I'm building a new Gaming Rig but since I'm at a little loss of space within my home and also because I dont plan to use a separate display for the gaming rig, I need to place this baby close to my HDTV.
I have a TV stand with compartments huge enough to place this Antec 300 case when placed horizontally and I'd be having sufficient space on the two sides - at least 2 inches for enough air flow. The rear of my TV stand is fully open as well just as the front.
So these are the concerns I have:
1. Will this cause an issue with heating especially pulling out the rising hot air ?
2. I plan to use the WD Caviar Black 1.5TB hard drives and the WD Green 1TB hard drive - and all of these would eventually get placed vertically - I hope this is not an issue - is it ?
The other components in my system would be:
12 GB RAM
ASUS ENGTX460 1GB Gfx card
I would be using this system roughly 4 to 6 hrs each day for gaming, running few VMs, watching movies directly from this connected to my TV and may be a little bit of CPU intensive code compilation jobs.
I saw the silverstone ones but they wont fit my 3 + 1 hard drives Not only that - I doubt it would fit my ASUS ENGTX460 either....
I was initially planning to go with a nmediapc 5000B. I bought my ENGTX460 when there was an offer at newegg recently for $120, but later realized that there are heat pipes coming out the top protruding half an inch or so from the top of the card - which rules out all the regular HTPC cases which do not usually have room above the expansion card slots
BTW - would you think it would be a good idea to get few rubberized discs or something that I could stick on the bottom side when placed horizontally to avoid vibrations as well as any scratches ? If so anything that you could recommend ?
Yes I think you are right the Grandia only has space for 2 hard drives . It does take 11 inch long gfx cards though so yours will definitely fit
There is an old trick for adding more hard drives . Adhesive velcro . One side on the back of the drive and the other on the case . Two strips about 3 inches long hold a hard drive anywhere and absorb vibrations too
For the Antec 300
Probably a sheet of some soft foam rubber under the case ?
Only a guess ,but I think the more surface area the better and if it was a quarter of an inch thick and a fraction smaller than the case you'd never see it .
They're like 1-1/4 in dia - so should be reasonably small compared to my case's size and should serve the purpose of keeping any vents on the bottom side open (not sure the Antec 300 case has one near the side of the front bezel - have seen such in many cases) - is it a good idea ?
@deadlockedworld - yeah I was thinking about those as well - in the worst I think I'll just cut the wires which go to the LED may be after a month or so
Other option I was considering was to get the Antec 300 (the standard one without the 2 front fans) and get 2 x 120mm non-LED fans and install it myself - the price would almost come the same in both the cases....
I like your last suggestion about getting your own fans. While the three-speed Antec fans are good quality, the switch controllers for them are only about 3' long and don't really reach outside the case. If you bought your own fans you could get them with some type of fan controller to adjust all at once from outside the case.
p.s. the dust filter on the front of the 300 is really nice--I vacuum mine from the outside every month or so.
you can easily disable the LED fans by snipping one of the two wires that connects to each LED. its quite simple and effective. black electrical tape over the LEDs will do pretty much the same thing, and doesnt require solder if you change your mind.