Awards Show: Best & Worst PC Cases of 2018


  • Am Vor 28 Tage

    Gamers NexusGamers Nexus

    Dauer: 18:40

    We crawl through 160+ case tests to find the best and worst gaming PC cases from 2018, including best thermals, noise, design, and more.
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    Article: www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3397-best-and-worst-pc-cases-of-2018
    This awards show walks through the best gaming PC cases of 2018, but also includes a few of the worst cases. We talk about cases for best out of the box thermals, best noise levels, best design, best overall, worst refresh, most overhyped, and more. If you're building a new gaming PC and need a computer case comparison, we have the round-up of the top enclosures.
    CASES FEATURED (order of appearance)
    BEST THERMALS
    Cooler Master H500P Mesh (Amazon): geni.us/dSFghi
    Cooler Master SL600M (Newegg): geni.us/tzvGYOa
    Honorable Mention - Lian Li O11 Air (Amazon): geni.us/senr6jj
    BEST NOISE LEVELS
    be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev 2 (Amazon): geni.us/PzQh5nU
    be quiet! Silent Base 601 (Newegg): geni.us/tpBuVI
    BEST BUDGET CASE
    NZXT H500 (Amazon): geni.us/cFPKU1U
    WORST REFRESHES
    SilverStone PM02 (Amazon): geni.us/pIKQ
    Fractal Define S2 (Amazon): geni.us/fUdOlX6
    MOST OVERHYPED
    Phanteks Evolv X (Newegg): geni.us/uWeSz
    BEST OVERALL
    Lian Li O11 Dynamic (Amazon): geni.us/ksGZ3
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Check out our H500P Mesh review for a refresher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpfkk4E7eCg Article: http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3397-best-and-worst-pc-cases-of-2018 Grab your own GN Award crystal! http://store.gamersnexus.net/products/tear-down-statue

Vor 28 Tage
Anuj Negi
Anuj Negi

Must check chiptronex raptor. Best case in India with RGB under 75 dollar

Vor 16 Tage
Jack Benner
Jack Benner

Hey, Gamers Nexus. I'm running the ThermalTake Core G21 TG and have been since I saw your video back in July of this year. I can see that, while it was at the top for cooling, at stock it's way down in the charts now lol. I have it loaded up with 5 tt riing blue 12 fans so is it a case worth keeping or should I get the sl600m?

Vor 18 Tage
Jorg Floren
Jorg Floren

I am missing Sharkoon cases, are you looking into reviewing them by any chance?

Vor 20 Tage
TheTanelChannel
TheTanelChannel

Hey can you review my case as like a custom award one maybe? :D I have it on my channel pinned.. made from scratch, wallmounted.. no cables visible, cause I soldered them lol

Vor 21 Tag
Nick Stalburg
Nick Stalburg

These reviews are the best! I am glad you stopped your endless airflow rant. Good content!

Vor 24 Tage
Astrichthyes Souls
Astrichthyes Souls

I think a more proper way to define the budget class is to have a set budget. If you want a solid budget case for under $50, chances are it's going to be a different case than one you get for a budget of under $70. I personally bought a Corsair 200R for my new rig for $40 and it's nice for what it is. Decent cable management, good airflow, and you can put virtually any GPU in it due to its size. It's big, but surprisingly quiet

Vor 18 Stunden
jordan shaw
jordan shaw

What about itx cases?

Vor 22 Stunden
John Michael Stock
John Michael Stock

I've always wanted to own a Corsair Obsidian case.. Been looking at the 750D for years. Can anyone recommend something better in the same price bracket. Good airflow, full tower, filtering, boxy and sleek? ~£130GBP

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LMNTRIX YT
LMNTRIX YT

So.....what case should I buy for best temps overall?

Vor Tag
Alka N
Alka N

no matx ?

Vor Tag
Tyler Freberg
Tyler Freberg

i LOVE how they refereed to a case addon as DLC lol

Vor Tag
junkandcrapamen
junkandcrapamen

Hoodathunk that mesh would be better than solid glass in terms of airflow. It's like every year case makers forget that this isn't the first time anyone has thought this through. It's incomprehensibly stupid.

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Mher Hakobyan Cinematography
Mher Hakobyan Cinematography

You forgot 3 fantastic nice Cases as the BEST 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Deepcool Storm QUADSTELLAR Full-Tower, Cougar Conquer mid-tower, Thermaltake view 71 (or 91) full tower.

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D Jaquith
D Jaquith

The F what?! 🤯🤪 .. Lan Li's "GLASS FALLS OFF" and it still gets an award overall??!! That's like Car & Driver awarding a car who's hood flops off while driving down the highway!

Vor 2 Tage
Aerozoic
Aerozoic

OMG slur much? Dude u should not be narrating. You need some time with a speech coach.

Vor 2 Tage
Nils Hillmann
Nils Hillmann

I am thinking of buying this case for my gaming computer fancyonline.shop/19z The high ratings and reviews are really convincing.

Vor 2 Tage
Rick S
Rick S

Wait, your "best and worst cases" video is not only sponsored, but it's sponsored by gigabyte? A manufacturer of gaming parts Little fucking disingenuous and deceptive don't you think?

Vor 2 Tage
Koko A
Koko A

No Matx :(

Vor 2 Tage
depth386
depth386

Nice, I love the mention that the O11 Dynamic can have two radiators

Vor 2 Tage
Squall Loire
Squall Loire

No mention of the deeply disappointing SE editions of the CM Storm Stryker/Trooper? I was looking forward to updating mine but I've heard literally nothing but bad things about the redesign. They got released on the quiet after being loudly announced at 2017's CES too (along with the ML240R Smart which has yet to materialise), so CM seemed to know they weren't really up to spec.

Vor 3 Tage
Faiz Raszemi
Faiz Raszemi

Add itx best case, most of ur best pick were big case and also expensive..awarding the case by their price point range really help us as consumer to pick best case for our bucks.

Vor 3 Tage
EPIC PUPPY TECH
EPIC PUPPY TECH

9:39 , what a noob , no I/O shield in place. Also 15:25.

Vor 3 Tage
Gurmeet singh
Gurmeet singh

Would you recommend the dark base pro 900 rev 2 for music production?

Vor 4 Tage
freak777power
freak777power

The best case for GPU and CPU cooling is Thermaltake X31, all these others on the list are nothing but joke compared to. Same applies to big brother Thermaltake X71

Vor 5 Tage
Hecaroo
Hecaroo

You should do Best Small form factor mini ITX cases. I only buy small cases! :)

Vor 5 Tage
Param Cheema
Param Cheema

How is NZXT H500i?

Vor 5 Tage
EDDI
EDDI

Make a best mini/ itx category next year!

Vor 6 Tage
Alex K
Alex K

Does the dark rock 3 pro fitx in the lian li o11?

Vor 6 Tage
shown ali
shown ali

Very confusing

Vor 6 Tage
yan bella
yan bella

all these cases are nothing in front of the " Jonsbo UMX4 Zone Compact Midi Tower Aluminium Cases "

Vor 6 Tage
Irvan Syah
Irvan Syah

DLC cases, what's next ?

Vor 6 Tage
Nils B
Nils B

The RL06 got a TG Version now. Shouldnt it be much better than the h500 out of the box?

Vor 7 Tage
Manuel MedelS
Manuel MedelS

Great video, but why is the phantek p350x not included is it not good?

Vor 7 Tage
Zippy J.R.
Zippy J.R.

I live in a fairly dusty desert environment and would be curious as to which case has the best dust control

Vor 8 Tage
ViiV Creations
ViiV Creations

how does evolve x compare to its original 2017 evolve?

Vor 8 Tage
Gaming PC Assemblato
Gaming PC Assemblato

So, the 500 is the best one?

Vor 8 Tage
izidor
izidor

would like to see a sharkoon tg5 test

Vor 8 Tage
Dan 55
Dan 55

You don't have the silverstone cs381 and I cant find it on amazon or newegg has this been released yet?? and how much does it cost its an amazing looking case with a good amount of storage of drives

Vor 9 Tage
Brandon Bourg
Brandon Bourg

Did you give yourself the award for the mesh since you modded it first?!

Vor 10 Tage
K. Suffle
K. Suffle

I've got addicted to those visual timestamps. Now I want it in every channel.

Vor 10 Tage
W4DER
W4DER

Hard to decide which one... 1. Lian Li O11 Air 2. NZXT H700 3. Phanteks Evolv X

Vor 12 Tage
drago1022
drago1022

I'm building a PC for my self and I was thinking of getting Intel Core i5-8600K Desktop Processor 6 Cores up to 4.3 GHz unlocked LGA 1151 300 Series 95W and CORSAIR PRO RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, 240mm Radiator, Dual 120mm ML Series PWM Fans. But I dont know what case or motherboard I should get

Vor 12 Tage
A Professional at Everything
A Professional at Everything

My favorite case this year has been the thermaltake v200. Ik that it isn't the quietest, coolest, or best quality, but it's just so beautiful. I also love how the h500p looks and performs, but it's so damn expensive.

Vor 13 Tage
MagoCrafter
MagoCrafter

Corsair 570x is still the best

Vor 13 Tage
Markky
Markky

Im surprised theres no Sahara P35 up here. It would easily win the "best looking" award and at £81 with 4 RGB fans and a controller its a fucking bargain.

Vor 13 Tage
TheSpoonKing
TheSpoonKing

I love NZXT cases. Great value, clean aesthetic, all the necessary cable management support, and I've never cut myself on any of them.

Vor 14 Tage
ParadiseofDarkness
ParadiseofDarkness

Ate you kidding me the video card is sagging in the best case. Like bro.?

Vor 14 Tage
barbara Corcoran
barbara Corcoran

I was waiting for the video to end with a cat inside the lian-li, now I'm sad 😔

Vor 14 Tage
Janos Megyeri
Janos Megyeri

Cut your hair

Vor 14 Tage
Michal Janovský
Michal Janovský

Please make video about cases that support SSI EEB. Thanks

Vor 15 Tage
NC Aråb
NC Aråb

These cases are over 50 dollars even for a budget case. The best budget case has to be the diy pc bg 01

Vor 15 Tage
nonstopjoliver
nonstopjoliver

Dude. Does your award actually mean anything to the companies when it can just be bought from your store? I think that was a poor decision.

Vor 15 Tage
cum rag
cum rag

Case kitty

Vor 15 Tage
Clyne Snowtail
Clyne Snowtail

Hmm. I dont see anything that impresses me enough to replace my old HAF X when I finally retire the i7 980X system that is in it.

Vor 15 Tage
Derek Lee
Derek Lee

I bought a Silverstone RL06 even though it's old

Vor 15 Tage
Dwayne Stimpson
Dwayne Stimpson

I guess Corsair .... sucks? lmao. Great Video!, I was also Hyped for the Evolve-X, it was a huge let down.

Vor 16 Tage
Kento Hayashi Tyrcz
Kento Hayashi Tyrcz

The real question is what case does the cat approve of?

Vor 16 Tage
Tom S
Tom S

Gah, why does every case have to have a clear side now?

Vor 16 Tage
deinemuddaisdoof
deinemuddaisdoof

overall winner, the kitty

Vor 17 Tage
Bowen Lin
Bowen Lin

Can’t agree with their aesthetic taste

Vor 17 Tage
Micah Sarver
Micah Sarver

13:50 CHECK OUT THAT GPU SAG!!!

Vor 17 Tage
Joeizbest
Joeizbest

CAT

Vor 17 Tage
ItsDrafty
ItsDrafty

I recently build a rig inside of a Corsair 400c. It's been awhile since I built anything and forgot NZXT existed... 😔

Vor 18 Tage
Fenrisúlfr Hródvitnir
Fenrisúlfr Hródvitnir

I love how the cat just randomly pops up in a few different clips just doing his own shit like “I do what I want, fuck you, don’t touch me, you pick me up and I’ll piss on all your expensive electronics” lol 😂

Vor 18 Tage
Mithrennon of Aegwynn
Mithrennon of Aegwynn

Obviously he forgot the award for "Best Case that you can still put an Optical Drive in".

Vor 18 Tage
Mithrennon of Aegwynn
Mithrennon of Aegwynn

+Marc Massacre something tons of people still use who aren't stuck up elitists.

Vor 14 Tage
Marc Massacre
Marc Massacre

What's an optical drive

Vor 14 Tage
kasey demerchant
kasey demerchant

I have a cooler master power supply and have hated it sense day one and cant get myself to like any product they come out with

Vor 18 Tage
The Judgemental Cat
The Judgemental Cat

More cat please.

Vor 18 Tage
Zeus54321
Zeus54321

Any recommendations WITH 5.25" bays?

Vor 18 Tage
Zeus54321
Zeus54321

+Nitrogen Airship Yep. BeQuiet! abandoned us but apparently Fractal Design still got our back.

Vor 15 Tage
Nitrogen Airship
Nitrogen Airship

I'd like some too but we are a dying breed

Vor 15 Tage
Michał Madeja
Michał Madeja

Hey Man, wanna get something different and practical? Check SilentiumPC X70T - budget, airflow, very practical.

Vor 19 Tage
Jose Nunya
Jose Nunya

Try talking a wee bit slower . My senior citizen hearing can't quite keep up and when you start running out of air your words start running into each other.

Vor 19 Tage
Fernando Lopez
Fernando Lopez

nice video but i wish it wasn't all b-roll bc it was a bit confusing

Vor 19 Tage
Kyle B
Kyle B

Was going to buy an NZXT H500 from your recommendation, But the deals disappeared when I was ready to buy and found the cooler Master H500 for $90 plus a $20 MIR. Just checked it out a minute ago and first impressions I'm pretty impressed with design and fit and finish, although I won't really get a full look until I build this beast this weekend when the rest of my parts arrive.

Vor 19 Tage
Sentlee
Sentlee

I love cats. 😺👍

Vor 19 Tage
TestECull
TestECull

.....why are gaming PC cases so god damned ugly?! My next PC build is gonna be put into a full ATX Compaq desktop case from the early 90s, ya know, one of those horizontal ones that you could put a CRT on top of. I want people to think it's a retro machine until I jiggle the mouse and Windows 7 pops up, or they see me playing something like Fallout 4 on it.

Vor 19 Tage
Newbie _PlayZ
Newbie _PlayZ

I use the h500 (nzxt) for my build and its great

Vor 19 Tage
Team Alpha
Team Alpha

Wowzers! Team Alpha Gaming Approves ;)

Vor 19 Tage
Cheetahmodding
Cheetahmodding

where's the chunky evga dg-87 at

Vor 19 Tage
Winston Britto
Winston Britto

Alright I trust you guys..But including cases Derbauer has worked on this year as honorable mentions seems like you're having bias towards him as he has worked with you..

Vor 20 Tage
Fractal Vlad
Fractal Vlad

0nly h3r3 4 c4tt

Vor 20 Tage
Mandrake Fernflower
Mandrake Fernflower

Does the cat do all the thermal testing? You should probably pay them more if so

Vor 20 Tage
SuperFlashDriver
SuperFlashDriver

Question: Are these just cases (in which you have to buy all of the computer components separately) OR do they have them included?

Vor 20 Tage
Velocirock
Velocirock

Problems aside, that Phanteks is the sexiest looking of any of them.

Vor 20 Tage
Disax Leroy
Disax Leroy

Which case should I get for around 100€?? I liked all black: be quiet silent base 601 Lian li lancool one digital Fractal design define r6 Fractal design meshify c

Vor 20 Tage
BaoBaoss
BaoBaoss

well define r6 is a great option

Vor 8 Tage
ChuckMakesIt
ChuckMakesIt

Wait what? My O11 front panel attaches exactly the same as the side panel. It's not glued on. At any rate glad to see it earn your top award. I'm absolutely in love with this case.

Vor 20 Tage
MusicHaven2012
MusicHaven2012

Not approved, I need an ITX case atm. I would love to see the best all-around and best-budget cases for ITX builds as this is what I'm doing with my main rig next.

Vor 20 Tage
Eric
Eric

I recently built a new Ryzen PC with the H500P mesh and I love it. I do, however, plan on modding the top by removing the acrylic pane with mesh salvaged from my old Corsair Carbide black & white. Solid case, I really do love it.

Vor 20 Tage
Ben Bonney
Ben Bonney

Would like to see best sff

Vor 20 Tage
LastConfederateSoldier
LastConfederateSoldier

The Lian Li 011 dynamic is the best case. I own one in White. I have 8 Noctua 120mm slim fans. Side and bottom are intake and the top 3 are exhaust. I had to remove 1 fan on the bottom when I purchased the aftermarket vertical GPU riser. I am using an itx MB

Vor 20 Tage
Onfensive Memes
Onfensive Memes

My first build: Meshify C 🤤🤤🤤🤤

Vor 21 Tag
Daniel Ramirez
Daniel Ramirez

I got catbaited

Vor 21 Tag
CyraTGB
CyraTGB

i came for the cat

Vor 21 Tag
曹宇涵
曹宇涵

How about just cooler master H500?

Vor 21 Tag
machack95
machack95

I have the best all around case. Feels good man 😎

Vor 21 Tag
Ephraim Ng
Ephraim Ng

Wow didn't expect the mshify c to have such poor thermals

Vor 21 Tag
skyknight0408
skyknight0408

Do you have tests for cases that can still hold optical drives? Because you can still get games on DVD in most electronic discounters and there also maybe some people who live in places with shitty internet so downloading everything would take ages. Or you know, just people who like to have physical copies of the game they own!

Vor 21 Tag
First Name Last Name
First Name Last Name

I have the Lian Lo PC 011 Dynamic, and to anyone thinking of buying one, it is a fantastic liquid cooling machine, just please know that you won't be able to mount 2 360mm radiators in the top slots - the clearance for fittings just isn't there, the top radiator gets in the way of the side radiator fittings. What I ended up doing is, I had a bitspower leviathan sf slim 25mm radiator in the side with 3x120s in a push in the front, an ek ce 280 45mm thick radiator in the top in a push, and an ek pe 360 38mm in the bottom in pull. Make sure to plug everything into the bottom ports before you install the radiators and fans, and accept you can't go sli. You can fit a few extra cards though, I fit a thunderbolt 3 card, usb 3 card, and ran the 3.1 type c port to the rear panel instead. Also, MAKE SURE to order a usb 3.0 motherboard header EXTENSION cable if you want to use the port. A regular stiff usb 3 front IO cable is too thick to bend enough to work, you need a slim extension and then connect it in the back of the case. It really is a fantastic case, and was even able to fit my Asus rampage VI extreme EATX at 12x10.9 very very well. Just make you have everything set first, and have a couple 45 degree angled adapters for the side radiator to make it play nice with the top 280mm rad. It's really a great case and I'm happy it won the best case for GN, that's some reassurance for sure lol

Vor 21 Tag
First Name Last Name
First Name Last Name

+Zyler ​ I almost got the air, because of the additional cooling and spots I could've mounted my pump & reservoir. I have the Dynamic in white, and it's really a good looking case. I'm surprised how nice of a case it is for only $150, it's all metal & tempered glass, and feels fantastic. I don't know if the 011 Air is all plastic, which might feel a lot cheaper. My only other complaints than in my first comment are the lack of even mounts for like an 80mm fan in the rear of the front (you might actually be able to mount one with it's funky pattern), and how tight everything is. If you're just going air though it shouldn't be any problem at all. If you want to mount fans in the bottom of the case, if your motherboard has a usb 3 header on the bottom of the board, make sure you get a usb 3 header extension (search amazon for that and the company is micro SATA cables, works great), and make sure to plug all the case leads/fans/usb 2/3 headers in before you mount the fans. It will fit, but you can't really remove or add anything once the fans are mounted. I don't think airflow would be an issue if you put fans everywhere they can go in the Dynamic though

Vor 5 Tage
Zyler
Zyler

I've personally really wanted it for air cooling since it's temps are still great. I just really love it's design even if it's meant for water cooling. It's probably second in design for me besides Evolv X, however it's a bit overkill and not great in temps. I've just been debating between the 011 Dynamic Air and the white version.

Vor 5 Tage
Faraz Rahman
Faraz Rahman

Man, I've been a fan of fractal and phanteks but really not performing well this year in any category

Vor 21 Tag
Selim Daşdemir
Selim Daşdemir

Why didn't you review the P350X?

Vor 21 Tag
g6qwerty
g6qwerty

I like my black box sitting on my desk as my computer.

Vor 21 Tag
Gim Nino
Gim Nino

Yo you didn’t even mention the c700p from coolermaster...

Vor 21 Tag
AngryKhan
AngryKhan

As someone who lives in a dry climate you should consider a "best dust protection" setup.

Vor 21 Tag
Stephen Reaves
Stephen Reaves

Best watercooling support???

Vor 21 Tag
Dan Ross
Dan Ross

How about the Coolermaster Q300L!

Vor 21 Tag
Peter Edwards
Peter Edwards

I'm only here for OUT OF THE BOX THERMALS!!!!

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