For PC enclosures there is an extremely large selection of different sizes, designs, features and features. We try to bring a little light into the dark and explain what you should consider in the selection of a housing suitable for gaming hardware. In addition to the question, how much a decent housing should cost to size, space, connections, fans and also mounting options for radiators. In addition, we have picked up 50 ATX enclosures between 45 and 120 euros for you, which are well suited for the use of strong hardware in any case. Also 10 especially small housings we have picked out separately for you.
Form factors as size indication
So that you are not in the embarrassment that the motherboard does not fit into the PC case, there are the so-called mold factors. The most common form factors, which are mostly represented in motherboards, are largely enumerated by ATX, μATX (also MATX or Micro-ATX) and Mini-ITX. For mainboards for server PCs and a few models from the mainstream area, there are also E-ATX, which is larger than ATX.
Table of contents
- Page 1Gaming Housing: Form factors and selection of size
- 1.1 molding factors as size specification
- 1.1.1When housing size should one take?
- Page 2Gaming Housing: Features and space for graphics cards and coolers
- 2.1USB connections and hard disk mounting places
- 2.1.1 graphics card length and radiator height
- Page 3Gaming Housing: Space for radiators; Housing designs
- 3.1 Fitting with radiators
- 3.1.1Design: Protetz or log?
- Page 4Gaming Housing: Budget Recommendation and Market Overview with 60 Houses
- 4.1Gaming case for each budget
- 4.1.1 overview: 60 Case for gaming hardware
- Page 5Pictures Gallery for “Buy PC Case: Tips on Selection Criteria and…
Even with enclosures, it finds the corresponding information, whereby: a motherboard with a smaller form factor than the housing offering fits too. The appropriate threads for the bracket screws of the motherboard are always present at the housing. In addition, the area which after installation offers the external connections of the motherboard like LAN, USB or audio, with all mainboards the same size. The slot sheet covering this area thus has the same dimensions with Mini-IXT as with E-ATX. Which of course does not work: motherboards that have a larger form factor than the housing can not be installed, except maybe with the help of a flex and associated “modding”.
Which housing size should you take?
Our clear tip at the choice of housing is the ATX form factor, with two exceptions: The first exception is when you want to build a tiny PC. Here then Mini-Itx would be the means of choice, possibly also a particularly small μATx housing. Some mini-ITX housings will be listed separately in a market overview later. With a “normal” μATX housing, however, it barely saves a volume compared to very compact ATX enclosures. E-ATX, the second exception, is generally definitely too big and not necessary, except you want to install a self for gaming ratios very large amount of hard drives, fans or a very expanding water cooling. Otherwise, however, ATX housings are ideally suited for strong gaming hardware, and there is a wide range of enclosures that are sometimes even smaller than a μATX housing as well as models, which in the end then rather in the E-ATX Land.
Since today only a few users need a CD / DVD drive, most housings do not have an installation option for such an optical drive. This allows manufacturers to offer somewhat more compact ATX enclosures at the height. For models with slot for an optical drive, the upper range is far-reaching blocked than squares for the significantly smaller 3.5-inch hard drives. The exact dimensions that the housing should have, we can not call you – but typical of a compact, not too small ATX housing are about 45 to 55 centimeters at height, 40 to 50 centimeters at depth and 20 to 25 centimeters what the width is concerned. The exact dimensions, which in the end of a suitable case in the end, but not only depend on how much space you have, but also how much space you want for the graphics card and the CPU cooler needs respectful respectively. For this we come on the next page, where we also briefly discuss the topic of USB ports and hard disk mounting places.
Page 1 Gaming Housing: Form factors and selection of size
Page 2 Gaming Housing: Features and space for graphics cards and coolers
Page 3 Gaming Housing: Space for radiators; Housing designs
Page 4 Gaming Housing: Budget Recommendation and Market Overview with 60 Houses
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