Updated: June 2018
The mid tower ATX case is one of those PC parts that has been around forever dutifully holding our gear, and yet rarely gets the respect it deserves. Sure it’s not as flamboyant as a massive full tower, or as charming as a Small Form Factor case, but that’s why we like it. The best mid tower PC case doesn’t take up a lot of space, can be as unassuming as you wish, and yet can hold a ton of hardware while allowing for semi-radical cooling and high-end builds. And since mid towers accept ATX motherboards, the world is your oyster when shopping for parts.
With this in mind, we have rounded up a few of the best mid tower ATX cases for you to consider for your next build. These selections are based on our many years of PC building expertise, so without further ado here are the top mid tower PC cases for you to ogle, and consider when you get around to building that Ryzen box.
Best Show-Off Mid Tower – Thermaltake CORE P5
If you’re spending a few bills on watercooling and LED-covered performance PC parts, why would you stick it all in a tiny opaque box under your desk? The P5 mid tower PC case lets you show everyone exactly how much of your budget you devote to your gaming PC, while simultaneously allowing you to show off your PC craftsmanship skills. The P5 is fully modular, and you can even mount it on your wall. It’s cool, quiet, and versatile – everything you’d want in a case. One common complaint is that you may need to purchase a separate riser for your PCIe slot, as there have been numerous complaints that the riser included is defective or missing altogether. Besides that one detail, the CORE P5 is one of the best ways we’ve ever seen to affordably show off your rig.
Best Sci-fi PC Case – NZXT Phantom 410
Maybe you think the Jedi were religious extremists hell-bent on overthrowing a secular government to install their own theocracy. Maybe you failed your marksmanship badge in Boy Scouts. If so, have we got a case for you! The Phantom 410 looks specifically designed for stormtrooper use, but membership in the Empire is not required for ownership. It comes in black too, if you’re more into the Vader look.
Best Airflow – Corsair Carbide Series Air 540
If you’re into overclocking and wants lots of airflow to keep things chilly, the cube-shaped Air 540 should be on your wish list. The Air 540 features a unique dual-chamber design that keeps hot components on one side (storage and PSU), and stuff that needs to be cooled on the other (mobo, GPU, etc), helping keep things nice and frosty.
Corsair’s 140mm intake fans are nice and quiet, and there’s even room for a closed-loop liquid cooling setup too, but a home-brew kit is a bit too bulky for this case’s dimensions in our opinion. It’s also a great conversation starter at parties due to its unique shape, which does have a larger footprint than a standard ATX tower, but it’s not as tall so it will still fit under your desk.
Best Minimalist PC Case – Fractal Design Define R6
Though we can appreciate a flashy case like the CORE P5, we know some people value simplicity in design, and not everyone wants flashing lights in or on their rig. If that’s you, the Define R6 will be right up your alley as it’s one of the most understated and quiet cases available. Highlights include improved air circulation, quality craftsmanship, and generous distribution of noise-reducing materials throughout the chassis for silent computing.
Best Cheap Mid Tower – Cooler Master HAF 912
We feel compelled to include one PC mid tower case that’s a bit more affordable without being a hunk of junk. The Cooler Master HAF 912 is that case. It’s cool, it’s quiet, it looks great, and it’s shockingly affordable. Are you going to get the elegance of the Fractal Design R5? The cooling capability of the Corsair 540? The showmanship of the Thermaltake P5? No. But it’s definitely close enough in quality, and low enough in price that you can still feel good about your case, and your purchase. Also, think of it this way; the money you save on a case can be poured directly into the hardware that goes inside of it, so opting for this little guy grants you $40 to throw towards a GPU, monitor, or mechanical keyboard.