Need a smaller case for my huge system... recommendations?
Posted on 2006-03-20
So, I'm building this server, and all the components fit together so nicely. I figure I'll just check with the folks at the colocation facility to make sure they can accommodate the new chassis. Well, that 8.27"W x 24.29"H x 24.61"D Lian Li will run me an extra 50% on top of my existing rental costs. I gotta stay under or around 9x20x20 in order to keep costs reasonable on that front.
The motherboard is E-ATX at 12"x13", but the real problem is the 9 internal 3.5" drives that are living in there in addition to the floppy and optical drives.
Any case recommendations? What about other internal storage solutions for these 9 drives (yes I'd prefer to keep the 9 drives, though I suppose I could cut it down to 7 if I really had to) -- I've seen some Cooler Master cases that have a "4-in-3" device module that apparently converts 3 5.25" drive bays into 4 3.5" drive bays... but I'm not sure whether this item can be purchased separately or would even work in a non-CM case. Surely there exists, though I haven't come across it in my relatively limited travels through the case world, some kind of adapter to convert at least a single 5.25" bay to 3.5" ...?