The best mid-tower case offers a comfortable fit for all but the most extravagant of gaming PCs. That’s not to say you can’t fit a whole lot into a mid-tower, either. Almost all come with generous room for your SSDs, HDDs, and the best graphics cards. You’ll find there’s space for the best liquid coolers, too.
While you’ll have to look further afield—to the best full tower cases—in order to net a truly spacious build, a mid-tower case provides a good starting point for anyone building a new PC or eyeing up an upgrade.
There are a couple of things to look out for when searching for the best mid-tower PC case: You want ease of access to your components, good fan and radiator support, and quality materials used throughout. You also need decent airflow. Oh, and you also want it to look great.
Think about it. You spent a ton of money on your graphics card or other pricey components. The last thing you need is a case with lousy airflow. Or one that looks bad. The right case helps you keep your parts comfortable and in prime location. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best mid-tower cases around.
Best mid-tower cases 2021
This latest iteration of NZXT’s “smart” case brings a couple of new features to help modernize your build. This ultra-clean and uncomplicated mid-tower emphasizes convenience above all. It includes many of the same trappings as its predecessor, but costs a little bit more and has just a couple of neat changes. The NZXT H710i now features a front panel USB 3.1 Type-C port and the ability to vertical mount your GPU with a separate PCIe riser.
The H710i features integrated RGB lighting around the tempered glass side panel, controlled by the NZXT CAM software and a built-in LED lighting hub that allows for easy control of RGB lighting and fan speeds as well. To keep things cool, the H710i features ventilation gutters that run the perimeter of each side of the case, aided by the four 120mm fans included with the case.
Cable routing is where the H710i shines—achieved primarily through a large aluminum slat that allows you to route your cables into the integrated cable channels on the back of the case. This case keeps everything clean and clutter-free, and the velcro straps built into the back help hold everything down. An excellent, and easy alternative to the rubber gasket solution found on some of the best mid-towers.
The MasterCase SL600M has to be one of Cooler Master’s most beautifully designed cases. It features anodized aluminum with a sand-blasted finish and just enough attitude to make it look sleek, futuristic, and elegant, all at once. We were even more impressed once we opened it up to build in it.
The CM SL600M is the first case we’ve tested with a vertical chimney design that just makes sense and works. Cooler Master went all-in with the SL600M, completely sealing the front and moving the entire PSU shroud and housing from the bottom to the front of the case. All of that newly opened space combined with generous feet allow the case to funnel the airflow directly onto the GPU.
While the CPU temperatures do suffer slightly from this design, the SL600M has the lowest GPU temperatures out of every mid-tower we’ve tested. Mount the graphics card vertically and away from the glass with the rotatable PCI bracket, and cooling improves even further. While the case features all of the connectivity and convenience you’d expect in a high-end mid-tower, it’s, unfortunately, missing an included GPU riser cable.
Read our full Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M review.
Cooler Master’s H500M is the company’s latest flagship mid-tower, but we’d rather it be called a full-sized tower. Measuring 21.4 x 9.8 x 21.5 inches, the H500M is one of the biggest mid-towers on this list. Thanks to its large size and internal layout, it’s straightforward to build in and supports a huge variety of components and custom cooling options.
The H500M comes with two massive 200mm RGB LED fans installed, which do a fantastic job of increasing airflow out of the box. Other modern touches include a USB 3.1 Type-C connector and tons of modularity, including the option to choose between a mesh or tempered glass front panel.
Our only major issue with the case is the lack of easily removable magnetic dust filters for the front fan intake. Luckily, all of the mesh in the entire H500 line features a secondary filter layer that’ll help keep dust out of your build. We mention the dust because the H500M features some serious airflow and comes prepared to keep the beefiest of gaming PCs cool.
If you’re strapped for vertical space, the Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic is a short and stubby alternative to some of the more prolonged neck PC cases we’ve seen. Although it doesn’t come with the most precise instructions given its proprietary lighting tech, it is one of two Razer-designed PC cases in existence. And of the two, this one is the best.
Featuring a tempered glass design, installing components in the PC-011 is painless. You can remove the top and both sides of the chassis for easy access into its internals. Parts of the process that used to be stressful, such as liquid cooler installations, are now stumbling blocks of a bygone era.
Plus, if you’re willing to shell out a bit more cash over the vanilla model, the PC-011 comes in a Razer Edition as well. Fully integrated with the San Franciscan company’s Synapse 3 lighting software, you can even coordinate it with your other Razer-made peripherals.
The Snowblind Elements case from Ibuypower is nothing less than a statement piece. What may look like your standard tempered glass side panel is actually a 1024×1280 LED screen. This screen works almost identically to a monitor allowing you to change the background, add dynamic wallpapers, or even run applications at a skewed aspect ratio. That’s about it. Apart from the panel, which is cool, this case doesn’t do much to separate itself from its peers.
This Elements case isn’t lousy by any stretch. Ibuypower even tears a page out of the NZXT book when it comes to cable management, using a raised slat for routing cables to the back of the case instead of relying on a handful of pre-spaced holes with rubber gaskets.
Apart from being remarkably expensive, it also has a below-average number of fan mounts, giving the interior less than ideal airflow. Also, if I’m paying this much for a case, let me choose a color other than white.