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DAW rackmount case recommendations

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August 4, 2008 10:12:55 PM

I am building a DAW and I need recommendations for a rackmount case.
I have read alot about the Antec Take 4 case(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129052) being a popular DAW case, but is it really worth the extra money as compared to some of the less expensive cases? I have been considering the Ark 4U-500-CA (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811182566) and the Rosewill RSV-V4000 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147100) also and they seem to be pretty decent cases although I am not sure about how they compare to the Antec Take 4 for cooling and loudness.

I would appreciate any help or recommendations on these cases or any other case that I should consider.I would also be willing to go with a tower case if there was a reason that I should consider the change. I am mainly looking for a low noise case with good airflow.

Thanks!
August 4, 2008 11:26:25 PM

www.casedepot.com has a lot of options

rackmount cases are never really designed for quiet as much as cooling. Obvious question is do you want a rackmount because you have a rack, or for the rugged mountability?

If you are specifically just going for broke on quiet you'll want quality components all the way around to remove electrical interference. are you working with audio in a recording studio or strictly digital manipulation?

If you want to make a case quiet, you'll just need to google quiet pc. get any case that works and surround it with dynamat with quiet components on the inside and extra large heatsinks to dissipate heat.
August 6, 2008 12:51:46 AM

Thanks for the reply and for the links. I want a rackmount case so that it can be taken on the road to record shows.It will need to be durable and it could be mounted into a rack case for protection and easier transporting.

I figured a 4U case would be good for cooling.I actually considered a smaller case(2U or 3U) but I thought the 4U would be the best way to go. As for the noise level,I kinda thought the less expensive models would need fan upgrades to quiet them,but for the extra money I thought the Antec case may be fairly quiet. Any recommendations will be appreciated.
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