Looking to build a slick new gaming PC? As you’re looking through the components you need, you might be forgetting a crucial part: the case. The case sets limits on the parts you can combine and can affect how your build looks, runs, and stays cool. So finding a great PC case is critical.
Let’s break down the best white PC cases across all three form factors: ATX, mATX and mini-ITX.
Best White PC Cases – Our Picks
|Best High-End White ATX Case||Thermaltake Core P3 Snow Edition|
|Best Budget White ATX Case||Corsair Carbide 275R White|
|Best High-End White Micro-ATX Case||Corsair Crystal 280X White|
|Best Budget White Micro-ATX Case||darkFLASH DLM21 Mesh White|
|Best High-End White Mini-ITX Case||InWin A1 Plus White|
|Best Budget White Mini-ITX Case||NZXT H210|
What Kinds of PC Cases Are There?
There are three primary types of PC form factors (the size or physical arrangement for a computer). These sizes can indicate what size of motherboard you can use, where certain internal components might rest, and what ports are available for both components and attachments. Speaking of motherboards, if you’re looking to make a white PC build then you’ll want to get a white motherboard as well for continuity.
Standard ATX PC cases will have enough space for motherboards sized at around 12” x 9.6”. The biggest difference between micro-ATX (also called mATX) motherboards is an extra couple of inches of height. This gives standard ATX motherboards more PCIe lanes, so they can run multiple GPU cards or use multiple PCIe devices.
Aside from being able to fit ATX-sized motherboards, these cases also usually come with more fans (or spots where you can fit fans and cooling units) and more aesthetic ports. So you can add more lights and whatnot to your case for added personalization. ATX cases (also called mid cases) come with more 5.25” drive bays, usually between two and five. You’ll get more expansion slots on average, too.
Basically, ATX-sized PC cases are better if you want to fully deck out a gaming PC or if you’re interested in upgrading your build as time goes on. There’s no doubt that the highest power and top-tier gaming PC needs an ATX case.
Micro-ATX cases are suitable for mATX or below-sized motherboards. These are also called mini towers. They’re a little more affordable than ATX cases and are better if you’re on a budget. This is why many people looking to build a budget gaming PC go with an mATX tower instead of a full ATX tower.
There are additional benefits, like the fact that mATX towers can still take a good number of components and have plenty of slots for expansions. You’ll usually get a couple of 5.25” drive bays, a handful of expansion slots, and the ability to fit one or two graphics cards. They’ll also have room for between two and four fans on average.
With these, you can still build a decent gaming rig using one of these towers without spending nearly as much cash. Many of them even include lighting ports for aesthetic fun.
Mini-ITX cases are the absolute smallest you can get, and they’re only suitable for mini-ITX motherboards. As you might expect, you don’t have nearly as many ports or slots for components. Most only come with a single 5.25” drive bay, and you might not get any 2.5-inch drive bays. Still, you should have at least one or two expansion slots and room for a single graphics card. Be sure to check out fan slots, as some mini-ITX towers only have one fan, which can make cooling your components difficult.
These do have a few benefits, however. They’re much more portable and can save you a lot of space if you don’t have tons of room for a rig. If you aren’t interested in high-powered gaming capabilities, you can use this tower to build a home theater PC or something for your kids.
One last note: ATX-sized PC cases can fit any type of motherboard. So you can always combine a larger case with a smaller motherboard even if you can only afford an mATX or so-sized one. This allows you to upgrade to a larger motherboard later if you want to build your PC up over time.
Best White ATX Cases
Best High-End White ATX Case
|Dimensions (L×W×H)||470 × 333 × 512 mm
18.5 × 13.1 × 20.2 inch
|Drive Bays||2 × 3.5” or 3 × 2.5” (Outside the chassis)
2 × 3.5” or 2.5” (Inside the chassis)
|GPU Clearance||280 mm (With Reservoir and Radiator
450 mm (Without Reservoir and Radiator)
|Total Fan Mounts||6 (3 × 120 mm, 3 × 140 mm)|
|Front I/O Ports||2 × USB 3.0, 2 × USB 2.0, 1 × HD Audio|
This Thermaltake Core P3 ATX case is a great choice if you’re interested in aesthetic value. It features a tempered glass frame so you can see the interior from more angles than most other gaming chassis allow. Not only does it allow you to show off your rig to anyone who stops by, but it’ll also help you see when it’s time for a good cleaning session (particularly if your rig is down low where dirt and dust accumulate over time).
The tempered glass window is pretty strong and can reduce noise from the components, too. It features three placement layouts for various components. This allows you to customize how the rig is set up according to your preferences. You can even set up your graphics cards vertically with a special bracket.
It’s also got several easy-access ports for USB drives or cables plus HD audio ports. Dual GPU and PSU ports make it a great pick for a variety of full-on gaming builds. You can mount 3.5″ and 2.5-inch storage devices alike, and there’s even two hidden drive bays in the back panel, with up to 45 mm of cable management space.
Big gaming PCs also usually need liquid cooling, and this case supports one or more dedicated cooling units instead of the meager fans that come with some CPUs. All in all, it’s a phenomenal case that has everything a high-end gaming PC builder could want.
Best Budget White ATX Case
Those looking for a more budget-friendly ATX case will appreciate the Corsair Carbide 275R. It’s relatively compact and features a minimalist aesthetic with an edge to edge window for observation and organization. The window comes in either tempered glass or durable plastic if you want to save even more money.
On the interior, you’ll find an intuitive layout to let you quickly and easily slot components in the place and put together an excellent gaming PC without splurging on the case. There’s room for up to 620 mm fans and slots for several radiators if you want even more cooling ability. Steel drive bays offer plenty of room for extra SSDs or hard drives, too.
There’s even a dedicated cable routing compartment that allows you to keep your cords contained and manageable. Overall, the case is budget-friendly, versatile, and doesn’t leave any major features out.
Best White Micro-ATX Cases
Best High-End White Micro-ATX Case
The Corsair Crystal 280X mATX case is a fantastic pick if you don’t mind spending a little extra cash for more features and RGB lighting capabilities. The case comes with three tempered glass panels to showcase your system’s components and excellent organization. It also comes with two RGB fans with 32 customizable LEDs. You can control all the lights from a single node and a lighting controller button. There’s also some integrated software to make customizing the light show easy once your build is complete and booted up for the first time.
You’ll also benefit from plenty of spots for cooling fans (six in total) or radiators (up to three slots on the top, bottom, and front). The case features dedicated storage compartments for up to five 3.5″ and 2.5-inch drives. Thus, you still get plenty of storage capacity without making it difficult to clean the build’s interior. Speaking of clean, the case comes with dust filters on the front, floor, roof, and PSU compartment for added longevity.
It’s a great PC case through and through, especially since you can funnel all your cables into a dedicated rear chamber to keep things from getting too hot or tangled.
Best Budget White Micro-ATX Case
The darkFlash DLM21 mATX case is more suitable if you’re on a tighter budget, while nonetheless providing plenty of top-tier aspects. The tempered glass side panel is easily opened if you want to tinker with your components or clean things every once in a while.
The interior design is similarly smart and user-friendly. There’s room for two SSDs, along with space for up to five cooling fans and two water cooling units (at the bottom and rear, respectively). There are slots for smart cable management as well, plus room for a couple of hard drives and up to two GPUs.
The front mesh panel works well if you decide to hook up lighting with your front fans for added aesthetic customization. The top of the case features a single USB 3.0 port and dual USB 2.0 ports along with HD audio ports. While the case comes in white by default, it’s also offered in a wide variety of colors if you want something more special.
All in all, it covers every major thing you could want in an mATX case without breaking the bank. It’s an ideal choice for a budget gaming PC.
Best White Mini-ITX Cases
Best High-End White Mini-ITX Case
The InWin A1 Plus mini-ITX case is pricy, even compared to regular ATX cases. But it comes with customizable RGB modes and a tinted transparent stand so you can showcase your light display while the build runs.
The case comes with two complimentary fans out of the box, although this is all the space it has for fans, too. More importantly, it also comes with a 650 W power supply rated as Gold Plus. This makes the case a great choice if you want to build a mini-ITX PC quickly since you don’t need to buy as many components separately. You also benefit by knowing that this power supply works with the build automatically.
Cables are already managed and accommodated within the case for even more convenience on your part. There are two GPU connectors for a pair of high-end graphics cards, plus a wireless charging station. You can add an additional CPU heatsink up to 160 mm in size, as well.
Ultimately, it’s a great PC case that makes building a new miniature budget gaming or theater PC a breeze. Just purchase the remaining components necessary and you’re good to go.
Best Budget White Mini-ITX Case
|Motherboard Form Factor||Mini-ITX|
|Dimensions (L×W×H)|| 372 × 210 × 349 mm
14.6 × 8.3 × 13.7 inch
|Drive Bays||3 × 2.5″, 1 × 2.5″ (Optional), 1 × 3.5″|
|Supported PSU||ATX (up to 311 mm)|
|GPU Clearance||325 mm|
|Max Number of Fans and Radiators||2 × 120/140 mm front or 1 × 240 mm radiator or 2 × 120 mm radiator
1 × 120 mm top
1 × 120 mm back or 1 × 120 mm radiator
|Front I/O Ports||1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
1 × Headset Audio Jack
The NZXT H210 is more affordable, and it’s not as compact as other mini-ITX cases on the market. Still, it’s worth a look as it features an easy to remove tempered glass side panel. So you can easily tinker with components or clean things.
The aesthetic as a whole has a minimalist style. The case comes with a cable management bar for wrangling cords into place without much effort. Even better, there are pre-installed channels and several straps to the same end.
Also included are twin 120 mm fans for optimal airflow, although you can expand the total fan number up to six (three on the top and three on the bottom). There are additional PSU intakes, plus removable filters to keep the dust out of the delicate internal components. There’s a removable bracket so you can install a radiator up to 240 mm for added cooling potential.
The top of the case features a USB 3.1 port and HD audio port. Seven expansion slots and easy to use drive trays add to its overall value. There is also an i-Series version of this case, NZXT H210i, which comes with preinstalled RGB strips and a digital fan controller that supports voltage regulated or PWM fans.
In the end, this affordable mini-ITX case is a great fit if you want a general home theater PC that’s easy to put together and simple to manage.