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post #11 of 36
don't need to get hissy, just trying to help you since you are a fellow FT02 owner.

eventually you'll come to realize what i'm trying to say. HDD powered up inside the machine cause alot more problems then most people realize. aside from the heat and noise factor (it becomes a factor when you are talking about that many drives), the wear and tear on the drive can eventually cause data loss. mechanical drives response time can also occasionally cause BSOD depending on what data/program you have installed on them. it's also additional work if you ever get infected with virus/malware regardless how well protected you may think you machine is. as for portability, the additional weight of the 5 drives will definitely come into play if you intend to make it a LAN party machine.

alas, it's not my box and you're the one who has to live with it:D I'm perfectly happy with the FT02 since my schooling days are long behind me:D
post #12 of 36
How often will you be taking it on a bus? For portability sake you may want to consider reducing the number of drives, because that can add up to a significant amount of weight.

BTW, did you know that the Lian Li PC-Q08 series of mini ITX case can hold your 5 hard drives plus GTX 580? You don't have an optical drive listed, so one HDD goes where the optical drive goes, and other 4 HDDs goes in the top HDD bracket. There's a dedicated 2.5" drive bay. There is also an additional HDD bracket that holds two drives, but you'll have to remove it (using a thumbscrew I think) to fit your GTX 580.
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I agree on grabbing another high capacity dive to help save some space. 5 drives is pushing it for such a small rig, where better airflow would be more optimal.
 
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post #14 of 36
Fractal mATX cases are huge. Go with the TJ08-E -- it still qualifies as SFF.
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How often will you be taking it on a bus? For portability sake you may want to consider reducing the number of drives, because that can add up to a significant amount of weight.
BTW, did you know that the Lian Li PC-Q08 series of mini ITX case can hold your 5 hard drives plus GTX 580? You don't have an optical drive listed, so one HDD goes where the optical drive goes, and other 4 HDDs goes in the top HDD bracket. There's a dedicated 2.5" drive bay. There is also an additional HDD bracket that holds two drives, but you'll have to remove it (using a thumbscrew I think) to fit your GTX 580.
Would that fit a Corsair HX850? It's not necessary but the last ITX build I had I was forced to use a tiny SSF 300w PSU.


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I agree on grabbing another high capacity dive to help save some space. 5 drives is pushing it for such a small rig, where better airflow would be more optimal.
I know it's suboptimal, but I really don't want to replace my drives with a few super high capacity ones, because if those fail I am ****ed. 2TB is the absolute limit for drive capacity for me right now.


Also the Arc Mini looks really good, but the problem I'm noticing is that for my GTX 580 to fit (27cm) I'd have to remove one of the drive cages, only giving me three slots.
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post #16 of 36
Well either way all of your stuff should be backed up...whether its on a small hard drive or not.
 
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post #17 of 36
Will you people back off the man and his HDDs, some of us dont have the money time or desire to upgrade for the sake of reducing drives, especially when they are three times more expensive than they used to be, if he has them he needs to keep them, personally I have 2 internal and 3 external and wish they were all internal for convenience sake

Now id recommend the arc mini, its a sexy tower
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post #18 of 36
Get a Qmicra, best matx case out there, at least to me.

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It can handle 4 x 3.5 HDD plus you can stick another 3 x 3.5 HDD if you use one of those 3 x 5.25 slot HDD coolers that hold 3 x 3.5 HDD.

There is one for sale used on the hardforum's

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1667768

you're only chance to get it, since they're discontinued and you can't buy 'em new anywhere.
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NZXT Vulcan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146065//
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post #20 of 36

@hglazm

So, you will get a new mATX size motherboard as well to go with a new mATX case?

 

I wonder, if a case like Lian Li PC-A05FNB can be an option.  It has several advantages:-

1) Its size 19.7" x 8.3" x 15.26" is a good downsize from your FT02's 24.3" x 8.4" x 19.6", though not as small as a mATX case.  It is classified as a Mid Tower.

 

2) More importantly, A05FNB only weighs about 9.7 lbs which is substantially less than the 33.1 lbs stock weight of FT02.  Moving it around is much easier.

(A05FNB is full aluminium while FT02 is aluminium+steel).

 

3) A05FNB has three 3.5'' drive bays.  As you do not have an optical drive, you can convert the two 5.25'' drive bays and one 3.5'' drive bays to hold an additional of, say, 3 harddisks, making a total of 6 harddisk space.

 

4) A05FNB fits your current ATX size motherboard with no problem.

 

Here is one big catch:- size of your graphics card.

You said it is 270mm long. However, your sig rig shows a MSI GTX580 Lightning which is 305mm long.

If it is 270mm long, then it can be fitted into the A05FNB and this case is a good option, IMHO.

If it is really 305mm long, then A05FNB cannot receive it as the max length of card allowed is 280mm.

 

 

Lian Li PC-A05FNB for US$90.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112331

 

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