A lot of people will most likely go for more modest PC cases that can fit a standard ATX motherboard and be done with it and although they do the things that you need to do, for the most part, nothing can be full-tower cases.
They are a bit rarer than standard ATX cases but if you are looking for one, read ahead to find our recommendations for the best full-tower PC cases in 2020.
Best Full-Tower Cases
1.Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
Cooler Master has a lot of amazing ATX cases, but if you want to fit a big E-ATX motherboard, I can definitely recommend the Cooler Master Cosmos C700P.
This is a bit similar to the original C700P because of the familiar design, but it certainly has more flair thanks to the fact that it has more tempered glass side panels now.
Since a lot of people are looking for that extra flair, you will be happy to know that this full-tower case has RGB light bars that are situated at the top and bottom of the case.
For people that want to put their own custom liquid cooling solutions, this case has room for multiple 420mm radiators, so you can rest assured that you can tame even the hottest of CPUs or graphics cards.
If there is one thing to take note of here, it would be that cable routing could potentially be a bit challenging, especially if you are not using the proper cables.
Once you build your own PC, it is important that you take into consideration the length of the cables so that managing everything will be as easy as ever.
It would have been nice if Cooler Master made some dedicated routing paths for cables, but this is still a really nice case and it is very easy to recommend.
2.Corsair Obsidian 1000D
Most people who buy full-tower cases have the intention of wowing their friends and family and if that is also your intent, then you definitely have to consider the Corsair Obsidian 1000D.
You can populate this case with all of the RGB fans that you want simply because it has a total of 18 fan mounts that you can use.
Whether you want to put a lot of 360mm AIOs or perhaps even 480 radiators on this thing, the Obsidian 1000D can handle them without any problems.
The reason why this thing is big is that it is actually built for 2-in-1 systems. This means that you can basically build two different PCs into one chassis, so you can expect that you have everything that you need to make that a reality.
I really like the smoked tempered glass panels that surround the case and this really showcases any RGB accessories that you put into your build.
Because of the choice of materials that are used in the construction of this piece, you can expect this full-tower case to be really heavy, especially if you decide to use custom water cooling solutions.
But, from a purely aesthetic standpoint, the Corsair Obsidian 1000D is surely a sight to behold.
3.be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900
One problem with most full-tower cases is that, by design, what you see is what you get. But, there might be some components or things that you just don’t need when you build your PC and that can be a problem from a management standpoint.
If you want a modular full-tower chassis, I can recommend the be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900. It is one of the best modular PC cases out there which means that you can simply remove the things that you do not need to complete your setup.
You have plenty of different color options to choose from, but a lot of people like the black/orange color scheme as it looks unique and amazing.
There are also some addressable RGB LED lighting in the case as well so that you can use it to make your build look even more amazing.
You can choose to orient your motherboard in an inverted position and it supports plenty of radiator sizes, essentially giving you plenty of room to work with.
Best of all, among the full-tower cases on this list, this costs relatively cheaper than the others. At $250, its modularity and its aesthetics make this quite an appealing choice for many system builders.
4.Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Phanteks is a company that specializes in making standard ATX chassis but they have since dabbled into manufacturing full-tower cases as well.
The Phanteks Enthoo Pro is what I would suggest to people who are looking for a full-tower case that doesn’t break the bank.
It is not as flashy as the other options on this list, but it certainly will do, especially if you are looking for a chassis that provides high airflow.
You have the freedom to place up to a 420mm radiator inside and what’s nice about this thing is that you have cable routing options to choose from for a better overall aesthetic.
If I were to change things up a bit, it would have been nice if the side panel were all tempered glass so that you can really see your dream build in all of its glory.
But, if you do not want to spend too much money on a PC chassis, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro is really something to consider.
5.Thermaltake View 71
If you want to populate your full-tower chassis with a lot of RGB bling, then you must think about getting the Thermaltake View 71.
This thing has tempered glass on all of its corners which means that you can truly showcase what your PC has to offer.
It has plenty of room for customer water cooling and you even have different drive bays if you want to use a lot of SSDs or hard drives.
I know that it is absurd that some companies are already creating RGB power supplies (and Thermaltake is one of them), but if you are thinking about getting one for yourself, then this is the perfect case to build your dream PC in.
6.Cougar Panzer Max
The beauty of large PC cases is that they have plenty of room to be innovative and this next chassis is definitely one of them.
The Cougar Panzer Max is a bit smaller than other full-tower chassis on this list but it certainly has enough room to house multiple graphics cards and has ample radiator support for custom water loops.
There is so much to love about this thing. First, it is quite spacious that you can fit multiple graphics cards on this without any problems.
You can put as many as eight different fans and the beauty of this thing is that you have plenty of rubber grommets for better cable management.
Its tool-less design allows you to quickly open this thing and tinker with whatever components are amiss, so you do not have to scour to find the right tools for the job.
At the top, you will find some convenient handles so that you can easily transport this thing wherever you need to go.
I was wary about this implementation since building a full system with all of the bells and whistles will make this thing go quite heavy, but I am surprised that you can actually carry this chassis using the handles with no worries at all. It is sturdy enough to handle the weight of any system build.
This case also focuses on amazing airflow which is something to consider if you are thinking of putting a lot of really hot components into your PC.
One nifty thing that this chassis has is a headphone hook located at the front. This is more of a convenience thing, though if you do not like to use it, you can remove it if you want.
7.Thermaltake Tower 900
For people that want to pattern their builds after game consoles such as the up and coming Xbox Series X, the Thermaltake Tower 900 is for you.
This is a full-tower chassis but instead of the usual horizontal layout that you can find on most PC cases, this thing actually rises up vertically.
Despite how this thing looks, you can actually still build your dream PC on this thing because it can house even the biggest components out there. In fact, you can even fit two 360mm radiators inside without any issues, though you can only fit one 420mm custom water cooling system if you are thinking of using that.
The front panel is about 80% tempered glass which is a nice thing since you can marvel at your build in all of its glory.
Its built-in rubber grommets ensure that there will be no issues with cable management. If you want a rather clean system build, this is the one that you should get.
There is also some modularity here which means that you can remove some of the drive bays if you are not using them, as well as some parts of the case that are not in use.
This thing is surprisingly heavy though and it might not be ideal to move this thing around often. But, if you want an aesthetically pleasing build, the Thermaltake Tower 900 is a good option to take.
Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500
Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.
Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.
Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively.
Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.
The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.
Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.
It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.
I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.
The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.
For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.
The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.
The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.
You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.
Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.
However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.
It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.
I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.
Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.
Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.
How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.
It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.
This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.
With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.
The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.
Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.
Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.
HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.
In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.
Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.
I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.
Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.
There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.
This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup.
While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.
All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.
The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.
There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.
Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.
That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.
I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.
Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.
As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.
Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.
Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.
There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.
Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.
The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.
Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.
For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.
I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.
I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.
Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.
Best VR Headsets in 2020- Experience the Thrill of Virtual Reality Gaming
A lot of people have said that the interest in virtual reality gaming has waned and although there is some truth to that, I think that the interest in this industry is just going to get better for the years to come.
Today, I am going to go over some of the best VR headsets in 2020. So, if you’re interested to feel the thrill of virtual reality gaming, then read ahead to find out my recommendations.
Back then, there was a huge interest in VR. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be immersed in the games that you play?
Unfortunately, it was quite challenging to make virtual reality work, at least, for the hardware that was available at the time.
The good thing is that the components that you can get today are so powerful that I think the interest in virtual reality, as a whole, will just increase further and further.
Keep in mind that not all VR headsets are created equal. There are standalone VR headsets that do not require any cables to be plugged into a game console or a computer, while there are those that would need to be tethered to a machine to get things started.
It is also worth noting that while there are so many inexpensive options out there, if you want the best possible experience, you will need to prepare yourself to spend quite a lot of money as those that are considered worthwhile investments are, well, investments.
They may not be cheap but rest assured that the headsets that I am going to be recommending to you are all worth it.
Best VR Headsets in 2020
If you want the best of the best without taking into consideration the cost, the Valve Index is one VR headset that is considered a worthwhile investment.
It has got everything that you can ask for in a virtual reality headset. It has a pretty nice AMOLED display with a resolution of 2880 x 1600. It has a refresh rate of 120Hz for a smooth and immersive gaming experience. And, it can be connected using a Displayport to your gaming PC as well.
The headset is also quite comfortable thanks to the choice of materials that are used in the construction of this product. I have to say that the weight distribution is also superb since you will never feel that the VR headset is on your noggin even if you are using it for hours and hours.
This thing has excellent per-finger tracking and its audio output is definitely something that is worth noting as well.
Seriously, the only issue here is that the price is over $1,500. If you are willing to spend this much, I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with the Valve Index.
2.HTC Vive Cosmos Elite
The second iteration of products usually fix the issues that were present in the first version and that is what the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is trying to achieve.
In this new version, you are getting a much higher resolution display at 2880 x 1700 and the screen has a refresh rate of 90Hz as well.
You could say that it is nearly identical to the original version except that the different faceplate means that you are sacrificing inside-out tracking for a much-improved accuracy across the board.
This headset was introduced mainly as a means for people to enjoy Half-Life: Alyx, but with the free annual subscription to the HTC Viveport, the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is one that you should consider getting, especially now since the price has dropped considerably.
3.Oculus Rift S
The Oculus Rift S is certainly one of the best VR headsets on the market mainly because it is one of the most comfortable out there and its vast library of games (via the Oculus Store) makes it even more appealing to the average consumer.
I love the fact that its touch controllers provide an even more immersive experience thanks to its touch response and haptic feedback.
Its display resolution is 1280 x 1440 and while it is lower than the previous VR headsets, it is quite okay in most of the games that you can play in Oculus’ portfolio. And oh, the screen also has an 80Hz refresh rate as well.
One of the things that will really entice people to get this one is its impressive library of games. Some of the most popular titles include Job Simulator, Beat Saber, and a whole host of others.
The only thing that you need to take note of here is that you will need to have a pretty powerful PC for this one to work flawlessly. I suggest that you start investing in a powerful processor, as well as a high-end graphics card that can handle the graphical load.
To me, this is the one to get for most people, especially considering that its price won’t break the bank.
Considered as one of Windows’ Mixed Reality headsets, do not be fooled as this is still a bonafide VR headset at the end of the day. The only reason why it is included in the product stack is that Microsoft originally wanted to incorporate the HoloLens into this thing, but the project was canceled at the last minute.
Anyway, this headset has an AMOLED display with a rich pixel density and a resolution of 2880 x 1600 and a screen refresh rate of 90Hz.
If you do not want to experience the dreaded ‘screen-door’ effect that is usually present in most VR headsets, then this is the one that you should get. The reason why it can prevent such a thing is that Samsung makes use of a proprietary technology that will make the screen-door effect virtually non-existent.
It should also go without saying that the Samsung Odyssey+ also has excellent inside-out tracking as well.
If you just want to experience virtual reality gaming and you do not want to spend hundreds of dollars just to get a really good headset, then the Oculus Go is for you.
Unlike other VR headsets that require you to have them connected either to the PC or on game consoles, the Oculus Go is actually a standalone product, which means that it can handle things on its own.
It is equipped with a Snapdragon 821 chipset and its 2560 x 1440 resolution LCD display is quite good enough in most cases.
Since Facebook has bought the rights to Oculus, that means that you can virtually use the headset in any VR application that you can find. Perhaps getting immersed inside the Oculus Rooms app is a good start?
If you own a Playstation console and you want to use that as a means of experiencing virtual reality gaming, then I highly recommend that you check the Playstation VR headset out.
It currently supports the Playstation 4 and Playstation 4 Pro, but according to Sony’s representatives, this particular headset will also support the new Playstation 5 as well.
Anyway, you have a fairly massive library of games to choose from. Some of the most notable ones are Batman: Arkham VR, Star Wars Battlefront: Rogue One X-Wing Mission, and so much more.
It doesn’t quite deliver the experience much the same as the Valve Index or Oculus Rift S mentioned above, but in most cases, it should be more than adequate for most users.
The good thing is that you not only have the ability to use this thing in games but if you want to get an immersive experience while watching some Blu-ray content, then you are okay to do that too.
I think that Sony will be releasing the second version of this headset a few months after the release of its upcoming game console, but if you cannot wait, then the Playstation VR headset is really good, especially for the price.
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