So you’re building a computer. How do you cover it up?
Computer chasses are important. They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. We have to remember that a case is one of the most vital components of a computer, because not only does it protect from the outside world, it also makes sure that heat from the inside dissipates safely.
What are the things to think about when getting a case? If you have a specific kind of motherboard, what kind of specific case should you use? What size do you need when you need to expand your computer further? Let’s see below.
1. Increase width: GPUs
Some GPUs are starting to get wider. They have their own reasons: Some go for aesthetics, some aim to increase their CUDA cores and stream processors. Whatever the GPU you’re using at the moment, it all comes to a specific question: How wide is your GPU cross-wise? The wider the GPU is at that regard, would mean increasing the sideward form-factor of your chassis.
2. Decrease height: Motherboard
While increasing sizes is largely suggested by most computer builders, when it comes to the motherboard, things get nasty. Motherboards have typically only one set of bolt connections. Some bigger cases do not have adaptable bolt holes for these. This means a computer builder will have to use an ATX motherboard with an ATX case, an ITX motherboard with an ITX case, and so on.
3. Increase height: SATA expansion
Gamers and power-users alike are starting to require more disk space. They end up buying more hard drives and SSDs for the job. So naturally, a gamer or a power-user will have to increase the height of their computer case to accommodate for all of the SATA expansions for the job at hand.
4. Decrease Width: PSU
As we tweak all of the parts of the computer inside the chassis, one of the things that end up in question is the power supply unit. The thing about power supply units is that they have to be snug in place in the motherboard. PSU size is not standard: some are smaller than others. This means smaller cases will have to be needed to keep them in place, because they have one of the strongest fans in the computers, and the PSU will end up shaking around a lot if it is not stable.
The case is important in putting together a computer. Let us note that it’s not as simple as saying yes to just about any single one: There are many sizes and form factors to chasses, and there are many sizes with the components inside it as well. Let’s take note of all of these, and we’re sure to have the best computer around for our work.