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12 December 2003, 10:02 PM
Yah, I've been reading things about building computers, cause I've never built one from scratch before, and this one that was posted (I lost the link, but it had this really good Maya guru guy (cant remember his name either)) and he was using this full tower Chieftect Matrix I think, maybe a Dragon, but whatever. This thing had like 6 5.25 bays, and I'm like, wow, I want something like that.

Anyone know of any other cases like that?


12 December 2003, 12:30 AM
Possibly a daft question, but just what in the hell are you going to fill 6 external 5" bays with? DVD-CDR combo drive, and another cd drive... and a........tape backup drive...... ciggarette lighter....... fan speed monitoring panel so you have vital info on the rpm of fans..... and a...... another cd drive!

12 December 2003, 01:16 AM
lets see. An dvd+/-RW drive, and 4 3.5" ide drives with fanbays for a nice ide or RAID SATA setup. Then you still might want a DLT somewhere in there even if you don't have the space.

12 December 2003, 01:37 AM
I have 6 5.25" bays and they are slapped full. I run SCSI drives so I have to have the extra drive bays as they won't fit in normal drive slots, have to mount em in the 5.25" bays. I take that back, I have one bay open, damn I shoudl fill that.


12 December 2003, 12:35 AM
Big boxxes do have better cooling its a fact.
A-Open have a few hx-08 or HQ-08 or something like that.

I personally have 1 burner/dvd combo and 3 older CD drives, WHY, cause I can mix music and stuff like that and I do, but truth is Not that often.

HOWEVER, with that you prolly need a PCI card that can give you more IDE slots too, and You migh need exta long IDE cables cause from the PCI slot to the CD drive can be out of reach for a standard IDE cable. and it is for sure if you have hard drive in the top section cuse it will get cramped down the bottom with more bays full.

If your gonna dump more stuff in your computer dont forget your power supply.

Err did u say you have sold your dell yet? and building a new machine

Also with a lot of stuff in your box. put some server fans in the top SUCKING out the air as I assure u.. the more full your box the warmer it gets. Pity about the noise though.

12 December 2003, 10:47 PM
No, I havent' sold my Dell, and don't plan to, as that will be my parents computer. No one is going to be touching my new one, except me of course. Unless the Dell finally does crash. I bought a Quadro 2 Pro, which will be in mine, and I'm gonna put my burner in the new comp. And the sound card.

OH damn...
I forgot, i'm gonna need a new mouse, keyboard, and monitor.

DOH, theres another $300, at least:cry::cry:

o man I need a job:D

12 December 2003, 04:42 AM
4 bays here. Already got two filled, DVD-ROM and CD burner. The top one is mostly occupied by extra wiring from my PS, it's got more lengthy cords than necessary, and maybe one of these days I'll get an Audigy platinum with the nice front panel;)

12 December 2003, 03:33 PM
Yup, for the most part 4 bays is all most users end up needing. I have a DVD-ROM and a DVD-RW in my lower two bays and all of the extra wires from my PSU up and out of the way in the top bays.

I also have room for 5 hard disks in the lower 3.5" cage, plus the two external 3.5" bays. And really unless you are going for a super duper RAID setup or are editing HD video there is really little need for more than 5 hard disks.

I too drolled over the humungo cases with many many bays I brought myself back down to earth and realised that something that big takes up a LOT of space and is hard to move.

12 December 2003, 04:07 PM
Go to and BROWSE. They now have thumbnails with every product, makes life easier.

12 December 2003, 05:48 PM
9 bays in my server case, go for a big case if you have the money and space. Nothing worse than a small case with everything crammed in, crap convection as regards to the bigger case. Mine is watercooled so the bottom 3 harddrive mounts are removed to fit all the watercooling internally.

12 December 2003, 06:47 PM
Full tower may be an overkill. Entry-to-mid-level Antec/Chieftec cases (one of the best and popular cases out there) have enough drive bays - 10 or 7, depending on the size. I use 7 bays in my main machine.

Antec cases are often a good buy since they come with very good quality quiet power supplies and 3 year warranty (never buy a case with a no-name power supply). They are not aluminum though and therefore rather heavy. My favorite place to look for them is at (search for antec). Try to find a Staples coupon somewhere and buy when they have free shipping.

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Ice Czar
12 December 2003, 03:00 AM
Originally posted by imashination
going to fill 6 external 5" bays with?

a nice RAID array comes to mind

I personally perfer rackmounts, but agree with jsa2001
having expansion room is not onlygood planning it often aids your thermal solution, which is critical for stability

you seem to be asking questions all over this board
let me see if I can guess what is next :p

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