For the ultimate gaming machine the full tower ATX case has become the weapon of choice, though evidently not for its portability or value.
Rather gamers with high-end systems are turning to the full tower ATX form factor simply so they can comfortably fit all their extreme hardware. With flagship GeForce and Radeon graphics cards now measuring over 9" long (23cm) typical mid-size cases are no longer sufficient.
Furthermore, cooling has grown considerably in size and now takes up a fair amount of real estate whether it is an air-cooler or a more complex water-cooled system. Then we have those 800w-plus power supplies that are also much longer and again require more room. Add to that the necessary cabling that needs to be tucked away for neatness and optimal functional inside.
Luckily there is an ample range of options available to gamers when it comes to picking a full tower ATX case, though as we have found, it pays to choose wisely. Not so long ago we checked out the NZXT Khaos, a new full tower ATX case constructed entirely from aluminum. Unfortunately the case itself was far from perfect and with a price tag of $400 we were left quite speechless (in a bad way).
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