Today we are doing a round-up of some of the Best Cabinets you can buy in India for your gaming PC. We will start with the budget gaming PC cabinet below Rs. 2000 and will gradually move up to Rs. 5000($90), 10,000(170$) and in the to Rs. 15,000 (225$).
I have changed 4-5 cabinets for my PC in last few years and also reviewed many different cabinets. The list below is based on best design and reliability and what I think will be a best value for money cabinets for Gamers looking to build their Gaming Rigs in 2015.
Your Computer Case serves three basic purposes:
- House all your PC components
- Provides adequate cooling to the PC hardware
- Provide connectivity options like USB 2.0 or 3.0
How to choose the best cabinet for Your gaming PC ?
You may consider these 2 Major points before buying a PC Cabinet.
- What is your budget for the PC cabinet? When building a gaming PC some Gamers tend to buy the cheapest cabinet and PSU – This is a bad choice, your graphics card, CPU, motherboard require adequate cooling and power supply. Factor in cost of PSU and Cabinet in the Rig, don’t try to fit in the cheapest.
- How much space do you require in the cabinet? Do you need more than 1 GPU, want to run crossfire or SLI setup. Need 2-3 HDD and SSD in PC? Think about it and then decide.
Are you planning to do an SLI or crossfire in future. Check for the graphics card length whether it will fit in the small cabinet you are buying. Some cards like Gigabyte GTX 970 or AMD 290X are long, check the cabinet specs if it has enough space to house it. Number of SSD’s or HDD you plan to use. The space in your table where you are going to fit the cabinet.
- Number of USB ports, general design, ability to add more cooling fans are some more things I would look at before buying a new cabinet.
We are done with the basics and requirements for choosing a cool cabinet for your gaming Rig. Let’s check out some of the best value for money cabinets. Let’s begin with the low price PC cabinet which is ideal for Gamer’s building a RIG for with a Budget of Rs. 20,000 to 25,000.
7 Best PC Cabinet for Gaming PC Build India
Starting with basic cabinet for a low end starter budget Gaming PC Build we have Intex Black IT -216
Intex Black Cabinet IT-216 Computer Case
Price – Rs. 1350
Color – Black and Red
This is a starting range PC cabinet for a low budget gaming PC build (Rs. 20,000 to 25,000).
The Gaming Cabinet has 2 front USB ports, You can easily install a micro ATX motherboard in the cabinet with sufficient space to install a graphics card , SSD or HDD. The cabinet has aggressive looks and also has many design similarities to more expensive Intex cabinets. With its ultra affordable price you may like to order it along with other PC parts. It does not come with an SMPS, you will have to buy a separate SMPS along with the Cabinet. The Headphone and Mic ports are available, cooling fans are not included you will have to buy the cooling fans separately.
The Dimension for the cabinet are – 368*202*406 mm.
Dimensions – 185 x 440 x 412 mm
Cabinet – Antek ASK – 4000B
Price Rs. 2200
Color – Black
It is a simple , elegant and affordable gaming PC cabinet. Ideal if you are planning to spend around Rs. 30,000 to 35,000 for a gaming PC. It can easily accommodate a mid size graphics card Hard Disk, micro ATX motherboard, RAM DVD drive and SMPS.
You can pair with a graphics card like Nvidia GT 730, GT 740 or GTX 750 Ti or any of mid range AMD graphics card like R7-250X, R7-260X in this cabinet, bigger cards may require slightly bigger cabinet.
The Antek ASK- 4000 B weighs 5 KG , with three 5.25 inch Bays for HDD or SSD, one 120 mm FAN Rear It has 2 Front USB 3 and 2 USB 2 ports. Power supply can be placed at the bottom of the Cabinet. There are air vent for GPU and PSU to ensure effective cooling in the case.
The cabinet has large grill on one side to increase the Airflow, you can add another fan at the back to make it more effective. The inside of the cabinet is silver and not painted black and looks more like cost saving measure.
COOLER MASTER ELITE 311 Cabinet
Price – 3000
Color – Black with Red lines
The cabinet is best suited for PC builds around 40k to 55k. It is designed to accommodate micro-ATX and ATX motherboards & power supply placement is on the top. The cabinet is spacious and measures Dimension (W / H / D) 190 x 450 x 477 mm. A good sized cabinet, comes with one pre-installed fan at the rear. You can add 3-4 more fans as per requirement to this cabinet.
Can add more Fans 4 easily.
Front 120/ 140 mm fan.
Rear 120 x 25 mm fan , Side – 120 mm fan x 1 (Optional).
The HDD Cage can be removed for installing graphics cards like AMD 270X or 280X or Nvidia GTX 750 Ti or GT 760 or GTX 960. The Elite 311 is pre-installed with a rear 120 mm fan and comes with the option to install even more fans.
There are 2 USB 2.0 Ports and two USB 3.0 ports along with 7 Expansion Slots. The power Supply Placement is at Bottom. You can easily fit a large 600 watts or 700 watts PSU in this cabinet.
Cooler Master K 281 Plus Cabinet
Price – Rs. 4000
Color – Black Matte Finish
The cooler master K281 is an excellent cabinet for mid range gaming PC build. It can house a 12.3 inch graphics card, HDD and SSD with ease. The Dimension for the cabinet are – 219 x 416 x 487 mm. The cabinet is long and has a higher width compared to the cooler master 311 tough the height is lower.
The cabinet has Armored Inspired front panel with Mesh design. There are two pre-installed fans in the cabinet, the front fan has a red led which makes the cabinet look cool.
The cabinet has 7 HDD bays two USB ports at the front along with power and reset button. The side grill can also mount a fan for effective cooling.
The cabinet interior is black matte finish and looks premium.
You can fit most of the graphics card easily in this cabinet. The cabinet have a simplistic design and good build quality with good space for cable management.
Cooler Master Force 500 Computer Case
Price – Rs. 3300
Color – Black
Cooler Master Cabinets have strong build quality and don’t get impacted by normal wear and tear.
It has slightly lower price compared to the the cooler master K281 PLUS. It has a large tray cut-out for easy CPU cooler installation if you plan to add an aftermarket processor cooler. The cabinet is spacious with ability to install large size graphics cards like AMD 280X , HD 7970 or Nvidia GTX 970.
It comes with a VGA cooling vent with 120/140 mm fan support and HDD cooling vent with 2 x120mm fan support. You will require to buy the additional fans for more effective PC cabinet cooling.
Moving on to some serious gaming Cabinets with Corsair CC-9011051- WW Carbide Series Specs – 02 Steel Red Mid- tower gaming Case.
Corsair Carbide Spec 02 Gaming PC Cabinet
Price – Rs. 5000
Color – Black
We recently got this cabinet from Corsair and a detailed review is on way. The cabinet is very rugged and aesthetic with the window pane at the right side of the cabinet. You can admire your graphics card and CPU through the side window. The front has an aggressive gaming PC cabinet looks with ability to use 2 cooling fans. The front grill has dust filters to remove the dust from Air pulled by the cooling fans.
The cabinet is spacious and you can easily add 1-2 graphics cards for cross fire and SLI. Even you are using a single graphics card like a AMD 280X or Nvidia GTX 770 or GTX 970, it is easy to do the cable management. The back plate is cut to install the after market cooler for the processor without need of removing the mother board.
You can use two DVD drives, 3 Hard disks and 2 SSD’s easily with this PC cabinet.
It is a good size PC Cabinet – the dimensions are 493mm x 215mm x 426mm. It comes with 2 fans one at the front with red led light and one at the back pre-installed.
The interior are also black matte finish, it a cool cabinet for a gaming PC build around Rs. 55,000 – 70,000.
Next we have some Extreme Gaming Cabinet for High end Gaming PC Builds.
7 Best PC Cabinet for Gaming PC Build India
Moving to the enthusiast level gaming PC cabinets best suited for PC price above $1000 or Rs. 65,000.
Cooler Master HAf 912 Plus Gaming PC Cabinet
Price – Rs. 7200
Color – Black
If you are looking for a strongly built military grade cabinet, look no further cooler master HAF 912 looks aggressive and manly with strong front grill and aggressive design.
The cabinet has enough space to accommodate long graphics card like HD 7970 or AMD 290X. You can easily fit in 2 Nvidia GTX 970 in the cabinet along with a 1000 Watts PSU. There is space to add up 2-3 HDD and 1-2 SSD’s. I am using this cabinet for last 1.5 years and it has been great experience.
Robustly built and quite heavy the cabinet feel strong and has good space for cable management and adding Processor cooler for OC and additional drives. I have 2 HDD’s and one SSD working in the cabinet and have an after market processor cooler Cooler Master 212X along with an AMD HD 7950 in the cabinet. There are space issues in the cabinet. You can easily use 3-4 fans for cooling the cabinet.
It comes with a transparent Side window and 8 expansion slots. There is a front USB 3.0 and 2.0 port and you can add more ports using additional connector given with the cabinet.
It is quite large in Size measuring – 230 x 480 x 496 mm and quite heavy too close to 8.0 Kg. Maximum graphics card length it can accommodate is 27 mm and you can add 4 HDD and 2 SSD to the PC.
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Steel Mid-Tower Gaming PC Case
Price – Rs. 8,500
Color – Black
The Cabinet carries the signature corsair neat design with a window pane on the left. The cabinet is designed robustly and is ideal if you are building a gaming PC above Rs. 70,000. The cabinet can easily house a high end graphics card like an AMD 290X or Nvidia GTX 970 or GTX 980. If you wish to do a crossfire or SLI, you can easily add a second graphics card to the cabinet.
The cabinet comes with 2 large 120 mm Fans to provide adequate cooling to the graphics cards , HDD and Motherboard. It also has provision to add a larger 200 mm fan on the side panel to improve the airflow in the cabinet.
The Dust filters are easy to access and remove, in case you live in a place with dust issues can be a good cabinet for you.
The cabinet comes with 10 expansion bays Four 5.25-inches drive bays, Six 3.5-inches hard drive bays. I don’t think so you will need all that but you can easily use 2 HDD and 2 SSD’s in the cabinet easily.
The Front Input/output panel has 2 USB 3.0 connectors, 1 Firewire connector, 3.5-inches headphone and microphone connector, power and reset switches and fan LED on/off switch.
The cabinet is quite large in size and measures – 59.4 x 28.2 x 55.9 cms. The weight of the cabinet is 7.0 KG approximately.
Corsair Obsidian Series CC650DW- Enthusiast Gaming Cabinet
Price Rs. 13,800
Color – Black
The last one on the list of 7 Best PC Cabinet for Gaming PC Build India is Corsair 650-D. The design is modern brushed finished & very refined and offer subtle yet cool looks. The cabinet is strongly build and quite large size measures 54.6 x 22.9 x 52.1 cm and weighs around 11.0 KG. The cabinet is meant for extreme end Gaming PC if you are looking for an exotic build with budget excess of Rs. 100,000 or $ 2000. It is ideal for Rigs which are meant for cross fire or SLI, the Cabinet has adequate space to house 4 Nvidia GTX 970 for a quad SLi setup, you can even add 4 Nvidia GTX 980 in the cabinet.
The cabinet has 2 large 200 mm Fans which offer good cooling to all the exotic PC components you plan to house in the cabinet. The cabinet comes with dust filter and they are easy to remove and clean whenever required.
There is integrated fan controller to help you reduce noise when you are not using all that muscle and turn up the fans when required. The Computer Case offers brilliant cable management so your Z97 or X99 motherboard with multiple HDD and SSD can be tangle free.
The drive cages for SSD and HDD are adjustable which means you can remove them and fit in longer GPU in the cabinet. The cabinet comes with 8 Expansion slots and front I/O panel has 2*USB 3.0, headphone and mic jacks, 2x USB 2.0, 6-pin FireWire .
Overall a premium looking great Computer case for an ultimate gaming PC build.