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Cases Recommend a large PC case

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by onthejazz, 5 Dec 2010.

  1. onthejazz

    onthejazz What's a Dremel?

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    I would like to build a pc with a large RAID array consisting of 12-24 disks. I would also like to be able to fit in a full size graphics card. (No 5.25" bays will be required). Thanks
     
  2. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN Modder

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    If you really want 24 disks you're probably looking at a rackmount server case. The most you can get out of a desktop tower is 16.

    Assuming you're talking about 3.5" drives?
     
  3. onthejazz

    onthejazz What's a Dremel?

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    I might stick to 12-13 drives? Do you have any recommendations? What about an external cage with separate power supply?
     
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    What kind of budget are you working with? Basically you can do this with anything that has 5.25" bays all along the front, you just stick some 3.5" cages in there and you're good to go.

    Or there's the Fractal XL, add a 4x cage to the 5.25" bays and you have room for 14 drives.
     
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  5. onthejazz

    onthejazz What's a Dremel?

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    My budget is fairly flexible, but I would like to do it as cheaply as possible. I presently have a Fractal R2 with 8 drives thats why I was thinking of an external cage.
     
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    onthejazz What's a Dremel?

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    Can you buy the 3.25 cages separately?
     
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    Sure you can. Backplanes, even.

    Of course you can always just take the side panel off and have some drives sitting on the desk/floor.
     
  8. that_du^de

    that_du^de give your head a wobble

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    thermaltake mozart tx will hold 12 drives and a full size gfx card/cards.however there is a 2nd compartment in the back of the case you could fill with drives as well.
     
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    Oh my god that thing is hideous, without actually offering more storage than an average full tower.
     
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    Beezie What's a Dremel?

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    DragunovHUN Modder

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    Having to install additional cages does not count as "out of the box"
     
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    Earthmonger Gnarled Old Tree

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    Hawkest I got some 4GB new RAM

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    DragunovHUN Modder

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    Oh, good old Chieftec, their cases are built like TANKS. While their internal layout might not be the most modern they ooze of quality. I wasn't sure if their older stuff is still available though.
     
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    Beezie What's a Dremel?

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    Beezie What's a Dremel?

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    dubble post due to lag, sorry!
     
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    lysaer Suck my unit! Kirk lazarus (2008)

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    lian li PC-343B or you could get a normal tower case and use something like

    http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=48

    they fit into the space of 3 5/14 drives bays, so 6 5/14 drive bays would give you 10 hard drives + whatever space inside the case for drives, prolly 6 more.

    you could of course get the lian li and fill it with the icy docks, that would give you 30 hard drive bays
     

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