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I currently have an antec 900 case. It was cool in the beginning, but I've grown to loathe it. I don't really need that amount of air cooling, as I've really toned down my overclocking, and I am sick of having to clean the dust out every couple weeks because it may as well be a vacuum. The addition of a dog to my family has not helped the issue.

Further exacerbating the issue, I have recently moved, and my office is much smaller. Most people wouldn't have much of an issue with a slightly smaller office, but I have 3 workstations in there. One for the computer, one for my wife's crafts, and one is a general purpose workbench.

In this vein, I would love to downsize my desk. I have a gigantic glass desk with a shelving unit. I don't use the actual work surface for anything other than collecting my junk, I recently got a wireless printer so I no longer need the space for my printer and the casters on the desk are broken, giving me a reason to replace the desk.

I'm very hands-on, and I built the other two workspaces by hand. I've been doing some research on a very minimalistic workspace. I have some designs in mind, but the major point of contention is the case. It's far too bulky to jive with my minimalist design, and while I truly adored the design when I purchased it, I've come to view the garish blue and clear side panels with contempt.

Finally to the meat of the issue: Will I experience any issues migrating to a 3u or 4u rackmount case? I have a rack in the room, and I may as well utilize the 6 free units I have. Furthermore, can you suggest a case for me? This is for my sig rig.

It needs to have a decent amount of airflow, as I do have some relatively hefty hardware and I do plan on eventually upgrading my cards. I don't see myself going water any time soon, other than with something like an H70, and I would really prefer having 120mm fans.

Thanks in advance OCN.
Edited by HardwaterH4ck3r - 1/1/11 at 11:58pm
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There *might* be some issues because of mounting holes, since 19" rackmounts are made specifically for server boards. So that might involve a little drilling. Also, a lot of 19" rack cases will not use standard ATX psus, especially HP/dells. Just be careful in the selection process and go for one that is made for ATX standard and you'll be fine.

Try for one with 120mm fans, since the 80mm fans will get annoyingly loud.

edit: seems a 5u would be better for cooling purposes, since most 4us cannot fit a 120, which is what you would need for the h70.

If you go with a rackmount case, you should look into eth0's wiki for the Ikea Racks.

http://wiki.eth-0.nl/index.php/List_of_IkeaRacks
I especially like the LackRack for a space saving, and cheap solution:
http://wiki.eth-0.nl/index.php/LackRack

I think the sidegrade from your true to a h70 or equivalent unit would work well, since it would eliminate the height of the TRUE from case selection. Also, have you considered water-cooling? It would be a possibility to maximize cooling in a small rack case, though you might need a secong 19"housing for pump+rads.
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There *might* be some issues because of mounting holes, since 19" rackmounts are made specifically for server boards. So that might involve a little drilling. Also, a lot of 19" rack cases will not use standard ATX psus, especially HP/dells. Just be careful in the selection process and go for one that is made for ATX standard and you'll be fine.

Try for one with 120mm fans, since the 80mm fans will get annoyingly loud.

edit: seems a 5u would be better for cooling purposes, since most 4us cannot fit a 120, which is what you would need for the h70.

If you go with a rackmount case, you should look into eth0's wiki for the Ikea Racks.

http://wiki.eth-0.nl/index.php/List_of_IkeaRacks
I especially like the LackRack for a space saving, and cheap solution:
http://wiki.eth-0.nl/index.php/LackRack

I think the sidegrade from your true to a h70 or equivalent unit would work well, since it would eliminate the height of the TRUE from case selection. Also, have you considered water-cooling? It would be a possibility to maximize cooling in a small rack case, though you might need a secong 19"housing for pump+rads.
I already have a rack....and I don't see myself watercooling in the near future. I don't overclock anymore, and I used to have a kickass watercooling loop that I sold to finish paying off a credit card about 3 years ago.

I found a couple 4u that have 120mm fans, and the noise isn't really an issue. I used to rock a case that had 6 80mm fans in it, and it didn't bother me too much.

This is what I am looking into. It has 2 80mm exhaust, a 120mm intake, and my GTX280s work as exhaust fans as well. I think i'll have enough negative pressure to pull air through the front and get adequate cooling.
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