A Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Case Mod for Your Gaming PC
There are many reasons why you might want to customize your PC – some people do it for esthetic purposes, some for functionality. One of the best parts about having a custom computer is what’s known as case mod.
This can refer to changing the entire look of your system by painting it or adding new lighting effects, or simply personalizing the way your components work within the chassis without affecting its appearance. For example, HYTE offers the best options with form factor cases in compact and clean designs.
Whether you want to jazz up your current build or start from scratch with an entirely fresh concept, our guide will provide you with all the necessary information required to design and implement your perfect case mod!
How Do You Even Start?
If you already have a computer, think back to when you were building it and mentally go through each step to remember everything that came with it. Are there any components that stand out? It can be any part of the case that looks like an interesting design element.
If this is your first time working on a PC build, you’ll need to figure out where all of its different components are placed before designing around them.
Examine the space available in your computer’s chassis both inside and outside (some areas may not be accessible at all) and determine whether or not they will even allow certain designs. Some mods are very complex and time-intensive to create, so if you don’t have the required knowledge or patience, you might want to consider buying a pre-modded case instead.
How Do You Choose Which Components Should Be Modded?
Since this is your first time modding anything, it’s only natural that you’ll want to start small by personalizing certain parts of your system. If possible, choose hardware that isn’t too difficult to work with, like USB ports or buttons on the front of the case (such as reset buttons) rather than something internal like an entire power supply unit.
Once you’ve decided what component(s) should be personalized, think about how it can potentially design your future build. What colors would match its theme? How can you integrate the new modifications into the look of your computer as a whole? What do you want it to do or look like?
If possible, try looking for inspiration from existing case mods online from HYTE. Even if the finished product is very different from what you’re trying to accomplish, browsing through other people’s designs may give you some ideas about how they implemented their customizations and allow you to experiment with different materials before going all out on yours.
How Does Hardware Affect Design Options?
Here are some of the common hardware categories and what makes them so unique.
These are components that control the general functions of your PC. They include items like power supply units, fans, storage drives, graphics cards, motherboards, LEDs/lighting effects, and many more.
These parts aren’t designed to be esthetically modified since they’re hidden away inside your computer’s chassis where no one can see them until it’s opened up for maintenance purposes.
Modding these pieces won’t affect how your system looks—unless you opt into doing something different with their cables. However, there may be functional changes you could make to enhance their performance or make them easier to use.
Liquid Cooling Components
Just like computer components, these are designed to control the general functions of your PC and aren’t meant to be seen without having access to your system’s internals.
The difference is that liquid cooling products are often larger due to the necessary radiator(s). So, they also function as a potential space for case modification if you don’t want them clashing with other design elements inside your case.
These pieces can be easily hidden away since they need to be installed outside of the chassis first. Still, it’s important not to forget about their impact on airflow (which might affect how you plan out internal modifications).
You may now have an idea of what types of computer components are available, how to pick one that’s right for your first mod, and the potential ways to customize it.
As mentioned earlier, this information will help you plan out which part(s) you want to modify first but keep in mind that there is no “right” or “wrong” answer. Different people have different styles so just let your imagination run wild when designing your case. Choose a high-end PC case for compact and clean esthetics, though.