Investing in one of the best full-tower cases might seem a little extreme for a lot of PC builds. But if you’re thinking of building your dream PC, one of these will give you ample space for an EATX motherboard, a pair of the best graphics cards, and a custom liquid cooling set-up. Full-tower cases certainly aren’t small or subtle, but if you have the components—and the cash—to justify one, they can make a huge statement. And if you’re already thinking about splashing the money on an extreme gaming PC build, one of the best full tower cases will ensure your rig looks as good as it runs.
Of course, the overall best PC case is mostly going to come down to personal taste. And while a full-tower case can comfortably house an enormous PSU, twin GPUs, and a whole library of SSDs, it’s perfectly capable of holding more modest builds too. Even if your current build doesn’t warrant all the extra room that a full tower case offers, investing in a more massive case now will future-proof against significant upgrades further down the line.
But that extra space does come with a higher price tag. If you’re looking to keep your costs down—or working on a budget PC build—one of the best mid-tower cases might be more to your wallet’s taste. On the other hand, if you’re looking to build a massive, high-end rig and you’re prepared to pay a bit extra for the added room, one of our top picks might be right for you.
We’ve listed our favorites below, along with an overview of why we think they might be a good option. Alternatively, if you want to look at the other end of the scale, we also have a guide to the best mini-ITX cases. But if your custom build seems a bit daunting, you can check out our guide to the best gaming PCs.
1. Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
The best full-tower case for flashy builds
Form Factor: Full tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (Support 12″ x 11″) | Dimensions: 639 x 306 x 651mm | Weight: 22.2 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 4 x USB 3.0 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 2, 3.5”: 8
Integrated RGB lighting system
Adjustable motherboard layout
May require PSU extension cables
Lots of plastic
The C700P, like the original Cosmos, is one of Cooler Master’s largest enclosures and comes with an equally hefty price tag. The premium case maintains the same handlebar design of the original but adds a few modern touches that make it one of the most beautiful cases we’ve seen.
An understated RGB light bar system integrated into the top and bottom of the case illuminates the exterior in a tasteful manner that doesn’t distract from the overall aesthetic of the build. Another upgrade from the original is a new curved tempered glass panel that allows you to showcase a gorgeous interior.
As expected from a premium case, the new Cooler Master Cosmos features support for the most high-end components, including E-ATX motherboards, multiple oversized graphics cards, and radiators up to 420mm in length. The only minor problem we found with the DOWLOAND FREE and capabilities is the potential issues you might have routing accessory and power cables with specific motherboard tray configurations. It’d be great to see Cooler Master include some extensions for this.
Let’s be honest here, $300 is a significant amount of cash to spend on an enclosure. It’s even more than most people spend on their CPU. But for the few who are willing to go all out on a build, the Cosmos C700P is the perfect option that offers all of the tools you’d need to create a stunning PC. Considering the 25th Anniversary Edition Cosmos II is priced even higher at $350, the C700P is well worth the investment.
2. Corsair 1000D
The biggest and baddest of them all
Form Factor: Super tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Extended ATX, Mini-ITX, SSI EEB, microATX | Dimensions: 27.4 x 12.1 x 27.3 inches | Weight: 29.5kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; 420mm; 480mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 4 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 6, 3.5”: 5
Supports just about any crazy build
Can house an E-ATX and Mini-ITX build at the same time
Supports dual 480mm front radiators
It’s deceptively massive
There are big cases; then, there are big cases. Actually, to describe this case as big would still be an understatement.
The Corsair 1000D is bigger than what many would define as a full tower. It’s so big Corsair calls it a super tower. It’s a behemoth of a PC case ready to house the biggest and baddest systems. Standing tall at a staggering 27.3″, this super tower features enough space to house 18 fans, and up to four massive radiators installed simultaneously.
In addition to the insane cooling support, the 1000D features a unique triple-chamber design with convenient french-door-styled storage compartments and telescoping radiator trays for easy installation. It’s a case that is so massive; it can house both an entire E-ATX build and a mini-ITX build at the same time.
Because it is 2020, of course, there is also an RGB-lit front panel I/O with built-in smart lighting and fan control courtesy of Corsair’s Commander Pro controller. The Obsidian 900D has long been a top choice for massive, over-the-top builds, and it only fitting that the 1000D would come along to knock it off its throne.
3. be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900
The best high-end full-tower
Form Factor: Full tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 577 x 243 x 586 mm | Weight: 14.39 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; 420mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, Qi Wireless Charger | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 10, 3.5”: 5
Wireless Qi charger
Extensive cooling support
Initially known for their silent power supplies and fans, be quiet! entered the case market with a big splash and has done quite well in a short period since its first case launch in 2014. One of the company’s newer cases, the Dark Base Pro 900, remains one of our highly recommended full towers thanks to its sleek design and enthusiast-friendly interior.
The case is one of the most modular cases we’ve ever seen. You won’t find too many rivets in this one. Instead, just about every single panel can be removed, making this case a modder’s dream. There’s also a whole lot of customization available with options for an inverted motherboard layout and even some nifty features like wireless qi charging and preinstalled LED lighting.
The Dark Base Pro 900 is large enough to support the biggest motherboards and radiators up to 420mm in DOWLOAND FREE. It’s a huge full tower that can support just about any custom cooling you can dream up. It also looks very sleek with a few color options to spice things up. Priced around $200, the Dark Base Pro is a rare case but comes with all of the bells and whistles to make it worth it.
4. Thermaltake View 71
The best full tower for tempered glass lovers
Form Factor: Full tower | Motherboard Support: Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, 12” x 13”(E-ATX) | Dimensions: 592 x 274 x 577 mm | Weight: 18.9 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 360mm; 420mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 6, 3.5”: 3
Tons of tempered glass
Three included RGB LED fans
Highly modular case
Airflow isn’t great
With RGB becoming the latest craze in PC hardware, tempered glass cases have come out in full force. Thermaltake’s View 71 is a prime example with four tempered glass panels wrapping the whole case, and three pre-installed RGB LED fans.
The View 71 RGB is the perfect full-sized tower for RGB enthusiasts. The tempered tinted glass does a great job making internal lighting stand out. And unlike some of the other tempered glass cases we’ve used, the View 71 comes with swinging doors, so you don’t have to remove the entire glass panel every time you want to make a change.
The case also includes a vertical GPU mount and extensive liquid cooling support for all-in-one and custom loops. If you want a big case with e-ATX support to showcase your components inside, View 71 is the way to go.
5. Phanteks Enthoo Pro
The best budget full tower
Form Factor: Full tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, EATX, mATX, SSI EEB | Dimensions: 235 mm x 535 mm x 550 mm | Weight: 13.8 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; 420mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 7, 3.5”: 6
Great cable management
Supports several liquid cooling options
Affordable large tower
Lots of plastic
When it comes to PC cases, Phanteks is one of the most underrated brands around. The company is slightly newer to the scene, but they’ve done a fantastic job making things easier for first time builders and enthusiasts alike. The Enthoo Pro has been around for a long time, but it’s still one of our favorite full-sized towers.
Phanteks was one of the first manufacturers to include pre-installed cable management ties. This little feature makes a world of difference when it comes to the tedious task of cable managing your build. The case also offers a ton of flexibility, which makes it great for all sorts of large builds.
Out of the box, the case comes with a 200mm fan in the front panel and a 140mm fan in the rear. This is enough to provide quite a bit of airflow in the case but the top panel lets you take things even further with support for a radiator up to 420mm in DOWLOAND FREE. Priced just under $90, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro is a fantastic value and beefy enough to support a wide variety of full-sized builds.