The ancient Greek proverb “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is something that comes to mind when talking about the Best Looking anything. People have different ideas of what looks good to them but in this list there is a little something for everyone. Some people like a minimalistic look whereas others enjoy having their PC case really stand out from the crowd. We only have to look at the huge surge in popularity for RGB lit hardware to show the latter statement to be true. With the caveats known, here are our best looking PC cases. If your choice isn’t in this list, make sure to let us know in the comments.
Phanteks have really come into their own recently in regards to their cases. Their cases are amongst some of the most popular around. I believe this to be due to their relatively quick uptake on trends in the PC case community.
As such they Enthoo Evolv was one of the first to really make a big deal out of tempered glass side panels for their case. Not just one side but both. This solidified its place amongst a hardcore crowd as one of the best cases money can buy. The Enthoo Evolv is a really interesting case looks wise. Very minimalistic but the little metal folds that are present top and bottom on the front panel really make the case stand out. Along with the tiny Robocop like slit for the power LED that gives the front just a little more to look at. On the top the metal power button really gives a sign of quality and you can’t help but want to press it.
The tempered glass side panels really make the case look premium, there is nothing obstructing the view of the innards which is a huge plus for those that love to look at their systems. It feels like the Enthoo Evolv is trying to make the centrepiece hardware, rather than the case itself, which is an interesting concept for a PC case.
I think this case oozes class from outside to in. The price is very steep but if you love to look at the guts of your PC, this case is the defacto choice.
SilverStone are well known for their quality HTPC cases but not necessarily their full tower offerings. Considering what they can do with such a small case, a full tower form factor case must be jampacked full of great features.
The Temjin TJ11B-W is something of a behemoth of a case. The front supports up to nine 5.25” drives, overkill for many I am sure but I have a feeling this case completely decked out is something of a marvel. The single circular power LED on the front really adds to this powerful quality the case has. On the top the stylish power button is hard to resist pushing. There is a small window in the side panel but it won’t really show off the full insides of your PC.
The Temjin is a really impressive beast, the scale of it really makes it stick out and there is just space for everything you could ever want in a PC. The price though puts out of the majority of people’s budgets. Maybe a case to admire from afar instead.
NCASE aren’t a hugely known PC case manufacturer but their cases come with a lot of options, meaning the fussy ones out there can tailor their PC to their taste.
The M1 has options for different colours, black and silver. There is also an option for an ODD slot, meaning those that don’t have any sort of disc drive or fan controller can keep the front of their M1 looking clean.
The M1 is smaller than the other cases on this list and as such those that are looking for a big case to show off will want to look elsewhere. On the small canvas there is a lot of detail. A very nice and smart front panel is uninterrupted, as the power button and front I/O is located at the bottom of the front panel.
The NCASE M1 is a really clean looking M-ITX case, something that can easily fit into any setup and look good doing it.
Inwin have been around for quite a while now, their cases are known for their interesting exterior designs. The Inwin 303 is no different with some really interesting inclusions.
The most unique addition is the illumination of the of the front I/O. Each of the ports and buttons are illuminated, very useful for those that have found themselves fumbling around in the dark looking for their USB ports. The Inwin logo itself is also illuminated, this really gives the case a distinctive look, something that only really comes to life when the machine is powered up.
The tempered glass side panel is another great addition and it is big enough to really let you get a good look at your hardware. Another aspect of the case that may go unnoticed is the interesting feet. Instead of a four leg approach there are two case wide feet, front and back, it may not necessarily improve stability but it really helps the case look uniform. There is both a black and white version of this case available.
This mid tower case is a real looker and at a sensible price tag too, the Inwin 303 is one for those looking for something really unique.
NZXT have made some really interesting cases down the years. The Manta for example has a very interesting spherical design to it, I wouldn’t call it good looking though.
The S340 on the other hand is what I would call a classically good looking PC case. The front panel displays nothing more than a tiny NZXT logo. The side panel is equally as bare but with a window.
The nice thing about the S340 is the sheer amount of colours it comes in. Black, red, blue, white; there is something there for everyone. There is even a Razer branded case for fans of their products. This case is a mid-tower so it wouldn’t be too taxing to fit it into any set up.
For the money, the NZXT S340 is a great looking case both inside and outside, most definitely worth the asking price for such a well put together piece of kit.
Corsair are well known for making all sorts of great equipment, from mice to PC cases, the whole lot. You’d be forgiven for thinking they are a jack of all trades and master of none but their cases have always stood out as the best of the bunch.
The Carbide Clear 400C is a mid tower and as such does not occupy a lot of room but it is sure to catch the sight of many people due to its clean lines and professional looking exterior. The side panel houses a huge windows with only a latch covering some of the view. It will really make your interiors shine. The front panel is clean and only houses the brand new less loud Corsair logo.
The price makes it a great mid range choice, those that want their hardware to be the star of the show will find a great home in the Carbide Clear 400C.
The story behind DAN Cases is an interesting one. Initially this case was funded through Kickstarter and the collaboration of the design undertaken by a few enthusiast PC builder forums.
This case is made exclusively for those that like tiny PCs. You will need an SFX PSU but there is support for full length GPUs, with the help of a PCIe 3.0 riser.
The case looks great from the outside, nice aluminium construction makes the case very sturdy despite its size. The brushed look of the metal really plays well with the silver trim, this creates quite an intimidating oblong. The case was manufactured by Lian Li, whom themselves, have always made quality cases.
The only issue with this case is the availability. Due to its origins of being a crowd funded effort, there is not an endless supply of stock. The second version of this case will be going up for funding on Kickstarter soon, so if this case sticks out to you, make sure you keep tabs on the next crowdfunding drive.
It is difficult to recommend a best looking PC case, as so much of that is subjective. It is hard to argue though that the design on all of these cases is not meticulous. It is all too easy to let the case fall by the wayside when planning a build but a great case can really make your machine stand out.