Tower. Box. Base Unit. Chassis. Cabinet. The computer case has many names, but it essentially serves a few purposes:
Keep things safe.
Keep things organized.
Keep things cool.
Keep things classy.
Some people spend hundreds of dollars on computer cases while others spend as little as possible. When considering the cost of parts like CPUs, GPUs, liquid cooling systems, and RAM, the case typically gets ignored. Even though we all understand that the computer case is the first line of defense for your computer, we would rather spend our money on 32 GB of RAM or allocate that extra $100 to a better graphics card.
Today, we are talking about why you shouldn’t allocate that money elsewhere. Again, cutting corners on your PC build will leave you regretting your decisions. Your PC gaming rig is only as strong as the weakest component. This should be a mantra chanted in every online forum for custom gaming PCs.
If you want to upgrade your gaming PC’s case or plan on building a new gaming rig, don’t neglect the case. At Magic Micro Computers, we have many computer case options that will leave you with the ultimate gaming rig. For more information about your future computer case call 216-896-9870.
Protect the Parts!
Think about where you would put your computer or where you store it now. Maybe you keep it on the table. Maybe it sits on a wheel-cradle just above the ground. Now, start thinking about every danger that your computer is exposed to: children, clumsy friends, drunk friends, your instant ramen, the tall glass of Mountain Dew on your desk, the dog—the list goes on, but it is important to recognize the dangers.
One of the easiest ways of reducing computer damage is by keeping your multi-hundred dollar components safe and enclosed in, essentially, a steel cage. Well, it doesn’t have to be steel, but it should be metal. Lots of computer cases are made with plastics, and while these are cheap and lightweight, they don’t handle falls and impact very well. You can get the same lightweight design with aluminum for a slightly higher price.
Cleanliness is Close to Godliness
Whenever you go to sit down next to your ultimate PC gaming rig, do you really want a clumsy mess of cords and motherboards piled on the table? That seems a little ridiculous, but one of the most important functions of a computer case is to keep chords and components organized. You want to make sure that there are enough access ports, optical drive slots, and room for upgrades.
If your case is small or poorly built, then you will struggle to keep things organized. If you plan on running a liquid cooling system, take into account the tubing and extra space needed for the pump.
While on the subject of space and space optimization, make sure that you are purchasing compatible form factor parts. In case you didn’t know, there are a variety of shapes and sizes of cases that are compatible with different parts. To make sure all of your components are compatible, check that your motherboard, case, and power supply are all the same form factor.
Perhaps one of the most important reasons to use a computer case is to keep all of the components cool. By having the computer components properly organized in a case, proper airflow can occur inside. Some cases have better airflow than others and it is important to consider this when buying a new case. Airflow is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM), and using this metric can give you an idea of which case will keep you cool and which one will overheat your $400 graphics cards.
Chances are, you will also be using at least one fan, regardless of whether you’re liquid cooling or air cooling. Fans can oftentimes be noisy, so it is nice to keep them inside a case to insulate some of the noise. As long as you keep good airflow going through your case, you should be able to keep your CPU and GPU running at high performance. If not, you may be at risk of thermal throttling.
If we boil the computer case down to its simplest purpose, it is to house the components. Applying this concept, you can really do some wild things with the materials, shapes, and colors. While most computer cases are either steel, plastic, or aluminum, they could also be wood, glass, styrofoam, or even old furniture.
There also is no specific shape requirement for a computer case. Circular, triangular, or hexagonal, many cases don’t even adhere to basic geometrical shapes, and instead, base their designs off of animals or vehicles.
Computer cases can also be different colors or feature LED lights that can fade to different colors. Some people say you can express your personality through your computer case. So, if you want, go crazy with your case and express yourself. Just remember that if you are expressing yourself through your case, don’t forget about the core foundations of why a case matters!
If you are in the market for a new case, be sure to check us out at Magic Micro Computers. No matter where you are in the buying process, we can build you the ultimate gaming PC rig. Our friendly staff is happy to help you with your computer needs. Visit our website or give us a call today at 216-896-9870.