Buying an ATX PC Case? – Here Are What Buyers Need To Know

When it comes to choosing a PC case, there are plenty of options for buyers to consider. The first thing they should do is figure out what size form factor (measured in units called “Bays”) your motherboard supports. 

ATX PC Cases or ATX Mid-Tower cases are the most common ones. They can take up to three standard computer components, such as a motherboard, power supply, and hard drive. Micro-ATX cases are smaller than standard ATX models, but they still have room for those parts plus one more component like an optical drive or fan controller.

Consider reading this article if you are a beginner buying PC cabinets and need sound advice.

There’s No Single “BEST” CPU Cabinet

There’s no single “best” case for everyone, as it all depends on the buyer’s needs and budget. It can be tempting to go for a $200 gaming case with RGB lighting. But that might not be the best decision on a tight budget. 

Instead of splurging on little-to-no improvements over your current case, spend that money on other components that will make or break your performance (like an SSD). For daily browsing, office work, and casual gaming, even the most basic ATX cabinets do just fine.

ATX Mid-Tower: the Most Common Case Form Factor

The ATX Mid-Tower is the most common case form factor for gaming PCs and is also the most versatile. This case supports ATX motherboards, ATX PSUs, microATX power supplies, and graphics cards. The maximum length for a graphics card in an ATX Mid-Tower is ~12 inches (305 mm).

The width of an ATX motherboard can be up to 12 inches (305 mm). However, it might not fit easily if you have many cords coming out from behind your board or other parts of your computer build, such as fans and LED strips.

Micro-ATX Cases are smaller than Standard ATX models.

Micro-ATX refers to a motherboard form factor smaller than the standard ATX board. This means that Micro-ATX cases will be smaller, cheaper, and more compact than their larger counterparts. 

The Micro-ATX form factor was designed to be a smaller alternative to the standard ATX motherboard, as it reduces the size of the board and allows for more compact cases. Its form factor is a compromise between full ATX and Mini ITX motherboards.

A Smaller Form Factor looks Sleek.

Smaller cases have a smaller footprint, making it easier to fit into cubicles and save space on the desk. They are also less expensive than larger ATX cases because of their small size. So, this is the best option for those looking for something that’s not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing.

However, a smaller form-factor PC cabinet has some reasonable downsides. It has less room for CPU cooling fans, power supply units, and storage drives like hard drives or SSDs. On top of that, they usually use Micro-ATX motherboards, which means there’s less space inside. 

The Conclusion

When it comes to PC cases, there are a lot of options out there. If you’re not looking for extravagant gaming or intense video editing, then ATX PC Cases might be a good choice. However, if you want something smaller, consider getting something like Micro-ATX. It has enough room inside for all your components.

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