Typically that means a small form factor, but ITX cases are difficult to work with, they require special considerations during the build process, and it does limit your ability to expand it later on. On top of that, micro-ATX rigs, although stellar back in the day, have also gone the way of the woolly mammoth, so for the vast majority a small ATX mid-tower makes a lot of sense. It’s a perfect compromise.
NZXT’s H510 series of cases has been a popular pick for a long while now. The small compact design, with clean-cut lines, stylish color picks, tempered glass, and a host of design features to enhance your building experience has cemented this case as a fantastic budget(ish) option for anyone looking to build a new system.
The stock H510 comes in at $110, the H510i with included RGB lighting at $145, and the H510 Elite, the full tempered glass affair at $180. The one weakness these cases have, however, is airflow. A solid front panel might look great for those social media snaps of your setup, but it’s hardly conducive to good cooling. These cases aren’t without ventilation, the rear of the case has perforations along that edge, and there’s a cutout underneath, but it’s not quite what you’d call “airflow optimized”. Enter the H510 Flow.
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