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This round-up looks at the best PC cases in 2020 so far, specifically relating to airflow- and cooling-oriented cases. Includes best budget airflow cases, mid-range, and high-end cases right now.
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In this video, we’re talking about some of the best cases currently available, but with our focus entirely on the top thermal performers. The goal is to compare gaming PC cases for best CPU or GPU temperatures, best noise-normalized temperatures (or acoustic performance), and best build quality at each price class for 2020 so far. This includes cases that have come out in previous years, so our criteria was centered around cases available right now rather than only things that have launched recently, since it’s not like cases age on the shelves. We’ll run another piece on the best and worst cases toward end of year, and that’ll be a wider-scope look at computer cases for different categories. In this one, we’re talking about budget cases, mid-range cases, and high-end cases, which we’ve split into ~$60 to ~$80 cases, sub-$100 enclosures, and cases north of that. We’re comparing the Lian Li Lancool II Mesh, the P500A, NR600, Phanteks P300A, be quiet! Pure Base 500DX, Cooler Master TD500, and more.

CASES LISTED (in order of appearance)

Note: Due to constant inventory and availability fluctuations hitting the market particularly hard right now, some of the current case prices may be from third parties or just generally overpriced. Please listen to the content where we list off MSRP or intended prices, and try to avoid over-spending on these.

Budget Airflow Cases

Cooler Master NR600 on Amazon:
Silverstone Fara R1 on Amazon:
Phanteks P300A on Amazon:

Mid-Range Airflow Cases

Lian Li Lancool II Mesh on Amazon:
Phanteks P400A Digital RGB on Amazon:
be quiet! Pure Base 500DX on Amazon:
(Honorable Mention) Cooler Master TD500 Mesh on Amazon:
(Honorable Mention) Fractal Meshify C on Amazon:

High-End Airflow Cases

Phanteks P500A Digital RGB on Amazon:
Cooler Master H500 ‘Blank’ on Amazon:
Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL on Amazon:

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TIMESTAMPS

00:00 – Recapping the Best PC Cases in 2020 (So Far)
03:17 – Cooler Master NR600 (~$70)
06:03 – Silverstone Fara R1 (~$61)
08:40 – Phanteks P300A (~$60)
10:45 – Lian Li Lancool II Mesh (~$90-$95)
13:01 – Phanteks P400A Digital RGB (~$90)
13:58 – be quiet! Pure Base 500DX (~$100)
15:45 – Cooler Master TD500 Mesh & Fractal Meshify C
17:05 – Phanteks P500A Digital RGB (~$130)
18:49 – Cooler Master H500 (~$120)
21:11 – Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL (~$200)
23:19 – Best Cases Conclusion & Airflow Trends in 2020

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