What PC Case Do I Have?
If you’re a casual PC user, you might not know very much about your device. Figuring what sort of device you have, and what sort of case it’s in, is a good place to start.
The reason for this is so that if you want to change your hardware or expand and upgrade your motherboard or RAM, you know if you are able to, and what sort of products you need. If you do not know whether your PC case can have an extra drive, you may purchase one only to find that there is no space for it in the PC case.
Additionally, if you do not know what case you have, you may purchase the wrong size of product. If you have a mid-tower PC case, using a hard drive that fits in a full tower may not work or fit. So, knowing the size of your case and its capabilities is important.
In order to figure out what case you have, let’s start by talking about the three most common types of PC cases that you will find. It’s likely you have one of the three following styles.
If you are planning a bigger build that will have lots of components, then a full tower, or tower, is definitely the way to go. These towers are taller than 30 inches and can hold between six and ten different drive bays. If you are a programmer or gamer, this is the tower you will likely have.
The Mid Tower
A mid tower is smaller than a full tower, standing at a height of around 18 inches. It can hold between 2 and 4 drive bays and is perfect for use in an office, library, school, or home. It also has space for CD/DVD drives.
Most mid towers have excellent cable management and can be easily moved from one place to another due to their somewhat smaller size. This is the most popular and common PC case.
The Miniature Tower
This is the rarest of the three tower types we are describing in this article. It stands at about 15 inches tall and can only hold 3 drive bays at most. It normally can only hold two, making it impractical for many people.
They are inexpensive and basic, used normally just for web browsing and document processing. These are the desktop version of a netbook.
If you don’t already know what PC case you have, it’s likely that it’s one of these kinds of cases. These three varieties are the most popular models available on the market at the moment. As for the particular brand of case that you have, well, that’s impossible for me to say or know.
It’s most likely that you have the mid tower case, since that is the most common and popular PC case option across North America and Europe, so you should probably check that first.
Does your PC case fit the specifications of a mid tower case? If not, then it’s probably one of the other two.
If your case doesn’t fit any of the specifications, then you might be out of luck. If you need to know what case you have, you might need to get professional help.
In the US, there are different tech agencies that you can hire for a home visit to determine what case you have and its specifications. See if one of these is willing to come take a look at your case, or, if your case is small enough to bring into a PC shop without too much trouble, see if you can’t get someone to look it over in store, or take a photo of it and consult a techie.
It’s really not a difficult question to answer in person, though it could be difficult to answer remotely, over the web. You can try pursuing other articles or viewing specific articles on particular models that seem to fit the general size of your PC case.
Aside from the three types of cases listed in this article, there are, of course, a wide, almost gigantic variety of case sizes available, meaning that it’s possible your case is not one of the three sizes listed in this article. It’s most, likely, however, that you have one of the three cases here.