Cases (ATX)

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Computer cases (ATX). What to focus on during a purchase 

Types of computer cases 

A PC case is, alongside a properly picked chair and desk, a key element of equipment for your work or gaming station. It protects components from damage, keeps them in order, and prevents overheating. It also looks nice, so it’s a good idea to check out available models and pick one that best aligns with your expectations. 

The basic criteria for selecting a PC case are its size and form factor. They come in two types : 

  • Tower – a box-shaped, vertical case. These are further divided by size, including: 
    • Full tower – dedicated to users who plan to extend their computer setup. There’s plenty of free space inside, making it possible to assemble almost every motherboard out there. 
    • Midi tower – can house most components. Dedicated, among others, to ATX, micro ATX, Mini ITX, and Extended ATX motherboard standards. 
    • Mini tower – less tall than the midi variant, which can make it more difficult to install a bigger radiator. This type of case is compatible with Mini ITX, ATX, micro ATX, ITX, Mini DTX and Extended ATX standards.
  • Desktop – constructed in a way that allows a monitor to stand on top of it. This case’s characteristic, flat shape is very well suited for smaller desks. However, it has lower capacity than tower cases, which makes it more difficult to extend your computer with additional components. 

Another thing worth paying attention to are pre-installed fans. At ENDORFY, we opted for Stratus PWM and Stratus PWM ARGB – both come in 120 mm and 140 mm variants. 

Computer case – what to pay attention to 

When it comes to PC cases, users often base their case choices on appearance – due to its size, it dominates a work or gaming station and defines its visual style. This is why computers with tempered glass elements and ARGB lighting are so popular – they draw attention and enhance the way a desk looks. But, apart from design, it’s a good idea to pay attention to other considerations, such as: 

  • Space for components – a case should contain all the components, together with wiring and a cooling system (remember to verify before purchase that it is compatible with the elements you’ve chosen). If you’re considering a future upgrade, consider buying a larger case. 
  • Anti-dust filters – you can choose cases with overlapping filters or cases whose panels serve as filters. In the former, you provide components with good protection from dust, in the latter – you additionally improve the airflow. 
  • Fans – the choice is simple. If you want the components to operate at the lowest possible temperature, pick a model with more fans. And if you expect your computer to operate quietly, choose a case with fewer fans. 

Computer case – with or without fans 

Many users – particularly those who put a premium on quiet operation – wonder whether it is possible to completely get rid of chassis fans. Such a computer may of course operate without any major malfunction, but a high internal temperature will make it more difficult for programs to run smoothly. One possible solution is to use fans controlled with a PWM signal, which allows for quiet computer operation. Fans of this type are available for all ENDORFY cases. 

See all ATX cases from ENDORFY 


How do I open a computer case?

The ability to open a case comes useful especially when you want to dust its interior or install new components. But keep in mind that not every computer is “disarmed” the same way. Some models are opened by unscrewing a side panel; for others, all you need to do is remove a magnetic plate. When you figure it out (you should be able to find the relevant information, e.g., on the producer’s website), follow these steps:

  • Prepare the surface on which you’ll place the case and its elements – remember not to put your computer on a carpet. Electrostatic charge produced in this way may damage some components!
  • Turn off the computer and remove all cables attached to it – under no circumstances should you open equipment during its operation. You may get electrocuted.
  • Remove a side panel in accordance with the user manual – remember, some models open up after you remove protective screws, while for others it’s enough to remove a magnetic plate.

What’s also worth keeping in mind is to remove potential hazards from the vicinity – such as drinks that might get spilled and damage the components. If you’re worried that the computer’s insides are very dusty, put on a protective face mask and make sure there’s proper air circulation in the room.

How to remove the computer case’s front panel?

The front panel of a PC case – just like its side – can be removed in a few ways. It all depends on the model you’re trying to open (you can find the details in the manual included with the computer or on the producer’s website). Keep in mind, however, that in most cases removing the front of the case will require you to first remove its side. To do so, follow the steps listed below: 

  • Prepare the surface on which you’ll place the case – choose materials that generate no static electricity, such as a wooden tabletop or a protective rubber mat. 
  • Turn off the computer – while doing so, make sure that it has no cables or devices that may electrocute you. 
  • Remove the side panel in accordance with the user manual – for most cases, removal of the front of the case requires prior opening of the computer’s side. 
  • Remove the front panel in accordance with the user manual – you can find mor details in the user manual or on the producer’s website. 

How to properly ventilate a PC case?

A proper arrangement of cooling elements inside a PC case guarantees low temperature and fault-free operation. This extends the lifespan of the computer, so it’s good to pay attention to a few principles of ventilating a computer case. 

Chief among them is picking the size of a fan – most popular models are usually 120 to 140 mm. However, keep in mind that larger fans displace more heat at the same rotation speed than smaller models, which is a point in their favor. Before buying a fan, verify that it’s compatible with your computer’s model. 

It’s also a good idea to properly plan the fan layout of the case. Ideally, they should fit in the front and bottom (to push cool air inside) as well as in the back and at the top (to move heated-up air outside). 

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