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NEED HELP FINDING A CASE

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January 6, 2013 5:42:15 AM

Hi All and Thanks in advance to any and all suggestions for my woes. I am looking for a case for a computer being custom built for me...my requirements are that it be solid built, less then 16 inches tall, well ventilated, have at least 1 usb 2 port in front and 2 in the back....at least 2 esata ports ...one in front is a plus... as for usb 3 a couple in back is fine one in front also a plus. I could live with a 17 inch tall case but there then could be no fan in the top back of tower. This case must also hold a nvidia evga660ti card 2 optical drives and two hdd...see complete speck of build below for a more detailed description. Only after said builder collected all the parts and cashed my check did they inform me the case they recommended would not hold 2 opticals. If my only option is an external enclosure ...how about a recommendation for a good one of these??? Please help me out I can only find like two options and both lack cooling!!!
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MINI TOWER PC, Core™ i5 / i7 Z77 Mini-Tower Custom Computer System 1
COOLER MASTER, Elite 361 (RC-361-KKN1) Black Mini-Tower Case, ATX, No PSU, Steel/Plastic

CORSAIR, TX850 V2 Power Supply 850W, 80 PLUS® Bronze, 24-pin ATX12V v2.31 EPS12V 2.92, 4x 8/6-pin PCIe

ASUS, P8Z77-M PRO, LGA1155, Intel® Z77, DDR3-2400 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1+1*, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6Gb/s /2, HDMI + DVI + VGA, USB 3.0 /6, HDA, GbLAN, mATX, Retail

INTEL, Core™ i7-3770S Quad-Core 3.1 - 3.9GHz TB, HD Graphics 4000, LGA1155, 8MB L3 Cache, 22nm, 65W, EM64T EIST HT VT-d VT-x XD, Retail

COOLER MASTER, GeminII M4 CPU Cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/775/FM1/AM3/AM2, Low-Profile, Copper/Aluminum

CRUCIAL, 16GB (4 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

WESTERN DIGITAL, 1TB WD VelociRaptor®, SATA 6 Gb/s, 10000 RPM, 64MB cache

WESTERN DIGITAL, 2TB WD Caviar® Black™ (WD2002FAEX), SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache

LG ELECTRONICS, UH12NS29 Black 10x/16x/48x BD/DVD±RW/CD-RW Blu-ray Disc™ Combo Drive, M-Disc, SATA, w/o Software, OEM

LITE-ON, iHBS112 Black 12x/16x/48x BD/DVD/CD Blu-ray Disc™ Burner w/ Software, SATA, OEM

MICROSOFT, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM



+ KINGWIN, ESAC-02 eSATA Bracket Cable, 15", Retail 1 $0.00 $0.00
+ EVGA, GeForce® GTX 660 Ti SuperClocked+ w/ Backplate 980MHz, 3GB GDDR5 6008MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, DP + HDMI + 2 x DVI, Retail 1 $0.00 $0.00
+ COOLER MASTER, R4 SickleFlow 120mm Case Fan, 2000 RPM, 69 CFM, 19 dBA, Blue LED 2 $0.00 $0.00
+ ANTEC, 80mm Clear Case Fan, Blue LED 3 $0.00 $0.00

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January 6, 2013 11:27:22 AM

I would post a picture of your enclosure (desk or entertainment center). You may have to modify it a little for good airflow. It won't matter how many case fans you use if the airflow is restricted by the enclosure.
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January 6, 2013 6:12:43 PM

Good Point o1die ....cannot post pic at this time but will try to describe...the desk has a hutch on top. The side walls of the hutch are approx ten inches from the back of the desk. The computer tower would have the entire left side open for ventilation, 2/3 of the right side would be open to ventilation (approx 6 inches of the right back side would be blocked by side wall of hutch)
The top of the computer tower is open as well except for like the back 6 inches of the tower which must sit back under the hutch storage shelf. The very back of the tower and the entire back sits like four inches from the back wall of the hutch....guess I consider the back would be exhaust fans blowing out of the case so this would be a non issue...hope this helps...and thanks for thinking of this
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January 6, 2013 6:48:42 PM

The NZXT Gamma Classic. I keep recommending this case to everyone, but I think it would work good for you. x2 USB 2.0 in the front with an ESATA port in front aswell, 17 inches tall, 6 fan spots, it will also hold 2 HHDs and Optical drives. Not sure what you mean USB ports in the back, thats the motherboard. The case is about $35 on Newegg. :) 
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January 7, 2013 8:23:08 AM

Thanks Lolzer for the suggestion... but alas this case will not work for me...my maximum height allowable is 17.5 inches and the specs on this case say it is 17.68.... and i probably should leave a little wiggle room...thats why i first stated 16 inches....maybe 17....and thanks for confirming what i suspected ,that the rear ports were the mobo...but hey thats why i got someone else building it
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