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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 djent In reply to System Cases

As a dealer/builder I use Enlight for desktops. Not flashy but drives on slides, removable MB pan, hefty PS, space for two case fans, seperate side panels, just great to service. Server boxes are to specialized to suggest any one box.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to System Cases

I agree.....I have typically liked Enlight. Plain, but solid and well made. I was just hoping to find something really superior this time.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to System Cases

Just adding a few points in hope of eliciting another response or two. Any other recommendations or links? Any other superior case makers/sellers?

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by Alpha-Male In reply to System Cases

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by Alpha-Male In reply to System Cases

For what it's worth and just for reference, I ended up purchasing a coolermaster aluminum case. It's nice and very well made and looks good. I'm not crazy about the door on it and there's no built in front USB/Connectors but it's solid, well made and good looking. It set me back about $250 but was one of the best options I found.

I'd still like to see a lot more in this area, but now it seems the non-big-name-dealer systems are going for glitz and lights etc (sorry - I'm not a 14 year old hacker-wannabe) insted of being classy, sophisticated ergonomic designs. It's a shame. Apple may be the only company that gets this....

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