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Why not get a full ATX mobo that has onboard graphics (or just a cheapo graphics card) then use its PCI-E and PCI slots for SATA controllers in the future? full ATX usually have 6-8 SATA that would give you growth for at the moment using your current sata controller as well meaning wife doesnt murder you for spending all the money
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post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by Norse View Post

Why not get a full ATX mobo that has onboard graphics (or just a cheapo graphics card) then use its PCI-E and PCI slots for SATA controllers in the future? full ATX usually have 6-8 SATA that would give you growth for at the moment using your current sata controller as well meaning wife doesnt murder you for spending all the money

I'm only using onboard graphics anyway as the whole thing runs headless. I wasn't aware that full ATX mobos typically come with that many SATA sockets though. Thanks mate, I'll investigate....
post #13 of 21
Also get a case labs case so you have room for expansion!!!!
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Also get a case labs case so you have room for expansion!!!!

They all look pretty good, but even the cheapest is about twice the price of the Fractal Define XL that I was looking at on page 1 and I really don't get anything significantly better suited for my needs for that price. sorry frown.gif

(I've still rep'ed you for suggestion though smile.gif)
post #15 of 21
Not sure if it's available in the UK, but have you considered some of the cheap norco 4U chassis like the RPC-470? Its not that pretty and I think you can make it quieter by adding a sound-proofing material like foam or something to the inside.
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Not sure if it's available in the UK, but have you considered some of the cheap norco 4U chassis like the RPC-470? Its not that pretty and I think you can make it quieter by adding a sound-proofing material like foam or something to the inside.

It's tempting, but I can only find US-based resellers and by the time I've added shipping on, it's more expensive than Fractal case while also being noisier frown.gif I'll keep looking though. Thanks thumb.gif
post #17 of 21
Or a Rosewill RSV-L4000. 8 drive trays built in, along with a 3 x 5.25" area that could easily hold another 5 3.5" drives.
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Or a Rosewill RSV-L4000. 8 drive trays built in, along with a 3 x 5.25" area that could easily hold another 5 3.5" drives.

Same problem as before. I'm beginning to wonder if anyone sells rack mounts in the UK laugher.gif

Though the more I think about it, the more I think a full ATX tower would be better suited than rack mount anyway.
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Same problem as before. I'm beginning to wonder if anyone sells rack mounts in the UK laugher.gif

Though the more I think about it, the more I think a full ATX tower would be better suited than rack mount anyway.

Ah, I forget.

How about something from:
http://www.xcase.co.uk/4u-Rackmount-Cases-s/27.htm

About all I saw from a quick search.
post #20 of 21
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Ah, I forget.

How about something from:
http://www.xcase.co.uk/4u-Rackmount-Cases-s/27.htm

About all I saw from a quick search.

Thanks for that. But I think with them I'm paying a premium because it's enterprise gear (ie rack mountable) and in return lose some of the other benefits from consumer gear (most notably, noise reduction). Since I don't have a rack nor even the space for one, I'd basically just be paying rack case for the novelty of it. So I think I'm best off avoiding such cases. smile.gif
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