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So I was looking at admiring your cases and I keep noticing little features that keep adding up. Plenty of holes to shove cables though, plenty of loops for tying those cables down, a removable motherboard tray and mounting options that let you put a fan or radiator just about anywhere. When I noticed the holes around the perimeter of the frame that can accept accessory rails to let people put anything anywhere, I was sold. For me the attention to detail and the ability for the customer to make the case to fit his requirements (rather than the other way around) is well worth a couple hundred more dollars, especially since a well designed, well built case can last through multiple builds.

I think I know who I would like to buy my next case from. There's just one problem for me. The smallest case is friggen huge. The 12 spaces for hard drives on just the one side is more than enough for anything short of a file server, and most builds only need one power supply. I don't plan on building a hardcore gaming machine that doubles as a fileserver and supercomputer so most of the space on the one side would be wasted. This, to me, is a bad thing.

I was wondering if you have any plans or have considered making a standard single sided tower case with the PSU and HDD(s) mounted in the same side as the motherboard so the case isn't as wide (the height and depth appear to be spot on), but still has the same great build features and accepts many of the same accessories for those of us with less massive projects.

p.s. for those cases that do have massive numbers of hard drives, you should find someone who makes circuit boards and have them make a SATA backplane for you to sell that condenses 4 power cables 4 data cables and a fan into 2 power plugs and an SFF8087 data cable that you can mount to your drive cages. As someone who has built computers with stupid numbers of drives, cable management for that many devices is a pain in the ass.
Edited by BirdofPrey - 6/29/11 at 11:59pm
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I can't speak for Caselabs, but integrating a backplane is an expensive endeavour. Ready made solutions exist on the market that will fit perfectly in a flexbay.

Enhancetech makes some very nice multiple HDD backplanes, as does Supermicro.

DF

Edit: I particularly like the Supermicro CSE-M28SAB.


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^^^ This would be the best approach. DF is correct, making a limited production board would be pretty expensive.

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Originally Posted by DragonFireSG View Post
I can't speak for Caselabs, but integrating a backplane is an expensive endeavour. Ready made solutions exist on the market that will fit perfectly in a flexbay.

Enhancetech makes some very nice multiple HDD backplanes, as does Supermicro.

DF

Edit: I particularly like the Supermicro CSE-M28SAB.

How the hell did you find that? Every time I look for one of those all I can find are those stupid 5in3 hotswap bays with the same number of plugs as are on the drives themselves.

Another thing to keep in mind. Making new things can be expensive, but there are probably a few companies that already manufacture them that don't sell to consumers, but would sell to OEMs, and from my experience, finding certain pieces of hardware can be irritatingly tedious. Anyways, it was just me having a thought; if it was a horribly stupid one feel free to ignore it.
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I would like an answer about if case labs has plans to sell smaller cases than what they do now) I've seen more people here building computers in tower cases and shoebox cases than the monstrous double sided cases, so I'd think you would be able to sell sufficient volume.
Edited by BirdofPrey - 6/30/11 at 9:32am
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Originally Posted by BirdofPrey View Post
I would like an answer about if case labs has plans to sell smaller cases than what they do now) I've seen more people here building computers in tower cases and shoebox cases than the monstrous double sided cases, so I'd think you would be able to sell sufficient volume.
Sorry - missed that... Once the TX10 is out the door (at last!), we'll start the ground work for a more conventional tower design. The smaller cases require a great deal more up front investment in order to be competitive price-wise. Probably about $50K to start with and $1.5-$2 million (for starters) to really enter the upper end mainstream market. I'd like to sell a couple more MAGNUMs before we commit to that - lol! I always get a kick out of people saying they're going into the midrange case market ($150 - $200) with less than $250K. Good luck...
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Makes sense. Everyone and his dog makes towers and mid towers nowadays (though many of them are of extremely poor build quality) so I can see wanting to have something liquid before breaking into that segment.

Just lemme know when you are ready to start making Towers; I'll buy the first one.
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Perhaps Case Labs puts a locking door on this unused space and then you have a "lock box" along with your computer.Who would think of looking for valuables in your computer case (except the guy that steals the entire computer).Perhaps they even beef this area up so it gives a bit of resistance to a break in. You have to admit the cases are starting to look a bit like safes.
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That just gave me an idea:
A shelving unit with an option to install drawers. It would mount to the accessory rails above or below the PSU(s). I have plenty of tools and wires and things I use when I have to change something on my computer (which seems to happen a lot). Why not let me store those things IN my case. No lock required.

Edit: An additional note about backplanes: What I have seen on the market so far all mounts to a standard 5.25" bay. Something that could mount to the HDD mounts on the PSU side of the case would be great. As I mentioned, I am sure somebody, somewhere makes just the circuit board, so it's not a stretch to make some hardware to attach one to the bays we have.
Edited by BirdofPrey - 6/30/11 at 10:29am
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