Q: If you happen to had to decide on your favourite case proper now, what would it not be? And are there any overhyped ones I ought to keep away from?
A: Assuming just one alternative is permitted for this reply, I’ll decide a case that has robust, well-rounded attraction—the Corsair 4000D Airflow. This mid-tower has most every thing in the present day’s builders count on: a glossy minimalist look, good airflow, inexpensive value, and sufficient room to suit ATX motherboards. It additionally earns additional kudos for its swappable entrance panels, which let you change the type of the case and price simply $10 or much less (plus delivery). If you happen to begin with the Airflow mannequin and discover that you simply favor the quiet of a stable panel (or the look of a glass panel), you may make that swap with little fuss and extra money outlay.
A fan-favorite different could be the Lian Li Lancool II Mesh, which doesn’t have the entrance panel modularity of the Corsair 4000D however supplies glorious airflow, a sensible structure, and tempered glass on each facet panels. We favor it as an alternative choice to the Corsair 4000X , which is dearer than the Lancool II Mesh by about $50, and is a bit showier, too.
After all, the great thing about the PC is that individuals construct programs in quite a lot of sizes. If you happen to’ve had explicit curiosity in small-form-factor initiatives, distributors have slowly been including builder-friendly, inexpensive sub-20L circumstances to their line-ups. In actual fact, during the last couple of years, a pair have gained followers almost instantly: the 18L Cooler Grasp NR200(and its glass variant, the NR200P ) launched with an astonishingly low price ticket ($79), whereas nonetheless delivering good temperatures and an easy structure. It matches the affordability of ATX circumstances—not typical for this house, the place some can run as excessive as $200.
Like most SFF circumstances, although, the NR200 requires a small-form-factor (SFX or SFX-L) energy provide—so our different SFF suggestion is the SSUPD Meshlicious. This Xbox Sequence X lookalike accommodates SFX, SFX-L, and ATX energy provides regardless of being slightly below 15L and can also be pretty simple to construct in. (Although it’s not fairly as simple because the NR200.) You gained’t essentially get monetary savings buying the Meshlicious, because it prices about $50 greater than the NR200 for the most affordable model, however it’s going to work with a high-end modular ATX energy provide you wish to construct round.
As for “overhyped” circumstances—one individual’s overhyped is one other’s good match. For instance: We have now gotten feedback from of us who consider that the Lian Li O11 Dynamic(aka O11D) and NZXT H510 get an excessive amount of consideration in YouTube movies. However these circumstances are in style for a motive: Not solely does the O11D function a superb showcase for builds that go all out with followers, watercooling, and RGB, nevertheless it’s simple to construct in and has a well-designed structure. And the H510 pairs a streamlined, trendy look with a very good worth, making it pleasant to price range builders. (It contains two followers and trendy entrance I/O ports, aka USB-C.)
Certain, these two circumstances aren’t designed to be broad in attraction, just like the Corsair 4000 sequence. Many who aren’t into elaborate, showy builds will discover the Lian Li O11D all unsuitable for them. Equally, somebody who focuses on protecting temps as cool as doable in a PC will dislike the NZXT H510’s airflow path. For the unsuitable viewers, the O11D and H510 will sem overhyped.
For me, the overhyped circumstances are those that swing massive and miss—the place anybody who’s backed it or bought it’s now caught with extreme flaws. Happily, these are few and much between as of late. Case producers are extra cautious to get suggestions these days, as they’re as desirous to keep away from lack of curiosity and unsold stock. Phrase of mouth spreads extremely quick on the web.