If there is any component that is often overlooked by many gamers, it has to be the computer case. After all, it’s only a metal case, what’s so special about it?
Many gamers spent huge amount of money on the newest video or the fastest processor, when it comes to the computer case, they choose the cheapest available model. If you are one of those gamers, then it is time to give more respect to the computer case, because it is as important as your processor and graphics card.
How the computer case can save your system?
The main issue with a computer is the building up of heat inside the computer case. As electricity flowed through the components, heat is generated as a by-product. If nothing is done to dissipate the heat away, the components will be under a lot of strain and in the worst case, burn up in flame.
A good case allows you to arrange your components in an orderly manner so that heat don’t built up easily. In addition, it also provides ample ventilation to dissipate hot air out of the 1000 dollar gaming pc.
How to choose the computer case?
There are basically three categories of computer case that you can choose from – the mini tower, mid tower and the full tower. Unless you have limited desk space, do not go for a mini tower as it does not allows you to upgrade your parts in the future.
The mid tower is the most commonly used computer case for PC enthusiastic. It is spacious enough to accommodate up to 4 CD/DVD drives and 5 hard drives. These cases can be as much as 17 inches tall and 8 inches in width, which makes it ideal for a typical computer desk.
The full tower is much bigger than the mid tower. It is typically of 21 inches tall and 8.5 inches wide, with some even as tall as a computer desk. The bigger size also means that there are more rooms to hold your CD/DVD drive. All full tower can accommodate at least 5 CD/DVD drives and 5 hard drives. The benefit of a full tower is that it gives you more options for expansion in the future. You never know when you need another hard drive, or CD/DVD drive; and when you need it, you can be sure that there is enough space for you to fix it on. Also, a full tower offers better airflow between your components. This aids in heat dissipation inside of your PC.
2) Form factor
Form factor refers to the physical shape and size of a device. When choosing the computer case, it is important to choose the form factor that matches the motherboard, else you won’t be able to install the motherboard inside the case.
The form factor that you most likely will come across is ATX. This is the standard for most computers. Most of the mid tower and full tower are of the ATX form factor; however the mini tower usually comes in mATX (Micro ATX) which is more suited for the small compact size motherboard.
3) Cooling Ability
This is the most important factor to look out for. Your case must be able to provide ample ventilation and add-on slot where you can install more fans to aid in the cooling.
Things to look out for include:
- Vents on both side of the case to allow cool air to flow in and hot air to flow out.
- Pre-installed intake fans to suck in cool air and outtake fans to draw out hot air.
- Large internal air space with all the components laid out in a manner that promotes airflow.
4) Convenient Factor and Extra Features
Some of the newer cases have extra features built in that makes your usage more convenient. Functions such as extra USB and FireWire ports in the front panel are greatly welcome. Some even provides thumbnail screw so that you can remove the case cover easily.