Best unique PC cases to make your battlestation stand out in 2022
Check these out if you want to stand out in the crowd when it comes to your desktop.
Regular, run-of-the-mill PC cases can have great airflow and thermal performance, support for custom loops, humongous GPUs, great RGB light show, and lots of extra features. However, at the end of the day, they’re regular-looking and not really interesting. They just stand on or under your table, maybe putta flashy light show, but that’s pretty much it. If that’s not interesting to you and if you want to get not a PC case but a conversation starter, read on.
Today, we’re covering the best unique PC cases you can buy right now. These aren’t just distinctive in visual design; we’ve also included several cases that come with special features, such as the ability to put a humongous 360mm radiator inside an ITX case. We don’t have many budget cases, but if you’re looking for a unique design or specific set of features, you probably know that exclusive looks and features usually come with a price premium.
Now, getting a unique-looking PC case is nothing without a massive light show that lets everyone know you have a cool case. We recommend reading our list of the best RGB case fans first. Then, you could visit our guide for the best RGB motherboards. Finally, finish the setup by picking one (or more) of the best Nanoleaf alternatives you can get right now.
1. Thermaltake Core P90: Best unique case for showing off your build
If you’re looking for a uniquely designed open-air case, look no further than the Thermaltake Core P90. The company’s premium Core series of cases are more or less showcases for custom builds, and the P90 is the flagship.
Thermaltake built this case for custom loops, with the whole side reserved for mounting the pump and up to a 480mm radiator, more than enough for cooling even the most power-hungry CPU and GPU combinations. Of course, due to the open design, you can expect great thermals even without using rads that are almost half a meter in length.
Two side panels keep the components safe but also give the chassis a dose of sophistication. They keep your work of art protected behind the glass and make it much more stylish than it would be if the glass panels weren’t there. The P90 supports a vertical GPU mount, with plenty of room for even the most beastly graphics cards you can find.
If you want to add extra RGB flair with case fans, there’s room for seven fans in total. There’s also room for up to seven 2.5” or 3.5” storage devices, which is a pleasant surprise for a chassis that’s all about looks.
And those that, for some reason, decide to go with an air CPU cooler instead of a custom loop or an AIO will be glad to hear that the P90 can house heatsinks up to 180mm in height. If you want the best unique case for showing off your build, this is the one to get.
While the P90 looks exceptional, it’s not for everyone. It requires lots of room, is very expensive, and its angled design makes the glass panels extremely easy to damage. It also can be a pain to build in.
Suppose you want a more compact unique case that follows the open-air philosophy that looks just as attractive and is much easier to build in than the Core P90. If that’s what you’re looking for then check out the Thermaltake Core P3. This relatively small case still has room for a 420mm radiator, which should be more than enough for any system due to the open-air design.
You can also mount the GPU vertically. If you decide to use a 420mm radiator and a pump for a custom loop, your GPU won’t be able to surpass 280mm in length. If you prefer air cooling, you’ll be happy to hear that, as on the much larger P90, the P3 also supports heatsinks up to 180mm in height.
A smaller footprint means only four 2.5”/3.5” drive bays, but there’s at least room for up to six case fans. The best thing about this case is the price, in line with mid-range housings. Don’t forget that the P3 supports wall mounting.
3. XTIA Xproto: Best unique ITX case with AIO support
We’re now going a step further towards the fully open case design. And the best unique case with the ITX form factor that puts the components in the first plan is the Xproto from XTIA.
This is a unique work of art, a minimalist open case made for admiring your PC building prowess. It can house dual-slot GPUs up to 330mm in length along with up to a 240mm AIO (AIO Bracket needed), which can look awesome when combined with an RGB-heavy AIO.
There’s no max clearance for the CPU heatsink since this is an open case. However, if you don’t want the cooler to prong like a sore thumb, we recommend using a low-profile CPU cooler. Also, since this is an ITX case, you’re limited to SFX power supplies. You can check our list of the best SFX power supplies if you need SFX PSU buying recommendations.
Finally, the Xproto supports up to two 2.5” storage devices. Now, if you don’t want to limit yourself to dual-slot GPUs and SFX PSUs, the L version of the chassis can house triple-slot GPUs and a regular ATX power supply. Just don’t forget that the sandwiched design requires a PCIe riser cable. Finally, you can use this case both in vertical and horizontal layouts.
4. Azza CSAZ-804V: Best unique, pyramid-style case
Going even further down the unique visual design route, we have the Azza CSAZ-804V. This cryptic name hides a pyramid-style case that will surely be the talk of the town whenever someone sees your build.
The case can house full-size ATX motherboards, and it supports a vertical GPU mount. There’s also room for a 360mm radiator, which we recommend going with since the max CPU heatsink clearance is only 95mm.
The case can house GPUs up to 300mm in length, with two 2.5” and one 3.5” drive bay which isn’t great but also not too bad either. The base of the case is 490mm, which makes for a pretty large footprint when placed on a desk. Be sure you have enough room before deciding to get one of these.
Another point to be aware of is that the case doesn’t have lots of airflow. It comes with only one fan (you can replace it with a pump for custom loop designs), with the motherboard tray covering most of the space reserved for the radiator.
In other words, expect toasty performance, especially during the summer. That said, this is as unique a design as you can get in the PC enclosure market without going the full custom-built chassis route.
If you prefer futuristic RGB cylinders over pyramids, there’s the Vetroo K2. This is the best unique case that features a cylinder-like design. The K2 will leave lasting impressions on everyone who enters your home.
The case has better airflow than the pyramid housing, but it’s still far from perfect. Mesh makes part of the front cover, as well as the top of the case. You also have narrow cutouts along the middle of the case, above and below the see-through acrylic plate on the sides. But overall, this isn’t enough for a great thermal performance.
Still, we can recommend this case since thermals aren’t horrendous and because it looks stunning in the dark, with its 200mm RGB case fan and see-through side panels. As for the tech specs, the case supports mATX and Mini-ITX boards, and it can house up to a 240mm radiator, cards up to 320mm in length, and CPU coolers up to 165mm in height.
There’s room for up to four 120mm case fans on top of the humongous 200mm in the front and for up to three 2.5” storage drives. Last but not least, the case supports ATX power supplies, and it has the rear I/O accessible on the rear of the case, a thing we don’t encounter all too often on unique cases like this one.
6. Azza Cube Mini 805: Best cube shaped unique case
Now that we had a glass pyramid and a cyberpunk cylinder, it’s time for a case shaped like a regular box. Well, not exactly like your everyday box. First of all, this is a cube-shaped case. And second of all, the case is rotated and placed on a metal stand, making it look like it hovers above the surface of a desk. We have to say that this enclosure does look highly original and cool.
The case is relatively small, with the sides being only 260mm in length. Despite this, the Cube Mini 805 case houses CPU coolers up to 130mm in height, allowing you to install pretty powerful air coolers. AIO support isn’t great. You’re limited to a single 120mm/140mm radiator.
GPU clearance is solid for a small ITX case with a unique design since you can install cards up to 200mm in length. Not enough room for flagship cards, but you’ll be able to fit the ITX version of mid-range GPUs. Or maybe a low-profile graphics card.
The good news is that you can equip the Cube Mini with an ATX power supply and the thermal performance isn’t awful. It’ll be toasty in there, but components should not hit their thermal limits, even during the summer. The case comes with two preinstalled fans (120mm and 90mm), and it fits two 2.5” storage drives.
7. Thermaltake AH T600: Best helicopter styled unique case
The helicopter-style case design, or whatever you want to call it, is a relatively popular niche among PC builders who want to have a unique-looking system. And in our opinion, the Thermaltake AH T600 is the best unique case that features this design.
First of all, it looks great without going too far in its visual design. You have lots of details, such as the sharp exhausts on the front, or the cockpit-like top of the case. But the enclosure isn’t drowned in RGB, and it doesn’t go over the top with its visuals.
The AH T600 is spacious and comes with a pretty solid airflow and thermal performance. Removing the glass side panels can be a bit finicky since they aren’t grounded, but it is a breeze after you’re done with building inside the chassis. Internal layout supports E-ATX boards as well as both horizontal and vertical GPU placement.
Cooling support is excellent. You have enough room for a 480mm rad on the front and two 360mm units on the back and side. CPU heat sink clearance is more than generous at 195mm, and the GPU length shouldn’t surpass 300mm if you plan on mounting a water pump. If you don’t, then don’t worry since GPU clearance is 440mm in that case. You can also install up to ten case fans, which should be enough for excellent airflow.
The case supports either three 2.5” or two 3.5” storage drives, which isn’t that great. Finally, the AH 600 is available in black and white, with the pink version only being available in a smaller (mATX) size.
The InWin A1 Plus looks like a typical ITX case, but the bottom RGB strip that encircles the whole case is something special. At night, placed on a desk and with RGB on, the A1 Plus is a sight to behold. And it gets better since the case performs rather well for an ITX chassis, and you get a Qi wireless charger found on the top of the case.
The biggest negative is the included 650W power supply. This should be enough for most builds, but the issue here is that the PSU is non-replaceable. If it dies or ends up not being enough for your particular build, you’re going to have a bad time.
Back on the positives, the A1 Plus ships with two preinstalled RGB fans, and its CPU heat sink clearance is 160mm. That’s great since the A1 Plus only supports a single 120mm radiator on the rear side. GPU clearance is 320mm, but do note that it supports only two slot GPUs.
As for the case fans, aside from the two that come with the case, you can also mount two more 120mm fans on the bottom, which should noticeably improve GPU thermals. Finally, the A1 Plus has enough room for up to two 2.5” storage drives. Overall, a great ITX case with a unique RGB setup and a preinstalled, non-swappable PSU.
9. Sliger SV590 v2: Best unique vertical ITX case for AIO builds
Vertical ITX cases have slowly entered the mainstream market with the HZXT H1 and the Phanteks Evolv Shift 2 Air. The thing is, both of these cases come with significant limits, such as weak thermal performance, narrow clearances, and less than ideal liquid cooling support. If you want the best unique vertical ITX case of them all that features striking industrial design and support for 360mm radiators, get the Sliger SV590 v2.
This is a unique vertical case with the best CPU cooling potential in the niche. GPU thermals aren’t too great but are still better than on both the H1 and Shift 2 Air. More important than the less than stellar GPU thermals is the excellent GPU clearance.
You can fit a three-slot, 390mm long GPU in this case, making it the best choice for people who want to build an ITX RTX 3090-based PC. The case also looks stunning, with a clean-looking front panel and lots of airflow cutouts on the sides.
We also like the fact that the housing supports full-sized ATX power supplies. Another massive plus is storage support, with room for up to nine 2.5” devices in the default configuration. If you opt for an SFX PSU, you get five additional 2.5” mounting points, which is insane for an ITX case.
You can even build a powerful NAS Inside the Sliger SSV590. That said, the case isn’t for air cooling. CPU heatsink clearance is just 53mm. There’s room for up to three 120mm case fans, which translates into a solid amount of airflow. Finally, if you decide to build a custom loop, the GPU clearance decreases to 310mm. Still, more than enough for most high-end cards.
Cryorig combined the classic horizontal PC case design with high-end features, creating the unique Taku case. This is a horizontal ITX case that’s also a monitor stand. And it looks bloody wonderful, especially if you manage to find a white monitor to pair it with the case.
Wooden legs, which are a perfect combination with the slick white chassis, cover the bottom of the case. The internal layout is roomy, with support for ITX boards and two slot GPUs up to 280mm in length. This isn’t enough for the RTX 3080, but most other cards, including the reference RX 6800 and the RTX 3070, should fit without issues.
The biggest downside of the stunningly beautiful Taku is the somewhat limited CPU heat sink clearance of only 48mm without room for a radiator. This limits you to coolers such as the Noctua NH-L9i or the Cryorig’s C7.
The Taku can house up to three storage drives (1×3.5”, 2×2.5”), which is excellent for a unique ITX case like this one. You also get one preinstalled 92mm fan without additional fan slots. Overall, the Cryorig Taku is a space-saving PC enclosure. But, it’s also an aesthetically pleasing ITX case that can house a powerful gaming and/or productivity machine.