When you're ready to build a new computer, one of the first components you'll have to pick up is a case to hold all of the shiny components you're planning to buy. There are a lot of things to consider when buying one: price, airflow, interior space, expansion ports and bays, and more, not to mention overall look and design. We asked you last week which cases you think are the best of breed, tallied the votes, and then took a look at the top five desktop computer cases. Now we're back to highlight the overall winner.
The Cooler Master HAF X, and by some extension, the rest of the HAF series, took the top spot in the voting with close to 35% of the overall vote. The HAF line earned your praise for incredible cooling, sharp design, tons of space, and great add-on features for fan management, access to ports, no-tool installation, and more.
The battle for second place was much tighter, and decided only by a handful of votes, and an overall margin of less than .5% of the vote. Pulling ahead with 20.8% of the overall vote was the Fractal Design Define Mini, which many of you praised for shedding bright fans, windows, and shining LEDs for a sleek, modern, and grown-up all-black finish. Right behind it in third place was the Antec Nine Hundred, a popular and long-lived case model with great features. In fourth place was the sleek, aluminum and steel Corsair Obsidian 800D, pulling in just over 12% of the overall vote, and bringing up the rear in fifth was the Corsair Graphite 600T, with just under 12% of the votes cast.
The Hive Five is based on reader nominations. As with most Hive Five posts, if your favorite was left out, it's not because we hate it?it's because it didn't get the nominations required in the call for contenders post to make the top five. We understand it's a bit of a popularity contest, but if you have a favorite, we want to hear about it. Have a suggestion for the Hive Five? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!