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Poll Results: What should I do?

 
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post #1 of 12
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Alright,

well I am pretty well off into modding my Lian Li case that I got, but I have ran into a little bit of a wall. I think I only have 3 options here so I am gonna post each one, with pictures of the possible solution. I am also gonna do a poll for said 3 options. Which ever one wins, I am pretty sure I will be using, unless I find it impossible to do. Also if you vote please state your reason for doing so.

Option #1
Wires would be coming out of hard drives and into middle of case, not the best looks but it would work and be simple. or I could try to turn drives around, but I only have about 2cm ish between back of hard drives and front bezels.





Option #2
side ways so the drives are perpendicular, takes about the same space and and wiring as option #1 but it would just look different, and tidy up the inside of the case a little bit





Option #3
This one would take some modding to complete but I think it might be the best solution thus far, turn the hdd cage 90° then mod and cut out the back section of the drive bays so that I would have access to the drives for wires. This would provide a clean look on the inside, but the hard drives wouldn't be easily removable. Not sure if that is really a problem considering I don't really plan on removing them every day, but to put them in and take them out I would have to unscrew the cage and put the drives in and then screw it back in place. I can use thumb screws for this, as I have 4 on had that are the same thread as the holes on the cage.







Sorry for the crappy pics, camera was up stairs, and I had my phone in hand.
    
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post #2 of 12
More options for you:
Lian Li EX-34 Expansion Hard Drive Kit
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=2885

Lian Li EX-23 Expansion Hard Drive Kit
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...roducts_id=974

I have a silver EX-23 that I am willing to sell... let me know.

How are you modding the lower chamber of your case? I am assuming you purchased this rack? I was able to mount the rack underneath my PSU.
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post #3 of 12
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Yea, I already know about those. Those are good solutions but I know this will work once I figure it out. Also its only taking up 2 drive bays, and I can better spend those 20+ bucks somewhere else.
    
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post #4 of 12
i like the 3rd option.
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The sideways option would look very clean. Too badd the cage isn't on the fllor of the case, then you could easily just run the screws up from the bottom making it very easy to access.
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post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Bindusar View Post
The sideways option would look very clean. Too badd the cage isn't on the fllor of the case, then you could easily just run the screws up from the bottom making it very easy to access.

well it was down there... but now a 360 rad is in the hdd cages place I still have easy access to the bottom of it, as there is a huge 120mm hole right there so getting to it from the outside is pretty simple.
    
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Here is a pic of the case stock

    
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If you can find them, there are right angle "server" 4 pin power connectors that utilize brass set screws for the power lines
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
If you can find them, there are right angle "server" 4 pin power connectors that utilize brass set screws for the power lines
would those work on SATA drives? I just have that IDE drive in there to see how it would lay out.
    
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I would go for option 3
    
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