Before beginning your hunt for the perfect computer case, you have a lot to learn. There are some very obvious objectives that you must consider, like the names and sizes of motherboards. It is tricky to find the motherboard that fits your computer case. There are some key aspects that you might want to consider such as, case size, mini tower, full tower, and slim line, mid tower, motherboard factors, ATX, small form factor, mini ITX, NLX, riser card, and BTX.
Computer cases: The most commonly used pc case is the Tower case. According to a user’s needs, the tower case can be further classified into three types: mid-size, full-size and mini-size tower cases. Following are their descriptions discussed.
- The full Tower
Full tower cases are taller in height. They are about 30 inches (that is more than 76cm). There can be at least 6 or 10 internal drive inlets inside these cases.
- The Mid Tower
A case that is considered to be a step down, is known as the mid tower case. These computer cases are used by many. Mid Tower cases are 18 to 24 inches high and they have 2 or 4 internal drive inlets and the same number of externals inlets.
- The Mini Tower
These type of cases contain sometimes 2 and sometimes 3 internal drive slots. These cases are normally at a height of 12 to 18 inches. The only problem with these cases is the expandability.
- Slim Line Case
Slim line cases are exactly like tower cases, but turned sideways. The best thing about this case, is that it can hold the monitor on top of it.
Small Form Factor (SFF) Case: This type of case is usually just used to minimize the three-dimensional volume of your desktop pc. SFFs are commonly available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, which includes, cubes, book sized, and shoe boxed PCs.
- The Motherboard Form Factor
The number one aspect to consider when buying computer cases, is the motherboard used in it. It is important that the size of the motherboard is exactly the same as the case, otherwise it will not match. Adjusting the size of the motherboard, and the entire process is known as “Form Factor”, there are many morals to this. The major role of a form factor is to identify the size of the circuit board being used, location of the slots and faceplate that is situated at the back of the computer. Another thing a form factor can identify is the amount of holes that are required to fit the motherboard into the entire system. For instance, when we talk about the Full tower case, then it can hold the ATX motherboard. However, in some cases, the mid-tower case is also known to carry an ATX motherboard.
You must remember, when selecting your pc case, don’t just focus on the size of your computer, the most important thing is the motherboard. It has to match.