Uh - what did computer cases used to be called before the tower?

Posted on 2006-04-14
Last Modified: 2010-04-25

Custom cabinet built around a computer case - the kind that used to lie down before the towers hit the market.

1) Does anyone know if there is a name for that kind of case?
2) Where can I buy one...
Question by:SAbboushi
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Desktop cases.

    (Most are media center cases, but they still make the occasional old style desktop).

    And you can always lay a tower on it's side.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for your response leew

    I went to the link you provided but it was not apparent to me where the old style desktop cases were that you mentioned.

    I understand that hard drives these days are OK on their side - I would anticipate awkwardness with CDs and DVDs...
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    Before the tower came, there was no need for any special names- all were oriented flat and were called desktops.
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    >>    I would anticipate awkwardness with CDs and DVDs...  <<   not at all ! they are used everyday !
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    try this link

    If you need a Videocard
    ASUS PUNDIT-AE3 AMD Socket 754 AMD Athlon /Sempron SiS 760GX Barebone - Retail

    If you don't
    ASUS Pundit P2-AE2 AMD Socket 754 AMD Athlon 64 /Sempron up to 3200+ VIA K8M800 Barebone - Retail

    these are good DESKTOPS(old style as you call them) as I use them and they work well. They are barebones which means that they come with the motherboard and case. You will need to add everything else. My P2-AE2 came with a combo drive(DVD/CDRW) and its very slim. 2.1" tall.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for all your posts - let me check on this and get back to you-
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    If you scroll down on my link, you will come across this case

    They have a few others, but most, as I said, are media center Cases.

    As for dealing with CDs, most CD players have little clasps that slide up to hold the CD in when placing it in the tray.  Most have had these included for the last 10 years.

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