Bigger is better, right? For some, that might not be the case. For others, the bigger, absolutely the better. More space to work in, more storage options, more hardware support, and a much larger play space for you to deck out in RGB. For many, these are the allures of Full Tower PC cases. Lots of room, lots of potentials, and only at the loss of somewhat more floor space.
If you’re interested in PC cases which rarely compromise, offer support for most any motherboard, GPU or cooling configuration, and space isn’t an issue, then Full Tower cases should definitely be on your radar. Some of them are pricey, some of them are bulky, and some of them are downright intimidating to even look at. What’s true about all else, however, is that we’ve got the best picks currently on the market!
With that out of the way, let’s begin with our Top 7 picks for the best Full Tower cases on the market.
Best full tower cases – Overview
You can find our reviews just below the table
|NZXT Phantom 530||Phanteks Enthoo Pro||Corsair Graphite Series 760T||Fractal Design Define XL R2||be quiet! DARK BASE PRO 900||EVGA DG-86||Thermaltake Tower 900|
|Motherboard Support||Micro ATX / ATX / Mini -ITX / E-ATX||Micro ATX / ATX / E-ATX||Micro ATX / ATX / Mini -ITX / E-ATX||Micro ATX / ATX / E-ATX||Micro ATX / ATX / E-ATX||Micro ATX / ATX / Mini -ITX / E-ATX ||Micro ATX / ATX / Mini -ITX / E-ATX|
|Max GPU Length||282mm - 440mm||347mm - 472mm||450mm||480mm||Not Specified||350mm||400mm|
|Max CPU Cooler Height||183mm||193mm||170mm||170mm||Not Specified||175mm||260mm|
|Front I/O||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out / Fan Controller||2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 Audio in/out||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out / Fan Controller||2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 Audio in/out||2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 Audio in/out||2 x USB 3.0 / 1 x USB 3.1 Tpye-C / 1 x HDMI / Audio in/out||4 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out|
NZXT Phantom 530
Pros: Spacious, easy to work with. Quiet stock fans, lots of nice little features.
Cons: Design may be offputting to some, very pricey.
Are you interested in a case that looks like a stormtrooper? Are you interested in a sense of pride and accomplishment? Do you not want that pride and accomplishment to be locked behind loot boxes? Then the NZXT Phantom 530. While the design might not be for everyone, there’s no doubting that the Phantom 530 is a great case. Coming right off the cusp of an era dominated by CD Drives, the Phantom 530 features a clean, angular front accompanied by a large 200mm fan. Internally, the case is sound as well, offering lots of cable management options, support for almost (if not) any GPU currently on the market, and lots of little extra features that help make this case stand out. Such as front panel I/O being wired to the case and not the panel itself, and the included fan controller. While it may be pricey, the Phantom 530 is a great case.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Pros: Clean design. Affordable. Nice build quality.
Cons: Eclipsed by newer Phanteks cases.
The Enthoo Pro by Phanteks was at one point the default case when a customer was to ask which case to buy. The Pro was affordable, featured great build quality and offered many great features. In fact, it’s insulting to talk in past tense about the case, as it is still great today. While it’s often eclipsed by newer Phanteks offerings, such as the Evolv series, this is still a great case. It was among the first generation of cases with power supply shrouds, and Phanteks got a lot right with this one while designing it. If you like how it looks and aren’t bedazzled by a tempered glass of the newest generation, there is no reason not to go for the Enthoo Pro.
Corsair Graphite Series 760T
Pros: Eye-catching design, spacious, easy to work in, premium feel.
When the 760T was first being designed, I can’t help but imagine the team behind it all huddled in a small room together, sketching up concepts for hours. To the man or woman who struck gold with the side panel design: we thank you. Corsair’s use of metal rod hinges and the door-like latch was excellent and made getting inside of your case not only easier but more exciting. It feels more like opening the hood on your new supercar than it does putting your old car up on the lift to find out what broke. The case is on raised feet, the front panel provides excellent airflow, and the acrylic panels– while unfortunately not tempered glass– leave very little to be desired. Be prepared to open your wallet, however, as this case is not cheap.
Fractal Design Define XL R2
Pros: Clean design, spacious, incredible amount of storage support.
Cons: Passable-at-best airflow.
In another article, we mentioned how Fractal Design learned how to use a shrink ray on one of their premiere cases. Well, turns out they know how to enlarge it, too. The Define XL R2 is, for better or worse, an enlarged version of their Define cases. That means you get the same panel design and aesthetic, the same Fractal Design-build quality they’re recognized for, and the same functionality as their other cases, just more of it. Just more of it definitely includes storage, too. By default, this case supports up to 8 HDDs or SSDs, which is more than most motherboards. The case is definitely on the pricier side, but right in line with what you expect for what you’re paying. That is to say, quality.
be quiet! DARK BASE PRO 900
Pros: Amazing building experience, clean design, quiet, lots of molecularity.
Cons: Very expensive.
First off, this case is fantastic. Secondly, this case is fantastically-expensive. Well, all right, it’s not the most expensive case on the market– far from it really– but it does stand on the outside of most cases when it comes to cost. That’s for a reason, however. This case lives up to its manufacturer’s name; it’s a very quiet case. Furthermore, it’s incredibly modular, offering the ability to move the motherboard tray, remove any and all HDD bays, customize the interior to your liking and more. It’s incredibly intuitive and be quiet! has raised the bar on how to properly build a Full Tower case. Unfortunately, they also showed how to raise the bar on price.
Pros: Large interior, unique design.
Cons: First-time case manufacturer stumbles, cumbersome to work in, inconvenient cable routing for external cables.
Have you ever wanted to build a computer in what looks to be an old TV which was converted into a case? Well, now you can! The DG-86 was EVGA’s first real attempt at an all-encompassing case for consumers. While it did fall short on a few marks, it’s still a valiant effort for better and for worse. It’s cumbersome to build in, however, as due to the nature of the case itself, working inside can be somewhat uncomfortable. Further adding to things which are uncomfortable, EVGA decided to enclose the rear of the case, which means accessing I/O is done through a grommet on the side. Not ideal, and an odd choice to see. However, cable management, in this case, is easy as could be, and a finished build will look clean and professional with relatively little effort. Lastly, this case is priced fairly amongst its competition, which is nice to see.
Thermaltake Tower 900
Pros: Designed with modders and showcase builds in mind. Tempered glass, unique design.
Cons: No frills, straight to the point.
To give this case an overview or description would be challenging. Little more can be said than what is gained by simply looking at the above picture. Thermaltake is known for their eye-catching case designs, and this is no exception, even if it somewhat resembles a popcorn machine. With two separate chambers for cooling, a lot of tempered glass, A fully-modular frame and excellent radiator support for custom water loops, this case is a dream come true for anyone looking to do a showcase build without spending several hundred dollars on a boutique-esque case. For your average consumers, this case will do you just fine, but it might not be the prettiest of things you’ll own.
We hope you enjoyed our roundup. While we did omit some products, and some of the chosen products are older revisions of newer ones available, we still feel this is an excellent, balanced list that represents the current market. Some of our choices have been updated since their initial release, but the cases we chose are– for the most part– tried and true champions of the Full Tower market. With an ever-present shift towards a smaller form factor, Full Tower cases, and even Mid Tower cases are starting to disappear from the market in favor of cases with a smaller spatial footprint.
With that said, however, the cases still available today is fantastic, and you’re sure to find your hardware’s new dream home on our list!
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