Date : May 2, 2018 Author : Josh
The case you buy will dictate everything else about the build, including the size of your computer, the hardware you can use, the cooling options and the noise your computer will or will not generate. Now cases have come a long way over the years and it can feel a little overwhelming if it's your first build. Don't worry! We have your back.
With that in mind, let's jump in.
1. Bigger is better, right?
You will go through most of your life thinking bigger is always better but this time that is not always the case. You have to think practically about this one, how much space have you actually got to play with and how much space do you want to dedicate to your PC? You might be thinking "Josh, I will sell my bed to make space if I have to" and I like your dedication but don't forget you have got the rest of your setup to consider and there is nothing worse than a gaming station that is just not right. Standard sizes are not a luxury you have right now so get a tape measure and put the leg work in.
Beyond aesthetics and space available for your new PC you have to consider the internal dimensions of the case. As cases get bigger there will obviously be more room for components but it is also worth nothing the layout will affect the type of system you can build.
Here are some questions to ask:
• What motherboard formats are supported? (Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX are the most common).
• Does it have enough internal and external drive mounts to hold all of my stuff?
• If you have a solid-state drive, does the case have a mount that will accept it?
• How many fans can be installed, and how large are they?
• Will my CPU cooler fit, and is there room for future upgrades?
• Is there enough room for clean cable management?
2. It's getting hot in here!
Just as it's important to keep your cool in the final match of a 1v1, it's vital that you keep your computer cool to ensure it performs at it's best all the time. Now I am not saying keep it in the fridge (don't do that.. ever) and I'm not suggesting you go overkill with fans. All I am saying is consider what your PC will be used for and that should give you a good idea of what type of cooling you will need.
For example, if you only intend to use it for light browsing such as standard internet browsing, word, and general family use then one intake and exhaust fan should do you just fine. If however (and I would imagine most of you fall into this category) you intend to put your PC through its paces and play the latest games then I would highly recommend looking at adding more fans and further down the line water cooling (If your case is compatible).
This may or may not go without saying but the larger your case the better the airflow and cooling will naturally be.
3. What’s that? I can’t hear you!
Picture this, you spend hours building your perfect PC and even longer doing your research only to turn it on, load up God Of War and be attacked by an unwanted noise. You think what is this? You look down and it’s coming from your perfect, can’t do anything wrong PC. Your world would shatter.
Thankfully that is a slight exaggeration but even one decibel above a noise level you deem acceptable and I promise you, every time you turn your computer on you will always have that feeling of disappointment in the back of your head. Due to better design and technology most cases do a good job of keeping noise to a minimum, however, as you upgrade your tech this will become more of a consideration.
Fans are the most common cause of the noise, the faster they have to spin the more noise they will naturally make. Small fans tend to make more noise as they have to work harder to create the same Airflow as a larger fan. Some cases, however, come with a PWM hub, this will allow you to control your fan speed so you can turn them up to 100% when you really need them and adjust to the ideal speed the rest of the time.
It might sound like a lot to consider but it’s not as scary as it all sounds. I would always recommend you do your homework and 9 times out of 10 you can find a good review on YouTube of most cases. Like most things in life, the best thing to do is to put some time into research, ask a friend and then give it a go. If it’s your first build you might make some mistakes along the way but what you learn will forever benefit you in future builds.
If you have any questions about any of the GameMax cases, don’t hesitate to get in touch.