Full-tower PC cases make ideal first-time building cases due to the amount of space on offer – both for working in and for upgradeability. The C501 case from Saharagaming delivers space in spades – and they were kind enough to send us a case to review for the site. Check out our thoughts below:
Saharagaming C501 EATX PC Case
The C501 case is surprisingly high-quality for the price and offers excellent value. The tempered glass side panel offers a great way to show off your shiny construction work inside, and the four included case fans are a great bonus beyond the single fan you might usually expect. Even better is the RGB in the exhaust fan – which is addressable – another tick for those who like a bit of flash. It’s only the one fan with the RGB too, which makes it easy to remove if you would rather low-profile.
Inside, there’s plenty of space to work with and the case supports all major motherboard configuration. The case is large enough to cover all but the largest passive CPU coolers (such as the Silverstone HE02) and even the new RTX 3090 cards. A neat included accessory is a video card bracket which you can pop on the bottom of the case for extra GPU support. This will be really helpful if you are installing the behemoth 3090 cards. There’s also space for 4x 2.5″ drives, and 3x 3.5″ drives. Oodles of room.
In the frame of the case, there are plenty of ports for cable management from the motherboard to the drives/PSU. One of my tiny niggles here is that these ports are just holes in the metal – no rubber pass-throughs here. Not the end of the world, but something to bear in mind. Speaking of cable management – the fans and front-of-case ports (2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 and audio) have already been wired – saving you a bit of extra faff. Just plug into motherboard and PSU and you’re good to go.
Overall, this is a premium-feeling, high-value case for your money. Anyone looking at a full-tower build should consider popping this on their shopping list as you get a lot of bang for your buck. It’s not as flashy as some cases – some buyers may be looking for a way to show off their front fans, or some more RGB. But it’s easy to work with, will keep your build cool, and is a good place to start for PC building. Recommended.
The C501 is available from Saharagaming’s website for £79.99 at time of writing – where you can also read the full tech specs and more images.