5 things to consider

while buying a PC case


By Mithun Mohandas


Component Clearance


ALL YOUR COMPONENTS NEED TO FIT AND HAVE ADEQUATE CLEARANCE INSIDE THE CASE

You need to check the height of the CPU cooler.Wherever you plan on installing the radiator, you need to ensure there’s enough clearance.

High-end graphics cards tend to be longer and beefier, and may not fit lower segment cases. If you already own a long graphics card, then you should definitely look for a case where there’s enough clearance in front of the card.

The final component that needs to be checked for clearance is your power supply unit.


#1


Cooling Support


Your case needs decent airflow inside. Whether you opt for air cooling or liquid, the case needs to accommodate enough fans or radiators. Your goal should be to establish balanced air pressure inside the case, which means that the number of intake fans should match your exhaust.. There should be a balance in the amount of the air going inside and coming out of the case. If you plan on going the liquid cooling route, you need to ensure that the panels have enough slots for the radiator to be mounted.




#2


Dust Filters


Initially, you wouldn’t consider dust filters to be that important. However, if you rarely clean your system, say, every six months, you’ll be subjected to a lot of pain. You must check whether the front, bottom and top panel house a dust filter. Otherwise, if you don’t have options, you should consider building your dust filters and installing them on your case.




#3


Cable Management


Cable management is a borderline luxury. However, there are times when poor cable routing can lead to the reduced cooling performance of the components. Without enough cutouts on the motherboard plate, you’d have to cram in the thick cables from the limited cutouts or directly connect them without routing behind the plate. Sometimes, the CPU power cutout is too far, and you are forced to connect it from the inside. This could hinder the CPU cooler and exhaust fan on the rear panel. Before buying a case, you should verify whether there are enough cutouts and cable tie points on the motherboard plate to connect all your components comfortably.




#4


Latest Ports


Your front panel allows you to connect your frequently used devices quickly to your system without having to stretch and flex to reach the back panel. It’s always better to ensure that the front panel covers all your required ports such as USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C, audio out and mic in. And since your case is going to stay with you for a long time, it’s best to consider future-friendly ports. USB Type- C on the front panel has now become a common feature in mid-range mid-tower cabinets.




#5


Those were the 5 things to consider

while buying a PC case