Whether you’re a streamer who just needs a dedicated rig to keep your content running smoothly for your viewers, or you’re running a small freelancing business from home and want to share desks with your business partner; a dual PC system is great for running two full-feature builds in a single case. While the market isn’t really blowing up with offers for this particular niche, let’s take a look at our hot takes for three of the best dual-system PC cases for you to build your shared computer in.
First off, let me start by saying that this is an enthusiast-level build. You’re going to need to be knowledgeable in terms of PC part-picking since you need to power two builds with one PSU, meaning that you need to strike a balance between power consumption and power usage. Cooling and cable management will also be important, where you’ll get to decide if you’re going with full air-cooling, partial AIO, or investing in a full custom water cooling loop. That being said, let’s take a look at our three picks for the best dual-system PC cases you can buy in 2020.
1. Phanteks Enthoo Luxe 2
Phanteks really took this particular niche by storm with the Luxe 2, a full-sized tower, with two PSU slots, support for two motherboards (one ATX, one Micro ATX), great cable management options, RGB lighting, and the ability to house up to 12 SSDs or 11 HDDs. Overall, it has a lot of enthusiast-level features, a clean, minimalistic look, and plenty of space to build in.
- Ample water-cooling options
- Built to fully support dual-system builds, with cable management and cooling options being designed with dual motherboards in mind
- Built-in fan controller and RGB lighting strips
- Highly modular
- Right side panel doesn’t provide enough space for easy cable management
The Phanteks Luxe 2 is a superb dual-system capable case, with support for two motherboards, vertical power supply (comes with a bracket for dual PSUs for running a powerful single system). The user has the ability to install up to 11 HDDs and 12 SSDs, the right-side panel featuring a tempered glass cutout where you can display up to 3 SSDs.
In terms of cable management, Phanteks really pulled all the stops. The PSU cage features a large grommet where you can easily route cables to your mATX without compromising airflow with awkward cable management solutions. As you can draw from the features, this is really a no-compromise case that can support any type of system. The Luxe 2 is capable of running two motherboards out of the box, something that’s really nice, and comes with a hinged tempered glass side panel, which gives you easy access to its interior.
With a built-in fan controller, multiple cable tie-points, RGB controllers, and ample I/O connectors, you’re looking at a very well-built case that’s bound to make your building experience as effortless as possible. The cassis easily fits a water pump, so consider getting a custom loop for high clock speeds at reasonable temperatures.
- Slots for dual, vertical GPUs
- RGB lights embedded in the PSU cage and front panel
- Highly customizable, able to house multiple fans/drives in the same slots, depending on your needs
- Great cable management options, with grommets and velcro straps for optimal airflow and aesthetics
- Front panel supports 480mm radiator
- Bottom panel supports 360mm radiator
- Top panel supports 360mm radiator
- Supports two PSUs, or a vertical PSU for running a dual system configuration
- Supports an ATX motherboard and an mATX motherboard
- 4 x USB 3.0 Type A
- 1 x USB 3.1 Type C
- Up to 15 120mm fans
- Up to 8 140mm fans
- Can accommodate a dual-socket motherboard
2. Corsair 1000D
Corsair is a big industry name, so it makes sense that we’d find them on this list. The 1000D is a super tower-case that can fit an EATX and a Mini-ITX motherboard. With 8 expansion slots for the main motherboard and 2 for the Mini-ITX one, you’re looking at some serious firepower. When you’re running this much power in one case, then you’ll be needing a lot of cooling, one of the biggest selling points of this case.
- Incredibly modular
- Aesthetic that’s fit for both business and pleasure
- Incredible cooling solutions
- Great cable management
- Weighs as much as a 4th grader (30 kgs or 66 lbs)
The Corsair 1000D can fit multiple 360/420/480mm radiators, with swappable fan mounts on the top and bottom panels, which allow you to pick the cooling configuration of your choice. Water cooling is highly encouraged, all of Corsair’s branding for this particular case indicating that a custom loop will take advantage of its modularity and size. It can fit a total of 18 fans, so make sure to take advantage of its potent cooling capabilities.
It’s hard to say a bad thing about the 1000D. It’s one of the most modular cases out there, has the ability to house an insane amount of fans for super-low temperatures, an up-to-date and generous I/O with RGB borders, all while being very easy to build in.
- EATX and Mini-ITX compatible
- Front panel supports two 480mm radiators for high clock speeds in both systems
- Up to 18mm fan mounts
- Telescoping radiator trays
- Multiple water pump mounting points
- 4 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C
- Up to 6 SSDs or 5 HDDs
- French-style doors on the side panel for masking the cables
3. Phanteks Evolv X
Phanteks is playing to win with two entries on our best dual-system PC case list. The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X is probably the most well-designed PC case with dual-system support you can find on the market today. It has a clean, professional look, with ambient RGB lighting that actually adds real value to the overall design of the case, a plethora of features, and plenty of building space.
- Middle-tower with all the features you need to build a dual-system PC
- Mini-ITX board has dedicated power switch
- Great build quality
- Storage and cooling options on-par with full and super-towers
Unlike the other entries on our list, the Evolv X comes with a separate module for a Mini-ITX board, in the form of an upgrade kit which can be purchased separately. This is basically a mounting bracket that has *drumroll* a dedicated power switch. You won’t have to resort to sacrificing your reset button to connect the power switch, something which is a huge quality of life upgrade in my opinion.
The two tempered glass side panels are hinged and have rubber edges, improving air pressure and noise reduction. Something else that’s incredible is that Phanteks managed to supply a dual-system capable case in a middle-tower form factor, allowing you to save a lot of space without sacrificing much in terms of performance.
The case supports up to a 420mm radiator (3 x 140mm fans) on the front panel, a 360mm radiator (3 x 120mm fans) on the top panel, and a 120mm/140mm exhaust fan on the back panel. While it can’t compete with the Corsair 1000D in this aspect, we still think that you could still achieve similar temperatures, since watercooling is supported in this case.
With a sensible form factor, the Evolv X is a feature-packed middle-tower. Cable management options are amazing, with strategic cutouts for routing cables and two separate channels for each system, all covered by swivel brackets. Honestly, it’s hard to find anything that’s wrong with this stunning case.
- ATX and Mini-ITX compatible (with upgrade kit)
- 4 x 3.5-inch drive bays
- 6 x 2.5-inch drive bays
- Amazing cable management options with swivel brackets on the side panel
- Two separate cable routing channels for each individual system
- 8 expansion slots for the ATX motherboard with a 3 slot vertical GPU cutout
- 3 x 140mm fans on the front panel
- 3 x 120mm fans on the top panel
- 1 x 140mm exhaust fan
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type C
- 2 x USB 3.0
- Audio In/Out
If you’ve made it this far in the review, then you realize that the obvious choice for the best dual-system PC case in 2019 in the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X. Coming in a smaller form-factor with similar features and arguably better aesthetics, the Evolv X manages to seal the deal with its finishes, like the ability to install up to 10 storage drives without sacrificing any space (6 SSDs on the side panel and 4 HDDs in the PSU enclosure) and the eye-catching LED lighting, rendering its competitors obsolete.