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Does anyone know of a novel type of PC case, that would actually allow
easy access to the disk drives, mobo and so forth?  

I'm thinking I'd like to get a HTPC type of case, but I'm open to any
type of novel solution.  At this point, off-the-shelf cases really leave
me disappointed.

Anyone using a rack for a home system?



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ej00807.36fxre@no.email.invalid says...
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 Doesn't get any more accessable than this:


 http://tinyurl.com/lmh4d

http://www.highspeedpc.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv ?
Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=TopTechSTD

        Bill

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I LIKE it, Bill. :-) (the rack pix)There are several roomy boxes out.
I have a thing called iCute. Bought in Maplin's for, I think about £30-
=A335 with quite a bit of "hand room" etc. Cuts down on the skint
knuckles & blood drops all over the m'board. :-)

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But how can any PC work without the requisite blood sacrifice?  :)

Seriously though, having good "hand room" usually also means having enough space
to tuck ribbon cables out of the airflow and allow an empty slot between HDDs,
leading to a cooler and more reliable system.


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On Mon, 17 Mar 2008 17:20:57 -0700, Bill

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It's a good idea but I'd be scared because it isn't protected...what
about dust and stuff?....It just seems way too exposed!

--
The Zero ST

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coope1999@hotmail.com says...
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 Just take the bottom off this and pop it over the PC.

 http://www.birdcages.com/small-bird -
cages/wire/cleanlifebirdcage.cfm

 http://tinyurl.com/2uvlqy

 For dust, just use the optional cover:

http://www.birdcages.com/cart/iso.cfm ?
detail=related_listing&sku=PRP061

 http://tinyurl.com/38gw5f

        Bill
 

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On Tue, 18 Mar 2008 21:59:01 +0000, Craig Coope


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Defintely not what you'd want if you had children in the
house, but as for dust why not a room air cleaner so the
user benefits as well as the system?

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Cooling would be my biggest concern.  The 'case' illustrated is
much too open and I'd prefer some forced air cooling.  A fan on
the side is either going to be completely ineffective or _much_
noisier and draughtier than it it needs to be.

--
Andrew Smallshaw
andrews@sdf.lonestar.org

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Craig Coope wrote:
          Bill
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I have a case with the sides and top off. Dust is an issue but I clean
it regularly but getting into the fins on the CPU cooler and graphics
card takes a small paintbrush.

Noise isn't an issue as my Hiper power supply is quiet as is my CPU fan.
The graphics card has no fan so is silent as you can get :)

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On Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:20:55 -0500, ej00807

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No, novel cases tend to make things more difficult unless
talking about an open frame like Bill linked.

A case that allows easy access has the following not so rare
attributes:

-  Slide out motherboard tray
-  Quick release drive rails or sliders on the drive racks
-  Deep case, leaving more room between rear of drive and
right side of motherboard.
-  Snap-off front bezel, most common with cases having
removable filter panels.


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HTPC case is more difficult because everything is cramped
into a certain form-factor.   You don't actually mention
what is disappointing about off-the-shelf cases, maybe you
just haven't seen enough of them?  Check out places like
http://www.newegg.com where there are a lot of reasonably
good pictures of cases then when you have some prospects,
seek some Google reviews of them.  The main factor in easy
access is that it's large, because access means enough space
to get your hand into the area unless you consider using a
flashlight and long magnetic tipped screwdriver easy
(enough).  

On some the entire drive bay comes out, but whether that's
easier or not could depend on whether you really need to
pull all drives at once, otherwise it's easier to not have
to unplug all data and power cables, only dealing with the
one drive you're installing or removing.

Now the more important question, why would easier access be
so important?  You shouldn't need to get into a system every
other day and if you had to add a drive or video card once
or twice a year, it doesn't take but about 5 minutes if
that, even if a plain old standard case with half a dozen
screws involved.  

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The desktop Compaq was an engineering masterpiece mechanically. It
opened up like a flower with no need for tools. Motherboard slid out
too, kony. Just shit stuff in the ones I was working with. They had a
CD-Rom of an odd shape & size with a high fixed price. The UK banks
favourite pc.

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ej00807 wrote:
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Don't see how that would be easy access as everything is usually crammed
together more.
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Which you would then have to take the PC out of before you can even start
working on it. Also depend on how much room you have indoors.

I would have thought that any case where the side is just held on by a
coulple of thunbscrews and all the drives are on slide out rails, like the
Antec P180 is pretty much easy access.

SteveH



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With normal mini/midi towers the key dimension as regards accessibility
appears to be front-to-back depth rather than anything else.  Many
normal cases are in the region of 450mm deep which inevitably mean
than drive bays overhang the motherboard and generally make things
a little tight.  There are cases out the around 600mm deep which
give a lot more space.  Full tower cases (if you can find one -
they seem to be getting thin on the ground) and some desktop cases
are also laid out in a fairly accessible manner, although with the
usually with a desktop you have to remove the monitor from the top
of the unit first.

One of my cases is a Supermicro model - they seem to make some
quite nice cases.  Mine is shown at http://tinyurl.com/blz68
and has acres of room internally as well as hot-swap externally
accessible hard drive bays, although being SCA they won't suit
everyone.

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Sure, I have a small (12U) rack under the desk here.  That doesn't
make things anything easier to access though.  More difficult in
fact.  Racks only really come into their own when you have a lot
of equipment and need to save space - they're no good for anything
else and tend to be pricy to boot.  Most home users are best steering
well clear.

--
Andrew Smallshaw
andrews@sdf.lonestar.org

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I have this one:

http://www.chieftec.com/okh.html

Pretty easy access.

I have a more beautifull door too.

Silverish.

Even my mother was impressed with it's good looks :)

Here more screenshots for ya:

Keep in mind though, the photo's are over exposed with light, in reality it
looks a little better in the darkness of normal lamp light :)

http://members.home.nl/hbthouppermans/DreamPC2006/Skybuck 's%20Dream%20PC%20Website/

Bye,
  Skybuck.



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The "red" things are SATA cables. And your wee sound zip file is
corrupt.
Where are your HDD fans in the last pic?

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On the right side of the case,

Near the bottom, right of the picture.

Bye,
  Skybuck.



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Skybuck Flying wrote:
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Probably beats having to look at and listen to you every day!
She would probably be even more impressed with my PC's then, I have 2 of the
cases:
http://www.antec.com/uk/productDetails.php?ProdID=81800 One all black and
the silver one in the pic.

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And why did your website try to open a popup and run some MS HTML code gizmo
on my PC?

SteveH




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Pop-up is probably from the statistics counter.

Bye,
  Skybuck.



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