Q: In case you had to decide on your favourite case proper now, what would it not be? And are there any overhyped ones I ought to keep away from?
A: Assuming just one alternative is permitted for this reply, I’ll decide a case that has robust, well-rounded enchantment—the Corsair 4000D Airflow. This mid-tower has most all the things right this moment’s builders anticipate: a smooth minimalist look, good airflow, reasonably priced worth, and sufficient room to suit ATX motherboards. It additionally earns additional kudos for its swappable entrance panels, which let you change the fashion of the case and value simply $10 or much less (plus delivery). In case you begin with the Airflow mannequin and discover that you just favor the quiet of a strong panel (or the look of a glass panel), you can also make that swap with little fuss and extra money outlay.
A fan-favorite various could be the Lian Li Lancool II Mesh, which doesn’t have the entrance panel modularity of the Corsair 4000D however offers glorious airflow, a sensible format, and tempered glass on each aspect panels. We favor it as an alternative choice to the Corsair 4000X , which is costlier than the Lancool II Mesh by about $50, and is a bit showier, too.
In fact, the fantastic thing about the PC is that individuals construct methods in a wide range of sizes. In case you’ve had specific curiosity in small-form-factor initiatives, distributors have slowly been including builder-friendly, reasonably priced sub-20L circumstances to their line-ups. Actually, over the past couple of years, a pair have received followers almost instantly: the 18L Cooler Grasp NR200(and its glass variant, the NR200P ) launched with an astonishingly low price ticket ($79), whereas nonetheless delivering good temperatures and a simple format. It matches the affordability of ATX circumstances—not typical for this area, the place some can run as excessive as $200.
Like most SFF circumstances, although, the NR200 requires a small-form-factor (SFX or SFX-L) energy provide—so our different SFF advice is the SSUPD Meshlicious. This Xbox Collection X lookalike accommodates SFX, SFX-L, and ATX energy provides regardless of being just below 15L and can be pretty easy to construct in. (Although it’s not fairly as straightforward because the NR200.) You received’t essentially get monetary savings buying the Meshlicious, because it prices about $50 greater than the NR200 for the most affordable model, however it should work with a high-end modular ATX energy provide you wish to construct round.
As for “overhyped” circumstances—one particular person’s overhyped is one other’s good match. For instance: We’ve got gotten feedback from of us who imagine that the Lian Li O11 Dynamic(aka O11D) and NZXT H510 get an excessive amount of consideration in YouTube movies. However these circumstances are standard for a motive: Not solely does the O11D function a superb showcase for builds that go all out with followers, watercooling, and RGB, but it surely’s straightforward to construct in and has a well-designed format. And the H510 pairs a streamlined, fashionable look with a superb worth, making it pleasant to funds builders. (It contains two followers and fashionable entrance I/O ports, aka USB-C.)
Positive, these two circumstances aren’t designed to be broad in enchantment, just like the Corsair 4000 sequence. Many who aren’t into elaborate, showy builds will discover the Lian Li O11D all improper for them. Equally, somebody who focuses on holding temps as cool as attainable in a PC will dislike the NZXT H510’s airflow path. For the improper viewers, the O11D and H510 will sem overhyped.
For me, the overhyped circumstances are those that swing large and miss—the place anybody who’s backed it or bought it’s now caught with extreme flaws. Luckily, these are few and much between as of late. Case producers are extra cautious to get suggestions these days, as they’re as wanting to keep away from lack of curiosity and unsold stock. Phrase of mouth spreads extremely quick on the web.