Selecting a Cheap Computer Case
Selecting a cheap computer case can be overwhelming since there is such a wide variety available.
A computer case houses all the main components of the computer system. The case is also called the chassis
After deciding on what type of computer system you intend to build, choosing the right case is extremely important.
The Desktop and the Tower are the two main basic designs of the computer case.
The desktop design lost popularity but, today, it is regaining its popularity through the introduction of home theater PCs (HTPC).
You can use the desktop case if you want your computer to be on top of your desk. The monitor could then be placed on top of it to save some space.
The disadvantage of this computer case is that it does not have enough drive bays and interior space for major upgrades.
The tower is the most popular computer case today. It comes in three basic sizes - the micro, mid and full.
The micro sized cheap computer case can be conveniently placed on top of a desk. This case can hold a microATX or miniITX motherboard but due to its limited internal volume, it is not suitable for upgrading.
This is the most popular size and is an excellent choice for all computer users whether for business or personal use. The mid-tower has plenty of space for upgrading.
This is an excellent choice to be used as a server or for gaming. Because of its size, it requires more space for installation but allows easier access for installing and removing internal components. It has a very large amount of space for upgrading.
This case houses the ATX motherboard. There are unusual sized motherboards of which the Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 is one such type. It is an XL-ATX form factor which is larger than the Extended ATX (E-ATX).
Therefore, if you happen to like this motherboard, you should first ensure that the case you purchase is compatible.
Buying a Cheap Computer Case - What to look out for:
Your cheap computer case should:
- Be durable.
- Be well designed.
- Be upgradeable.
- Have adequate cooling capabilities.
- Portray your personality.
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