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Build Advice Recommend old school case?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by AT0MAC, 4 Jun 2018.

  1. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC ~PC ninja~

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    I don't drink alcohol, I don't smoke, I don't drink soda - but I do build a ton of PCs just for the fun of it! It's my addiction ;)

    I have just finished building my Killer Panda Z370 rig in my sig, actually still need to do like 1 or 2 updates on it before that thread is done.
    But as I build it I got an idea for a new experiment. I want an old school raw power machine!

    But there is 1 part I'm really in doubt about and hope you can help me out

    1) If I should use a case, what case should it be?
    2) Do I even need a case, or should I just place it on a piece of cardboard and call it a day?
    3) Or should I fabricate my own case? I am good at woodworking according to my wife and kids who see me build stuff around and in the house all the time, so to put something together to setup like a small test bench out of wood would not be that hard to do.


    I already have some of the hardware bought, just waiting for it to come home:

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    Those 3 pieces so far should be a pretty epic combo!


    If I go for an actual case, then I would like it to be from the period of 2010-2013, like the hardware is.


    Let's see what ideas you have :)
     
  2. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    From that kinda of era -

    Antec One/Three/Nine/Twelve Hundred
    Antec P180
    Silverstone FT02
    Cooler Master HAF 912
    Fractal Design Define R2/R3
     
  3. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC ~PC ninja~

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    Dang I would love a Silverstone FT2! But boy they are expensive.... Actually, I think I have now found the one I want - the HAF 912 Advanced. It's kind of ugly, it's kind of cheap, it really looks like a gamer case and it supports just the things I need it to support and nothing more. This is not going to be very fancy but just raw power. thanks for the suggestions
     
  4. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    IIRC the HAF was popular because it was cheap... and decent enough than most people didn't care too much that it was fugly...

    ...see also the Antec 900.
     
  5. 23RO_UK

    23RO_UK Hasta Mañana

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    I had a Cooler Master 690 II advanced back then -

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  6. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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  7. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    What's with all these new-fangled ATX cases?! How can it be old-school unless it's AT or older?

    How about a PC XT, or a NeXT cube?
     
  8. Arthur

    Arthur Comment is over there ----->

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    Coolermaster cosmos....get the anniversary edition if you can afford it.
     
  9. adidan

    adidan Avatar is nearly back in season.

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    That reminds me, I have a P183 in the loft. Damn, I need to clear out the loft. :/
     
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  10. Peter187

    Peter187 What is a Dremel?

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    The Thermaltake Versa C23 might seem like an ok choice, its a newer case but priced to sell. I built an old ROG Striker II Formula up and can see the nice retro parts inside.
     
  11. Zak33

    Zak33 Staff Staff Administrator

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    Chieftec Dragon.
     
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  12. Guest-23315

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    Im sorry, you simply cannot call yourself a PC enthusiast until you've had a Dragon.
     
  13. T.J

    T.J Member

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    Still using one today :) Not the most expensive or stylish of cases admittedly but lots of room, well built and even 5+ years later the LEDs on the fan still work lol.
     
  14. Zak33

    Zak33 Staff Staff Administrator

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    mine was blue. Weighed more than my car... thing of awesomeness
     
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  15. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    Yup I had a couple of Dragons. My Area 51 2005 is a Dragon internally :)

    My original one had a Silicon Graphics SGI 550 board and dual 1ghz P3 Xeon 1mb. I had to cut it about inside to get the board in lol. Only issue was it was RDRAM and it was super expensive. One of Alienware's cases (the most elusive...) is a rebranded Dragon. Both inside and outside.
     
  16. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    I may be interested in said case. I did some things to my 182 that are now contrary to revised plans.
     
  17. adidan

    adidan Avatar is nearly back in season.

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    I'll let you know when it comes out of the loft. It may be a while though, trying to find a new house to buy is taking top spot of 'things to sort out' at the mo :)

    I'll let you know though, or give me a prod if your plans move before mine :)

    Curious as to what you did to your 182...
     
  18. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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  19. adidan

    adidan Avatar is nearly back in season.

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    :lol::lol::lol::lol:

    A man with my own sense of planning. No need to rush things now. :thumb:
     
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  20. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    It look me a long time to design and plan it originally, but now I've moved to an itx board it will get very lost in what is quite a large case, especially if I just adapted the original plans. A complete and drastic rethink has occurred and some initial sketches and plans drawn and a general idea set, but there's still a lot to figure out.
     
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