Awards Show: Best & Worst PC Cases of 2018


  • Am Vor 19 Tage

    Gamers NexusGamers Nexus

    Dauer: 18:40

    We crawl through 160+ case tests to find the best and worst gaming PC cases from 2018, including best thermals, noise, design, and more.
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    Article: www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3397-best-and-worst-pc-cases-of-2018
    This awards show walks through the best gaming PC cases of 2018, but also includes a few of the worst cases. We talk about cases for best out of the box thermals, best noise levels, best design, best overall, worst refresh, most overhyped, and more. If you're building a new gaming PC and need a computer case comparison, we have the round-up of the top enclosures.
    CASES FEATURED (order of appearance)
    BEST THERMALS
    Cooler Master H500P Mesh (Amazon): geni.us/dSFghi
    Cooler Master SL600M (Newegg): geni.us/tzvGYOa
    Honorable Mention - Lian Li O11 Air (Amazon): geni.us/senr6jj
    BEST NOISE LEVELS
    be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev 2 (Amazon): geni.us/PzQh5nU
    be quiet! Silent Base 601 (Newegg): geni.us/tpBuVI
    BEST BUDGET CASE
    NZXT H500 (Amazon): geni.us/cFPKU1U
    WORST REFRESHES
    SilverStone PM02 (Amazon): geni.us/pIKQ
    Fractal Define S2 (Amazon): geni.us/fUdOlX6
    MOST OVERHYPED
    Phanteks Evolv X (Newegg): geni.us/uWeSz
    BEST OVERALL
    Lian Li O11 Dynamic (Amazon): geni.us/ksGZ3
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Gamers Nexus
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Check out our H500P Mesh review for a refresher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpfkk4E7eCg Article: http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3397-best-and-worst-pc-cases-of-2018 Grab your own GN Award crystal! http://store.gamersnexus.net/products/tear-down-statue

Vor 19 Tage
Anuj Negi
Anuj Negi

Must check chiptronex raptor. Best case in India with RGB under 75 dollar

Vor 8 Tage
Jack Benner
Jack Benner

Hey, Gamers Nexus. I'm running the ThermalTake Core G21 TG and have been since I saw your video back in July of this year. I can see that, while it was at the top for cooling, at stock it's way down in the charts now lol. I have it loaded up with 5 tt riing blue 12 fans so is it a case worth keeping or should I get the sl600m?

Vor 10 Tage
Jorg Floren
Jorg Floren

I am missing Sharkoon cases, are you looking into reviewing them by any chance?

Vor 12 Tage
TheTanelChannel
TheTanelChannel

Hey can you review my case as like a custom award one maybe? :D I have it on my channel pinned.. made from scratch, wallmounted.. no cables visible, cause I soldered them lol

Vor 12 Tage
Nick Stalburg
Nick Stalburg

These reviews are the best! I am glad you stopped your endless airflow rant. Good content!

Vor 16 Tage
ViiV Creations
ViiV Creations

how does evolve x compare to its original 2017 evolve?

Vor 59 Minuten
Gaming PC Assemblato
Gaming PC Assemblato

So, the 500 is the best one?

Vor 9 Stunden
izidor
izidor

would like to see a sharkoon tg5 test

Vor 11 Stunden
Dan 55
Dan 55

You don't have the silverstone cs381 and I cant find it on amazon or newegg has this been released yet?? and how much does it cost its an amazing looking case with a good amount of storage of drives

Vor 18 Stunden
Brandon Bourg
Brandon Bourg

Did you give yourself the award for the mesh since you modded it first?!

Vor 2 Tage
K. Suffle
K. Suffle

I've got addicted to those visual timestamps. Now I want it in every channel.

Vor 2 Tage
W4DER
W4DER

Hard to decide which one... 1. Lian Li O11 Air 2. NZXT H700 3. Phanteks Evolv X

Vor 4 Tage
drago1022
drago1022

I'm building a PC for my self and I was thinking of getting Intel Core i5-8600K Desktop Processor 6 Cores up to 4.3 GHz unlocked LGA 1151 300 Series 95W and CORSAIR PRO RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, 240mm Radiator, Dual 120mm ML Series PWM Fans. But I dont know what case or motherboard I should get

Vor 4 Tage
A Professional at Everything
A Professional at Everything

My favorite case this year has been the thermaltake v200. Ik that it isn't the quietest, coolest, or best quality, but it's just so beautiful. I also love how the h500p looks and performs, but it's so damn expensive.

Vor 4 Tage
MagoCrafter
MagoCrafter

Corsair 570x is still the best

Vor 4 Tage
Markky
Markky

Im surprised theres no Sahara P35 up here. It would easily win the "best looking" award and at £81 with 4 RGB fans and a controller its a fucking bargain.

Vor 5 Tage
TheSpoonKing
TheSpoonKing

I love NZXT cases. Great value, clean aesthetic, all the necessary cable management support, and I've never cut myself on any of them.

Vor 6 Tage
ParadiseofDarkness
ParadiseofDarkness

Ate you kidding me the video card is sagging in the best case. Like bro.?

Vor 6 Tage
barbara Corcoran
barbara Corcoran

I was waiting for the video to end with a cat inside the lian-li, now I'm sad 😔

Vor 6 Tage
Janos Megyeri
Janos Megyeri

Cut your hair

Vor 6 Tage
Michal Janovský
Michal Janovský

Please make video about cases that support SSI EEB. Thanks

Vor 6 Tage
NC Aråb
NC Aråb

These cases are over 50 dollars even for a budget case. The best budget case has to be the diy pc bg 01

Vor 7 Tage
nonstopjoliver
nonstopjoliver

Dude. Does your award actually mean anything to the companies when it can just be bought from your store? I think that was a poor decision.

Vor 7 Tage
cum rag
cum rag

Case kitty

Vor 7 Tage
Clyne Snowtail
Clyne Snowtail

Hmm. I dont see anything that impresses me enough to replace my old HAF X when I finally retire the i7 980X system that is in it.

Vor 7 Tage
Derek Lee
Derek Lee

I bought a Silverstone RL06 even though it's old

Vor 7 Tage
Dwayne Stimpson
Dwayne Stimpson

I guess Corsair .... sucks? lmao. Great Video!, I was also Hyped for the Evolve-X, it was a huge let down.

Vor 7 Tage
Kento Hayashi Tyrcz
Kento Hayashi Tyrcz

The real question is what case does the cat approve of?

Vor 8 Tage
Tom S
Tom S

Gah, why does every case have to have a clear side now?

Vor 8 Tage
deinemuddaisdoof
deinemuddaisdoof

overall winner, the kitty

Vor 8 Tage
Bowen Lin
Bowen Lin

Can’t agree with their aesthetic taste

Vor 8 Tage
Micah Sarver
Micah Sarver

13:50 CHECK OUT THAT GPU SAG!!!

Vor 9 Tage
Joeizbest
Joeizbest

CAT

Vor 9 Tage
ItsDrafty
ItsDrafty

I recently build a rig inside of a Corsair 400c. It's been awhile since I built anything and forgot NZXT existed... 😔

Vor 9 Tage
Fenrisúlfr Hródvitnir
Fenrisúlfr Hródvitnir

I love how the cat just randomly pops up in a few different clips just doing his own shit like “I do what I want, fuck you, don’t touch me, you pick me up and I’ll piss on all your expensive electronics” lol 😂

Vor 9 Tage
Mithrennon of Aegwynn
Mithrennon of Aegwynn

Obviously he forgot the award for "Best Case that you can still put an Optical Drive in".

Vor 9 Tage
Mithrennon of Aegwynn
Mithrennon of Aegwynn

+Marc Massacre something tons of people still use who aren't stuck up elitists.

Vor 6 Tage
Marc Massacre
Marc Massacre

What's an optical drive

Vor 6 Tage
kasey demerchant
kasey demerchant

I have a cooler master power supply and have hated it sense day one and cant get myself to like any product they come out with

Vor 9 Tage
The Judgemental Cat
The Judgemental Cat

More cat please.

Vor 10 Tage
Zeus54321
Zeus54321

Any recommendations WITH 5.25" bays?

Vor 10 Tage
Zeus54321
Zeus54321

+Nitrogen Airship Yep. BeQuiet! abandoned us but apparently Fractal Design still got our back.

Vor 6 Tage
Nitrogen Airship
Nitrogen Airship

I'd like some too but we are a dying breed

Vor 7 Tage
Michał Madeja
Michał Madeja

Hey Man, wanna get something different and practical? Check SilentiumPC X70T - budget, airflow, very practical.

Vor 10 Tage
Jose Nunya
Jose Nunya

Try talking a wee bit slower . My senior citizen hearing can't quite keep up and when you start running out of air your words start running into each other.

Vor 11 Tage
Fernando Lopez
Fernando Lopez

nice video but i wish it wasn't all b-roll bc it was a bit confusing

Vor 11 Tage
Kyle B
Kyle B

Was going to buy an NZXT H500 from your recommendation, But the deals disappeared when I was ready to buy and found the cooler Master H500 for $90 plus a $20 MIR. Just checked it out a minute ago and first impressions I'm pretty impressed with design and fit and finish, although I won't really get a full look until I build this beast this weekend when the rest of my parts arrive.

Vor 11 Tage
Sentlee
Sentlee

I love cats. 😺👍

Vor 11 Tage
TestECull
TestECull

.....why are gaming PC cases so god damned ugly?! My next PC build is gonna be put into a full ATX Compaq desktop case from the early 90s, ya know, one of those horizontal ones that you could put a CRT on top of. I want people to think it's a retro machine until I jiggle the mouse and Windows 7 pops up, or they see me playing something like Fallout 4 on it.

Vor 11 Tage
Newbie _PlayZ
Newbie _PlayZ

I use the h500 (nzxt) for my build and its great

Vor 11 Tage
Team Alpha
Team Alpha

Wowzers! Team Alpha Gaming Approves ;)

Vor 11 Tage
Cheetahmodding
Cheetahmodding

where's the chunky evga dg-87 at

Vor 11 Tage
Winston Britto
Winston Britto

Alright I trust you guys..But including cases Derbauer has worked on this year as honorable mentions seems like you're having bias towards him as he has worked with you..

Vor 11 Tage
Fractal Vlad
Fractal Vlad

0nly h3r3 4 c4tt

Vor 11 Tage
Mandrake Fernflower
Mandrake Fernflower

Does the cat do all the thermal testing? You should probably pay them more if so

Vor 12 Tage
SuperFlashDriver
SuperFlashDriver

Question: Are these just cases (in which you have to buy all of the computer components separately) OR do they have them included?

Vor 12 Tage
Velocirock
Velocirock

Problems aside, that Phanteks is the sexiest looking of any of them.

Vor 12 Tage
Disax Leroy
Disax Leroy

Which case should I get for around 100€?? I liked all black: be quiet silent base 601 Lian li lancool one digital Fractal design define r6 Fractal design meshify c

Vor 12 Tage
BaoBaoss
BaoBaoss

well define r6 is a great option

Vor Stunde
ChuckMakesIt
ChuckMakesIt

Wait what? My O11 front panel attaches exactly the same as the side panel. It's not glued on. At any rate glad to see it earn your top award. I'm absolutely in love with this case.

Vor 12 Tage
MusicHaven2012
MusicHaven2012

Not approved, I need an ITX case atm. I would love to see the best all-around and best-budget cases for ITX builds as this is what I'm doing with my main rig next.

Vor 12 Tage
Eric
Eric

I recently built a new Ryzen PC with the H500P mesh and I love it. I do, however, plan on modding the top by removing the acrylic pane with mesh salvaged from my old Corsair Carbide black & white. Solid case, I really do love it.

Vor 12 Tage
Ben Bonney
Ben Bonney

Would like to see best sff

Vor 12 Tage
LastConfederateSoldier
LastConfederateSoldier

The Lian Li 011 dynamic is the best case. I own one in White. I have 8 Noctua 120mm slim fans. Side and bottom are intake and the top 3 are exhaust. I had to remove 1 fan on the bottom when I purchased the aftermarket vertical GPU riser. I am using an itx MB

Vor 12 Tage
Onfensive Memes
Onfensive Memes

My first build: Meshify C 🤤🤤🤤🤤

Vor 12 Tage
Daniel Ramirez
Daniel Ramirez

I got catbaited

Vor 12 Tage
CyraTGB
CyraTGB

i came for the cat

Vor 12 Tage
曹宇涵
曹宇涵

How about just cooler master H500?

Vor 12 Tage
machack95
machack95

I have the best all around case. Feels good man 😎

Vor 12 Tage
Ephraim Ng
Ephraim Ng

Wow didn't expect the mshify c to have such poor thermals

Vor 12 Tage
skyknight0408
skyknight0408

Do you have tests for cases that can still hold optical drives? Because you can still get games on DVD in most electronic discounters and there also maybe some people who live in places with shitty internet so downloading everything would take ages. Or you know, just people who like to have physical copies of the game they own!

Vor 13 Tage
First Name Last Name
First Name Last Name

I have the Lian Lo PC 011 Dynamic, and to anyone thinking of buying one, it is a fantastic liquid cooling machine, just please know that you won't be able to mount 2 360mm radiators in the top slots - the clearance for fittings just isn't there, the top radiator gets in the way of the side radiator fittings. What I ended up doing is, I had a bitspower leviathan sf slim 25mm radiator in the side with 3x120s in a push in the front, an ek ce 280 45mm thick radiator in the top in a push, and an ek pe 360 38mm in the bottom in pull. Make sure to plug everything into the bottom ports before you install the radiators and fans, and accept you can't go sli. You can fit a few extra cards though, I fit a thunderbolt 3 card, usb 3 card, and ran the 3.1 type c port to the rear panel instead. Also, MAKE SURE to order a usb 3.0 motherboard header EXTENSION cable if you want to use the port. A regular stiff usb 3 front IO cable is too thick to bend enough to work, you need a slim extension and then connect it in the back of the case. It really is a fantastic case, and was even able to fit my Asus rampage VI extreme EATX at 12x10.9 very very well. Just make you have everything set first, and have a couple 45 degree angled adapters for the side radiator to make it play nice with the top 280mm rad. It's really a great case and I'm happy it won the best case for GN, that's some reassurance for sure lol

Vor 13 Tage
Faraz Rahman
Faraz Rahman

Man, I've been a fan of fractal and phanteks but really not performing well this year in any category

Vor 13 Tage
Selim Daşdemir
Selim Daşdemir

Why didn't you review the P350X?

Vor 13 Tage
g6qwerty
g6qwerty

I like my black box sitting on my desk as my computer.

Vor 13 Tage
Gim Nino
Gim Nino

Yo you didn’t even mention the c700p from coolermaster...

Vor 13 Tage
AngryKhan
AngryKhan

As someone who lives in a dry climate you should consider a "best dust protection" setup.

Vor 13 Tage
Stephen Reaves
Stephen Reaves

Best watercooling support???

Vor 13 Tage
Dan Ross
Dan Ross

How about the Coolermaster Q300L!

Vor 13 Tage
Peter Edwards
Peter Edwards

I'm only here for OUT OF THE BOX THERMALS!!!!

Vor 13 Tage
Collin Xue
Collin Xue

The cat is the best case. It purrs at the lowest noise level. It doesn't really care about space, so just build around it. It has the highest, and cutest aesthetics.

Vor 13 Tage
oh god
oh god

the lian li air looks like a goddamn window unit

Vor 13 Tage
R0lica
R0lica

In short, every case looks best with a cat sitting beside it. 😂

Vor 13 Tage
Charles Mayes
Charles Mayes

These cases are massive! Who has space for it on or under the desk?

Vor 13 Tage
mohnmann
mohnmann

nobody, so my rigs are on the tables.

Vor 12 Tage
Liraz Hakim
Liraz Hakim

Your videos too long!

Vor 13 Tage
fakeng master
fakeng master

Gamer "I got ripped off Walmart" Nexus.. That's almost Verge level fuckup, who did it? Intern or Steve?

Vor 13 Tage
I taint mistaken
I taint mistaken

Will u build me a computer plz? I'll buy the grass u supply the ass? No really tho I'll send u everything with hugs

Vor 13 Tage
Matthew Day
Matthew Day

My DVD drive, my DVD drive …. Where do I put my DVD drive. I can have two in my CIT Goblin, with the PSU fashionably at the bottom

Vor 13 Tage
Tankado
Tankado

A few years ago I wouldn't have bought anything but Fractal, now it seems like they rest on their laurels and let others innovate.

Vor 13 Tage
E. Wadsager
E. Wadsager

itx?

Vor 13 Tage
Gen Ohmni
Gen Ohmni

I'm getting a new PC and it will be sitting in a Cougar Panzer Full Tower Case. It would have been the Midi (which has all glass sides) but alas. It has no optical drive bay so was a no go for this guy who has quite a number of CD ROMs still. Even if I do mostly use steam these days I simpyl refuse to nbuy a case that has no option for internal optical drives.

Vor 13 Tage
BAD Armada Warships Clan
BAD Armada Warships Clan

I think you missed out a great case for the budget award... coolermaster MB500 great case, great layout, tempered glass all for £55 which I paid in the UK. Great content as always

Vor 13 Tage
Electric Leaf
Electric Leaf

Surprised Inwin didn't see any love here, especially since the budget friendly Inwin 101 seems similar to the Best All-Round case with the side intake and easy open side panel.

Vor 13 Tage
吾乃Dai
吾乃Dai

Why can you have so many cases in your house

Vor 14 Tage
GTArajgaming
GTArajgaming

Personally I would have said the evolve X was the best all round case. pro's It comes with 4x 3.5 inch bays ( one of those I'll most likely bootleg install a blu ray drive in) Tempered glass side panel on hinges....which in it's own right is neat The front panel is sort of unique with it's ability to be removed with no cable snag at all (someone's gonna correct me I know it) Intake isn't really choked since there is still a fair gap for air to get in and circulate in the case however I'd say replace the stock fans all together cons: Crappy SSD mounts on the panels SSD brackets aren't included isn't a full tower case Doesn't have a DVD/CD drive bay

Vor 14 Tage
XBOX GAMING IRONEAGLE777
XBOX GAMING IRONEAGLE777

I love my Cooler Master case! Great review!😎👊💙

Vor 14 Tage
Peter Schelin
Peter Schelin

That gpu sag!

Vor 14 Tage
BigVah!
BigVah!

Awesome!

Vor 14 Tage
cmtx
cmtx

Corsair 500D?

Vor 14 Tage
Velocity Gaming
Velocity Gaming

Check out the game max Draco

Vor 14 Tage
Doc Dat
Doc Dat

D1000 with full Papst industrial cooler test please

Vor 14 Tage
Jason Bayer
Jason Bayer

the NZXT H500 and H700 are te best cases EVER. guys stop lying. PLEASE lol

Vor 14 Tage
Jason Bayer
Jason Bayer

+Arckanum dude can you take a joke?

Vor 2 Tage
Arckanum
Arckanum

Why would they lie? they criticized NZXT for their "smart device" when the h700i came out. Just because your opinion differs doesn't make them wrong.

Vor 4 Tage
TheRandomMudkiper
TheRandomMudkiper

The p350x would be a great budget option, sad to not see it in here

Vor 14 Tage
dlinkdj
dlinkdj

Category for Best ITX case?

Vor 14 Tage
Wames D'Jatson
Wames D'Jatson

That tear-down logo animation in between categories is absolutely jaw-dropping, where can I get a gif to make it my background?

Vor 14 Tage
Henry Calliste
Henry Calliste

Whatever happened to your rating of the Corsair 780T Case. I dont see it on your charts but it is the best case that ive come across with regards to airflow and modular build flexibility. Ive built quite a few machines over the years and to be honest it would be nice to see how it correlates with your data if you ever had a chance to include it in your next case reviews. BTW i love your vids theyre always well researched and presented. Keep up the good work

Vor 14 Tage
AREN CORP AREN CORP
AREN CORP AREN CORP

the 011 dynamic, yes got it ad its perfect, relatively cheap 120$ fits eatx and looks so good with rgb and liquid cooling, on the other hand it works fine with air too so... yea its a nice allarrounder case

Vor 14 Tage
RedBattle3
RedBattle3

Imagine getting a case that looks like NZXT but like 1/3 of it's price. I have the rip-off version of NZXT and I still get the premium looks for only 35 Dollars

Vor 14 Tage
Jared Felton
Jared Felton

Best sff case? Feel like a huge catagory was skipped when they even showed sff cases in this video... Wtf?

Vor 14 Tage

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