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How to go about choosing computer cases for your dream PC

By Robert B.

Choosing computer cases is just as important when choosing all of your internal PC components, Whether you are building a hi-tech gaming machine, or a simple computer for word processing and some online surfing.

After you use my tips below to determine which type of computer case you want, check out some great deals on computer cases that I found here.

iconWhen you are looking for computer cases, here are some features to consider:

  • Form Factor - When choosing your computer case you've probably noticed the wide selection of SIZES. Some of the most popular sizes are Baby AT, AT, Micro ATX, and ATX. These sizes correspond to the size of motherboard that you install in your computer case. Of course the larger the computer case, the more types of motherboards you can install. The most common type of form factor is the ATX because that is the most common type of computer motherboard.

  • Drive Bays - These come in a variety of sizes and numbers, 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays. When choosing computer cases, you should have at least three 3.5" bays, which are used for floppy-disk drives and hard drives, and at least two 5.25" drive bays for your CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, etc.

  • Expansion (PCI) Slots - Although most computer cases come with four to six, when choosing computer cases, you should get one with the same number of PCI slots as your motherboard. But if you plan on using the same computer case for different motherboards, it would be a wise investment just to get a computer case with six expansion slots.

  • Fan Ports - As you add more powerful processors and video cards, your computer's components will put off more and more heat. Excessive heat can limit how long your components will last. Choosing a computer case with at least two 80 mm fan ports, one in the front and one in the rear, should be plenty.

Those are the various components you should consider when choosing computer cases, but what types of computer cases are there?

Types of Computer Cases

  • Performance Computer Cases
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    If your looking to create a gaming PC, then choosing a performance computer case would be a wise decision! These type of cases generally have ports for additional fans, liquid case cooling, and front USB port access. If you're looking to build a gaming computer, I HIGHLY recommend Alienware computer cases and Chieftec computer cases.

  • Custom Computer Cases
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    These type computer cases can be used to express your personality, with a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. I have a clear sided computer case which is cool because you can see all of your system components. The clear side also removes for easy access to upgrading your PC.

  • Standard Computer Cases
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    If your not after the latest hi-tech PC and just want a barebones computer case, I'd recommend choosing computer cases that are cheap and don't have all of the extra features. As long as the standard computer case you're looking at has the features I mentioned above at a bare minimum, then you should be more than happy with it!

That wraps up my tutorial on choosing computer cases. If you have a favorite computer case, don't hesitate to contact me and tell me about it, I may just add it to this page! If you have your new computer case, but don't know how to open it, then read how to open a computer case.

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