TwistedKestrel wrote:-Intel i5-2500K
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
-ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
-G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133
-Lian Li PC-A05FNB mid tower
-Cooler Master Silent Pro M600 PSU
The NSK3480 has one external 3½" bay and two external 5¼" bays. One of the 5¼" bays includes a mounting bracket for an internal 3½" drive. There is another 3½" drive mounting point inside the case on the bottom. I've got a 5¼" BD-ROM/DVD-RW, a 3½" card reader and two 3½" hard-drives installed in mine. Beyond that, you're going to need some Velcro, Ty-Raps or other modifications. There's lots of room available, but there are no more hard-drive mounting brackets.TwistedKestrel wrote: Antec NSK3480 only has a single internal 3.5" bay. If I search for cases that have at least one 3.5" external bay and two 3.5" internal bays...
You can certainly run dual graphics cards on a Micro-ATX motherboard (assuming that you select the right motherboard to start with). Of the two that I linked above, the GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 is better for SLI or Crossfire. If you prefer Asus, you might step up to the Maximus IV Gene-Z. With a pair of dual-slot PCIe graphics cards, you've probably used or blocked all four of the PCIe slots on the motherboard, so there's no room left for a sound card or television tuner unless you go to single-slot cooling for your GPUs. Water cooling blocks might do the trick if you're that focused on building a monster gaming rig in a small case.TwistedKestrel wrote:I'm still interested in mATX as an alternative. It would eliminate SLI/Crossfire as a possibility.
Let it go. These motherboards will boot just fine from a USB device (including a thumb drive or a memory card stuck into the card reader). If you're so stuck in the 1980s that you must have a floppy drive, they're available in USB, too.TwistedKestrel wrote: I need the external 3.5", as well as an ASRock board for my floppy drive. Yes, I'm one of those people - I still find having a bootable 3.5" very handy for computer repair (probably not so much for this computer anymore, but for fixing other people's equipment).
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