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Silent PC case (5 5.25 bays) or (3 5.25 & 2 3.24)

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November 10, 2012 10:30:06 AM

Hi all.

I’m looking for a new silent case for my main workstation with a price tag not to exceed $150US
My PC has 2 DVD drives and 1 5.25 enclosure that hold 2 SSDs.

I’d like either 2 more 5.25” bays (to hold a 3 bay 3.25” hot swap chassis) or 2 hot swappable 3.25” front accessible slots already provided.

Most everything I’ve found falls shorts on the # of front accessible bays or meets that but has USB2 ports. I want at least 2 USB3 ports on the front/top.

Thanks for having a look!
Lee

PS cooling shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I5-25K with a honker heatsink and good quiet fan

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November 10, 2012 10:52:24 AM

look at the fractal define R4. only 2 optical drives bays which is just enough and there is lots of hard drive space that you can occupy. also has very good build quality and silence
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November 10, 2012 4:40:24 PM

good luck. i would trust a european manfacturer over a no name any day

what is the point of the enclosures when regular drive cages work the same?
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November 10, 2012 5:13:46 PM

I don't want to open the case just to change a drive which is something I do frequently for forensic repair. The front of this computer is accessible but the getting inside it is a PITA.

Fractal is one of the first companies I checked with but only 2 5.25 in bays was a deal killer.
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November 10, 2012 5:15:33 PM

they realized that most people dont use more than 1 optical drive or hotswaps. 90% of the people dont so yeah

good luck then

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November 10, 2012 5:20:45 PM

Oh,

Nexus is not a no name. They make all those cases for Iphones, Android as well as computer cases and are based in The Netherlands
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November 10, 2012 5:24:00 PM

first time i ever even heard of it. but ok.
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