Best Budget PC Cases 2020
What price point determines a budget (low price) PC case? There are many PC cases on the market that you could buy for under $100. So here is my review of the best budget PC cases 2020 for under $100.
When I say many, I mean hundreds of PC cases, some from manufacturers that you have not heard of. At the same time the cases here are great for beginners and of course the budget minded. The following items will determine which case you choose: form factor, fans, gpu, expansion slots, and cpu fan size.
Additionally, other extras that will add to the cost of a chassis: extra fans, lighting, availability and shipping. To be perfectly clear cheap does not mean low quality, but low in price. In essence, nowadays a full tower or a chassis with many features for under $100 is very hard to find.
Unless RGB lighting comes with the case, I strongly suggest that you pick this up later. At the same time, if you are not in a hurry watch for sales and you could find a bargain. In the meantime to help you with other computer needs, check out my other posts: computer tools, anti static mat and UPS Surge Protectors.
Review Of The Best Budget PC Cases 2020
1. Cougar MX330-X Mid Tower
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 427 x 195 x 473 mm / 16.811" x 7.677" x 18.622" | Weight: 4.98 kg / 11.0 lbs| Radiator Support: 2 x 120, 240 mm | I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 1 Audio/Mic | Drive Bays: 1 x 5.25, 2 x 2. 5” 2 x 3.5” | Included Fans: 1 x 120 mm | GPU Support: 350 mm / 13.78" | CPU Support: 155 mm / 6.10"| Cable Management: 25.4 mm / 1.0" | PSU: 200 mm / 7.9".
The MX330-X is an excellent black budget mid tower case, good airflow through the mesh front and side panels. Dimensions are 427 x 195 x 473 mm, that supports up to an ATX motherboard. Fan support in the front for 2 x 120 mm, on top 2 x 120 mm, and the rear 1 x 120 mm (pre-installed), the side 1 x 200 /120 / 80 mm.
Radiator on the front 240 mm, top 120 mm, rear 120 mm and maximum number of fans 6. Also there is a small amount of room for cable management. GPU support up to 350 mm, CPU fan support to 155 mm.
PSU up to 200 mm and not included are the PSU or shroud, but then you can order the PSU you need. Moreover there are dust filters on the top and bottom.
Finally, this is what you get for a very low price from a brand name manufacturer.
2. Deepcool Matrexx 50 Mid Tower
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 479 x 210 x 442 mm / 18.86" x 8.27" x 17.40"| Weight: 7.4 kg / 16.31 lbs| Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360 mm | I/O Ports: USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1xAudio/1xMic | Drive Bays: 4 x 2. 5” 2 x 3.5” | Included Fans: none | GPU Support: 370 mm / 14.57"| CPU Support: 165 mm / 6.50" | Cable Management: 24 mm / .95" | PSU: 170 mm / 6.69".
The Deepcool Matrexx 50 is a mid tower case that supports up to E-ATX motherboard. Full-size 4 mm tempered glass side panel, and a front panel highlight your internal hardware. With dimensions of 479 x 210 x 442 mm and weighs 7.4 Kg.
Also the width is 210 mm which allows for a 24 mm clearance for cable management. The chassis provides optimal airflow using 2 large intakes in 2 sides of the front panel, an exhaust in the back and on top. Supports installation of 120/140/240/280/360 mm radiator in the front.
Also 120/140/240 mm radiator on the top and 120 mm radiator in the rear. There is 168 mm for CPU cooler height and 370 mm (MAX) for a GPU installation. Magnetic dust-proof net on top, with dust-filter in front, and bottom.
A newly designed cable routing hole preset on PSU Shroud for better cable management with GPU power cable. The simple design of the Matrexx 50 provides you with a great building and user experience. Above all a premium case for a fraction of the price.
Lastly, fans are optional and order as you need, 1 year warranty on parts and labor.
3. DIYPC Alnitak BK Black Mid Tower
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 487 x 208 x 457 mm / 19.20" x 8.20" x 18.00""| Weight: 4.56 kg / 10.00 lbs | Radiator Support: 3 x 480 mm | I/O Ports: Power on/off HD audio ports 2 × USB2.0, 1 × USB3.0 | Drive Bays: 1 x 5.25, 2 x 2.5", 4 x 3.5” | Included Fans: 3 x 120 mm | GPU Support: 420 mm / 16.54"| CPU Support: 158 mm / 6.22" | Cable Management: 27 mm / 1.06" | PSU: 250 mm / 9.9".
The DIYPC Alnitak is a black mid tower case with a full black interior as opposed to bare metal. Dimensions are 487 x 208 x 457 mm, weighs 10 lbs and made of SECC steel. Plenty of cable management over 1.0", standard bottom mount PSU, but no shroud.
Up top on the IO ports - 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and 1 audio and mic. Although the USB 3.0 is a bit of an oddball diagonal design, something to note. Equally, a nice touch is the screw-less design for 5.25" ODD.
3 x 120 mm blue fans come with the case which provide a great cooling performance. 7 PCI slots provide flexibility for multiple graphics cards solutions. Also support for up to 160 mm CPU fan cooler.
Additionally support for up to 420 mm GPU with HDD cage removed. There is plenty of space for airflow and includes 3 x 120 mm fans. Overall it's a good case for the price, however let's be clear, this is a budget case.
4. Fractal Design Focus G Mid Tower
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 464 x 205 x 444 mm / 18.27" x 8.07" x 17.48"| Weight: kg / 56.21 lb| Radiator Support: 3 x 480 mm | I/O Ports: USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A USB 2.0 Type-A | Drive Bays: 2 x 5.25, 2 x 2. 5” 1 x 3.5” | Included Fans: none | GPU Support: 380 mm / 14.96"| Cable Management: 36 mm / 1.4" | PSU: 250 mm / 9.9". .
The Focus G is a good black budget case, low price and excellent airflow through the all mesh front panel. Also the dimensions are 464 x 205 x 444 mm, that supports up to an ATX motherboard. Around back fits a 120 mm fan, on top you can add 2 x 120 or 2 x140 mm fans.
In the front there are 2 x 120 mm fans included. On the bottom of the case there is room for 1 x120 or 1x140 mm fan. Mounting an AIO on top is very tight if there is an ATX motherboard.
Although the better option is to use the AIO in the front. However, the acrylic side panel allows you to see into the case but is easily scratched. Additionally, the drive bracket is removable but the optic drive is not removable.
At the bottom of the case has a dust filter and cable management is tight but gets the job done. There is no PSU or PSU Shroud, you may need 1 or 2 more fans for better air flow through the case. Moreover there is room for 7 expansion slots and GPU up to 380 mm.
Lastly, there is a custom PSU shroud available for purchase for the Focus G but do you really need it? Overall Fractal Design never lets you down, good case for the money.
5. MetallicGear Neo Silent Mid Tower
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 210 x 450 x 400 mm / 8.3" x 17.7" x 15.7"| Weight: 6.0 kg / 13.2 lbs.| Radiator Support: 1 x 240 or 280 mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x Audio/Mic, Reset, Power | Drive Bays: 1 triple x 2.5”, 2 x 3.5” | Included Fans: 1 Skiron 120 mm | GPU Support: 400 mm / 15.7" | CPU Support: 170 mm / 6.7" | Cable Management: 36 mm / 1.4" | PSU: 250 mm / 9.9".
Metallic Gear is a budget line of computer cases from Phanteks hence the phrase - Powered By Phanteks. Phanteks as you know, makes quality cases, the idea behind MetallicGear is to provide an affordable yet simple functional case. I am a huge fan of Phanteks, specifically the Enthoo series of cases.
The Neo Silent is a mid tower case that supports up to an E-ATX motherboard with a sound dampened front panel. Also comes with a side tempered glass panel to showcase internal hardware, with a Skiron 120 mm fan. The chassis dimension are 210 x 450 x 400 mm with a weight of 13.2 lbs.
Furthermore, there is room for GPUs up to 400 mm, CPU coolers to 170 mm, and full-length PSUs to 250 mm. Also The front allows for 2 x 120/140 mm fans or 240/280 mm radiators. Furthermore up top 2 x 120/140 mm fans or 240 mm radiator and the back 1 x 120 mm fan or radiator.
There is 1 triple 2.5" and 2 x 3.5" drive bay and enough space for cable management. Additionally the I/O panel has 2 x 3.0 USB with 1 audio/mic, with reset and power buttons. Moreover, there are quite a lot of cases at this price-point, but the materials and quality of this case makes this a good bargain.
Overall the case is soft and bendable, airflow is good could use another fan or 2, but definitely fits the budget.
6. Phanteks Eclipse P300A Mid Tower
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 450 x 200 x 400 mm / 17.72 x 7.87 x 15.75"| Weight: 6.0 kg / 13.2 lbs| Radiator Support: 1 x 280 mm | I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0 1 x Audio/mic | Drive Bays: 1 x 2. 5” 2 x 3.5” | Included Fans: 1 x 120 mm | GPU Support: 355 mm / 14.0" | CPU Support: 165 mm / 6.5" | Cable Management: 36 mm / 1.4" | PSU: 200 mm / 9.9".
The Phanteks Eclipse P300A, mid tower case like the P300, without the RGB lighting and adding a front mesh intake. Although this design will keep the temperature low, it comes with one fan, knowing that you will need more. Phanteks, at this price, is targeting the entry-level builder who wants an ATX chassis that cools well and isn’t too flashy.
The tempered glass side panel is a nice touch, no RGB lighting, which would add to the price anyway. Uniquely, another cool touch is a white line that lights up at the bottom right of the glass panel. On top of the chassis is a magnetic mesh panel to hide the screws to attach a fan.
The I/O panel sits on the front top of the chassis, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x mic/audio jacks. Also comes with power and reset buttons. On top of the chassis will support a 140 mm fan, however a 140 mm radiator may have clearance problems with tall heatsinks.
The front of the chassis supports up to 2 x 120 mm or 140 mm fans. Additionally, a 240 mm radiator will fit, clearance may be a problem with 280 mm units.
Although the Eclipse P300A only comes with 1 fan, it is an excellent choice as a beginner’s chassis or a budget build. Finally, if you want a small ATX platform and good performance then look no further.
7. Antec VESK 4000E ATX Mid Tower
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 412 x 185 x 440 mm / 16.2" x 7.3" x 17.3"| Weight: 5.0 kg / 11.0 lbs| Radiator Support: 1 x 120 mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 1 x Audio/ mic | Drive Bays: 3 x 5.25, 5 x 3.5” | Included Fans: 1 x 120 mm | CPU Support: 150 mm / 5.91" | GPU Support: 340 mm / 14.96"| PSU: 150 mm / 5.91".
The Antec VSK 4000E mid tower is made of SGCC durable steel and should easily last for a couple of builds. It's not a huge case, with dimensions 412 x 185 x 440 mm and weighs 11 lbs. Also fits up to an ATX motherboard and includes a 120 mm fan.
There are 2 USB 3.0 ports, nine drive bays, and seven expansion slots. However, no PSU, 36 mm cable management and grommets to line the holes. Above all, you can fit a GPU up to 260 mm with HDD bracket or 340 mm without. Also there are 2 holes with rubber grommets for external radiator support and 1 x 120 mm in the back.
It’s simple design and practical functionality provide the fundamentals for a performance chassis. After all the VSK line is a stepping stone for those who want to upgrade their system later on. Finally, a good quality no frills type of chassis and comes with a 2 year warranty, parts and labor.
8. AeroCool Cylon RGB Mid Tower
Form Factor: Mid tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 198 x 459 x 413 mm / 7.80" x 18.1" x 13.26"| Weight: 3.8 kg / 8.38 lbs| Radiator Support: 1 x 120 mm | I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.0 2 x USB 2.0 1 x Audio/mic, Card reader | Drive Bays: 3 x 2.5”, 2 x 3.5” | Included Fans: 1 x 120 mm | GPU Support: 371 mm / 14.61" | Cable Management: 19.05 mm / .75 " Panel | CPU 155 mm / 6.10" | PSU 207 mm / 8.15".
The AeroCool Cylon RGB mid tower chassis supports up to an ATX motherboard with gamers in mind. Also, the front has a 13 mode RGB LED strip and an acrylic side panel glass to highlight your hardware. Dimensions are 198 x 459 x 413 mm and weighs a light 8.38 lbs.
There is no PSU, but comes with a PSU and top case dust filter. Moreover this makes cleaning the fans very easy. Additionally the case comes with a 120 mm fan and supports up to 7.
On top is the I/O panel with a USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, 1 x audio/mic and a card reader. The inside is spacious and supports a GPU to 371 mm and CPU fan up to 155 mm.
Surprisingly the case acoustics keeps the fan vibration almost inaudible. Albeit the front of the case is a bit soft and bendable and may flex with fan installation. Ultimately the acrylic side panel as with all acrylic is susceptible to scratches.
The cable management feature is cool with a panel that has a lock hinge to hide cables completely. As an illustration, other manufacturers should take note of this excellent feature. All in all a good case for the budget or starter build.
9. Cooler Master MasterBox MB311L MicroATX Tower
Form Factor: Mini tower | Motherboard Support: M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 366.5 x 210 x 400 mm / 14.43" x 8.27" x 15.75"| Weight: 5.28 kg / 11.64 lbs| Radiator Support: 1 x 120, 140, 240, 280 mm | I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1 x Audio 1 x mic | Drive Bays: 2 x 2. 5”, 2 x 3.5” | Included Fans: 1 x 120 mm | GPU Support: 344 mm / 13.54" | Cable Management: 22 mm / .87 " | CPU 166 mm / 6.54" | PSU 325 mm / 12.8".
The Cooler Master Masterbox MB311L is a mini tower that supports a microATX motherboard with airflow optimization. It achieves this through a fine mesh front panel, additional mesh intakes, top panel ventilation, and rear exhaust. Additionally there are thumb screws to hold an edge-to-edge tempered glass side panel.
The drive cage is (re)movable, to accommodate a PSU, and backwards to provide additional radiator space. Also support for a total of 6 x 120 mm fans, front, top and rear radiator for additional cooling performance. Support for up to a 344 mm GPU, 166 mm CPU cooler, and a 325 mm PSU.
Overall a nice little budget case that will support a MicroATX motherboard and comes with a 120 mm fan.
10. Thermaltake Versa H18 MicroATX Tower
Form Factor: Mini tower | Motherboard Support: M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 398 x 206 x 438.7 mm / 15.66 x 8.11 x 17.27"| Weight: 4.5 kg / 9.92 lbs| Radiator Support: 1 x 120 mm, 240 mm, 280 mm | I/O Ports: USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 1 x Audio/mic | Drive Bays: 2 x 2. 5” 2 x 3.5” | Included Fans: 1 x 120 mm | GPU Support: 350 mm / 13.78" | Cable Management: 19 mm / .75 " | CPU 155 mm / 6.10" | PSU 220 mm / 8.66".
The Thermaltake Versa H18 is a M-ATX case with an acrylic side window and comes with a 120 mm fan. Additionally easy cable management with 120/240/280 mm radiator support. Also supports 155 mm CPU Cooler, GPU to 350 mm (excluding front fan) and PSU to 220 mm.
On top, airflow comes from a 120/140 mm fan mount with a dust filter. Moreover, the dust filter is magnetic, so it’s easy to remove and clean. Finally, at the base of the chassis you’ll find four sturdy feet.
The extra ground clearance will allow the PSU to get plenty of airflow too. Also, the PSU has a standard mesh filter that clips in, nothing fancy, but works fine.
Furthermore, the built-in PSU shroud is a nice feature, keeping cables tidy and allowing you to hide storage drives. Lastly, if you’re looking for a budget chassis, a quick and easy build, the H18 is for you
Ensure that the case you purchase will support your GPU, PSU, CPU fan cooler and expansion slots. Nevertheless, always measure twice, look at the specs and buy once. Unfortunately in this time of Covid-19, the price fluctuates daily due to stock availability.
Above all, budget cases are so low in price that you get what you pay for. In effect if a case comes with 1 fan you may need to purchase another 1 or 2. So if you do see a sale don't wait too long because someone will buy it and stock will run out.
For those of you nervously checking your cash, you’ll be happy to note that these cases won't break the bank. Before I forget, for a quick calculation on your power supply needs go here. So I hope this review of the best budget pc cases 2020 was beneficial to you.
One last thing, I thank you for reading and as always I truly appreciate your comments.