Some users prefer to build itty bitty small form factor PCs with mini-ITX cases and others like to load up multiple graphics cards in large full towers. But the most commonly used case that’s versatile enough for most situations is the ATX mid-tower (also known as a mid-ATX to some) case.
There are several really good reasons to go with a mid-tower. First, they support regular, full (not extended!) ATX motherboards. This is the biggest class of desktop motherboard, which means you’re also likely to find a board that fits your budget and need pretty easily. Another reason to go with a mid-tower is ease of installation. Micro-ATX and mini-ITX cases are often much tighter and can offer less flexibility in a build. That’s not what you want if this is your first rodeo. Finally, ATX full-tower cases can get quite large, and take up a lot of real estate. In comparison, you can easily fit a mid-tower under a desk. Mid towers are also lighter and require less effort to move.
Mid-tower ATX cases are great because they generally keep things simple, and offer the baseline when it comes to form. While you may find some compromises in the area of cooling capabilities, the right mid-towers can offer just as much as you’d expect from a high end full-tower case. We tested out the all sorts of cases to find the best ATX mid-tower for PC gaming. Here’s what made the cut.