Mid Tower Gaming Case Comparison Assignment

With hundreds of mid-tower cases to choose from, picking the perfect enclosure for your build can be tricky. This is why cases with modular parts can be great since they fulfil the needs of a wide range of builds from entry level all the way to custom water cooled. And when it comes to modularity, Cooler Master’s MaterCase series is in a class of its own.

The MasterCase 5 is our ideal mid-range pick because of its great baseline capabilities and its even better upgradeability. Modular drive cages and optical bays are nothing new when it comes to PC cases, but Cooler Master took it one step further with the inclusion of external expansion pieces. The MasterCase 5 in its standard form comes with two handles at the top which make it very convenient for LAN party transportation.

Optionally, you can purchase a top cover kit that runs between the handles to increase the top clearance to support a 240mm or 280mm radiator. Without the kit, the basic MasterCase 5 will still support a 140mm radiator in the rear or a 280mm radiator in the front. Other modular upgrades include side panels, a front cover, LED lighting strip and fan hub.

Building in the MasterCase 5 was very easy and intuitive. Cooler Master’s FreeForm system lets you easily remove the optical drive bay and use just how many hard drive cages you need. With two 2.5” SSD mounts above the power supply partition as well as behind the motherboard, we were actually able to remove the ODD and HDD bays altogether. 

Even with the hard drive cage installed in the case, you still have plenty of space for water cooling in the front. Sturdy rubber grommets and cable routing channels also make it easy to keep the case nice and clean. Although the MasterCase 5 includes a bracket to make power supply installation easier, we found it a bit cramped under the partition while using a non-modular PSU. A removable partition would’ve made power supply installation and cable management much easier here. 

The case has nearly an inch of clearance behind the motherboard tray, making all other cable routing and managing a breeze. Cooler Master also included three large cable straps on the backside to keep things tidy. While the straps are helpful for most cables, it would’ve been nice to see some more zip tie points to make things even cleaner.

In addition to its ease of use, the MasterCase 5 also performs exceptionally well in the cooling department. With just the two pre-installed fans, the case pushes quite a bit of air and maintains a cool ambient temperature thanks to the fully meshed intake and spacious interior. Dust filters included in the top front and bottom also make cleaning the case easy.

Although it has an MSRP of $109.99, the MasterCase 5 has been available for a little while now and frequently retails for around $95. This may be more than what most PC gamers hope to spend on a case, but the upgradability means the MasterCase can be used with several builds in the future. It’s this versatility and future proofing that makes the case our top choice for the mid-range.

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