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By Alpha-Male ·
Okay, This isn't a technical question, but one that I'd definitely like to hear the opinions and insight of the Tech Republic Pros. It's something that I've been pondering for a while and hope I'll get some good feedback...

As many of you know, I'm a long time Dec-head. I love Digital hardware and have a house full of Alphas, and other Dec iron. Since their merger with the Q...er...HP...I haven't really seen a hardware vendor that really impressed me. There's things I like about Dell and Sony...but not enough that I'd rather buy their hardware than build the systems myself.

It may be a little picky on my part (okay, its very picky), but one thing I hate about white-boxes/clones is how cheap and awful they tend to look. I don't understand buying $2000 worth of top end hardware then sticking it in crummy case that makes it look like a $499 computer show special.

So...I'm looking for recommendations. It seems the better "corporate" cases are simply of a higher standard than the clone cases. Some vendors (SGI and Apple in particular) make beautiful and well engineered cases. I still love the Digital Personal Workstation towers. I'm not really concerned about color, though aesthetics do matter and I want the parts to be thesame color...no white and black drives stuck in a blue or silver case. I don't like sharp edges, cheap components, flimsy parts etc.

What matters the most is that the enclosure is well designed. I like screwless entry (the handle/door panel in the Apples is great), solid construction, convenient internal access, etc. I've seen the Lian-Li and Antec cases and these are okay but not exactly what I want.

I'd like to hear what you think and see links to superior case designs. If you show me something that blows me away and I order it immediately I'll throw in bonus points. I look forward to hearing what you use and recommend...

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by CG IT In reply to System Cases

Try Newegg.com and look at the different vendor cases they carry. I use the Antec SX1040 /Chieftech cases. Lots of room, ample drive bays, decent price and they look great.

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by CG IT In reply to System Cases

As far as same colored drives, you can get em. Might have to shop around for the best price.

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by CG IT In reply to System Cases

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by Alpha-Male In reply to System Cases

Thanks....still looking for what I want, but I appreciate the advice.

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by maxwell edison In reply to System Cases

I agree, getting a really good case is, all too often, somewhat of a challenge - especially if you don't want to spend an arm and a leg for one. I've bought computer cases and case accessories from cyberguys. (www.cyberguys.com and/or 1-800-892-1010)

Their "premium quality" case - all aluminum case, plenty of drive bays, removable motherboard tray, intake fans with filters, etc. (Number 162 0200). It is kind of pricy, however, at around $150.00. I'm sure a search of their Web site would takeyou to a description page.

I've also bought their mini-tower, a low end case, but great for confined spaces (catalog number is 062 0195).

Call them and I'm sure they'll send you a catalog. In addition, they setup a corporate charge account for me with my first order - no messing with credit cards, etc.

They have a Web site (www.cyberguys.com) but there are more cases shown in their catalog, and they do have a wide variety of cases and case accessories (as well as other computer components).

Another one of my concerns was fans, and power supplies. Most of the cases come with a 300 watt power supply, but some have a 250W (which I would, most likely, replace with a 300W). Moreover, since, in some computers, I use an additional case fan, I like to quiet them down. I found a company, QuietPC USA, that specializes in "ultra-quiet" fans - power supply, case fans, and CPU fans. (www.quietpcusa.com)

Disclaimer: I'm not affilliated with either of these compaines. I've just been a customer.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to System Cases

Thanks....if you come across any other really good places to look, please pass them along!

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by Lizzy In reply to System Cases

This is probably going to be a "hot" subject. I remember working on Digital hardware at the TelCo--8" floppy drives, workstations that you just couldn't kill! I think that the quality of hardware is going the way of the old Western Electric black dial telephone that could be dropped on concrete floors and still work!! (My girlfriend still has hers and won't get rid of it!).

So, in essence, you will probably have to create your own cases or perhaps your own company that manufactures great cases. In the meantime, visit this site for some interesting case designs:

http://www.pimprig.com/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=72
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by Alpha-Male In reply to System Cases

I wish I were that entrepeneurial...or wealthy enough to try it. I, for one, would be willing to pay a good bit for a really excellent case. Maybe $250-300...

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by TheChas In reply to System Cases

Hi Alpha-Male,

I share some of your concerns about cases.

While we are at it, just how many shades of beige are there?
Even if you stick with basic beige, there is no guarantee that any of the component faces will match!

I have an EvercaseE4252W00A case that i picked up from newegg.
It is a nearly screwless case. (power supply and HDDs are screwed in) (the HDD bay is screwless though)

Cyberguys have a number of unusual cases.

On the inexpensive end, there is a silver case at www.compgeeks.com that is a change of pace.
(the power supply is over-rated though, it is not a true 350W)

I have searched on cases a number of times, and found many that I liked. The problem is, that most of the web-sites do not sell direct, andcannot refer you to a dealer.

Chas

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by Alpha-Male In reply to System Cases

That's too true.....and it makes the system look like a swap meet junker when it has all those "beige" non-matching components. Not what I want when I build a box for anyone...

Maybe someone will eventually realize that there are people who want more than a box to fit components in and start making attractive and well designed cases. I wonder how many G4s Apple has sold just based on aesthetics?

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