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Hopefully I'm not too late.
Grow Up Japan still makes the "Smart Drive" enclosure. There is a new version called the Smart Drive NEO so you'll have to look it up. It runs ~100USD which is quite expensive and only holds one drive. It looks like your drive cage is the same width as a 5.25 drive so maybe removing the cage and simply using Smart Drives would fit perfectly.
Depending on how much storage you actually need, I really recommend getting SSDs instead. What I did is get enough SSD storage for my things I use often and store everything else on externals which I only turn on to store or transfer files. But my storage requirements might be much lower than yours since I only need ~400gb of SSD space.
If you are going for a silent silent CPU cooler, a high end air cooler might do a better job. Don't forget liquid cooling still requires fans.
If you didn't buy the PSU yet, the Seasonic X series or Corsair AX series PSUs are probably better. The fans are close to inaudible and if the PSU is under 20% load, the fan doesn't even turn on.

Thanks for the reply. I think I indeed will end up with SSD's eventhough they will be massively expensive in the caliber I am thinking of. No worries about the watercooling, discussed that quite a bit, ordered some fans for testing already, love them, and the watercooling will reduce noise a LOT. And with the PSU I also debated that in a different thread, and eventhough exactly those PSU's were mentioned, in the end it came to the beQuiet PSU I am waiting for. Still I would like your opinion on how exactly they are better (specifically the seasonic X ones) if you could tell me. I'm not extraordinarily steady in terms of PSU fans.
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Apparently BeQuiet might be using PSU parts made by Seasonic. I can't find much info on the Dark Pro P10, but if its platinum rating, then go for it by all means. I recommended the Seasonic X series since I own one. It's been highly regarded as the silent PSU for many years especially since it runs fanless with <20% load.

Liquid cooling isn't as quiet as air cooling at low temps. Air cooling can be effective as a lot of heat can be removed even when fans are at low rpm (under 800 rpm). You can get the nicest fans for water cooling but you still require fans to run at higher speeds than air cooling which means there will always be more noise. This is all during idle too. And custom water cooling only beats high end air cooling by a few degrees at the same noise levels.
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if you can afford it, Kingwin STR-500 is a quality unit.

as far as HDD, there is no reason to run more then a SSD + a mechanical HDD internally. everything else can be run externally. if you REALLY want alot more space internally, look into 2.5" mechanical drives on top of a 4TB 3.5 drive. the 2.5" drives are quiet enough for internal use.
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That depends on your standards of quietness. I don't think 2.5" drives are quiet enough either. I tried using a 5400rpm 2.5" drive and I could still hear it. Wasn't good enough for me so I decided all HDDs are hopeless if I want my setup to be inaudible at idle.
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Thanks for the reply. I think I indeed will end up with SSD's eventhough they will be massively expensive in the caliber I am thinking of. No worries about the watercooling, discussed that quite a bit, ordered some fans for testing already, love them, and the watercooling will reduce noise a LOT. And with the PSU I also debated that in a different thread, and eventhough exactly those PSU's were mentioned, in the end it came to the beQuiet PSU I am waiting for. Still I would like your opinion on how exactly they are better (specifically the seasonic X ones) if you could tell me. I'm not extraordinarily steady in terms of PSU fans.

you could have a media server if making one would be cheaper than buying a bunch of ssds. the latency is pretty minimal
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