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Old March 26, 2012, 06:18 PM
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It's a bit closer to a server than a basic NAS but we just finished building one in an Antec Three Hundred. A bit more utilitarian but it depends on your needs obviously.
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Old March 26, 2012, 07:07 PM
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While I wouldn't mind getting a regular chassis for this, I would certainly prefer something in a smaller package. This thing will essentially only be containing the mobo, the PSU, and the drives, and only have 2 cables plugged in. I guess minimalism is the name of the game. With that said, if i'm going to want to kill someone after trying to wire up 5 drives and a shitty un-sleeved, non-modular PSU into a tiny crammed case, then I will not hesitate to get a slightly larger case.
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Old March 27, 2012, 05:37 AM
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While I wouldn't mind getting a regular chassis for this, I would certainly prefer something in a smaller package. This thing will essentially only be containing the mobo, the PSU, and the drives, and only have 2 cables plugged in. I guess minimalism is the name of the game. With that said, if i'm going to want to kill someone after trying to wire up 5 drives and a shitty un-sleeved, non-modular PSU into a tiny crammed case, then I will not hesitate to get a slightly larger case.
Most of the ITX-oriented offerings will provide at least a minor headache when it comes to wire-management (especially if you are using an ATX non-modular PSU) as that is just the name of the game with SFF cases. That being said, as long as you're not planning a window mod, just stuff everything in there as best you can and don't look back. Most of the cases posted offer fairly decent airflow considering the amount of heat that will be generated by an ITX board without a video card in there.
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Old March 27, 2012, 06:48 AM
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a server U3 rack case and painted U4 just a thought, no skined knuckles building with them.

note smaller case has less air to breathe hardware runs hotter

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Old March 27, 2012, 02:15 PM
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note smaller case has less air to breathe hardware runs hotter
Shouldn't be an issue for running a NAS.
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Old March 27, 2012, 11:27 PM
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So i'm slowly piecing a FREENAS box together. I'm about to pull the trigger on an MSI E-350 cpu/board combo, i've got ram and an old 300 watt power supply at home and the disks will be bought shortly after. The only thing remaining is the case at this point.

It needs to fit the above ITX board, a standard ATX power supply (I may be willing to purchase a case with a smaller form factor PSU), and ATLEAST 3+ drives.

Any suggestions people? I've been looking at the Fractal Array case but it's $170 for a case and power supply and I feel like I could save some money going another route.
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Old March 28, 2012, 06:18 AM
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if the drives are ran 24/7 and there is let's say 8-10 hours usage, you might want to get a bigger case..

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Old July 12, 2012, 01:21 PM
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+1 for the Lian-Li PC-Q25B but my vote goes for a dedicated NAS. I have 2 Qnaps at home and they're amazing.
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Best looking IMHO: Lian Li PC-Q25

Up there in the price spectrum, but still cheaper than that Array.
dang beat me to it, i'm planning to get this myself.


hmm the silverstone OP posted aint bad either.
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