the numbers, this case can support nine 5.25” bays externally and nine internal 3.5” drives. You can adapt three of those to 2.5” bays using adapter trays. The cooling system is solid with two 180mm fans in the side and a 120mm fan for the top and bottom.
This particular model is Black inside and out and allows for dual power supplies and 90-degree motherboard mounts. The I/O panel has two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and jacks for your headphones and a mic.
This big beast has everything you could ask for, and no significant drawbacks aside from the price. It’s a well-built case that will outlast others but is built for power users, not consumers that want looking for an affordable tower. The case and fans are warrantied for 1-year although certain components carry a longer warranty.
- Sectioned interior
- 90-degree motherboard mounting
- Dual power supply support
- Pass-through venting
- The price tag
Rosewill RISE ATX Slim Full Tower Gaming Case
Our pick for the best budget-friendly ATX full tower case comes from Rosewill in the form of the Rise. It’s a slim case with a clear slide panel and not one, but three Blue LED fans that will help keep your system cool while you game into the wee hours of the morning.
The big draw of this case is the design along with the price. The transparent side panel provides access to components in a flash. Those three bright 120mm Blue LED fans are mounted in the front behind a large grill. A rear fan is included along with support for two more fans in the top. The clearance for liquid cooling is 280mm in the top and 360mm in the bottom.
Another thing we liked about the RISE Glow ATX case is the I/O panel. It’s easy to reach, with two additional two USB 2.0 ports for a grand total of six in all. Other features to note include a removable HDD cage, nine internal drive bays and dust filters for the top and bottom of the case.
The RISE Glow may not be tool-less like some of our picks. It also won’t win any awards from a design standpoint. What it lacks in those areas, it more than makes up for when it comes to pricing and it’s an excellent case for users working on their first build.
This case comes with a 1-year warranty, and there are several variants available if you want to spend a few more bucks on a style upgrade.
- Budget-friendly price tag
- 3” x 9.2” x 21.6” and only 23 pounds!
- 3 LED fans
- Removable HDD cage
- Cable routing could be better
- Fans are funky on low
ATX Case Buying Guide
As we’re looking at ATX cases this time around, you won’t have to worry about compatibility, and you find any mini-ITX cases on our list. The design is a personal preference although we tried to include a style for everyone. That includes power users that want a full range of lighting along with professionals that prefer a more low-key design.
The most important thing you need to consider when choosing a full ATX case is the drive bays. This is an area where you’ll want to look before you leap, so consider how many 5.25” and 3.5” bays you need. Think about any future plans as well along with the number of expansion slots on the back of the case along with drive sleds if you want easy access.
Unless you plan on building a system and running it into the ground, being able to swap out components with ease is not something to be taken lightly. Tool-less PC cases are ideal for tinkerers although you still need to consider the inner dimensions for obvious reasons.
Cooling Systems and Graphics Cards
While you don’t need a GTX Titan Z or Titan to run Fortnite, some graphics cards will require more space. That won’t be an issue with the best full tower case as they are generally built to handle larger loads, but you still want to check the tech specs.
Measurements of this nature can be hard to come by at times, but we’ve included all the key tech specs in our PC case reviews below. In a nutshell, always consider the clearance needed for your graphics card or any cooling system you currently have or plan to install at a later date.
Ports, Cables, and Panels
Port access is can be just as important as the number of slots on your PC – especially for gamers. While all of our picks are modern, the type of ports and how many you get vary wildly. With that in mind, USB 3.1 is still hard to come by on mid-range cases as well so you may need to pick up a panel if you want to stay current.
On average, most cases in this class and on our list have four USB ports. Audio jacks are standard across the board as well, but if you get more than four built-in ports on a case, it’s a perk. Cable management is critical as well, especially when you have a dozen components you need to work into your case. If you fall into that category, look for something with tool-less or hinged panels and plenty of pass-throughs.
Are you a fan of cases with glass or plastic sides? Many of us are, but plastic scratches and tempered glass can raise the cost considerably. You also have to consider tint, as your LED lighting system may not look as grand if those panels aren’t crystal clear.
We hope you found a case for your new rig from our list of the best ATX cases as we tried to include a style and price for everyone.
If you need help choosing a new hard drive for that case, we have that covered as well. Feel free to sound off in the comments section below if there’s a brand you feel we missed or a case you’d like to see us cover!