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New PC Case with removable Mobo tray like this Lian Li

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September 4, 2010 11:02:38 PM

I'm looking for a new case for a new build with a removable motherboard tray like this one:

LIAN LI PC-65B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can kind of see how it works by looking at the picture of the case on the side of the box in the last picture. You can actually remove the tray with the I/O ports and card slots. I want this design but I don't care for the overall looks of the above case. I want usb etc. available around the front top of the case and would prefer door covers for the cd drives. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it. Thanks.

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September 5, 2010 12:05:00 AM

Well here is a good one that is a little more aggressive looking than Lian Li:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 5, 2010 6:48:22 PM

AMW,

Thanks for the reply. I did just run across that CoolerMaster yesterday. It's been added to my wishlist. I may end up going with the brushed gray version of this case.

JimmySmitty,

Thanks for the reply. I do love the accessibility of this case and it looks like excellent airflow.

A couple of things I am leaning towards for this build:

1. A simple looking case (similar to the mentioned CoolerMaster)
2. Good airflow (Better than my current Antec P-160)
3. Hardware accessibility (Like the removable motherboard tray mentioned, including I/O ports and cards)
4. Ports on the front/top of the case (Similar to both mentioned)
5. I like the aluminum structure of my P-160 (Limited amount of plastic)
6. Full tower is probably preferred (depending on the hardware I choose)
7. I would like a filtered case (Unfortunately this is rarely done successfully and probably unrealistic)

Maybe I should just design my own case... :) 

Thanks again for the help and suggestions. All of the cases I had in my wishlist are deactivated since traveling for work has kept me from keeping up on pc hardware.
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September 5, 2010 9:32:52 PM

hdwdlnd said:
AMW,

Thanks for the reply. I did just run across that CoolerMaster yesterday. It's been added to my wishlist. I may end up going with the brushed gray version of this case.

JimmySmitty,

Thanks for the reply. I do love the accessibility of this case and it looks like excellent airflow.

A couple of things I am leaning towards for this build:

1. A simple looking case (similar to the mentioned CoolerMaster)
2. Good airflow (Better than my current Antec P-160)
3. Hardware accessibility (Like the removable motherboard tray mentioned, including I/O ports and cards)
4. Ports on the front/top of the case (Similar to both mentioned)
5. I like the aluminum structure of my P-160 (Limited amount of plastic)
6. Full tower is probably preferred (depending on the hardware I choose)
7. I would like a filtered case (Unfortunately this is rarely done successfully and probably unrealistic)

Maybe I should just design my own case... :) 

Thanks again for the help and suggestions. All of the cases I had in my wishlist are deactivated since traveling for work has kept me from keeping up on pc hardware.


Umm... the ATCS 840 hit all of those perfectly.



Also:


The silver is quite nice.
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September 7, 2010 5:44:04 PM

Apart from a Simplistic look, the Xaser VI also hits all those marke. The front has filters as do the drive bay covers.

Both cases (the ATCS and the Xaser VI) seem to be good choicees for you. The one thing I like about the Xaser though is that it has tons of room. I worked on one a bit ago, building a new system and the massive amount of room allowed me to make it nearly flawless cable management. In fact I has a few pictures from my work:





HDD bays. All the cables for the HDDs go towards the back part. so they don't stick out or obstruct air flow.

Either case is a good choice it seems.
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September 11, 2010 5:02:15 PM

Sorry for asking here since it is not my topic, but does anyone know of a mid tower with removable mobo tray? All the cases recommended here are full towers. Thanks and ciao.
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September 18, 2010 6:47:37 AM

Best answer selected by hdwdlnd.
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