Tempered glass is becoming increasingly common in all of the best PC cases, and for a good reason: it's desirable for its durability as well as the appearance benefits. If you're specifically looking for a tempered glass PC case, these are our favorites right now, including the superb Phanteks P400S (opens in new tab).
This is a stunning mid-tower, sporting ample room for even the largest GPUs, and has many handy features that make for a gorgeous yet functional PC build. It comes with two 120mm fans and supports up to a 360mm radiator and full-sized power supplies, and has soundproofing included for a quieter build. The full-length tempered glass side panel will show off your handiwork to all who gaze upon it.
The Corsair Obsidian 1000D is pretty ridiculous. You can install two PC builds inside, as many radiators as you can purchase, and still have room to spare. It's also very well designed, trimmed in tempered glass all around. But with the monstrous capacity comes an equally monstrous price. Nevertheless, it's hard to find anything quite like it.
Despite being small, there's plenty of space for an ATX build, with hidden drive cages in the base and at the back of the motherboard tray. The P350X features a 3/4 length tempered glass side panel and an integrated power supply shroud to hide your messy bits. Each side of the front panel is covered in mesh so you're getting solid airflow, and it supports dual 120mm or 140mm fans in the front or a 280mm radiator.
If you're big on RGB in your PC build, then you need a case that can show it off. The View 31 RGB comes with pre-installed RGB fans, but more importantly, it's got full-length glass on both the front and side of the case. Not even the PSU is hidden, because you know, RGB PSUs are definitely a thing. It's big, easy to build in, outstanding quality, and will shine bright under the lights.
If you're looking for something that will really stand out, this is the case for you. Glass adorns its front and sides, showing off the beauty of your RGB-customized build within. Complementing this mid-tower's tempered glass is a solid aluminum top panel and door handles. It comes pre-equipped with three LL120 fans and Corsair's Commander hardware to control the lighting.
The Tower 100 is one of the best looking ITX cases you'll ever find. The unique styling means three sides are trimmed in tempered glass, and the vertical design leaves plenty of space for today's larger graphics cards and plenty of fans. Airflow is fantastic, and the power supply is cleverly hidden in a chamber at the bottom to make sure you're getting the best aesthetics possible.
The bottom line
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A good-tempered glass PC case will really set off your build, showing off your hard work in its absolute best light. Phanteks is arguably about the best PC case maker on the market right now, and whether it's the mighty P400S (opens in new tab) or the more affordable P350X (opens in new tab), you'll have a stunning looking and high-quality shell for your new rig. Phanteks cases are also attractively priced besides being high-quality items, just making them even more desirable.
One of the other names to look out for is Thermaltake, particularly for RGB fans and seriously unique looking builds. The company's latest, the ITX-sized Tower 100 (opens in new tab) is a breathtaking PC case for small-form builds that looks unlike anything else in its category.
The best news for PC builders is that tempered glass continues to become more common, even on more affordable cases. The benefits over acrylic are numerous, and if you're spending a lot of your hard-earned money on your PC, there's no reason not to make it not only look its best but have the added longevity you'll get by going with glass.
Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.