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  1. apobull

    Case Recommendation

    One issue(rather important one) that I failed to note was that the ability the hot swap HDDs would be nice. My existing case has individual Startech Hot Swap bays but no cooling exists for any of them. A case with built-in support for hot swap would be nice but also realize those are probably just a tad more expensive. So, a case where I could add in hot swap bays (presumably in 5.25" bays) would be nice. Would any of the discussed cases work relative to this feature?
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    Case Recommendation

    When you note that the A71F has a door in front, are you referring to it opening out like a door or that it doesn't (instead slides out)? I took a look but couldn't immediately tell. Otherwise, it's more or less identical to the A70F? This case only has 4 fans unless I missed something. This should be enough to keep this case, including all the drives (when fully stocked with them) cool given that it's missing a side case fan? Would it make any sense to purchase this replacement http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=432&cl_index=2&sc_index=45&ss_index=74 that would allow me to add a top fan? I saw that you mentioned I probably wouldn't need this if if I'm not water cooling (which I'm not) but figured I would ask anyhow. Regarding the motherboard not being tool free, I presume this means the tray isn't removable or is this a reference to the lack of thumb screws to attach the motherboard?
  3. apobull

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    Given the recent replies, it sounds like the PC-A77F is a tad overpriced and perhaps not worth it as opposed to the PC-A71F? USB 3.0 is nice but think a simple add-on card would do the same trick. I think I'm sold on Lian-Li --- just a matter of which model
  4. apobull

    Case Recommendation

    One minor issue is that my motherboard MSI MS-7514 does not support USB 3.0. As such, would need an add-on card, which at this time are all PCIe-based it seems. I have an X1 and X16 slot and both are currently in use. Might be able to replace the X1 card with a PCI-based version instead but will have to see. Is this motherboard tray removable on this one as well?
  5. apobull

    Case Recommendation

    Thank you for the feedback. I took a good look at the Lian-Li case and really like it. It might be somewhat overkill for my current needs a tad pricier but thinking about their PC-A77F. It would appear to support 2 less 3.5 HDDs(9 total) rather than 11 (1 external) on the A71F but also provides support for USB 3.0, which would be nice. This would certainly more than future proof me. Thoughts on that? Cooling seems similar as well since it's the next one up from the A71F
  6. apobull

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    Since the HDDs have no fans blowing on them at all and were consistently hot, thought their temps were a bit outside the normal range. I also failed to mention that I believe the drives / CPU were a tad higher than what I noted. A few months back, I became concerned about cooling and got creative with adding some additional fans (internal, side of case, and on top). I can't say how hot things were prior to that but certainly hotter than they get now. If nothing else, I think that a better case might be good just to give me more room and certainly provide more than adequate cooling. Here's another question. Which one does better in the hot-swap department / provide more options there? The existing case has individual hot-swap trays. While I have not had to take advantage of that option, it is a nicety to have. Overall, which one would you suggest all things considered relative to my situation?
  7. apobull

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    I have several drives in my current case that are peaking at well over 100 degrees F while the CPU has gotten as high as 114 degrees (that I've actually seen since I start taking better note of it). Not sure if those temps are normal or not but the HDDs definitely do not have adequate cooling at present. If the CPU temp is "normal", that would be less of a concern with more emphasis on the HDDs. My video card is a very basic card (this is a WHS / file server after all). Should cooling really be a case with it as opposed to a high end card for a pure gaming system? When you say that the optional fan for the VGA duct would not be a good idea when filling out the HDD cage, why is that? Pardon my ignorance on some things here but while I"m a technical person, the ins / outs when it comes to PC components -- particularly with cases in this case is not substantial -- thus why I'm posting for feedback. Thank you for the prompt responses and feedback
  8. apobull

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    Regarding airflow needs, most of the HDDs in my existing case plus the CPU are running rather hot constantly -- thus the need to get them in a better cooling environment. Water cooling support is not a path I'm going down and cable management is a nicety though not a requirement. How do the Lian-Li cases stack up relative to standard cooling. Is the HAF-X significantly better or just marginally? I would prefer a better overall design / build though not necessarily at the expense of substandard cooling. Whatever I purchase, I want it to last for sometime.
  9. apobull

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    I should clarify my last post somewhat. My motherboard limits me to 8 total SATA drives (7 of which are 3.5" + the Blu Ray). I have an enclosure connected via E-Sata for additional storage and could add another if need be. So, while the Lian-Li case might be nice, in reality my motherboard would limit its overall usefulness. If the 4in3 module will indeed work though, I'm leaning more towards the HAF-X
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    Will the 4in3 module actually work on the HAF-X? The specs listed at CM 4in3 Module do not list the HAF-X? Presuming it does, your simply saying to not use the provided fan cover but instead a drive bay cover accompanying the case? I concur that Lian-Li case looks solid. I took a look at the PC-A77F, which really looks impressive aside from the +$300 cost. Aside from the cable management issue, which is better - HAF-X or one of the Lian-Li's? I don't mind dishing out for the 4in3 module, if it would work with the HAF-X. I also can't envision needing to add a second optical drive unless I wanted dual optical drives for some reason, which I suppose is possible. In that case, a Lian-Li might be more appropriate
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    So the HAF-X is an improvement over the Cosmos S then? From reading the specs, it notes 5 hidden 3.5" HDD bays whereas some reviews indicate a total of 7 3.5 HDDs. How do I go about getting 9? I don't mind paying a bit more for a better case but just need it to support 8 3.5 HDD's plus the optical drive at a minimum. Anything beyond that would be icing on the cake
  12. Due to poor cooling and some other factors, I am looking to replace the existing case housing my Windows Home Server with either Antec's DF-85 or Coolermaster's Cosmos S (or perhaps an alternative Coolermaster case if another would work better) . I've read reviews on both / done a fair amount of research to narrow down to these two but keep wavering. The primary requirements I have are the ability to house 8 3.5 HDD's and 1 optical drive (Blu-Ray) and of course ample cooling all around. With the DF-85, I could fit up to 11 3.5 drives while I could get up to 9 (I believe) with the Cosmos if I purchased an additional 4in3 drive cage. In that regard, both cases would meet my needs. Ditto for available expansion slots. Aside from being able to fit the number of HDD's and optical drives, cooling is of utmost importance. My motherboard is an MSI MS-7514 (ATX) if that matters. I am looking for feedback (pro, con, or the like for either case. Recommendation of another case is fair game as well.