Chances are that you have already gathered all the top-notch components including that super-fast processor, RAM, SSD, AIO cooler and that powerful graphics card, and all that you will need to build your gaming PC. Now to finish building your PC and put everything together, all you need is a PC case. If you want the best looking system then you might want to switch out your old PC case for a Clear PC Case.
You want to show off all that sweet stuff inside your gaming PC right? Well, manufacturers like Corsair, Thermaltake, and many others have got you covered with their transparent computer cases. Here is a complete list of our picks for the best clear gaming pc case.
My Choices for the Best Clear PC Case
Thermaltake Core P3 ATX
If you want to expand your potential as a modder them the Thermaltake Core P3 ATX might just be the right choice for you. The revolutionary open-frame design of the chassis of the Thermaltake Core P3 ATX is a thing of beauty to look at.
Most transparent open PC cases are notorious for overheating but thanks to the water cooling support on the Core P3 you can hook your system up with an AIO water cooling system to keep your PC up and running at optimal temperatures without harming your components due to overheating.
As a tech geek myself I can genuinely say that PC building enthusiasts will make the most out of the Thermaltake Core P3 ATX since it provides you with dozens and dozens of customization options and lets you modify every inch of your computer system and that too with quite the ease.
Protecting the open frame design of the clear case is an Acrylic glass panel and sitting behind is the frame of the chassis where you can fix your motherboard. The frame is built explicitly for an ATX sized motherboard which means that you can easily fit in a full-size ATX motherboard or a smaller motherboard like an mATX inside this baby.
The frame is designed to support all the latest generation hardware and motherboards from most manufacturers and supports liquid coolers and offers enough space to accommodate a dual graphics card setup such as Nvidia SLI or AMD CrossFire. Another great feature about the case is the fact that it has a 3-way placement layout that lets you place the cabinet horizontally, vertically, and even on a wall.
Following DMD or a Dismantlable Modular Design, the Thermaltake Core P3 enables the user to build the cabinet from scratch from the provided panels, brackets, and racks without the hassle of using a screwdriver to screw in those annoying little pieces of metal. Assembling the case is just as easy as disassembling it with the complete toolless design.
The cabinet features a specially designed mounting array to support up to two pairs of 140 mm or 120 mm fans or radiators for the ultimate cooling performance. You also have the ability to mount 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs instead of installing radiators.
For even more convenience the case offers two more drive trays in the back panel along with about 45 mm of space for clean cable management. The Thermaltake Core P3 ATX is no doubt an amazing choice for a clear acrylic pc case and for the price it is an excellent option for your dream build.
- Features a Dismantlable Modular Design for easy hassle-free installation.
- 45 mm back panel space for cable management.
- Follows a 3-Way Placement Layout to keep your case in the way you like.
- Supports AIO water cooling solutions.
Thermaltake Core P5
The Thermaltake Core P5 is bound to take the aesthetics of your gaming setup to a whole nother level. Introducing another open frame chassis design, the Core P5 is fully modular and is very easy to set up and install. Just like the Thermaltake Core P3 ATX, the Core P5 also supports a 3-way placement layout. You can mount it on the wall or place it vertically or you can go with horizontal placement.
The chassis is large enough to accommodate any ATX sized motherboard which means you can also install a smaller motherboard inside the cabinet. Other than that, the clear case also has dual GPU placement locations and also supports vertical and horizontal placement positions for liquid cooling solutions.
No matter from which angle you look at it, the Core P5 looks gorgeous in every way. Featuring a huge acrylic glass window to protect the components as well as show off those beautiful RGB lights and powerful little components inside your gaming PC, the cabinet is arguably the best clear acrylic pc gaming case this far on this list.
I, personally had a lot of fun modding this case out. It is an excellent option for modders and gamers who like to design and modify their own build to make their PC their own unique one. A PC cabinet without good airflow and cooling capabilities is simply a bad PC cabinet but fortunately, the Thermaltake Core P5 performs flawlessly in that department.
With support for multiple 140 mm cooling fans and a full 480 mm AIO liquid cooling system, the case is guaranteed to keep your PC cool while showcasing its full modding potential along with providing that visual satisfaction.
The cabinet comes with a standard riser cable and also sports a special design bracket that allows you to show off your graphics card and PSU. Apart from supporting an ATX motherboard, the cabinet allows you to place your PSU vertically for ITX builds. As far as color options go, the clear case comes in two different color variants- black and green.
- Wall mountable chassis with 3-way placement.
- Excellent modding capabilities with a modular design.
- Supports AIO water cooling systems.
- Ample space for easy cable management.
Best Acrylic – Zalman S2 Atx Mid Tower Computer PC Case
Unlike the previous two clear PC cabinets, the Zalman S2 Atx Case is more like your traditional gaming PC case but featuring a larger window for more exposure. It does not feature the open-frame design like the Thermaltake Core P5 and P3 but do not let the simplicity of this case scare you since it offers way more than you pay for.
Right out of the box, you can find a preinstalled rear-fan attached to a beautifully designed PC case. The Zalman S2 Atx Mid Tower features a front grill and a dust filter placed at the bottom to protect the components inside from dust and dirt. The top panel also features a large magnetic dust filter measuring about 147 mm x 268 mm.
The front panel comes with multiple fan mounts and is capable of accomodating up to a trio of 120 mm radiator cooling fans for maximum airflow inside. Including the rear pre-installed 120 mm cooling fan, the entire thing can hold up to 8 cooling fans. The top panel of the cabinet supports a dual 120 mm fan setup.
This cabinet is a great option for beginners and the ones who are building a PC for the first time. The case supports motherboards of almost all sizes including a full ATX sized one, mATX, and even mini-ITX. Capable of holding a graphics card with a length of up to 330 mm and a 156 mm CPU cooler, the Zalman S2 provides some great expandability options.
Featuring 2 drive mounts for your 2.5-inch SSDs and 3.5-inch HDDs and 2 other dedicated mounts for just SSDs, the cabinet has got you all covered for installing your storage solutions. The cabinet also sports a full-size acrylic glass panel so that you can flaunt the inside of your system.
The top part near the front panel houses the entire input and output panel which includes a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, the power button, the reset button, and the headphone and microphone jacks.
- Capable of supporting up to 7 PCI-e slots.
- Full-size side acrylic glass panel.
- Sports a bottom and a top magnetic dust filter.
- Comes with multiple 120 mm fan mounts and drive mounts.
MUSETEX Phantom Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
The fourth entry into our list of the clear computer tower is the MUSETEX Phantom Black ATX Mid-Tower Case which is quite amazing for what it provides. If you are looking for the perfect balance between features, looks, and price then you should definitely consider the case as an option and probably invest in it.
Featuring a professional detailed design with a complete metal mesh panel on both the right and left side of the cabinet and a honeycomb design in the front air panel, the MUSETEX Phantom Black ATX Mid-Tower Case is an unbelievable performer in terms of air intake and airflow. The mesh design also helps prevent dust from entering the inside of your system thereby keeping it neat and tidy.
As far as accommodation goes, the CPU case can easily handle full-size graphics cards of lengths of up to 280 mm and a CPU cooler with a maximum height of 160 mm. Large enough to handle an E-ATX sized motherboard, the case can hold ATX, mATX as well as mini-ITX motherboards inside it.
Next up is the storage facility the MUSETEX Phantom Black provides. The case offers multiple internal drive trays including a total of 6 bays for installing up to 3 hard disk drives and 3 solid-state drives which are enough for any gaming PC.
The back panel of the CPU case is well equipped with cable routing spaces and cable straps for clean and simple cable management since you would never want your dream gaming build to look like crap. As far as airflow and cooling are concerned, this case manages to do great in that particular area too since it is not only available in multiple variants with multiple pre-installed fans but can support all the way up to a total of 6 cooling fans- 2 in the top panel, 3 in the front panel and a single one at the rear panel.
The included fans are all RGB and the colors can be changed with a single press of the dedicated lighting button on this case. The top and the bottom panels are equipped with magnetic dust filters too. Inside the CPU case, you can find the MUSETEX controller which comes really handy if you are going to use components with RGB lighting in them. You can control multiple lighting modes via the controller and the included RGB fans are capable of displaying multiple colors by splitting them into two different light loops.
- Equipped with dust filters in the bottom and top panel.
- Capable of supporting up to 6 cooling fans.
- Comes with a MUSETEX controller for easier RGB lighting management.
- The back panel features cable routing space and straps for cable management.
Best Micro ATX Case – Thermaltake Level 20 VT
Seems like most of the list is full of Thermaltake cases which is not surprising since Thermaltake as a PC case manufacturing company offers its consumers some of the best CPU cases which are well equipped with tons of features and modding capabilities and that too at just the right price.
The Thermaltake Level 20 VT is a great choice for gamers who like to take their gaming setup for LAN parties. The CPU case is one of the firsts to represent the lineup of Thermaltake Premium products and represents the 20th year of Thermaltake’s service to its consumers.
The clear case is specifically built for accommodating a micro-ATX form factor motherboard and proves that small cases can pack a lot of power too. Featuring a pre-installed 200 mm radiator fan at the front panel, the Level 20 VT also supports liquid cooling solutions which means that the PC case has got you all covered for airflow and cooling.
The chassis exhibits a very unique chamber design with 4 mm tempered glass panels enclosing all four sides along with interchangeable panels. All the panels do have dust filters for keeping your system cleaner. The chamber design with the flat tray for holding the motherboard allows you to easily manage the cables keep them out of sight and instead flaunt your rig and that beautifully lit AIO water cooler if you intend to install one.
Supporting CPU coolers with heights of up to 185 mm, and graphics cards with lengths of up to 350 mm, you get enough space to fit in whatever you like inside your system. The space for the PSU is also large enough to hold a 200 mm power supply inside it.
The Thermaltake Level 20 VT Chassis supports up to a single pair of 240 mm radiators in the top panel when placed side by side. You can also switch out that pair for a single 280 mm radiator instead. The upper chamber of the case houses the PCI-e components and the motherboard while the lower one holds the PSU and 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SSDs and HDDs.
- Supports liquid cooling solutions.
- Chamber design with multiple removable drive bays.
- Features four 4 mm glass panels on all four sides.
- Multiple fan mounts with pre-installed 200 mm front fan.
Thermaltake Core P1 (Mini ITX)
The final entry into this list is also a product from Thermaltake and this one is the Core P1 specifically built for mini-ITX builds. Being the smallest case of the Core P series, the CPU case exhibits the same 3-way placement layout as the first two cases on the list.
You get the option to place the case either vertically, or horizontally. You can also mount the case on a wall thanks to the wall mounts on the back of the metal frame. Boasting the open frame design, the clear case looks breathtaking with all the components and RGB lighting installed inside the cabinet.
Housing the components and protecting them is the 5 mm thick tempered glass panel which also lets you show off your expensive components that make your gaming PC powerful. Designed for PC building enthusiasts and modders, the Core P1 is the best clear gaming pc case that you can get for your mini-ITX builds.
Even with the low-profile design and ITX form factor, the cabinet manages to house a full-size AIO liquid cooling system inside it. The enlarged window design displays all the internal parts and is guaranteed to offer the most beautiful panoramic view of your PC.
Like all the Core P series cases from Thermaltake, the Core P1 also exhibits a Dismantlable Modular Design which allows the consumers to build the entire PC case themselves using the brackets, racks, panels, and trays provided inside the box making this the ultimate case for modders. The tool-less design comes in handy since you do not require anything to set up your PC case.
- Exhibits a Dismantlable Modular Design.
- Comes in an ITX form factor for the most compact builds.
- Supports AIO liquid coolers.
- Features a 3-way placement layout.
What to look for in a Clear Computer Case
There are way too many things to look out for when you are buying a PC case but when it is about a clear gaming pc case, the main factor is the aesthetics and design of it. To makes things easier for you, here are the things that I personally think you need to look for when buying a see through PC case for your gaming build.
The 1st thing that you do need to look for is what sized motherboard is the PC case capable of housing. Most gaming PC cases are available in ATX or mATX form factor which means you can install an ATX or mATX sized motherboard inside them. Such cabinets are backward compatible which means such PC cases can also hold smaller motherboards like mini-ITXs.
In case you want a smaller build, then I highly recommend selecting a PC case that is specifically meant for the size of the motherboard that you will be using. Stating the obvious, a larger case will fit more parts and fans while a smaller one will provide you fewer features.
Airflow and Cooling
As I already mentioned, a PC case with bad cooling capabilities is nothing but a disaster and for that, we have a list of best airflow PC cases that you might want to check out.
Make sure your PC case is equipped with enough fan and radiator mounts so that you can keep your system cool during those long intense gaming sessions.
A PC case with liquid cooling support is a must and you want to build a powerful gaming PC. Even if you do not plan to install a liquid cooling system now it is always better to invest in the future.
Acrylic glass PC cases are all about aesthetics. Having one with an RGB controller inside will let you control the lighting profile of your components easily. Glass panel or acrylic panel both are good as long as it fits in your budget. Cases are available in different layouts and designs so snake sure you go for the one that you like the most.
The thing is that most gaming PC cases on the market look like rectangular blocks of metal and some only come with a small window plastic or glass panel that only lets you flaunt some of those internal components and RGB lighting. Apart from performance, aesthetics is the one thing that makes a gaming setup a GAMING setup.
Just as you need to select the correct parts for your PC, selecting the correct PC case for your build is just as important. In this guide, I have tried to list all the ones that might suit everyone’s needs. You are good to go with any one of them but as far as my opinion is concerned, the Thermaltake Level 20 VT takes the cake. With the small mATX form factor and tons of features.