Computer cases are produced in a variety of form factors. Form factors refer to the size and shape of the case.

Prepare the workspace before opening the computer case. You want adequate lighting, good ventilation, and a comfortable room temperature. The workbench or table should be accessible from all sides. Avoid cluttering the surface of the work area with tools and computer components. Place an antistatic mat on the table to help prevent physical and ESD damage to equipment. It is helpful to use small containers to hold screws and other parts as you remove them.

There are different methods for opening cases. To learn how to open a particular computer case, consult the user manual or manufacturer’s website. Most computer cases are opened in one of the following ways: