As technology advances, and Moore’s Law continues to be proven correct (although its predictions seem to be facing heavy scrutiny lately), big and hulky PC cases seem to be losing ground to smaller console-like gaming rigs.
However, many computer building experts still recommend mid tower gaming PCs as the go-to size to guarantee the best balance between performance and space-saving features. The flexibility and increased airflow and cable management features of modern mid tower cases give them an edge, even over full tower PC options.
As mid tower cases remove now-useless peripheral docks such as floppy or optic drives, and storage hardware moves towards non-volatile memory express drives that can be attached directly to the motherboard, power requirements have become a lot less demanding. Mechanical and bulky components are no longer an issue when calculating your minimum PSU requirements, and there is also a lot less wiring going on inside your PC. Plus, most mid tower cases come equipped with efficient cable management features that hide most of your wires behind a metal or plastic panel.
So, that means small form factor PCs and mini-PCs are the future, right?
Well, yes and no. The miniaturization of hardware is inevitable, but there are still some things that a big and burly PC can do better than a small form factor. For starters, SLI and Crossfire support is practically a must for gamers looking to get the most out of their graphics hardware. Transistor miniaturization can only go so far, and now having two GPUs working together
And while mini-PCs have made great strides in the past few years, the simple fact is that they still can’t match the raw power of a mid tower gaming PC.
Take OEM models nowadays coming from reputed brands. They all look amazing which makes them a great fit for a living room addition, and they easily outperform current-gen consoles. However, they are extremely difficult to upgrade, and if one of their components fails, you will likely have to return the whole thing.
Why does that happen?
The problem with these console-like PCs is that their components are designed to work together as a whole. Changing them would bring problems to the whole system, including their carefully tweaked power supply units. Moreover, opening them is like opening a smartphone. Every piece is tightly put together so they fit their tiny housing. Any internal change will make it impossible for you to get your case closed back again, and will of course interrupt the carefully tweaked internal airflow.
The worst part is that these manufacturers commission their pieces months in advance before they even start production. By the time they hit the shelves, the internal components are already on their way to complete obsolescence.
So, for now, at least, mid tower gaming PCs are here to stay. They offer the perfect balance of power and portability, and their flexible design means they can be easily upgraded as new hardware becomes available. Plus, with all the great deals on mid tower cases and gaming hardware available right now, there’s never been a better time to build your own PC.
If you´re still unsure about whether or not to build your own mid tower PC because of the time and effort it takes to get all of those components working seamlessly together, your best bet is to visit a system integrator focused on building Gaming PCs. CLX Gaming has an online custom PC builder that helps you choose the best components and guarantee that they work as advertised right out of the box. Visit them today and start building your mid tower gaming PC.