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I'm in the process of building an ESXi lab and have all my parts picked out except the case. As of right now I've been eyeing the Lian Li PC-V352, and PC-V354 which range from $120 - $150.

I'd like to find something a bit cheaper if possible, doesn't have to be cube but am looking for something on the small side that holds at least 3x 3.5" drives internal, has 2x 120mm fan support and will accept a standard PSU.

Any suggestions other than these Lian Li cases?
post #2 of 11
Coolermaster elite 341.
NZXT vulcan
SG01
SG02
SG03
SG04

ummm CM elite 342 ? what type are you looking for? lian li style i guess?
    
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post #3 of 11
These are slightly above your budget. Not Lian Li. Cube footprint but more of a tower with the height.

Also:

TT Lanbox

Apevia Aspire X-QPACK2

Thermaltake Armor A30

While the last 3 above are only slightly out of your specs area they do all offer great features and are below the price range you specified.
Edited by Erick Silver - 6/1/11 at 5:22am
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post #4 of 11
Cube style or Mini tower?

Mini tower:
Lian Li A04
Lian Li V600F
Lian Li A05N
Lian Li A05FN
Fractal Design Arc Mini
Fractal Design Define Mini
Fractal Design Core 1000
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post #5 of 11
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Coolermaster elite 341.
I'm digging the price on that. My only concern would be cooling of the hard drives since they are not directly in front of the front fan. I'll be running 10k rpm SATA drives.

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Originally Posted by Liighthead View Post
NZXT vulcan
That has got to be the most bizarre looking case I've ever seen.

The other cases don't look bad, though fall more into the price range of the Lian Li's I've been looking at. I like the Lian Li's just hoping to save a few bucks, rather then spending $150 on a case.

Style wise, I'm not set on cube or tower. Just something that's going to be small in my office and quiet.
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post #7 of 11
Sorry to hijack your thread? But what size GPU would the Define Mini hold? Would it fit a 560 Ti?
post #8 of 11
the 341 cools my hhd fine with a fan it blows quite alot of air onto the bottom hhd.

and the other one seams to be fine.. if its hot proably $20 and u could get a 5.25bay cooler thing? should be more then enough to cool the hhd though.

what gpu are you going to use?

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Sorry to hijack your thread? But what size GPU would the Define Mini hold? Would it fit a 560 Ti?
without the bottom hhd cage the mini should hold 2 x 5970s if im correct

a 560 should be fine. ( 80% sure )
    
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post #9 of 11
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what gpu are you going to use?
I'll be using the built-in video of the Supermicro X8SIL-F and accessing the computer via KVM over IP.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by WoodiE View Post

That has got to be the most bizarre looking case I've ever seen.
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Pffft. I just ordered a lian li T1 for my next HTPC build. Now that's bizarre AND impractical. And I love it.
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