One project which consumers are increasingly engaging in is building their own custom computers. There is ample information available to them on what parts to buy and what factors to consider, but there is one part often left without explanation: the case. The computer case is possibly the most important part of the computer, as it is the one part which will be seen every day, and at first glance. Yet, most advice on picking a case simply amounts to, choose the one you like the most! While this is good advice, here are three things to keep in mind as a buyer decides on his or her case.
First, don’t make it complicated! For a first-time computer builder, a complex and confusing case can be a major setback. First-time builders should look for a case with amenities such as cable management, screwless assembly and disassembly, and pre-installed fans. These features will not only alleviate most problems one may run into, but will save a good deal of time.
Watch the edge! A good indicator of a quality case is whether its edges are sharp or smooth. A good way to check this, if it is not explicitly stated in the product description, is in the reviews. Reviewers will often leave bad marks for a case with sharp edges, and good marks for a case with smooth edges. These sharp edges are also a good indicator of build quality: well-built cases rarely have sharp edges, and poorly-built cases don’t typically have smooth edges.
Additionally, make sure that the case has everything necessary. If a user needs USB 3.0 ports for, say, an external microphone, he or she shouldn’t settle for a case without front USB 3.0 ports. Some cases will be of an excellent build quality and price, only to be lacking in features! A good case should have at least two USB 2.0 ports, an audio jack, and a microphone jack. If a user needs more, then he should look for more.
On top of these reminders, it is important to find a case unique to the buyer. One shouldn’t decide on a case solely based on its specifications: it needs to look good, too! Additionally, atypically, a user may have to consider the size of the case, as some graphics cards will be very large, although this is generally not a concern, as most are less than twelve inches long. Additionally, price consideration is a must, as some cases will have features identical to cases twice their price. The process of buying a computer case is an important one, and the buyer should not take it lightly.