New case recommendation.

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by deusexaethera, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Jan 27, 2005
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    I'm starting to get sick of the droning and clacking coming from the Raptor hard drives in my current case. I'd like to get a new case with a drive cage that has rubber vibration-reducing grommets, but I've had precious little luck finding that listed as a feature. I would also like for the case to be a Micro-ATX mini-tower, because I don't like huge cases.

    Anybody have any recommendations?
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

    Mar 31, 2006
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    I think all of the Antec cases have rubber grommets for the drive cages.

    But their micro-atx cases don't come with a drive cage.
    At least, the model I have doesn't. (NSK3300)
    Although, the one I'm using did come with two seperate drive trays.
    One mounted on the bottom of the case, and one mounted under the bottom
    optical drive.
    But you can't use a drive fan that way. That's why you see how I modded
    mine with the older Antec cage. Well that, plus I needed more than 2 drives in there.
    Oddly, the case holds 2 x92mm + a 120mm case fan.

    But their mid-sized cases aren't so huge. Is it mandatory that it be a micro-atx case?
    The full sized version of mine, the NSK6500, has the sweetest drive cage I've seen.
    Silicone grommets, and individual sliding trays.
    The cage slides out for easy access, and the trays slide out individually from there.

    That case is 18.5 x 18.5 though. But it will hold a pair of 92mm fans
    in front of the drive cage like mine will, plus the 120mm rear fan.
    Strangely enough, the case in between this one and mine, doesn't hold
    the pair of 92mm fans.

    The Antec Solo, also has 2x92mm front fans, plus 120mm rear fan.
    It's an inch lower than the NSK6500 at 17.5x18.5, but only holds 4x hard drives.
    It has two different ways of mounting the drives. You can install 4 of them
    the normal way, and then there is a supsension system that puts extreme
    isolation on the drives. It only holds 3 drives that way though.

    A 120mm tri-cool fan comes with the cages, but you need to buy the
    92mm tri-cool fans for in front of the drive cages.

    And yeah, I'm obviously a big fan of Antec cases but they're built well
    and I've had the greatest customer service from them.
  3. thebox

    thebox New Member

    Feb 22, 2005
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    the solo is a GREAT case

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