Need some help finding a LARGE full-tower workstation case

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Need some help finding a LARGE full-tower workstation case

Postposted on Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:04 am

I have a friend/client who wants me to build a new custom workstation for him. He insists that he wants a single, stand-alone chassis similar to a full-tower style case. It needs to house a dual processor E-ATX motherboard, four (4) optical burners and at least sixteen (16) to twenty (20) 3.5" hard drives (huge RAID-50 array). His primary application is video NLE.

I know there are rack-mounts for such things; however, I haven't seen a full-tower style case configured this way (although there is certainly plenty of room, given a reasonable layout). What I envision is a chassis with 16 drive bays in its base (4 columns of 4 drives each would comfortably fit typical full-tower dimensions with room for intake and exhaust fans at the front and rear) and 7-to-9 5.25" front bays, 4 of which would house the optical drives and 3 would house the extra 4 hard drives in a front-mount, 3-bay, 4-drive caddy. Power supply would probably be one of the extended-length 1000-1200 watt models. Video will be one of nVidia's high-end professional graphics cards.

Anyone know of such a monster? Suggestions greatly appreciated.

P.S. His current system is a standard mid-tower chassis with four (4) 4-drive cases stacked next to it -- each housing four (4) 500GB hard drives. We are probably going to replace the drives with 1.5TB Seagate drives, tripling his total array space using the Adaptec 51645 array controller.
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Re: Need some help finding a LARGE full-tower workstation case

Postposted on Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:22 pm

It's going to be tough getting that much 3.5" room.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811112140
That's the biggest case I know of.
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Re: Need some help finding a LARGE full-tower workstation case

Postposted on Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:37 pm

MountainMods

I have the U2-UFO and love it. Not sure if any of their cases will meet your specifications, but they're definitely worth a look.
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Re: Need some help finding a LARGE full-tower workstation case

Postposted on Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:04 pm

http://www.xoxide.com/lian-li-pc-343b-case.html
http://www.xoxide.com/lianli-ex34nb-hddkit-black.html

One of those cases and four of those adapters would run you quite a bit though. What's the budget here?
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Re: Need some help finding a LARGE full-tower workstation case

Postposted on Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:11 pm

I suppose his budget could accommodate the the PC-343B and all its add-ons (what's $500-600 for a case when you're buying a pair of high-end opterons, a pair of 300GB VelociRaptors (RAID-0), a pair of 1TB RE3's (RAID-1), sixteen 1.5TB Seagates (RAID-50) and $1600+ in array controllers to go in it?); however, as elegant as Lian Li generally is, that case is something of a Frankenstein's monster. He's trying to conserve both desk space and floor space and the PC343B is more a double-wide mid-tower than a full tower. Regardless, it may end up being the way we go.

What I'd really love is a variation on the PC-V1000Z except based on their standard V-series, full-tower scale, making it a bit taller and a bit deeper, front to back (the dimensions of the PC-V2010). The power supply would go above the E-ATX board at the top/rear of the case. And the dual 3-bay hot-swap drive racks in the base could be expanded to four 4-bay units (for the 16 Seagates). The extra height would also allow for several additional 5.25" bays on the front (4 optical drives & 1 EX-34NB for the 4 WD drives). Wouldn't need the window. That hybrid would be the perfect case for this project.

I hate to think what a custom-built case might cost, but I guess a letter w/ diagrams to Lian Li is in order. I'll post their response (if any).
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Re: Need some help finding a LARGE full-tower workstation case

Postposted on Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:31 pm

edh wrote:He's trying to conserve both desk space and floor space
:lol: With 16-20 drive monster? Beggars cannot be choosers.
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Re: Need some help finding a LARGE full-tower workstation case

Postposted on Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:44 pm

Thanks, Rooster. I've called MountainMods and am going to send then some sketches of what I'd like. They seem to think what I want isn't a problem. However, I'm guessing their price estimate is going to be well over $1K which might lead me back to the PC-343B.
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