At long last, I’ll be putting together a new PC at the tail end of this year. New GPUs and CPUs will be releasing in what are promised to be exciting new generations while in my current build they’re six (970 GTX) and nine (2500K) years old and I’ve yet to experience the joy of owning an SSD let alone one of the M.2 variety (instead, I’ve got about 15 TB of HDDs).
While waiting for release dates, number crunching and reviews to make final decisions on the more functional parts, now is a good time to look at the computer cases on the market. There are a great many variants on a standard theme which just don’t inspire me, a more select few which ooze awesomeness … normally right up until I see their price, and finally some radical departures from the norm which usually make zero sense but sure look cool to the 10 year-old kid who still lives inside my head.
My PERSONAL goals for a PC case in no particular order:
- great cooling, air or liquid (only liquid cooling I’ve done in the past involved a spilled drink, but maybe)
- space for an ATX motherboard and LOTS of room for expansion drives
- modern front panel connections
- no open-air & solid build quality (because I have an insane cat)
- some know-it-when-I-see-it “cool” factor despite knowing few others will ever lay their eyes on it
- a price which won’t make me wonder how a chunk of metal, glass & plastic could cost that much
But many I’ve come across are just too interesting not to share even if I won’t wind up buying them. I only ask others in the market to consider doing the same. Please note I’ll be adding to this as the days and weeks progress.
Without further ado, here are a few cases I’ve come across:
In the “Have Spare Cash to Burn?” category, I present:
The Corsair Obsidian 1000D
When I say this is a monolithic case, I’m not exaggerating: it’s a “super tower” coming in at 27.4" tall, 12.1" wide, and 27.3" deep. More practically speaking, it could be useful to barricade your door in the event of a zombie apocalypse as the case alone weighs in at 65 pounds.
This beast holds up to 18 fans (SOLD SEPARATELY) which can be placed in slide-out trays, five 3.5" HDDs, six 2.5" SDDs and … a second, entirely separate PC if you really felt the urge (useful for streamers or so I’m told, but whatevs). The front panel is equipped with 4 USB 3.0 ports AND two USB C ports. For kicks and giggles, Corsair gave them all controllable RGB backlighting which seems unique among other cases.
Should anyone be in the market for this kind of giant case, currently the best place to get it is Microcenter (who also has a web store, but the case is in limited supply) for a “measly” $519.99. Just remember it comes with no fans, so that will add still more to the cost. However, if properly equipped the case gets excellent marks for both great thermals, ease of use and obviously room to expand.
In the “Well, Someone Had to Do It” category, I present:
The Yeston Cute Pet Case
(please note the title of this video review is entirely sarcastic)
So how did I stumble across this video? I randomly thought of various shapes people may have attempted to make PC cases out of and my psycho cat walked across my keyboard, so the search was on. I have to admit, this pic snagged from the above video is … well, cute:
If only the case wasn’t extremely cramped and with a shaky build quality while being overpriced and primarily available only in China. One US web store has it for $320, however:
I can safely say if you get this, you’ll probably be the first person on your block with one!