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Fractal Pop Mini Air RGB Black MicroATX Tempered Glass PC Case

  • mATX/mITX
  • MicroATX Chassis w/ TG Window
  • 3x 120mm RGB Fans
  • USB 3. 0
  • mATX/mITX

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Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L Computer Case

  • USB 3.0, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX, Window Side Panel, Black
  • PATTERNED MAGNETIC DUSTFILTERS
  • MODULAR I/O PANEL

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Cooler Master MasterBox MB311L ARGB

  • Fine Mesh Front Panel
  • Mesh Intakes
  • Dual ARGB Fans
  • Optimized Airflow
  • Tempered Glass Side Panel

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Fractal Design Define 7 Compact Black Solid

  • ATX / mATX / mITX
  • x2 Pre-Installed Fans
  • Industrial sound-damped front, top, and side panels
  • Brushed Aluminium Panels

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Fractal Pop Mini Silent Black MicroATX Tempered Glass PC Case

  • mATX/mITX
  • MicroATX Chassis w/ TG Window
  • 3x 120mm Fans
  • USB 3.0

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CoolerMaster MasterBox NR200P Tempered Glass Micro-ATX PC Gaming Case

  • Mini Tower w/ Tempered Glass Window
  • 2x 120mm Fans
  • USB 3.2 Gen1
  • mITX/mDTX

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CiT Seven RGB Windowed Micro ATX PC Gaming Case

  • MicroATX/Mini-ITX
  • RGB Front Panel
  • Acrylic Window
  • 1x 120mm Fan
  • Radiator Support

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Kolink Inspire Series K6 ARGB Micro-ATX Case – Black

  • Tempered Glass panel
  • Aluminium-look & RGB-LED strip
  • 1x 120mm fan pre-installed
  • 2x 2.5/3.5″- and 1x 2.5″ slot

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Fractal Design Node 804 Black PC Case

  • Highly effective dual chamber case layout for best possible cooling…
  • Minimalistic design with an elegant brushed aluminum front panel…
  • 5 expansion slots

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EX Display Advance L12A Tiny tower for Micro ATX Matt Black

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EXDISPLAY Advance L12A Tiny tower for Micro ATX Matt Black

  • Micro ATX
  • x 2 USB 2.0 X 2 USB 3.0
  • x 1 Pre-Installed Fan
  • Compatible with TFX / SFX PSU

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Asus Prime AP201 Gaming Tempered Glass Window Micro ATX Case White

  • Quasi-Filter Mesh Panels
  • Optimized for Cooling
  • Industry-Leading Spatial Efficiency
  • Tool-Free Side Panels
  • Sizeable Cable-Management

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Ex-Display Xenta LP103 Mini PC Case

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Xenta L12B Tiny tower for Micro ATX Matt Black

  • USB2.0 (or USB3.0) x2 type A+ Audio/Mic
  • Micro ATX (244 × 244 mm)
  • SFX Power supply 250W~350W
  • No system Fan, but with a fan duct

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Fractal Pop Mini Silent Black MicroATX PC Case

  • mATX/mITX
  • MicroATX Chassis
  • 3x 120mm Fans
  • USB 3.0

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Cooler Master CASE ITX MasterBox NR200P MAX UK Edition

  • Mini Tower
  • Tampered Glass
  • MINI-ITX, MAX. SIZE: 170 X 180MM
  • Black/Grey

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EXDISPLAY CIT S503 2 x USB 2.0 2 x USB 3.0 Micro ATX Desktop Case

  • Form Factor: Desktop, Micro ATX
  • Motherboard Support: Micro ATX, Mini ITX
  • Expansion Slots: 4 x Half-Height
  • PSU Included: No

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CIT S503 2 x USB 2.0 2 x USB 3.0 Micro ATX Desktop Case

  • 80mm Fan Included
  • Motherboard Support: Micro ATX, Mini ITX
  • Expansion Slots: 4 x Half-Height
  • PSU Included: No
  • Base Provided for Vertical Use

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EXDISPLAY Xenta L8B SFF Case Black

  • MB Support: Micro ATX
  • x 2 USB 2.0
  • 305x280x97mm
  • Compatible with TFX / SFX PSU

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EXDISPLAY Xenta L8B SFF Case Black

  • MB Support: Micro ATX
  • x 2 USB 2.0
  • 305x280x97mm

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Xenta L8B SFF Case Black

  • MB Support: Micro ATX
  • x 2 USB 2.0
  • 305x280x97mm
  • Compatible with TFX / SFX PSU

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EXDISPLAY Fractal Design Focus G Mini Black Window

  • The cornerstone of your PC
  • Showcase your hardware
  • Sophisticated style

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Fractal Design Define Mini C Tower Black

  • Define Series sound dampening
  • Optimised for high airflow
  • Flexible storage options
  • 2 preinstalled Fractal Design Dynamic Fans
  • Equipped with 5 PCI expansion slots

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EXDISPLAY Xenta L8B SFF Case Black

  • MB Support: Micro ATX
  • x 2 USB 2.0
  • 305x280x97mm
  • Compatible with TFX/SFX PSU

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What is a Micro ATX Case?

Sometimes known as mATX, a Micro ATX computer case is a tower case that’s compatible with micro ATX motherboards. A Micro ATX case is smaller in size than full size ATX cases, while still allowing room for graphics cards and additional storage.Our range of Micro ATX cases are designed to house motherboards that match the Micro ATX standard. Due to the small size of Micro ATX motherboards, these cases are compact and discrete, making them ideal for home and entertainment setups. Despite this, these cases can still house most modern hardware, so they are an ideal solution for people wanting a smaller case without compromising on performance.

What is the best Micro ATX Case?

There are plenty of different Micro ATX cases available, but choosing the best one does generally depend on your needs and requirements. We stock Micro ATX cards from a number of trusted brands, including Thermaltake, Corsair, Fractal and CoolerMaster.

Can you fit an ATX power supply in a micro ATX case?

Yes, you can fit an ATX power supply unit (PSU) into a micro ATX case. The majority of Micro ATX motherboards use the same power connectors as ATX motherboards, so you won’t have a problem fitting an ATX PSU into a Micro ATX case.

Our Top Picks & Buyer’s Guide 2023

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Building a compact yet powerful PC often starts with choosing the right case, and Micro ATX cases are perfect for this job. Offering a balance between size, flexibility, and functionality, Micro ATX cases are a popular choice among PC enthusiasts who want to save on space without compromising performance.

We’ve compiled a list of top-notch options to help you build the perfect compact PC. From cases optimized for airflow and cooling to those designed for silence or aesthetics, we have got you covered. Our selections are based on design, build quality, cooling options, ease of installation, and, of course, value for money.

Whether you’re a first-time builder or a seasoned PC veteran, this guide is designed to help you navigate the myriad of choices available in the Micro ATX case market. So let’s dive in and explore some of the best Micro ATX PC cases you can get for your next build.


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Our Top Picks

  • Phanteks EVOLV mATX Case: This spacious and stylish micro tower supports Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX motherboards.
  • Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case: A cube-like microATX case that comes with two Corsair LL120 RGB fans and supports Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards.
  • Fractal Meshify C Micro ATX/Mini ITX Case: This micro tower is visually appealing and provides good airflow and fantastic cable management options.
  • NZXT h310 – Mini-ITX: A stylish mini tower that supports Mini-ITX motherboards and comes with two 120mm Aer F120 fans.
  • Thermaltake Versa h27: This micro tower supports Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards, comes with a 120mm fan and is compatible with AIO cooling.

🏆 Phanteks EVOLV mATX

Phanteks EVOLV mATX

Quick Verdict: The Phanteks EVOLV mATX is a solid choice for users seeking a stylish, spacious, and feature-rich micro ATX case. While it may not be the most budget-friendly option, its premium features and high-quality build justify the cost.

Key Specs
Dimensions (mm) 230 x 400 x 453 (W x D x H)
Material Aluminium, steel, tempered glass
Available colours Black, anthracite grey, silver
Weight 9kg
Front panel Power, 2 x USB 3. 0, headphone, microphone, RGB LED control
Drive bays 2 x 3.5″/2.5″, 2 x 2.5″
Form factor(s) Micro-ATX, mini-ITX
Cooling 2 x 140mm or 3 x 120mm front fan mounts (1 x 140mm fan included), 1 x 140mm/120mm rear fan mount (1 x 140mm fan included), 2 x 140mm/120mm roof fan mounts (fans not included)
CPU cooler clearance 192mm
Maximum graphics card length 319mm
Extras Removable dust filters, RGB LEDs, internal RGB headers, pump bracket

One of the standout features of this case is its aesthetically pleasing look. The sleek tempered glass side panel and unique-looking front panel enhance its overall visual appeal. Despite being compact, the case is spacious, providing ample room for components and facilitating easy assembly.

This case supports Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX motherboards, making it adaptable for various system builds. It also has RGB compatibility, which is a popular feature for users who enjoy customizing their PC’s look.

The EVOLV mATX is designed with cooling in mind. The absence of the 5.25″ drive tray provides extra room for a water-cooling setup, and the case even comes with a pump mounting bracket. Also included are 2 x 140mm fans pre-installed.

Apart from the design and cooling setup, the case also features dust filters for cleanliness and longer component lifespan. It has a hinged tempered glass side panel for easy access to the components.

There are a few cons to note. The case lacks an optical drive bay, which might be an issue for users who still use optical drives. It also lacks a PCI-E pass-through on the PSU shroud. Moreover, the price is on the higher end compared to other mATX cases, which might be a deterrent for budget-conscious buyers.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons
Spacious internal design Lacks an optical drive bay
Stylish and visually pleasing No PCI-E pass-through on PSU shroud
Hinged tempered glass side panel for easy access Might be expensive for some users
Great RGB compatibility
Tailored for water-cooling setups with a pump mounting bracket included
Comes with 2 x 140mm fans pre-installed

🥇 Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case

Corsair Crystal 280X

Quick Verdict: The Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case is a great choice for users seeking a compact, stylish, and performance-oriented case with a unique design and a range of features. While it is a bit pricey and may not offer the best cooling performance, it has many benefits that could outweigh these cons for certain users.

Key Specs
Case Height 350.3mm
Case Length 397.95mm
Case Width 275.5mm
Lighting RGB
Case Form Factor SMALL FORM
Case Motherboard Support Mini-ITX
Case Size NA
Radiator Compatibility 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm
Case Window Tempered Glass
Case Dimensions 398mm x 276mm x 351mm

This case offers a unique cube-like design that stands out from traditional cases. It boasts three sides of tempered glass, which is not only durable but also provides an appealing view of the internal components. Its sleek and compact structure makes it an excellent choice for smaller spaces or for those who prefer a minimalist aesthetic.

Despite its compact size, the Corsair Crystal 280X does not compromise on performance. It comes equipped with two Corsair LL120 RGB fans that contribute to a visually appealing and high-performing cooling system.

A defining feature of this case is its dual-chamber design. This configuration separates components into two sections, reducing clutter and improving airflow. This allows the case to handle high-performance components while maintaining cooler internal temperatures. The case also supports full ATX power supplies and water-cooling setups for further performance enhancement.

In addition to its stylish design and cooling capacity, this case has a lighting controller and supports the installation of an additional 120mm fan on the backside panel for increased airflow, if required.

On the downside, the Corsair Crystal 280X may not provide the best cooling, despite its design. This is something to consider for users planning to run high-end, heat-generating components. Additionally, the case is considered pricey for its size. However, the inclusion of high-quality Corsair fans and its unique features may justify the cost for some users.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons
Unique cube-like design Could offer better cooling
Sleek and compact structure Considered pricey for its size
Three sides of tempered glass
Comes with 2 x Corsair LL120 RGB fans
Dual-chamber design improves airflow
Supports water cooling
Additional 120mm fan can be installed

🥇 Fractal Meshify C Micro ATX/Mini ITX Case

Fractal Meshify C

Quick Verdict: The Fractal Meshify C Micro ATX/Mini ITX Case is a great value for money. It balances aesthetics, performance, cooling, and easy assembly in a compact and affordable package. If you are on a budget but don’t want to compromise on quality, this case should be a serious contender.

Key Specs
3.5″ or 2.5″ Drive capacity 2
Dedicated 2.5″ drive capacity 3
Expansion slots 5
Front ports 2x USB 3.0, Audio I/O, Power button, Reset button
Total fan mounts 7
Front fan 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm (1x Dynamic X2 GP-12 included)
Top fan 2x 120/140mm
Rear fan 1x 120mm (1x Dynamic X2 GP-12 included)
Bottom fan 1x 120mm
Dust filters Bottom fan + PSU, Front fans, Top fans
Cable routing grommets Yes
Fixed velcro straps Yes
Captive thumbscrews Both side panels, SSD brackets
Left side panel Tempered glass panel
Right side panel Steel

The Meshify C features a visually pleasing design that doesn’t compromise on functionality. Its streamlined and compact design, along with a simple yet attractive aesthetic, make it a fantastic choice for any build.

This case supports Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX motherboards, providing flexibility for a variety of system builds.

One of the standout features of this case is its fantastic airflow. Designed with ventilation and high airflow in mind, this case ensures that your components will remain cool even under heavy load.

The case comes with two pre-installed Dynamic X2 GP-12 fans that work flawlessly. It offers great cable management options, making it builder-friendly. Additionally, the spacious interior enhances the airflow and helps keep your components cool. Storage is well thought out in this compact case, with the ability to mount 3 x 2.5″ SSDs and 2 x 3.5″ hard drives.

Despite its many pros, it’s important to note that this case doesn’t come with any major cons listed in the article. However, users might want to replace the pre-installed fans if they prefer a quieter operation.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons
Visually attractive design Some may find the preinstalled fans a bit noisy
Fantastic cable management options
Excellent airflow for efficient cooling
Great value for money
Comes with two pre-installed fans
Can mount multiple SSDs and HDDs

🥇 NZXT h310 – Mini-ITX

NZXT h310

Quick Verdict: The NZXT h310 is a fantastic Mini-ITX case that offers strong performance, excellent cooling options, and a stylish design. It strikes a balance between size and functionality, offering the capacity to build a high-performance system in a compact package.

Key Specs
Dimensions
Height 349mm / 13.7 inches
Width 210mm / 8.3 inches
Depth 372mm / 14. 6 inches
Weight 5.9 kg / 13 lb
COMPATIBILITY & CLEARANCE
Max CPU Cooler Clearance 165mm
Max GPU Clearance 265 – 325mm
Max GPU Thickness 44mm
Front Fan & Radiator Clearance 85mm
Cable Management 16.3mm
FRONT I/O PORTS
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 1
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C 1
Headset Audio Jack 1
EXPANSION SLOTS
Standard 2
Vertical 0
DRIVE BAYS
2.5″ 3+1
3.5″ 1

NZXT’s stylish design is a clear standout in the h310 model. Available in a variety of colors, this mini-tower case delivers a sleek and modern aesthetic that complements any desktop setup. Its tempered glass and steel construction enhances its overall look and durability.

Don’t let its compact size fool you. The h310 packs a punch when it comes to performance. Despite being designed for Mini-ITX motherboards, it offers ample room for high-end components and cooling configurations, making it an ideal choice for power users with space constraints.

The case supports water-cooling configurations, allowing you to optimize cooling for high-performance components. Additionally, the case has numerous fan options, allowing for greater flexibility in cooling setups. It comes with a pre-installed rear fan and offers options to fit additional fans in the front and roof.

The h310 has excellent cable management features, making it easier to assemble and maintain a neat and organized build. Its compact size does not hinder its capability to support robust builds.

One of the potential downsides to the h310 is the noise level. Some users may find this case a bit noisy, particularly when pushing their systems to the limit. Additionally, the price point may be a bit high for a Mini-ITX case, but the features and performance offered can justify the cost for many users.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons
Stylish and modern design Some users find it a bit noisy
Good airflow for a mini tower Price may be considered high for a Mini-ITX case
Supports water-cooling configurations
Excellent cable management features
Comes with pre-installed fans
Compact yet supports robust builds

🥇 Thermaltake Versa h27

Thermaltake Versa h27

Quick Verdict: The Thermaltake Versa h27 is an excellent case that offers good value for money. Despite minor drawbacks, its appealing design, ease of build, and compatibility with cooling options make it a strong contender in the Micro-ATX case category.

Key Specs
CASE TYPE Micro Case
DIMENSION (H X W X D) 398mm(H) x 205mm(W) x 438mm(D)
NET WEIGHT 4. 5 kg / 9.92 lb
SIDE PANEL No Window
COLOR Exterior & Interior: Black
MATERIAL SPCC
COOLING SYSTEM Rear (exhaust): 120 x 120 x 25mm fan (1000rpm, 16dBA)
DRIVE BAYS – ACCESSIBLE
– HIDDEN
2 x 2.5″
2 x 3.5″
EXPANSION SLOTS 4
MOTHERBOARDS 6.7″ x 6.7″ (Mini ITX)
9.6″ x 9.6″ (Micro ATX)
I/O PORT USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1
PSU Standard PS2 PSU (optional)

The Versa h27 maintains the boxy design style of other Thermaltake Versa models but features a sleek, brushed aluminum front panel, contributing to its aesthetic appeal. It also comes in versions with a tempered glass side panel or an acrylic side panel, offering you variety in terms of aesthetics.

The case is compatible with both Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards, giving you flexibility in choosing your components.

The case comes with one pre-installed 120mm exhaust fan, with the option to install additional fans in the front and roof for improved airflow. It even supports a 280mm radiator on the front, making it AIO cooling compatible.

The Versa h27 has easy-to-manage cable cut-outs and a PSU shroud that aids in cable management. It offers support for 2 x 2.5″ drives and 2 x 3.5″ drives which can be mounted to the motherboard tray. The case has ample clearance inside for a PSU of up to 220mm, a GPU of 350mm, and a CPU cooler of 155mm in height.

While the case offers numerous benefits, one downside is that the airflow could be slightly limited, and it only comes with one pre-installed fan. These issues can potentially be mitigated by adding more fans.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons
Basic, yet appealing case design Airflow could be slightly limited
Very good value for money Only one included fan
AIO cooling compatible
Easy to manage cables
Ample clearance for components

Micro ATX Case Buyer’s Guide

When it comes to building a PC, choosing the right case is just as important as selecting the right components. A MicroATX PC case is an excellent choice for those looking to build a powerful PC without taking up too much space. In this article, we will take a closer look at MicroATX PC cases, their benefits, and how they compare to other PC case sizes.

What Is a MicroATX PC Case?

A MicroATX PC case is a computer case designed specifically for MicroATX motherboards. These motherboards are smaller compared to traditional ATX motherboards, which is why MicroATX cases are also smaller in size. The compact design of MicroATX cases makes them a popular choice for small form factor PCs. They take up less desk space and are easier to move around.

MicroATX cases come in different shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they are designed to accommodate MicroATX motherboards. They typically have a smaller number of expansion slots compared to ATX cases, but they still offer enough space to build a high-performance PC.

Benefits of Using a MicroATX PC Case

There are several benefits to using a MicroATX PC case. The most significant advantage is that it allows you to build a powerful PC without taking up too much space. MicroATX cases are perfect for those who want a high-performance PC but have limited desk space. They are also ideal for LAN parties or when switching offices since they are easy to move around.

In addition to the space-saving design, MicroATX cases tend to be more affordable compared to their larger ATX counterparts. This is because they require fewer materials to manufacture, which translates to lower production costs. This makes MicroATX cases an excellent choice for those on a budget.

MicroATX vs. Other PC Case Sizes

MicroATX cases are smaller than ATX cases but larger than Mini-ITX cases. The key difference between MicroATX cases and Mini-ITX cases is the number of expansion slots. Mini-ITX cases only have one expansion slot, making them unsuitable for high-performance PCs. MicroATX cases, on the other hand, offer more expansion slots, making them a better choice for those who want to build a powerful PC.

ATX cases, on the other hand, are larger and can accommodate several expansion slots. This makes them an excellent choice for those who want to build a PC with multiple graphics cards or other expansion cards. However, ATX cases take up more desk space and can be challenging to move around, which is why MicroATX cases are a popular choice for those who want a balance between performance and portability.

The Difference Between PC Case Sizes: All Sizes Explained


Compatibility and Hardware Considerations

When it comes to building a PC, choosing the right case is just as important as selecting the right components. A MicroATX case is an excellent choice for those who want a compact and affordable build without sacrificing too much performance. However, before you buy a MicroATX case, there are some compatibility and hardware considerations to keep in mind.

Motherboard Compatibility

As mentioned earlier, MicroATX motherboards come in different sizes, and not all cases will fit all motherboards. It is essential to check the dimensions of your motherboard and compare them with the dimensions of the case you plan to buy. If the case is too small, you may not be able to install your motherboard, and if it’s too large, your components may rattle around inside the case.

It’s also worth noting that some MicroATX cases may have limited expansion options. For example, some cases may only have one PCIe slot, which means that you won’t be able to install additional expansion cards like sound cards or Wi-Fi cards. If you plan on using multiple expansion cards, make sure the case you choose has enough slots to accommodate your needs.

Graphics Card Length

The length of your graphics card is another critical consideration when choosing a MicroATX case. Some high-end graphics cards can be quite long, and not all cases can accommodate them. Before purchasing a case, check the maximum graphics card length that it can take. If you plan on using multiple graphics cards, make sure the case has enough GPU slots to accommodate your needs.

It’s also worth mentioning that some graphics cards require additional power connectors. Make sure the case you choose has enough clearance for the connectors and that your power supply unit (PSU) has the necessary connectors to power your graphics card.

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CPU Cooler Height

The height of your CPU cooler is another crucial consideration when choosing a MicroATX case. Some cases have limited CPU cooler clearance, which means that installing a high-end cooler may be challenging. Make sure you check the maximum CPU cooler height before buying a case. If you’re planning on overclocking your CPU, you’ll need a high-end cooler, so make sure the case you choose can accommodate it.

Power Supply Unit (PSU) Compatibility

Finally, you need to ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) is compatible with the case. MicroATX cases usually accommodate standard ATX PSUs, but it is always best to check before purchasing. Make sure the case has enough clearance for your PSU and that the PSU has the necessary connectors to power your components.


Conclusion

Choosing a MicroATX PC case can make a big difference in your PC building experience. A well-designed case can provide ample space for your components, efficient cooling, and cable management. Before buying a MicroATX case, ensure that it is compatible with your motherboard and meets your hardware requirements. With the right MicroATX case, you can build a powerful PC that you can easily move around and enjoy for years to come.


Micro ATX FAQs

Is a Micro ATX case worth it?

Absolutely. Micro ATX cases are a perfect blend of compactness and functionality. They offer more than enough space for high-end components, provide decent cooling options, and are easier to fit into small spaces or carry to LAN parties. So, if you want a balance between size and performance, a Micro ATX case is definitely worth considering.

Can I use an ATX case for Micro ATX?

Yes, you can. Micro ATX motherboards have the same mounting points as full-size ATX motherboards and can fit into standard ATX cases. This allows for more flexibility and space for additional components. However, keep in mind that using a larger case may eliminate some of the benefits of going with a Micro ATX build, such as compactness.

What is a Micro ATX case?

A Micro ATX case is a computer case designed to house a Micro ATX (mATX) motherboard, which is a standard size for motherboards. Micro ATX cases are smaller than standard ATX cases, making them a popular choice for smaller, more compact builds that still offer solid performance.

Why is Micro ATX cheaper?

Micro ATX motherboards and cases are often cheaper than their full-size counterparts because they have fewer expansion slots and less complex circuitry, which reduces manufacturing costs. However, they still offer enough functionality for most users, making them a cost-effective choice for many builders.

Is a Micro ATX good for gaming?

Yes, a Micro ATX can be a great choice for gaming.