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  1. I already used my hole saw to cut 120mm holes for 2 fans at the top of the 5.25" bays so I could cool the hard drives I'm putting there. I used my drill to cut holes in the bottom shelf so I could mount some 3.5" drives. I used my rotary grinder saw to cut holes in the back of the shelf to run the cables for the 3.5" drives I'm mounting. I'm finally done rebuilding into something useful. I wish Coolermaster put 2 200mm fan spots in the front with a tad more room for other vendor's fans, put in more 3.5" bays and less 5.25" bays that were behind the 200mm fans. They also need about 10mm more wiring space behind the motherboard. I've replaced every 120mm and 140mm fan the case came with - every time I'm done with one of these systems I have a bunch of fans I have no use for so I give them away to friends who will probably never use them either. I have 16+ drives in the system and a gaming video card so I need good air flow but I need it to be a quiet as possible. I can't find a better case for my needs but I wish they'd make a few changes to it. One thing that seems wasted is the side mount slot in front of the card slots on the case. I could definitely imagine someone wanting to use PCIe extenders and side mounting a card - video, network, raid etc because of spacing issues on the motherboard. They could easily have put double slot covers for double width cards with double width brackets.
  2. For anyone wondering - I ordered the 200mm noctua. It doesn't really fit in the case. The holes don't line up with anything for mounting so you could glue it in place. The frame is too large on it so you have to wedge it into the case and it will probably be at a slight angle since the frame makes it too large.
  3. I just got the old COSMOS II again as I couldn't find anything else on the market that could be modified to meet my needs and it was on a slight sale $275. I've cut some holes for fans out of the top bays and now I'm adding sound proofing before I reassemble it and put in all Noctua fans. I need about 11 fans so I need them as quiet as possible. I just ordered the 200mm Noctua - not sure if it will fit or not but I'm anxious to find out. I'm also replacing the prewired hotswap wiring with standard ports in the back so I can connect the system to a real array controller. Every time I work on these cases it takes days to get right for my needs but completely worth it. I'll have 16 12TB hard drives in the system with an additional hot swap bay and an optical bay with one 5.25" bay to spare for future needs. I can't even get close to that with the new case - I just wish it had current connectors on the power panel.
  4. Thanks - so just to be sure - you are talking about the 200mm fan in the front you tested and it fits? The screw mounts are in different places and the fan is a little thicker I think
  5. I'm building my second Cosmos II pc and want to replace every fan if possible with a noctua. Anyone try to fit a NF-A20 FLX in the case? I know the stock one is essentially frameless - not the standard square fan frame. I'm curious if it can fit.
  6. I've seen the new Cosmos case and it is a step backwards in my opinion and unusable for my needs but it does have an updated front connector panel. Any chance one will be available for the Cosmos II? I need at least 15 3.5" drives and managed to modify my Cosmos II to hold them and cool them well - the new C700p would be far to much work and I doubt I could mod it to hold them.
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    Any news on a Cosmos III

    Some things I'd like besides the additional wiring space are quieter drive bays e.g. rubber sliders and even more bays. I ended up custom modding mine to add some on the deck below the motherboard.
  8. Any news on a Cosmos III? I have the Cosmos II and am ready to build a new computer. I'd love a little more wiring space in the back of my next system. I thought I'd see if there was any news on a Cosmos III.
  9. Hello, I have a few CM 690 II PCs and was ready to build a new PC for a friend but can't find the CM 690 II Advanced anywhere and for some reason they took the top loading slot out of the 690 III ?!!! Can you tell me what cases have top loading sata bays? This is the reason I'm getting a coolermaster is to get that top drop for sata. If Coolermaster no longer makes any such cases, I'll be open to other manufacturers. Thanks