Morex 557 Universal
The Morex 557 Universal is a fan-less model that relies on ambient airflow through its side- and top-mounted vents to keep everything cool. It’s a good choice if you’re building a home theater PC, though there isn’t room for many advanced components.
- Includes wall mounting hardware
- Big enough for 2 laptop-size drives
- No place for a discrete gpu
Fractal Design Node 304
A minimalist design and a modular internal mounting system make the Fractal Design Node 304 one of the most versatile miniature chassis around. It’s big enough to house an ATX power supply and would be just as good for a DIY server as for a desktop computer.
- Three removable drive caddies
- Accommodates full-size cpu coolers
- Cable management options not ideal
Fractal Design Node 202
At just over 3 inches thick, the Fractal Design Node 202 is one of the slimmest options on the market. Though it is very compact, it features an isolated chamber for a discrete video card, which helps to keep temperatures in an acceptable range.
- Strategically placed dust filters
- Works with low-profile cpu coolers
- Requires a small power supply
Removable inner panels make it easy to work inside the Cougar QBX and allow you to use a full-height CPU cooler. Unlike most, it has a spot for a 9.5-millimeter, slot-loading optical drive, so you can take advantage of ultra HD Blu-ray discs.
- Attractive silver-on-black finish
- Supports up to 7 fans
- Limited power supply compatibility
Thermaltake Core P1
With an eye-catching open-air configuration that will showcase your PC-building skills, the Thermaltake Core P1 eliminates the problems of poor ventilation and difficult installation procedures that generally come with working in such a small chassis.
- 5mm-thick tempered glass
- Works with air and liquid cooling
- Leaves components vulnerable to dust
Cooler Master NR200P
Available in a variety of configurations, the Cooler Master NR200P comes in black or white and with or without a PCIe riser. It’s also got both a metal mesh side panel to increase airflow, as well as a tempered glass plate so you can see the internals.
- Holds up to 7 fans
- Big enough for a 280-mm radiator
- Easy to disassemble for building
Somewhat larger than most, the SilverStone SG13 can accommodate ATX power supplies up to 150 millimeters, GPUs up to 260 millimeters, and even mini-DTX motherboards. It comes in white, black, or pink and has plenty of mesh for ventilation.
- About 9 by 7 by 11 inches
- Room for three ssds
- Doesn't cost very much
About the size of a gaming console, the SilverStone ML08 may be a little cramped inside, but with the right layout and fan placement, still allows for plenty of airflow. At under 4 inches thick, it’s more portable than most others, but it doesn’t accept ATX power supplies.
- Supports gpus up to 13 inches
- Has a durable fixed handle
- Surprisingly easy to build in
Fractal Design Nano S
Able to accommodate graphics cards up to 315 mm long, the Fractal Design Nano S affords PC builders plenty of room to work with. It can house up to four drives, has space for liquid cooling radiators, and is constructed of durable materials without any sharp edges.
- Integrated sound dampening
- Window and solid-panel versions
- Great value for the money
Made from quality steel with a tempered-glass window, the NZXT H210 is as good-looking as it is functional. It also comes in an upgraded i-Series variant with a built-in RGB port, dynamic fan control, and a noise detection module.
- Three color schemes available
- Two 120-millimeter fans
- Advanced cable management