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 Post subject: HTPC case with drive slot and space for 4x 3.5" HDDs?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:35 pm 
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I am currently converting my Lian-Li Q08 NAS to a HTPC system. Previously I used the NAS to serve digital media via UPnP to my PS3, but as I really don't use the Playstation as a gaming console anymore, I thought it would be more efficient to just use the PC as an HTPC.

However, as there are still four hard drives in the case, I am looking for a silent, nice-looking case with just a slot for a new BluRay drive.

Similar cases would be the hfx mini metal, various A-Tech cases or the semi-DIY Modushop MD11 (just with a drive bracket instead of a slot). The first two also seem to be excellent for a silent case (although not enough space for HDDs), for the latter, I don't know.

Does anyone know of further examples? I'd like to have a clean look if the case goes into the living room and not two separate devices anymore.

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC case with drive slot and space for 4x 3.5" HDDs?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:48 am 
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NAS type cases:
The most silent case has passive heatpipe cooling solutions, but 4 HDDs might be the loudest component:
HFX PowerNAS 5 HDDs in hot swap, one slimline optical drive. The CPU heatpipe cooler is sold seperately. A Pico PSU type set will be another ~100€ (considerably less from the UK). The solution will run you ~400€ (350€).
The Chenbro ES34169 has 4 hot swap bays for HDDs, a card reader and room for one slim optical and one 2.5" drive internally. There are two versions with 120W and 180W passively cooled PSUs.
The CFI A7879 has 4 hot swap bays, a 200w internal PSU, but no room for an optical drive. You can get it for 130€ or £83.
The [url=Fractal Design Array R2]Fractal Design Array R2[/url] (spcr review) has room for 6 3.5" drives internally, comes with a 300w PSU but has no room for an optical drive, not even front USB ports. It's prone to rattling.
HTPC type cases for 4+ HDDs The Silverstone LC 17 and LC20 along with some others can hold up to 6 HDDs.
Cubes for 4+ HDDs and a stadard PSU
The Lian Li Q25 has hot swap bays, but no rom for an optical drive. The V354 and Xigmatek Gigas have room for micro ATX boards.

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 Post subject: Re: HTPC case with drive slot and space for 4x 3.5" HDDs?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:21 am 
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Thanks for the suggestions, boost!

One thing that I forgot to mention is that the case should be in HTPC form factor. The hfx POwerNAS looks *very* interesting but sadly won't fit into the home theater rack. A PicoPSU is not a problem as the current NAS runs from an 80W PicoPSU and a Zotac H55-ITX mini-ITX board (less than 30W with four HDDs).

Silverstone's Grandia cases also look very nice (especially the GD06) but it lacks the slot for the slot-in drive. Maybe I just have to live with that.

I guess a custom case from Modushop will be the best solution but I am afraid that it will just look nice and not be silent and well-cooled after all.


Any more suggestions maybe?


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC case with drive slot and space for 4x 3.5" HDDs?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:06 am 
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A drive bay converter 5.25" to slimline. Aluminum 5.25" converter -> 1 slim optical + 1 3.5" HDD or 2 2.5" HDDs. Simple 5.25" converter -> 2 slim optical converter. Ihve the second one for my slot in drives. Build quality is good, the front is plastic.
You could use the first one in a Lian Li C33 or C60 case for a better look. I doubt these cases match the modu ones for build quality. They state the case is 2mm aluminum and front a solid 1cm aluminum.

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