To build the ultimate PC, you’ll need plenty of space for large E-ATX motherboards and customized liquid cooling solutions. A full tower case will get you that and more.
Full tower cases are simply huge and they’re a pain in the bottom to move when they’ve been decked with the internal components. However, the space they provide is simply staggering and unmatched by smaller mid-sized computer towers. This is why they continue to remain the most popular choice for many enthusiasts looking to build monster PCs.
Best Full Tower Cases Reviewed
Full tower cases are designed for the enthusiast PC builder. Whether you’re a gamer looking to build an absolute beast that will serve you well for the next 3-4 years or a video editing/rendering expert who needs a monster PC, you’ll find your requirements met with a full tower case.
We’ve reviewed our five favorite full tower cases in this article, highlighting their key features and what makes them a great buy.
Our Top Pick
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
Most Appealing Full Tower Case
The Cooler Master Cosmos C700P continues the Cosmos line of full tower cases with its beautiful, understated RGB and versatile motherboard layout adjustments. This is a feature-rich full tower case with both side panels made of curved tempered glass.
The Cosmos C700P is a fantastic full tower case with the right mix of aesthetics and functionality, for which it earns our top pick.
Corsair Obsidian 1000D
Meet the Super Tower
Corsair’s Obsidian 1000D isn’t just a full tower case, it’s a super tower. This massive behemoth is so large it can hold two motherboards and two power supplies at the same time. The gorgeous tempered glass design lets the user-peer into the giant, and there is space to house two 480mm radiators up front.
When it comes to cases, few will offer as much space as the Corsair Obsidian 1000D. It is simply huge, and it’s absolutely beautiful too.
If you’re not an enthusiast (some would say insane) enough individual to toss half a grand on a full tower case like the Corsair Obsidian 1000D, then the next best option, in our opinion, is the Coolermaster Cosmos C700P.
The Cosmos series of full tower cases are what brought Cooler Master to the front of the pack as far as PC cases were concerned. Like the original Cosmos, the C700P is simply gigantic. It’s also one of the most feature-rich full tower cases out there with all kinds of bells and whistles that will appeal to the enthusiast PC builder.
The standout feature with this case is the multiple ways you can install the motherboard. You can either do it the conventional way or go for the “chimney” cooling effect with the motherboard installed in such a manner that the GPU is perpendicular to the ground. Moreover, the motherboard can be installed at either side of the case thanks to the dual curved tempered glass sides. Radiator support, in this case, goes up to 280mm.
The RGB lighting on the top and bottom of the case is understated yet highly appealing. You can customize your case to match the color scheme of the components inside to create a highly visually appealing build for yourself. Front ports include one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C and four USB 3.0 ports. You get two 2.5” drive bays and a whopping eight 3.5” drive bays.
- Beautiful RGB
- Adjustable motherboard layout
- Great design
- Curved tempered glass doors on both sides
- Lots of plastic used in the case
- Extension cables are often necessary
Corsair cases are some of the best around, and they make some of the largest, most monstrous full towers. Heck, it’s hard to call this a full tower. The right coinage for the Obsidian 1000D should be a super tower.
The Corsair Obsidian tower is simply huge. We’re talking giant proportions here. It’s so big that you can fit in an E-ATX as well as a mini-ITX motherboard in it with two separate power supply units to create a dual computing setup. That’s not just outright insane, it’s also outright amazing.
The case weighs nearly 30kg and stands tall at a staggering 27.3”. It’s large enough to house up to a mindboggling 18 fans and four gigantic radiators at the same time. If that’s not headache inducing enough, you have the option of six 2.5” drive bays and five 3.5” bays. You’ll never run out of room for hard drives and SSDs with this beast.
Corsair tops that with some gorgeous minimalistic aesthetics as well, using tempered glass everywhere so you can show off your build. The front panel ports are also RGB lit, and they’re future proof too as you have excessive to two USB Type-C ports and four USB 3.0 ports.
There isn’t any case that can beat the Obsidian 1000D in-terms of space and cooling perform. This is the apex when you’re looking for the ultimate full tower case.
- All the space you’ll ever need
- Supports just about any build
- You can house two 480mm front radiators
- Excellent front port options that are RGB lit
- Absolutely huge and heavy
- Will cost half a grand
Phanteks is a comparatively new brand when placed side by side with other manufacturers like Corsair, Cooler Master, and Thermaltake, but they’ve made some fantastic cases in recent times. Among their catalog is the Enthoo Pro, an affordable full tower case with lots of space and excellent cable management.
The Enthoo Pro has been around for a while now, but given its price tag and what it offers, it’s hard to ignore its existence purely because of how long it’s existed. With the Enthoo Pro, you can add radiators up to a very large 420mm size without any trouble. Additionally, the full tower case also features seven 2.5” drive bays and six 3.5” ones.
Pre-installed cable management ties are a welcome addition and we wish more companies would add them to their cases. The tedious task of cable management is made extremely easy thanks to this small but crucial feature.
You get a huge 200mm fan in the front panel out of the box and a 140mm fan at the rear for adequate airflow without additional investment. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro has no USB Type-C connection in the front panel, though you do get 2 USB 3.0 connections and two additional USB 2.0 ones.
- Great value
- Welcome cable management solutions
- Comes preinstalled with a 200mm fan
- Archaic design
- Lots of plastic used in the construction
You might know to be quiet! for their massive CPU air coolers, their silent power supplies, and their amazing PC fans. What you probably don’t know is the company has made quite a name for itself since its foray into the PC case niche in 2014.
The Dark Base Pro 900 is one of their newer cases, and it makes for a brilliant full tower case that is also one of the most modular out there. This behemoth stands 22 inches tall and offers a highly modular design with a whopping ten 2.5” and five 3.5” drive bays. Just about every panel in this full tower case can be removed, and you have the option of an inverted motherboard layout as well.
For the bling effect, the Dark Base Pro 900 also comes with a series of pre-installed LED lights lined around the door. Their neutral white color is beautiful and ensures it never looks gawdy, regardless of what the color scheme of your internal components is.
Additionally, this case is unique amount full tower cases that it has an integrated Qi wireless charger to charge your cellphones. You get a single Type-C USB port up front and two USB 3.0 ports, which is rather conservative when compared to other full tower cases, but it does the job.
The Dark base Pro 900 full tower case is large enough to support radiators up to a whopping 420mm in size. Custom cooling with this case becomes a breeze, and its sleek modern looks make it highly appealing for both gaming and other builds. The only major downside to this computer tower is how unnecessarily complicated be quiet! has made the PSU housing.
- Highly modular design
- Integrated wireless Qi charger
- Minimalistic LED lighting
- Extensive cooling options
- Silly PSU housing with no shroud
- Conservative number of front ports
At first look, the Corsair Graphite 780T doesn’t look like it would have that much space. Yet this gorgeously designed Corsair case is rather deceptive. Inside this beast are three 140mm fans – two LED lit ones up front and one at the back. It supports a powerful radiator setup with the ability to harness dual 360mm radiators.
But the most striking feature of this beast is its accessibility. Lots of room is useless if you don’t have easy access to it to upgrade, tinker, and adjust your components. The Corsair Graphite lets you do that with ease be access made from the sides and the top. Simple latches at the top of the side panels make it incredibly intuitive to get into the case and swap parts.
You get six large 3.5” bays and three space-saving side-mounted SSD bays for optimum storage options with this case. All the bays are modular Up front you have two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. You also have a three-mode fan controller for easy fan speed adjustment. Unfortunately, there are no Type-C ports available on the front panel.
- Excellent design
- Easy accessibility
- Comes preinstalled with two LED 140mm fans
- Fan control on front panel
- No USB Type-C port
You’re not buying a full tower case just because you want a big, bulky tower of metal and plastic on your table or floor. The main reason to opt for a full tower case is the space, and that’s the first thing you should look at when you’re shopping.
The space of the case is closely related to its dimensions and its internal design. Modular cases provide plenty of drive bays that can be removed to further increase the amount of space that comes by default.
Other types are so large by default (such as the Obsidian 1000D), that you can install two different systems in it. Space determines what kind of system you can utilize and what your liquid cooling solution could shape up to look like and function.
The cooling capacity is dictated by the largest radiator type a certain full tower case can incorporate. This is either at the front of the case or at the top. The back is usually reserved for exhaust with 140mm fans.
Most full tower cases can support radiators beyond the 360mm mark, which is huge. You should determine what size (and how many) radiators you need to use before you purchase a full tower case.
While front ports aren’t that essential to some, the size of full tower cases is so huge that it’s often difficult to plug USB devices at the back. You want to reserve the backports for the more permanent peripherals such as mice, keyboards, monitors etc.
Therefore, the front port of a full tower case becomes more important than in other types of cases. You should have the largest variety of ports available, ideally both USB 3.0/3.1 and USB Type-C ports in addition to the regular Audio/Mic jack.
You should opt for a full tower case if you intend to use a very large motherboard form factor (E-ATX or above) with multiple PCI Express slots for SLI/Crossfire support, or if you are an enthusiast overclocker looking to push your CPU and GPU to the limit and require liquid cooling.
Additionally, full tower cases are essential for anyone who needs a lot of drive bays if they are amassing multiple SSDs and HDDs.
Is air cooling viable in a full tower case?
Air cooling is possible in a full tower case, but it isn’t as efficient as in a mid tower case. The simple reason is the size of the case. There is a lot more air trapped within a full tower case, which means it takes longer for 120mm and 140mm case fans to extract the air out.
This is because most 120mm and 140mm fans have low static pressure to create an adequate amount of pressure differential to move the air swiftly. Therefore, most people opt for liquid cooling solutions in a full tower case instead.
How important are drive bays?
Drive bays are quite important, but full tower cases often feature an excessive number of them well beyond what most individuals will need. This is because it’s highly possible to make servers and editing/rendering machines in a full tower case.
If you’re an average user, just about any full tower case will feature enough drive bays for all your space requirements.