Computer cases are actually also called ‘case,’ ‘base unit,’ ‘system unit,’ ‘tower,’ and ‘computer chassis.’ They refer to the enclosures which mostly hold all the computer hardware components such as the hard drive, RAM, CPU, motherboard and DVD drive except the mouse, keyboard and display. Ordinarily, the computer cases are made of aluminum or steel. Sometimes, they are also made of plastic and some materials like wood, glass and at times Lego blocks are used in cases which are home-built. Computer cases have different models and sizes to choose from which are suitable to a particular build including preferences for customization and convenience. The types of computer cases vary in their designs, shapes, colors, materials or the clear acrylic types. Oftentimes you may hear terms related to computer cases such as ‘minicomputer cases,’ ‘gaming computer cases,’ ‘cheap computer cases,’ ‘aluminum computer cases,’ ‘custom computer cases,’ ‘desktop computer cases,’ ‘full tower computer cases,’ and ‘ATX computer cases.’ The various types of computer cases styles depend on the motherboard’s size and the computer’s role. Some common types of computer cases styles are the rack mounted case, tower case, and the desktop case.
As time goes by, the designs for the computer cases that you can see are becoming more stylish, practical and compact. Now it is usual to encounter various types of computer cases with memory card readers, USB ports and headphone sockets.
Desktop Case-This is one of the types of computer cases which is considered the original. It is rectangular in shape and flat as well. It is usually placed on the desk and the monitor is set on its top. The mouse and the keyboard are placed in front of the case. It is suitable to those working in small spaces.
Full Tower-This is one of the types of computer cases which is suitable for the enthusiasts, power users and cheap servers. It has a wide internal space available for DVD drives, many hard drives and some hardware. It is considered as the largest case of all and is placed on the floors.
Mini Tower- This type is smaller compared to the midi tower type and only has 2 drive bays or just a single drive bay and little internal space that is so limited for expansion.
Midi Tower- This is one of the types of computer cases which has a design considered to be very popular. This type has a large size yet versatile providing upgradability space.
Portable Case- This is one of the types of computer cases which is very portable as its name implies and the lightest.
Shuttle Case-This type is very suitable for small spaces and usually comes only in one basic black color. A shuttle case has the power supply and the motherboard consisting of micro ITX/ATX as well as monitors in touch screen with them.
All in One-This is one of the types of computer cases which is popular at home. Its monitor and computer hardware are combined. This type is slim, compact and smart- looking.