I hope you agree with me when I say building your PC yourself is one of the most fun things in the world.
However, there are many important parts you have to pay attention to when doing this. Computer cases are one of them. The case visually represents the total build, and the proper selection of these cases can make your PC look unique and stylish.
But that is not the only thing cases are used for. They accessorize your PC, but they have quite a few important functions as well. A good case needs to be able to drain internal heat successfully; otherwise, it can negatively impact the performance of the entire unit. Not to mention, an operational case should also be very easy to assemble.
Best Micro ATX Cases 2017
You can find a variety of different ATX cases on the market. Each case is designed to cater to a specific clientele. People have different needs, but thankfully, there is a wide range of computer cases they can choose from. This article discusses some of the best micro ATX cases you can pick in 2017 for your treasured PC.
|Case Name||Weight||Dimension (LxWxH)||Drive Bay|
|Corsair Obsidian Series 350D||13.3 pounds||17.7 x 8.3 x 17.3 inches||6|
|APEVIA X-QPACK3-GN Micro ATX Case||9.5 pounds||15.25 x 10.25 x 13.75 inches||5|
|Silverstone Tek Micro-ATX/Mini-DTX/Mini-ITX SG11B||13.4 pounds||19 x 15 x 13 inches||2|
|Rosewill Micro-ATX Mini Tower||8.8 pounds||15.74 x 7.29 x 14.37 inches||3/2|
|Thermaltake CORE V21 Micro ATX Cube||17 pounds||16.7 x 12.6 x 13.2 inches||3|
|BitFenix Micro ATX, Mini-ITX Case||13.7 pounds||14.14 x 9.85 x 16 inches||10|
|Xion Performance MATX Tower Case||6.8 pounds||15 x 14.6 x 6.8 inches||1|
|Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 Micro Case||20.5 pounds||16.75 x 10.25 x 21.5 inches||10|
|Cooler Master Silencio 352||12.4 pounds||17.8 x 7.8 x 14.9 inches||8|
|Rosewill Slim Micro ATX Case||13.3 pounds||17 x 3.9 x 12.8 inches||1|
1. Corsair Obsidian Series 350D – a powerhouse performer with extraordinary airflow
The Obsidian Series have incredible cooling and superior expansion options. Created by Corsair, the 350D is just the thing you need if you are opting for a high end build.
- Supports micro ATX as well as mini ITX
- Five expansion slots
- Brushed Aluminum Front Panel and flush mounted windowed side panel
- Two USB 3.0 Ports
This high quality micro ATX case is easily one of my favorite picks. It isn’t very flashy, and if you are after a powerful-looking case, then 350D excels at the job. Usually bought by those who like using the latest and the most ultimate hardware, this case is designed for fast and neat builds with tool-free access and drive installation. They are pretty expensive, but don’t hesitate to check them out if you have a higher budget because they are worth the money.
The case has incredible airflow. It features five different expansion slots, along with two USB 3.0 ports. The five PCI-E slots give you the option of installing dual full-length graphics cards, without using all the slots. Storage expansion is made easy thanks to two 3.5” hard drive bays, two dedicated 2.5” bays for solid-state drives, and two 5.25” tool free drive bays.
It is also one of the best-built cases on this list. The design of the case is perfect for building compact high-performance systems with both Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards. Despite being compact, it provides sufficient room for liquid CPU cooling, dual hard drives, dual SSDs, and SLI/Cross Fire ready. It has five fan mounting points, with room for two 240mm radiators.
Since the access is tool-free, HDD bays might seem loose to some users. They can end up producing frustrating vibration noises even when secured appropriately. However, if you are on the lookout for a Micro ATX case that is of high quality and also provides the performance that you need, then you can find this case for under $150 USD online or at your local computer store.
2. APEVIA X-QPACK3-GN Micro ATX Case – spacious inside, but compact in size
Created by the Apevia Corporation, APEVIA X-QPACK3-GN has a spacious room inside, but it still retains the compact form of a micro case.
- Is available in different color case options and provides different colored LED fans as well
- Supports GPUs nearly 320 mm in length and CPU coolers with a maximum height of 135 mm
- Is micro ATX/ITX and mini ITX motherboard compatible
- Consists of dust filter and the flip open design makes for an easy installation
This case from Apevia allows you the option of choosing an all jet black case with no clear side window and a blue LED fan. It also provides black cases with clear side panel and LED fan color options such as orange, red, green, and blue. With the amount of colors and LED fan customization this case provides, it easily becomes one of the best case options in case you are looking for something stylish for your PC.
APEVIA X-QPACK3-GN also provides the users with two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HD Audio, and mic ports. Along with four expansion slots, this attention-grabbing case also has five drive bays. The case supports micro ATX/ ITX and even Mini ITX, giving the users optimum motherboard flexibility.
It is a bit larger compared to most micro ATX computer cases, and can support video cards up to 320 mm in length and CPU coolers up to 135 mm in height. The APEVIA X-QPACK3-GN also comes with a dust filter which is quite easy to grab. The design, the customization, and the features definitely make this case worth a watch. You can buy it for under $100 online.
3. Silverstone Tek Micro-ATX/Mini-DTX/Mini-ITX SG11B – small and portable, but still maintains the hardware needs of the user
The Tek SG11B by Silverstone has a sleek and glossy design. It might seem small, but it has an incredible capacity for its size.
- Graphic cards of any length can be supported by this case
- With a maximum height of 82 mm, the case provides plenty of space for CPU cooling
- It supports Micro ATX motherboard and ATX PSU compatibility
- The SFF chassis is neatly styled and it also has a modernized structure
- When it comes to 2.5″ drives, the case has an amazing capacity
This Silverstone case has an incredible cube design and is one of the best options for those people who are looking for ATX cases that are portable as well as functional. Even though it is quite small in size, it still fulfills all of your hardware needs. This micro ATX case supports any length of graphics card you have, whether it is from AMD or Nvidia. It also allows the users the option to fit side 120 mm fans from 80 mm in order to help with the cooling requirements that might possibly arise in the future.
The case looks modest and simple, but it manages to catch your eye nonetheless. The spacious room inside allows for great HDD and SSD capacity. The Silverstone Tek SG11B can be found and purchased online for under $100.
4. Rosewill Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer – simple yet functional, provides the performance the users need
The designing of this case from Rosewill is simple yet clean. And the case does not compromise the functions or the performance despite how it looks.
- It supports motherboard compatibility for just Micro ATX
- Provides five expansion slots
- It consists of two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports
- Has one front 120 mm fan and one rear 120 mm fan
- Implements screw-less design in case of external devices
- It supports installation of 2.5″ or 3.5″ HDD/ SSD at the bottom space
The Rosewill LINE-M is a mini tower case that is efficient and affordable at the same time. The case doesn’t make any type of style statement, but it does a quite a decent job. The interior is coated black and the exterior is very simple yet easy on the eyes. It has one 120 mm front fan and one 120 mm rear fan. And the air vents on the side and front panel provide effective ventilation and great cooling for the system. Installation for external 5.25 inches and 3.5 inches devices is easy thanks to the screw-less design it provides.
The LINE-M also consists of five expansion slots and the bottom space can house 2.5 inches or 3.5 inches HDD/ SSD for greater expandability. The case has two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. It also comes along with two audio ports. If you aren’t really interested in looks, then you can opt for this budget-friendly case. You can find this cheap micro ATX case online for under $50.
5. Thermaltake CORE V21 Micro ATX Cube – trendy looks, provides the user with optimized cable performance
This case is one of the best-looking cases you will come across on the list. If you want to impress your friends with a cool designed case, this piece from Thermaltake will definitely do the work.
- Provides micro ATX as well as mini ITX motherboard compatibility
- Has a sleek design along with optimized cable management space
- Consists of two USB 3.0 ports, one headphone port, and one mic front port as well
- Has one 200 mm front fan which is pre-installed
- Optional cooling is also available
- Contains three internal bays (3.5″or 2.5″)
This Thermaltake case has amazing airflow and is sturdy as well. It has two USB 3.0 ports at the front, and one headphone and one mic front ports as well. It also allows three internal bays, either 3.5” or 2.5”. The case is a bit on the heavy side, but the design trumps it all. It is unique and is quite eye-catching. The chamber concept design grants the user plenty of room to install other components that they need.
The way these parts are arranged also makes for an easier cooling system. It has one preinstalled 200 mm front fan and it also allows for addition cooling alternatives as well. You can customize the case as you wish since the panels on the case are interchangeable.
However, since the headroom is small, you might not be able to fit larger motherboards or other longer parts in this Thermaltake case. If you have an eye for cool designs and can make do with small headroom, you can check out this case online. It can be purchased for around $60.
6. BitFenix Micro ATX, Mini-ITX Case – well designed as well as a sturdy build
Another good-looking case that is going to get you your friends’ praises; not only for its unique design, but also for its durability. BitFenix is relatively new on the market, but it has been giving tough competition to its fellow counterparts with cases like this one.
- It supports micro ATX as well as mini ITX motherboard compatibility
- It has two USB 3.0 ports and one HD Audio
- Contains five PCI Slots
- Consists of five 2.5″ drive bays and four 3.5″ Drive Bays, out of which three are ODD installed
- Consists of one 5.25″ drive bay, which is can be removed as per requirement
With a unique and striking design, this case will definitely stand out wherever you take it. The glass paneling of the case takes on a modern approach, while the toweresque design is more on the traditional side. It is one of those micro ATX cases that come with handles. The FyberFlex Composite handles are used for shock absorption.
Thanks to the ten drive bays, the users are allowed to fit in a large number of parts inside the case. This micro ATX computer case also supports five PCI slots, multiple USB slots, and is compatible with both MATX and Mini ITX motherboards. It is designed in such a way that none of the components will seem too jumbled up even after the installation. It grants you enough space for SLI and Crossfire dual graphics support and even allows the fitting of slim 240 mm radiators as well.
You are also provided with a varied number of colors to choose from. The case is made up of a steel and plastic mixture which is tough as well long-lasting. The cable management is first-rate and the airflow is great too. The USB and audio ports are on the side of the case, so this could be a problem for those people who are used to front-facing ports. However, some users find it to be much easier this way.
If you are searching for a case that has plenty of room and is compact in its form as well, look no further. You can find this attractive case for under $150 online. It is a bit on the expensive side, but the functions it provides make it worth the money.
7. Xion Performance MATX Tower Case – simple and extremely low in cost
The MATX Tower case from Xion is definitely one of the best budget micro ATX cases you can find around the market.
- It supports micro ATX motherboards and its power supplies
- Has the ability to fit graphic cards up to 13 inches (330 mm)
- It supports one SSD, and has one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port
- It also provides support for bigger heat sinks
There are some really expensive cases on this list, and then there is the Xion. If you are low on budget, this specific case can be one of your top picks. It is moderate when it comes to quality, but has no comparison in terms of price. This is mainly because it provides you with more features than you have paid for.
The case can fit different sizes of MATX motherboards and their power supplies as well. It also supports large graphic cards up to 330 mm. This cheap micro ATX case is portable and doesn’t take up much of your space. The hybrid mesh design doesn’t compromise the cooling of the system and also provides support for larger heat sinks for avid gamers.
However, it does not have an optical drive, and it lacks additional ports and CD/DVD support as well. The case is not as sturdy and might get affected if it gets frequently hit. But the price is actually not as much in relation to the functions it provides. If you don’t have much money to spend but need a case badly, Xion Performance MATX Tower Case is worth a look. You can purchase it for around $23 online.
8. Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 Micro Case – noiseless case, has tons of versatile features
Deep Silence 4 from Nanoxia is a high quality case which makes almost zero noise, making the PC experience more enjoyable.
- It has quiet running fans which make almost no sound
- Is watercooling ready
- The case provides excellent ventilation
This is one of my favorites on the list. It might not look as fashionable as some of the other cases mentioned, but it is definitely one of the most capable and efficient one here. It has many features; whatever you want of your micro ATX computer case, the Deep Silence 4 will achieve it all. It makes almost no noise since it is fully soundproofed.
The two preinstalled quiet running fans provide cooling and make very less sound production. The combination of bitumen and foam decreases noises from mechanical drives and fan vibrations. The Deep Silence cases are configuration friendly and they allow you to install supplementary hardware as well. This micro ATX case supports CPU coolers and extra-long graphic cards. It has two modular HDD cages and two 5.25” inch bays for external drives. The door has a magnet that ensures quick closing and opening.
It provides two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and mic and audio connectors too. It is compatible with both Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards. You can also install VGA cards with a maximum length of up to 395 mm. It has an incredible airflow since it allows you to fix up to six fans at one time. It also consists of a large number of bays, so running out of space to store data is almost impossible. It has a dust filter and two modular HDD cages for up to five hard disk drives too. It has another permanently fixed cage for a single HDD, meaning the HDD capability raises to six.
You can also remove the modular HDD cages quite easily. The Deep Silence 4 is also watercooling ready and has amazing cable management. However, it weighs almost 20.5 pounds, making it quite heavy and difficult to transfer from one place to another if need arises. Yet, if you want a high quality case for your build, the Deep Silence 4 can never go wrong. It is worth the money and it is not super expensive either. You can find this powerhouse performer for under $100 online.
9. Cooler Master Silencio 352 – silent in operation and reasonably priced
Like the name suggests, the Cooler Master Silencio 352 is a silent micro mini tower; and it just might end up catching your fancy
- It supports both micro ATX and mini ITX motherboard compatibility
- The case consists of sound dampening panels for low noise emanation
- The airflow is excellent thanks to two XtraFlo fans
- It provides you the ability to remove the cover from the top for enhanced cooling
- Has multiple air filters at the top, the bottom, and the front as well
- The case supports up to 240 mm radiators at the front and 120 mm at the rear
The case is simple and has a minimalist design. However, the compatibility power is truly super. It can support both Micro ATX and Mini ATX. The case contains two XtraFlo fans which make sure of optimized airflow. For better cooling, the case also provides 120/ 240mm water cooling systems with a removable top cover. The side panels are dampened and this helps in reducing loud noise.
The interior is big enough and can house the latest high-end graphics cards and CPU coolers. It can also include up to three HDDs or up to four SSDs. Multiple air filters help to improve the maintenance. The case can fit around 14 inch graphic card, 120 mm or 240 mm radiators, or even around 155 mm CPU cooler. The USB 3.0 port and USB 2.0 port are supported with one audio in and out and an SD card reader.
Cable management in this case can be a bit taxing. But if you want a quiet PC with powerful features, then you don’t have to look further. The Cooler Master Silencio 352 is comparatively cheaper than the Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 Micro Case, and it costs only around $56 online.
10. Rosewill Slim Micro ATX Case – elegant and well-designed case that provides fair airflow
The Rosewill Slim Micro ATX Case not only looks stylish, but it also has a solid build quality.
- The case supports Micro ATX/ Flex ATX motherboard compatibility
- It has a removable drive cage
- It is thermally optimized
- The case consist of four expansion slots, two USB 2.0 ports, and two audio ports (AC97 & HD plugs)
If you want your micro ATX case slim, then this is the way to go. This Rosewill case can be used both as a tower or a desktop convertible. It can be arranged horizontally as well as vertically, and hence provides quite a flexible orientation. The size is small enough to fit even into the smallest of spaces. The drive cage is removable so that the installation of the 5.25″ and 3.5″ hard drives can be achieved easily. The 3.5″ drive slot is covered by a spring loaded door and you can find the CD slot right below it.
The slim steel case comes with a built-in 300W power supply unit so that it can handle most of the micro ATX’s power consumption. It also acts as a second exhaust fan. The case supports motherboard compatibility of Micro ATX/ Flex ATX and has four expansion slots. It also contains two USB ports and other several ports as well. In order to cool the system, the case also has an 80 mm top fan.
However, since the design of this Rosewill case is so slim, larger components might not be able to fit into it. Also, the parts can be quite clustered because of the smaller size. The airflow is pretty decent thanks to the fan, but additional fans might be required since the case contains components quite close to each other. If you need to build a unit that brings your computer parts together, but you don’t have much space to spare, then this Rosewill case is worth a watch. It saves space and it can be found online for around $60.
Computer Case Buyer’s Guide
There are many things we need to consider before purchasing a computer case. Featured below are some things that you might want to look into before going shopping for one.
1. Buy a case only after you are done with everything else
Before buying a case, you should make up your mind about the hardware that you will be using. Components like the drives, graphics cards, power supply, and CPU coolers will give an indication of what kind of case you will need. So the case should always be one of your last purchases.
2. Proper airflow
It is recommended that you select a case that provides plenty of airflow. So a case with a good number of fans and built-in mesh ventilation might be an ideal pick. Cooling system can directly affect the longevity of your devices. Airflow usually starts at the front and then gets ventilated through the back. But if you put your case inside the desk, it can get blocked. It is recommended that you put your case in an open and cool area. If you have no options but to put it on a desk, then you should try buying components that use less energy and emanate less heat.
3. Size and compatibility
This is a very important aspect when choosing cases. Motherboard sizes are standard ATX, but the case sizes and compatibility with the motherboards can change according to the models or the manufacturers. There are many different case sizes on the market; like mini, micro, mid, and full-sized towers. Mini ITX cases can be compatible with mini ITX motherboards only. But micro, mid, and full-sized towers can provide support that differ from one case to the other. You should also check out the length of your graphics card and the size of your CPU cooler in order to be certain that they fit your case.
4. Noise level
Fans are good for ventilation purposes, but they make too much noise sometimes. This can be a bit inconvenient and annoying for some people. If you are concerned about the noise, you should consider a case that has been designed for quiet sounds. If you have noisy fans in your case, you should try and replace them with silent ones.
5. Case design and the materials used
Cases are usually made up of steel and ABS plastic nowadays. They are cheap but sturdy. They are also easy to work with. Aluminum is lighter, but it is not as durable as steel or plastic. It is said that aluminum cases make the components inside cooler than steel or ABS plastic, but that is not always the case. So do some research and decide on what kind of material you would like your case to be made of.
6. Refurbished cases
You can find refurbished computer cases for as much as half the price sometimes. Checking them out is a wise move. Since PC cases come up on rebate all the time, be sure to go through them as well.
There are a lot of different computer cases in the market, so finding the best micro ATX case is definitely a challenge. But that is why we make lists like this; so that prospective customers can understand what they need from their case, and can decide if a certain product is right for them.
Each computer case has different features and is built keeping in mind the needs of their respective customers. So, not all cases are right for all buyers. This list contains cases that cater for budget-oriented buyers as well as cases for avid PC enthusiasts. If we have missed out on a good case, don’t forget to share it with us.