Best airflow PC case in 2024 from Lian Li to Corsair & more

Best airflow PC case in 2024 from Lian Li to Corsair & more
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Written by 

Ben Williams & Kiera Mills

Last updated 

13th May 2024 14:07


The body of your whole set-up is key, and picking out the best airflow PC case is as tough a task as any when choosing the right hardware. Sure, selecting the right GPU or CPU can be difficult, but all that effort can be for nought if your case doesn't fit everything together right to suit your needs.

So, let's dive right into our picks for the five best models to be your next airflow PC case.

How we chose the best airflow PC cases

A selection of picks for the best airflow PC case
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Image via Corsair | Lian Li | Cooler Master

Putting together a PC can be a daunting task, especially if it's your first foray into PC builds. Picking a PC case that has good airflow is of vital importance to prevent overheating and disruption to game time.

I've compiled a list that covers a multitude of price ranges, from starter cases to more luxury, high-end cases. In this way, we've strived to cater to a broader audience and provide something for each price point and gaming need.

Whether you need an advanced water cooling unit to meet the requirements of the upcoming Black Myth: Wukong, or you need something a little simpler to handle the latest The Sims 4 expansion, see our list below for the best airflow PC case for you.

Best mid-range airflow PC case

Corsair 4000D RGB

The Corsair 4000D case, one of the best airflow PC cases
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Image via Corsair

Corsair 4000D RGB features: 

  • Extensive exhaust grates in the top, bottom, and rear
  • Space for a 360mm radiator in the front and 280mm in the roof, allowing for liquid cooling
  • Two 120mm fan mounts for the back and front
  • Space for three intake fans at the front

The Corsair 4000D has become a popular mid-level case due to its high airflow capabilities alongside liquid cooling. It's the case I use for my personal PC (without the RGB feature) and it runs incredibly cool even with the most taxing games, giving you optimal performance.

Best water cooler system PC case

Lian Li O11DEXL-X

the Lian Li O11DEXL-X airflow gaming PC case
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Image via Lian Li

Lian Li O11DEXL-X features:

  • Space for three 420mm coolers 
  • Room for up to 11 fans on all sides
  • Space for seven storage devices
  • Can fit a large motherboard and 446mm graphics card

If you're happy to spend a little extra cash to get an airflow PC with lots of space for water-cooling features, the O11DEXL-X Lian Li PC case is for you.

With multiple water-cooling options and loads of space for fans plus your GPU to boot, the higher price tag is worth every penny.

Best high-end airflow PC case

Cooler Master MasterCase H500M

The Cooler Master MasterCase H500M, one of the best airflow PC cases in 2024
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Image via Cooler Master

Cooler Master MasterCase H500M features:

  • Four tempered glass panels
  • Dual 200mm ARGB fans
  • Can choose between glass or mesh panels 
  • Optional dual 200mm fans or a 360mm radiator to the top panel
  • ARGB LED Fans controlled via controller or motherboard-integrated software

This Cooler Master case packs a lot of technical and visual prowess for a low price. Combining ARGB, mesh or glass panels, and plenty of space for fans, your set-up will be a marvel for the eyes as well as your gaming.

Best budget and beginner-friendly PC case

Zalman S2 ATX

The Zalman S2 ATX airflow PC case
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Image via Zalman

Zalman S2 ATX features:

  • Full mesh front panel for ventilation 
  • Three 120mm fans with two front intakes
  • Magnetic dust panels in the top and bottom 
  • Tempered glass side panel
  • Room for up to eight additional fans
  • Seven PCI Expansion slots

For those looking for a cheaper and entry-level airflow case, the Zalman S2 ATX is a great choice that doesn't sacrifice quality despite the price.

Including magnetic dust panels for easier cleaning, plenty of fan options, expansion slots, and even a front mesh panel, keeping your PC clean and cool will feel like it's never been easier.

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What is the best airflow PC case in 2024?

Corsair Obsidian 1000D

The Corsair Obsidian 1000D, one of the best airflow PC cases in 2024
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Corsair Obsidian 1000D features:

  • Three LL120 RGB fans with space for 18
  • Sleek aesthetic with smoked tempered glass side panel
  • Solid aluminium door handles and top plate
  • Built-in fan controller and smart lighting
  • Direct Airflow Path design

If you're after the ultimate combination of controlled RGB lighting, optimal airflow, and solid build quality, all packed within a beautifully designed chassis to bring it all together, the Corsair Obsidian 500D is the best mid-tower PC case for you. 

Built to last with options for even more RGB fans to dazzle through its smoked tempered glass side panel, Corsair has once again shown its prowess in building cases with professional care for cooling, performance, and aesthetics in mind. 

Check out our hardware homepages for more guides. We've also covered the best wireless gaming headsets, the best motherboard, the best 1440p gaming monitors, the best gaming desks, and the best budget CPUs.

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Ben Williams
About the author
Ben Williams
Ben is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. Alongside his BA (Hons) in Business Management is a wealth of gaming and entertainment writing experience, having previously occupied roles as a Copywriter in e-commerce at Overclockers and Guides & SEO Writer at GameByte and FragHero. When not whipping up guides and reviews, Ben’ll be off playing the latest Pokemon games, Overwatch 2, Spider-Man, The Witcher, and Final Fantasy - all before reading manga and listening to Ice Nine Kills.
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