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Dual System possibilities, recommendation?

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Hi there,


I'd like to build a new setup, which preferrably should house two systems:

- new workstation: (e-)ATX formfactor, preferrably custom watercooling, 2x 2,5" SSD, 4x 3,5" HDD

- old workstation: ATX formfactor, AIO watercooling, 1x SSD, 12x3,5" HDD

I am into number crunching for optimization and analytics, so both systems are and will be equipped with one graphics card, which suffices. What I have found on the market regarding cases has not altogether pleased me or has not led to a sufficient view of what is possible (or not)

Thermaltake Core W200: it can handle two systems, and, certainly with the pedestal can it handle two systems AND the amount of discs. Seems that it has sufficient space for both systems to be custom watercooled. The quiality of the product is still a very big questionmark to me. It just doesn't have the solid look & feel.

LianLi PC-D8000: this is just a massive behemoth, but can it handle 2 systems without big modifications? I have read about people doing this, but how easy is it? It certainly can handle the amount of HDDs, are the HDD racks in front well accessible with two mainboards installed?

My preference would go to Caselabs, for what I have seen and viewed on the web, the quality and customizibility appeals more to me. But, the question is what to choose, which case would suit the needs best? The TH10 seems the natural choice, but is it capable of handling the systems in both the sides? double backplate is not offered, am I right? Alternatively, I've been thinking about putting the old system in the pedestal (the HDD's in the top part), which should fit. Any thoughts? Alternatively, the S8S with a pedestal, and the old system in the bottom? Look forward to your ideas!


Best regards,


Jeroen
Edited by Javaan - 3/9/17 at 12:09pm
post #2 of 3
The TH10W was supposed to have a retrofit kit made available to fit a second board, but it hasn't been released yet. Alternatively, the Mercury series will stack - you could go multiple S8/S8S with 1 or more pedestals together. All you need is to replace the top chassis on the lower unit(s) with the top chassis from a pedestal, which you can order as a replacement piece. Ask me how I know... thumb.gif







That's my Nova X2 beside my S5-D.
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Thread Starter 
Nice setup! That's a decent pedestal biggrin.gif Is the bottom of the top case completely open? Are they "fed" from below, or are it two individual setups above each other? Do you have more pics?


I was more thinking in line ot this:




Either:
- Alternative A: both systems in the top part and the HDD's/watercooling/PSU's in the bottom
- Alternative B: one system on the left (as it "should") and one in the bottom, and all the other stuff on the right.

Decided to give Caselabs a ring, and it's not going to work, not without modding. Thanks at Jason btw, for the good advice! My preference goes to the TH10 with pedestal, and alternative B. Does anyone have experience with that? Many thanks for your ideas!


Best regards,


Jeroen
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