47 months ago
So I'll try to give as much detail as I can so that maybe someone can help me. Right now I am combing through the < CAD$150 cases to see if there's anything that suits my needs, but I will go higher if I need to.
I currently have a computer that was given to me to fix, and when I got it working they told me to keep it. So here is the current system with hardware that is mandatory: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ATX Motherboard Single GPU 1x SSD 2x 3.5" HDDs
Now, over the years, I have collected many hard drives, which actually still work. so what I do is use them for storing and cataloging stuff. The future vision is a RAID array network storage device, but ... not completely necessary right now. I have about 13 HDD's ranging from 80GB to 1TB kicking around the house right now.
I use an External 3.5" Drive Enclosure with the cover off, to slide whatever drive I am wanting at the time, into it and use. I have one 1TB drive that I have in there all the time, which contains my music library as I do Radio DJ'ing.
My current desk setup is such that I have the tower sideways and there are no side panels for it, and it sits on a shelf with about 1 1/2" of clearance above it for air flow. That Air-Flow is from the house fan that is sitting next to the desk that I turn on when the room gets hot HAH .. that's why I need a new case so I don't have to use it. No side-panels is a nightmare, and it has already managed to destroy a GPU fan because the hot air just doesn't go anywhere due to no negative air flow around the components.
First step is a Case. So I was looking at the NZXT Phantom 530 but it's a little Gawd. I am not 20 years old and I would like something that looks somewhat professional, not like an Alienware kiddy toy. I like Lian Li cases, but they seem to get rather big when you start adding bays into it for HDDs.
Anyone think of something with around 2-4 3.5" internal drive bays for potentially storing my HDDs so I don't have to swap all the time. It doesn't matter if it has a window or not, because it will likely be hidden on a shelf in the desk anyway. Not on the top of it.