There is a category of people who appreciate the compact size and minimalism in technique above all. Developers year in and year out make their products smaller and smaller - the flagship models adhere to conservative standard sizes, but in the experimental mini-concepts such direction is common. As for the cases, then here exists an entire branch for ardent followers of miniaturization - Mini-Tower. We have reviewed the main characteristics of this format in the guide "How to choose a case for a gaming PC: a guide to action." It’s high time to move from words to action and choose the best Mini-Tower case.

Top-5 of the best Mini-Tower cases

Cougar SPIKE No Power Supply MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case

Cougar SPIKE MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case At first glance, a nice compact case for ~$36.78. The internal space allows you to maximize hefty for such size potential. See for yourself - 330 mm of possible length for graphics card will allow toinstall GTX 980, which is still able togenerate good performance in modern games.

There are more then enough opportunities for such dimensions to upgrade the cooling systems, to the existing 120 mm rear fan you can add up to three additional - one front and two side, that will be placed in the left part of the case.

All in all, we get rather solid Mini-tower case with good value for such money with the design similar to the models Middle and Full.

Case Dimensions (width- height- depth)

180-425-370mm

External 5.25" bays

2

Internal 3.5" bays

2

Internal 2.5" bays

1

Expansion slots

1

External ports

1x USB3.0, 1x USB2.0,  1xMic,  1x Audio

Compatible motherboards

Micro ATX

Standard Cooling system

Rear coller:1x 120 mm

Advanced cooling system

Front: 1х 80\90\120mm

Rear: 1х 80\120 mm

Left: 2х 120mm

Max video card length

330mm

Max CPU cooler height

150mm

Price

~$36.78

BitFenix Micro ATX, Mini-ITX Motherboard Case

BitFenix Micro ATX, Mini-ITX Motherboard CaseThis model is much more «mini» than the first candidate on our list (and is more expensive - from ~$75). A nice case BitFenix Micro ATX Case thanks to its design looks very compact indeed, allowing to stuff it with worthy configuration.

One of the main advantages is the ability to install the cooler at the bottom, thanks to molded legs on which a case is placed.

The main threat — out of 200 mm available for the height of the CPU cooler, it is recommended to use only 160 mm, otherwise a little space will be left and all the hardware simply may not fit into the case.

Case Dimensions (width- height- depth)

250-404-359 mm

External 5.25" bays

1

Internal 3.5" bays

4

Internal 2.5" bays

5

 

Expansion slots

5

External ports

2x USB3.0,  1x Audio

Compatible motherboards

Micro ATX, Mini ATX

Standard Cooling system

Тыловой кулер: 1x120 mm

Advanced cooling system

Top: 2х 120 mm

Front: 1х 80\90\120 mm

Rear: 1х 120\140 mm

Bottom: 2х 120 mm, 1ч 180\200\230 mm

Max video card length

280 mm

Max CPU cooler hight

200mm

Price

from ~$75

AeroCool MicroATX Cases DS-Cube Black

AeroCool MicroATX Cases DS-Cube BlackThe compact case, which promises dead silence - what could be better, especially if there is not much space in the room. This model for ~$120 is really capable to fit "quiet" configuration. By the way, the main reason why a case is placed further and deeper is that the cooling system at times simply can not cope with its task, bringing down on the user the streams of hot air or can and produces noise, from which even the top-rated headsets will not rescue. Therefore, DS Cube provides vast opportunities for upgrading the cooling system — a PC can be build according to almost any modest needs, if for sure there will be enough bays, and here there are fewer of them, than in the same BitFenix. So do not expect that such a construction will withstand the level of hardware, which is placed in the Full-tower model.

Case Dimensions (width- height- depth)

265-411-381 mm

 External 5.25" bays

1

External 3.5" bays

1

Internal 3.5" bays

2

Internal 2.5" bays

2

Expansion slots

4

External ports

2x USB3.0,  1x Audio

Compatible motherboards

Micro ATX, Mini ATX

Standard Cooling system

Front cooler: 1x 180mm

Rear cooler: 1x120 mm

Advanced cooling system

Top: 2х 120\140 mm

Front: 1х 120\140mm

Rear: 1х 120\140 mm

Bottom: 1x 180\200\230mm

Max video card length

350 mm

Max CPU cooler hight

200 mm

Price

~$120

SilverStone Aluminum Micro ATX

SilverStone Aluminum Micro ATXThis case for ~$184.99 is notable primarily for its "high" form, rather reminding of a futuristic monolith, rather than a usual case for PC. It has a good pre-installed cooling system on board - three 120 mm vanes for such dimensions aren't bad at all. Add the opportunity to install three additional 80mm coolers and forget about overheating of the device.

The fans of the minimalist design will be happy as well: no bars can be noticed on the "front" of the construction. If you are not after a striking design, shining with hundreds bulbs, take a closer look at this model — the variants of filling such a case are really worthy, taking into account its size, of course.

Case Dimensions (width- height- depth)

235- 487-284mm

External 5.25" bays

1

Internal 3.5" bays

3

Internal 2.5" bays

1

Expansion slots

4

External ports

2x USB3.0,  1x Audio

Compatible motherboards

Micro ATX, Mini ATX

Standard Cooling system

Bottom: 1 x 120 mm ,
Middle: 1 x 120 mm ,
Top: 1 x 120 mm

Advanced cooling system

1х 80\92 mm

2х 80 mm

Max video card length

350 mm

Max CPU cooler hight

150 mm

Price

~$184.99

Corsair Graphite Series 380T Mini-ITX Portable PC Case

Corsair Graphite Series 380T Mini-ITX Portable PC CaseAnd last but not the least, we have a very interesting from the point of the design model. Corsair Graphite 380T is the perfect choice for those who are looking for Mini-tower, but don't want to miss bright gaming style. Side panels of the case are made of dust net, which makes sense, taking into consideration the size and the necessity to cool even the most modest configurations.

All external ports are placed on the top panel with system buttons, which is very convenient – everything is at hand, although the chances of touching a standing out reset button by accident are rather high.

A good choice for the fans of non-trivial and compact design for ~$129.99, but the dimensions impose significant restrictions on the capacity-building.

Case Dimensions (width- height- depth)

292 - 356 - 393 mm

External 5.25" bays

2

Internal 3.5" bays

2

Expansion slots

2

  External ports

2x USB3.0,  1x Audio

Compatible motherboards

Mini ATX

Standard Cooling system

Front cooler: 1x 140mm

Rear cooler: 1x120 mm

Advanced cooling system

Front: 1х 200\140 mm

Rear: 1х 120 mm

Side: 2x 12 0mm

Max video card length

290 mm

Max CPU cooler hight

150 mm

Price

~$129.99

Summary:

Although form factor Mini is compact, if you like, it can become a nice gaming machine. Therefore, if you have enough funds and imagination, go ahead and collect a real minimalistic gaming PC! Well, if such volume is too small for you, pay attention to the Middle and Full categories.