Choosing a gaming computer may be overwhelming, but most people have a lot of fun with it. When you shop with a company that custom builds their own systems, it’s even more exciting to be part of the process because you can add the features you want, omit the ones you don’t and customize the exterior design.

While you’ll likely be bogged down with things like motherboards, CPUs, processors and graphics cards at some point in your search, one of the first questions that may pop up is, “What type of computer case is best: aluminum or steel?”  It’s an agelong question that has varying opinions.

Pros and Cons to Steel

Both aluminum and steel have their benefits, and usually gamers are in favor of one over the other. Those who prefer steel cases do so because of their durability and sound proof qualities. Steel is far less likely to scratch and dent compared to aluminum. With its thickness and durability, it also keeps noise levels and rattling to a minimum. Steel is also cheaper than aluminum, a benefit if you plan on building a system of your own.

The drawbacks to steel computer cases is that they are heavy and clunky. They’re not ideal for people who take their boutique gaming PCs with them to school or work or those who game in groups. Some say that steel isn’t a good heat conductor, but this isn’t fact. How cool the computer stays is more dependent on how efficient air is moved through the fans.

Pros and Cons to Aluminum

As for aluminum, the biggest advantage is that it’s lightweight, making it a popular choice for people who move their computers around a lot. LAN party fans especially appreciate this feature. Aluminum is also more aesthetically pleasing compared to steel. It’s sleek, elegant and modern, bringing the same qualities to the body of the gaming computer.

The trouble with aluminum is that it’s more expensive and more of the material is needed to get a strength that is comparable to steel. To keep costs down, manufacturers try to use as little aluminum as possible. This is what ends up making the cases fragile and more prone to scratches and dents. The thin material also creates more noise and rattling from the internal parts.

Is There a Better Option?

At Velocity Micro, we appreciate aluminum cases because they are more conducive with the way people use computers today and what aesthetics buyers are looking for. The difference is that we don’t skimp on the integrity of the material. Our made in USA gaming PCs are constructed of solid aluminum. Buyers are offered the best of both worlds: exceptional thermals and durability coupled with a sleek, lightweight design.

The next time you’re shopping for a new gaming system, don’t feel like you have to dig through the forums to determine whether steel or aluminum is the better choice. Both have benefits, but when you use quality, solid aluminum, you can enjoy a sophisticated, lightweight computer that offers supreme durability even on the road.

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