For many PC enthusiasts, I believe buying a mid-tower case is more often than not, the best decision.
Especially because when it comes to mid-towers, they combine a lot of aspects of their full tower counterparts, and still manage to remain smaller. In this round up, we will look at the 5 best mid-tower cases.
Best Mid Tower Case 2019 Buying Guide
Best Mid Tower Case 2019
For the longest time, NZXT has been one of the best companies for anyone who would want a simple looking case with a lot of substance in it. But their older H lineup was kind of getting boring and pointless.
So, the company decided to revamp the entire H series of cases with some amazing new option.
Today, we look at the NZXT H700i; probably one of the first “smart cases” on the market that is capable of reading the way your components behave in terms of temperatures and load and then make sure that the appropriate cooling is being delivered.
The smart device is a bit annoying to set up because it works through machine learning and checks out the patterns, but once that is done, everything is a smooth ride.
The temperatures in this case are great, and you will not run into any issues as with radiator support, or air cooling support either.
NZXT has also included RGB lighting into the case, and while you are not obligated to use it, if you are a fan of their Hue+ ecosystem, you are going to love the lighting implementation. NZXT has done in a way where it does not look overdone.
You also get four included fans; but if you are an enthusiast, the chances are that you will end up buying the fans but it is still good to see NZXT including more value to their products. Which is certainly a great thing to begin with.
NZXT has also done a great job by adding a fan connector; meaning that aside from what you have on your motherboard, you can actually connect all your fans through the controller, and control them as you wish.
While the controls are not as granular, it is still nice to have this feature.
For the fans of cable management, there are enough tie points behind the motherboard tray despite there not being enough space. I think NZXT could have done a better job designing the cable management, but it is nothing deal breaking.
Sadly, there is no USB Type C on the front panel, which is shocking at the given price tag.
- Excellent temperatures.
- Included RGB lighting.
- 4 included fans.
- Comes with a fan controller.
- Cable management is pretty decent.
- At the given price, a front panel USB Type C is a must.
- Not a lot of space behind motherboard.
Corsair Obsidian 500D SE
Best High-End Mid Tower Case 2019
Corsair releasing the Obsidian 500D and refreshing the Obsidian lineup was like a breath of fresh air. Especially when we did not really see anything from their top end case line up since the last Obsidian case.
The 500D was a refreshing take on Obsidian, with some neat elements like the smoked tempered glass to complement the name of the case.
However, Corsair was not done with the Obsidian lineup as soon after the release of the original 500D; the company came out with the Corsair Obsidian 500D SE; a sexier version of the Obsidian 500D.
The change was that instead of a front aluminum panel, the SE version had a tempered glass, and in addition to that, it was launched with three 120mm LL fans that are their top tier, and most gorgeous fans.
Additionally, the build quality on the Obsidian 500D SE is unmatched; especially when you take a look at the price. The looks are extremely sleek, and the combination of tempered glass, and anodized aluminum is one of the best we have seen.
Although the Corsair Obsidian 500D SE is built on the same frame as the Crystal 570X, but Corsair has fixed some issues; for instance, you can put a 280mm rad on top without any issues.
I love the Corsair Obsidian 500D SE and there is no denying that, however, I kind of do not approve the fact that Corsair decided to rebrand their older chassis and slap a new name onto it.
Addition to that, one of the biggest downside from the 570X has managed to trickle down into the same case.
If you do not know what I am talking about, it is the cable management bar and it has made a return; now the biggest downside here is that although the implementation is a lot more clever than what some cases are able to do.
The bar itself is not thick enough for custom made cables, and while removing it gets the job done, it just beats the entire purpose.
- Great looks.
- Build quality that is hard to manage.
- Can install pretty much any hardware you want to it.
- Great radiator support as well.
- The 3 LL Fans and front tempered glass panel are a match made in heaven.
- Still uses the frame of the Crystal 570x.
- Cable management bar is simply not enough.
Cooler Master H500M
Best Mid Tower Case For Airflow
Cooler Master’s decision of revamping the HAF (high airflow) series was met with a lot of enthusiasm, especially when you realise that there are not a lot of airflow centered cases available in the market.
The company released the H500P at a very competitive price, and now, we are looking at the higher end H500M.
Now the main difference between the H500M and P is that you get a Type C on the front panel header, much better build quality, the two 200mm RGB fans are now ARGB, and in addition to that, the cable management is a bit better as well.
On the front, you have a tempered glass panel instead of acrylic, and the case does ship with a mesh replacement as well.
The fans were already gorgeous in the original, but the fact that they are addressable just makes them look even better.
Both fans are 200mm and are capable of pushing enough air into the case. Needless to say, the case does deliver on the high airflow the HAF was known from.
Cooler Mater has also revamped the SSD mounting systems. You no longer have to screw anything ,as the mounting system makes use of simple pegs that fit into place.
This is clever as if you have other 2.5 inch devices that need to be taken off and reinstalled, you can easily do so with great ease.
As I have stated before, the airflow is plenty, but do not worry. Even if you want to use this case for a liquid cooled monster, then you can easily do so thanks to flexible radiator support on top and on the bottom.
Not all things are great with the Cooler Master H500M for starters; the cable management system behind the motherboard is convenient thanks to all those panels, but it is important to keep in mind that some aspects of those panels are not as flexible as you would want them to be.
In conclusion, the Cooler Master H500M is a great case that lives up to its name. If you are looking for both form and functionality, I don’t think there is a better option available in the market.
- The addressable RGB fans are great to have.
- Pretty good for air cooler, or liquid cooled builds.
- Great build quality.
- USB Type C on the front panel.
- Some cable management panels are not easily accessible.
In Win 805 CG-IEARB
Best Midrange Mid Tower Case
When it comes to releasing cases that are out of the conventional market, In Win easily takes the cake. For the longest time, they have released some pretty impressive looking case. In Win has always been consistent, and that is what people love about the company.
Today, we are looking at the In Win 805CG-IEARB; an aluminum mid tower with some really gorgeous looking design elements that possibly make this as one of the best, if not the best mid towers in the market.
Simply put, the In Win 805CG-IEARB is something every case manufacturer needs to look at.
For starters. I am in love with how In Win has combined the tempered glass along with aluminum to create one of the most stunning cases I have laid my eyes on.
Not just that, on the front, you will see a very gorgeous honeycomb pattern that serves as an air intake. This is the first time I am saying this on a case, and it looks amazing.
Inside, the case is layout is pretty standard, and I am kind of glad that In Win did not try to do anything out of the way with this case, because they could have potentially ruined the experience.
You can easily build an air cooled, or liquid cooled PC in this case, and it would work just fine.
There is also front panel USB Type C connector, which is great for people who have phones or other devices that support the Type C standard. It is a seemingly small upgrade that works wonders.
There are some downsides though; although the In Win 805CG-IEARB is a great case; the ventilation by default I pretty limited. The case ships with only one 120mm fan; this means that you are going to need additional fans to make sure that there is enough exhaust.
In conclusion, the In Win 805CG-IEARB is a great case that should be enough for you all your mid-tower needs. Sure, there are shortcomings like the lack of proper ventilation but that is not a design flaw, and can easily be fixed using some good aftermarket fans.
- Excellent build quality.
- Great design elements.
- Front panel USB Type C connector.
- Good for both liquid cooled and air cooled builds.
- Does not come with proper ventilation by default.
Best Budget Mid Tower Case 2019
SilverStone is one of those companies which never got their due in the PC gaming market.
Although there is no denying that they offer some great products, but the thing is that their case lineup has always been overshadowed by everything else they have been offering. But they are back in the budget market.
Today, we are looking at the SilverStone (RL05BR-W), or Redline 05; a budget oriented mid-tower, that actually provides you more features than you would think in the first place.
The thing that you need to know about this case is that it provides you with a lot of basic functionality, and manages to keep the cost low.
The fan comes with two 140MM LED fans, and while the fans are not something to write home about, the good news is that they do add value. You also get a PSU shroud which is not something that is rare, but at this price, I am glad SilverStone included that.
Users can also install a 280mm radiator on the top and a 240 on the front. For a case of this price, this is one of the best traits one could think of. In addition to that, you also have a 5.25” drive pay that helps you put a device there if you want to.
The most surprising inclusion is the front panel Type C connector; surprising because this case is certainly aimed at those who want to save money, but having this feature is a great addition.
If you do have a large graphics card, do not worry, as it will fit without any issue.
SilverStone has also paid close attention to those who have longer PSUs, as there is plenty of space under the shroud. Additionally, you get two SSD mounts that you can install either on top of the shroud, or behind the motherboard tray.
There are a few expected shortcomings though; the filter is non removable, and is made out of metal that is not as fine. If you have a lot of cables that need to be tied down, then the bad news is that there are not enough cable tie down points.
All in all, the SilverStone (RL05BR-W) is a lot more impressing than I thought it would be. Especially when you take into the account of the casing being a budget oriented case.
- Great value for money.
- USB Type C front connector.
- Decent radiator support.
- Looks good.
- Not enough cable tie down points.
- Filter is not removable on the front.
Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a PC Case
If you are looking to buy a mid-tower case for your PC, you will be given a lot of options that you can choose.
The good news is that the PC market always has something that you can rely on; however, with the latest fads of introducing RGB and tempered glass into nearly everything, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find something that strikes the perfect balance between aesthetics, and functionality.
With that out of the mind, if you are looking for a good PC case, then there are a few mistakes that you must avoid so you can buy the best possible case you whatever your budget is. Avoiding these mistakes is generally good, because at least you will not be buying something that ends up disappointing.
Looking Only for Aesthetics
As sad as it may seem, the PC case market is largely based only on the aesthetic as a factor. I know it certainly does not sound as bad as you may be thinking but I have reviewed cases that emphasize only on the looks, and at the same time, I have used cases that emphasize on both, and I can tell you that there is a world of difference.
If you are in the market looking for a good PC case, make sure that whatever option you are getting gives you both the aesthetics, and functionality. Simply because if you go with just the aesthetics, you might get abysmal performance.
The best tip here is for you is that you should always go for the case that has the right amount of airflow, and looks at the same time.
Avoiding the Cable Management Department
There is no denying that mid-towers are great because they provide you with just the right amount of space to build a really powerful gaming PC, but at the same time, they are small enough to not cause any space issues.
However, the one very important factor of buying a mid-tower is the case has to do with cable management.
I have used some amazing mid tower cases that normally have terrible cable management, and I would advise you to not make that mistake as well, as it can make you regret your purchase.
Always go for the case that has a good cable management. Lucky for you, we will be testing the cable management department of all the cases that are here for review in this roundup to ensure that you do not have to worry about it.
Being Sold on the Marketing Terms
Marketing terms have always been a very integral part of the PC hardware; however, over the past couple of years, it has only become a lot more aggressive than it used to be.
Terms like VR Ready, RGB, and Tempered Glass are being used by so many companies.
If you are in the market looking for a case, I would highly advise you to avoid falling or being sold for these terms.
Simply because a lot of case manufacturers actually have actually got away with selling a lot of terrible cases all thanks to the terms that I mentioned above.
The best way out of this situation is to read up the reviews and see whether you are getting what you are paying for, or is it just the marketing fluff.
Choosing Form Over Function
Another big mistake that I see so many people making is that they choose form over function when it comes to most of the PC cases in the market.
Just because a case looks pretty with the tempered glass panel and under glow RGB lighting does not mean that it will be a treat to build int.
For instance, I remember buying a case that looked gorgeous, and had all the features I needed; but when I started building in it, I started realsing that the case was more form than function.
Sure, it looked really pretty once my PC was completed, but at the cost of me spending 5 hours just trying to manage the cables, because the cable management was so poor.
That is not the all, once the build was complete, I realised that the company focused more on making the case look beautiful than they did making it functional.
The case had horrible air flow, and my components were running hotter than I thought they would.
Just make sure you do not make the same mistake.
Finding a good mid-tower PC case can be a challenging factor; especially when you realise that the case market is extremely saturated. The good thing, however, is that this roundup is for people who are generally confused and not really sure about what they want.
If you are looking for the proper decision, the list will certainly help you. If you really want the honest suggestion as to what case is the clear winner of this list, I would say hands down, the Cooler Master H500M is the best one.
I had difficulties when deciding between the HZXT H700i and the Cooler Master H500M.
The reason I picked the H500M is because it does come with the 200mm RGB fans, and despite being a mid-tower, it is much roomier and has a flexible support for radiator, and liquid cooling should you want to go for it in the future.
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