Full Tower Computer Cases – Are They The Best?
Something I’ve wanted to discuss for a while was the subject of full tower computer cases. You’ve probably seen them at least once before, because they’re hard to miss. Big lumbering PCs that dwarf all the other accessories in a system build. Spacious interiors that love to show off the freedom one has when putting parts into such a large case. People that are unfamiliar with full towers may have questions about these enclosures.
Why so big? What do they cost? What do they do compared to smaller towers? Are they better or worse than the others? These are the sorts of things someone may be asking themselves when they first see a full tower or have an interest in them. Hopefully I can help answer some of these questions and better help someone understand if a larger computer case is for them or not.
What Is a Full Tower Case
A full tower is, by all accounts, just a larger case than the smaller ones you’re likely used to seeing. However, that’s over simplifying it. These cases have nuance differences between micro, atx, and even mid tower ones. They’re not just larger, but they’re purposely designed to fill some niche demands in the PC building community. In fact, many enthusiasts enjoy these larger beasts because of the space they provide for more advanced cooling systems.
Big towers have fluctuated in popularity over the years but they have their place within the market. They offer flexible paths to take for upgrading your system as new components are released and that flexibility makes them very appealing despite the higher price.
What Does A Bigger Case Offer
As mentioned earlier, a full tower offers a few niche options for a system build that a smaller case may not have available to it. Even in today’s evolving market where mid sized towers are becoming more and more customizable, there still remains some impressive features that a larger case will always provide regardless of which model you choose to go with.
Below I want to break down a few key features that a full tower case will almost always come with.
- Motherboard support surpassing all other cases. mATX, ATX, E-ATX, EEB, HPTX, and XL-ATX
- The most PCI-E slots possible. Generally anywhere between 7-12
- More room for larger fans. At least 10-12 and sometimes more!
- Extra space for radiators and water cooling set-ups.
- Usually quieter depending on the build.
- Much more spacious, giving you that room for extra hardware and other components!
Of course, there will always be exceptions in one direction or another. Always check the specs of the case you’re looking at to ensure that what you’re getting has the features you’re looking for. These are guidelines and you should never assume that every case will have all of these features. Full towers will have most of these, but every company will try to add something to make their enclosure look unique and appealing!
When To Use One Of These Monsters
Quite simply, you want one of these beasts of machines when you need to insert as much power as possible into your builds. These towers are designed to give you the freedom to optimize every little detail of your system build and crank the juice up as far as it will go. If you’re looking to eek out every ounce of energy and willing to spare no expense, a full tower is going to be your best friend.
Air flow, overclocking, water cooling, multiple GPUs, lots of hard drive and solid state drive bays, as well as space for a larger motherboard are going to ensure that you’ll never be disappointed with the performance of your case. Larger towers shine in the hands of someone pursuing high end gaming and video editing passions.
Is The Price Worth it
A question that most people will ask when they see one of these giants. What does it cost, and is it worth the money? Frankly, the answer to this question is different for everyone. Full towers are certainly not something you should consider to be a normal machine. They’re big, they’re bulky, they overpower everything else they sit next to, and despite all that, they serve very specific purposes.
If you want to know if a full tower is worth the higher price you need to pay for them, then you should ask whether or not you can get your money’s worth out of it. If you intend to make a very simple PC build, a larger enclosure’s size might end up looking like a lot of wasted space, which detracts from the look of it, and doesn’t give you a good use of your hard-earned cash.
However, if you’re an enthusiast and have a system build in mind that requires all the space you can squeeze out of a case, then full tower is certainly the way to go. Trust me, it will shine bright when all those lights come on and those fans start spinning. If you have the time and energy to making one of these cases work for you, it will gladly display your efforts with pride.
Are Full Tower Cases Just A Fad
So, in short, full tower cases are something that require a bit more time and effort to get the most out them. They have a higher price range, but in return offer you more space and more accessories. They’re a blank canvas that allows you to paint your perfect PC picture as long as you’re willing to invest in them.
Because these larger cabinets fill a more niche corner of the computer market, most people have debated whether or not they even have a place in the community anymore. They certainly aren’t as popular as they used to be, and most will point to that as evidence that they’re a dying breed of cases.
As someone who’s built several systems in a full tower enclosure, I would have to disagree. I think plenty others who have built their systems in large towers would disagree as well. They have their own charm and truly shine when you can put your love and passion into them. They may evolve as time goes on, but I don’t think we’ll ever see full towers leave the market.