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Choosing System Cases - shop the range with Misco

When buying a computer case, the single biggest thing you'll need to take into account is the form factor of the motherboard used. This is because its form factor has a bearing on how faceplates line up with the case, and the position of the holes that mount to the motherboard.

Below we run through the most popular options available today, describing typical usage scenarios and the advantages and disadvantages of each form factor.

When shipped, many cases include screws for the motherboard, PSU and FDD/HDD installation, along with cable ties and mounting bezels (please refer to the product page of each item for specific details).

For more expensive cases, additional features such as a Kensington security slot and intrusion alarm may also be included however, you should also check if an internal PSU (or for mini-ITX cases an external PSU) is included, or just the cabinet itself.

Small Form Factor (Mini-ITX Case)

Suited to media centre and Home Theatre PC (HTPC) builds, small form factor cases are ideal for discrete home cinema installations where space is at a premium. With such a diminutive size, SFF cases allow for the unit to be located within a small AV cabinet, hidden cupboard or on TV shelving.

Designer HTPC cases are available to blend in with high-end AV equipment, although the downside is that the core hardware components are likely to be less powerful and the expansion options limited. 

A Mini-ITX case makes sense for small office users - they work well for those who spend their time on basic surfing and productivity applications. They're also light enough to be portable if necessary, as this type of PC weighs around 3-7 kg when fully configured.

Mini Tower (MicroATX Case)

Mini Towers have become more popular in recent years, serving as a good base for a budget PC where expandability is not as important as the ability to be set up on a desktop or small space.

With MicroATX motherboards, the only real disadvantage when compared to a full ATX is that, being physically smaller, they have three less expansion slots (ATX can accommodate up to seven PCI/PCIe expansion slots vs. four slots for micro ATX).

Mid Tower (ATX Case)

Long regarded as the standard size for a desktop computer case, while Mini Towers and SFF cases have gained ground in recent years (particularly with media centre applications), ATX remains the best option for most gaming enthusiasts and PC builds that require high-end graphics cards and components. This is in part thanks to the ATX case allowing for greater airflow and better dissipation of heat when used in conjunction with larger case fans and CPU coolers.

In terms of the build itself, managing data connectors, power cables and extra drive bays is often easier with an ATX case. With this case size, both Micro ATX and ATX motherboard form factors can be accommodated.

Full Tower (EATX Case)

While full towers remain the favourite of dedicated enthusiasts, overclockers and hard-core gamers, for builds that require components above and beyond those accommodated by a standard ATX motherboard, a full tower is the best option.

Full towers have great features when it comes to cooling - they have larger case fans and dual tower CPU coolers.

EATX (Full Tower) computer cases often support up to nine PCI-E expansion slots, double and triple GPUs and multiple case fans (with cases for the most demanding gaming PCs supporting installation of up to eight fans).

If you require any assistance finding the right computer case, don't hesitate to contact our Technical Support Team on (Freephone): 0800 294 4516 or email us at: techsupport@misco.co.uk.

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Fractal Design Core 2300 - mid tower - ATX
Fractal Design Core 2300 - mid tower - ATX
Fractal Design Core 2300 - mid tower - ATX
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£42.95 Ex VAT
£51.54 Inc VAT
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Product Category: ATX Cases
Misco No: 2638596
Manufacturer / No: FRACTAL / FD-CA-CORE-2300-BL

Fractal Design Node 202 - desktop - mini ITX
Fractal Design Node 202 - desktop - mini ITX
Fractal Design Node 202 - desktop - mini ITX
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£67.95 Ex VAT
£81.54 Inc VAT
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Product Category: Mini ITX Cases
Misco No: 2638528
Manufacturer / No: FRACTAL / FD-CA-NODE-202-BK

Fractal Design Core 1000 - tower - mini ATX
Fractal Design Core 1000 - tower - mini ATX
Fractal Design Core 1000 - tower - mini ATX
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£31.95 Ex VAT
£38.34 Inc VAT
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Product Category: Micro ATX Cases
Misco No: 2638592
Manufacturer / No: FRACTAL / FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL

Corsair Carbide Series Clear 600C - full tower - extended ATX
Corsair Carbide Series Clear 600C - full tower - extended ATX
Corsair Carbide Series Clear 600C - full tower - extended ATX
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£128.95 Ex VAT
£154.74 Inc VAT
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Product Category: Extended ATX Cases
Misco No: 2594287
Manufacturer / No: Corsair / CC-9011079-WW

Fractal Design Node 304 - desktop - mini ITX
Fractal Design Node 304 - desktop - mini ITX
Fractal Design Node 304 - desktop - mini ITX
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£67.95 Ex VAT
£81.54 Inc VAT
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Product Category: Mini ITX Cases
Misco No: 2638529
Manufacturer / No: FRACTAL / FD-CA-NODE-304-BL

Fractal Design Node 804 - desktop - micro ATX
Fractal Design Node 804 - desktop - micro ATX
Fractal Design Node 804 - desktop - micro ATX
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£89.95 Ex VAT
£107.94 Inc VAT
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Product Category: Micro ATX Cases
Misco No: 2638532
Manufacturer / No: FRACTAL / FD-CA-NODE-804-BL-W

Fractal Design Define R5 - tower - ATX
Fractal Design Define R5 - tower - ATX
Fractal Design Define R5 - tower - ATX
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£101.95 Ex VAT
£122.34 Inc VAT
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Product Category: ATX Cases
Misco No: 2638523
Manufacturer / No: FRACTAL / FD-CA-DEF-R5-WT-W

Fractal Design Define S - tower - ATX
Fractal Design Define S - tower - ATX
Fractal Design Define S - tower - ATX
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£74.95 Ex VAT
£89.94 Inc VAT
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Product Category: ATX Cases
Misco No: 2638525
Manufacturer / No: FRACTAL / FD-CA-DEF-S-BK-W

Fractal Design Core 1100 - tower - mini ATX
Fractal Design Core 1100 - tower - mini ATX
Fractal Design Core 1100 - tower - mini ATX
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£32.95 Ex VAT
£39.54 Inc VAT
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Product Category: Micro ATX Cases
Misco No: 2638593
Manufacturer / No: FRACTAL / FD-CA-CORE-1100-BL

Fractal Design Core 2500 - mid tower - ATX
Fractal Design Core 2500 - mid tower - ATX
Fractal Design Core 2500 - mid tower - ATX
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£46.95 Ex VAT
£56.34 Inc VAT
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Product Category: ATX Cases
Misco No: 2638597
Manufacturer / No: FRACTAL / FD-CA-CORE-2500-BL

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