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bagziters posted a topic in Product SuggestionsHello CM Forum, I own 2 pieces of ATCS 201 Aluminium Cases. I have these Cases since 2001. Each Case cost at this time 300 Euro ($). But the Case is to small for the present VGA-Card Generation an have only 80mm FANs. It is often noisy. An acoustic insulation is installed, but the FANs are to loudest Parts. 3x Silent Wings 2 at 1000rpm. I wish me a new Aluminium Case, with a clear design of the ATCS 201 (no one piece of plastic!!! 5kg Alu). Inside of the Case, the practically Design from CM 690 III or better the MasterCase 5 Pro. Ideal has the Case an Hot-Swap Plate for easy mount and connect HDD / SDD. The best one i know with this feature, is the Lian Li PC-Q26 The Case dimensions can be copy from CM690 or Masterpiece. But the Case should weight lesser then the SECC steel Case. The Weight should be lower than 10kg in pure Aluminium (empty Case). I hope that Cooler Master build a new Case that can continue the fame and glory times of the ATCs-Series with clear liniear elements, not round, and without plastic-parts! Please CoolerMaster, create a new ALU case (ATCs)! Sorry my bad Englisch sentences. My Englisch is a little bit rusty.
I've just purchased an HAF XB which I'm building as a general purpose PC, optimized for photo and video editing. (I was drawn to the MB-on-top, full-ATX layout.) I haven't built a PC in a dozen years and, until now, I was unfamiliar w/ hot-swapping - I thought that was what happened at key parties. (Har!) So I assumed, from the web photos, that the openings were 3.5", where I could install, e.g., a memory card reader or... IDK, a floppy drive? What else is 3.5"? It turns out those front openings are 4.75" - an odd size. Consequently, I bought a 5.75" card reader, which takes up a slot where I'd rather have a second optical drive or I/O panel for audio production. I've got two 3.5" HDD inside (2TB, mirrored) and a 2.5" SSD mounted to the memory card reader chassis, and I don't need a hot-swap drive. (Or do I? Please tell!) I could remove the hot-swap cage, perhaps find a 3.5" cage for other I/O possibilities, but I doubt the openings would line up correctly, or even be the correct height. I'm struggling to come up with another use for the openings and that lower-right corner of the case. I've even thought about buying a full tower case instead, for the additional I/O possibilities, and building a HTPC, which I don't need but I've probably got enough old parts laying around to build, just to use the XB case, which is awesome, and (at 17") is a perfect width for an A/V cabinet. Or just wait it out - perhaps I'll want another two HDDs someday. Any other ideas?