If you’re just starting out, a mid-tower case is fine for gaming. But as your collection expands and you need more space, it may not be enough.
The thing about computer cases is that they come in all shapes and sizes. For example, the Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 ($75 on Amazon) is a full-tower case that measures 7 inches tall, 21 inches wide and 20 inches deep. It can accommodate full-sized graphics cards (up to 16 inches long) and power supplies (up to 8 inches deep), which means it’s ideal for building high-end systems with multiple GPUs or liquid cooling setups.
On the other hand, there are mini ITX cases that measure just 6 inches tall, 18 inches long and 9 inches deep. They’re designed for building small form factor PCs with powerful components — like an Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics card — but they don’t have room for large CPU coolers or extra fans.
Mid-tower cases fall somewhere in between these two extremes: They’re bigger than mini ITX models but smaller than full towers. And while there are exceptions (like the Corsair Crystal 460X RGB SE), most mid towers aren’t designed for high-end gaming builds because they can only fit one.
Last modified: August 9, 2022