Finding the Right Computer Case

There are thousands of computer cases available on the market. Choosing the right case can be quite a task. First, choose a computer case that looks good to you. However, this should not be the primary reason for your purchase. Take the following into consideration as well:

USB – does the case have a front USB? If it does not, then reject it. A front USB enables hooking up digital devices with ease. Otherwise you will end up having to keep pulling the computer every time you need to access the USB port.

Motherboard – how the motherboard installs into the case is really important. Look for a case that has a removable backplane for mounting the motherboard. Without a backplane, installing the motherboard can be cramped and you risk cutting your hands on the surrounding case chassis.

Motherboard form factor – find out what form factor your motherboard is. Every computer case denotes which motherboard form factors it accepts. Do not settle on a case that does not mention these specifications.

Power supply – this is an important question to ask, as most companies that sell computer cases include a small power supply that is too small for your application. Low power supplies can lead to erratic pc operations.

Device bays – find out how many 5.25″ and 3.5″ bays you’ll need in your computer case.

Size – check if the dimensions of the computer case will fit the space designated for your computer.

Cooling – check that this space is set in an open space that lets your computer cool down.

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