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What do you guys think of modern computer cases?

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    What do you guys think of modern computer cases?

    I tend to check out craigslist for EATX computer cases from time to time. I use them to house my older multiple CPU motherboards that are too big for a standard ATX case.

    Recently a local guy was selling computer cases very cheaply, they were fairly new gamers cases from Corsair, Cooler master etc. I ended up snagging a few and then a bunch more before he moved.

    For the most part these cases are huge, have great cable management, large low noise fans for good airflow, and built in USB 3 hubs, and up to 6 3.5" hard drive caddies (also up to 3 2.5" SSD caddies). Some have buttons to control fan speed as well for hot days plus cooling fan air intake filters you can easily clean. Cons would be 3 or less 5.25" drive bays (I still have internal tape drives in a few systems), lighted fans and some power buttons (glow in the dark when you are going to bed with the computer one), and very wide. In one unit I had to strip out the LED lighting setup and some misc. stickers.. Newegg sells them for $100-175 for the models I snagged. Generally I tend to buy the cheaper $40 newegg cases on sale. Even the most expensive of these cases weighs less then my old Inwin Q500 towers.
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

    #2
    They're okay, I guess, as long as they're not flimsy enough to collapse under their own weight...

    I'm surprised that no case vendor has come out with an "Ikea" case that is shipped as a pile of flat pieces that are then assembled into a box by the customer.

    Maybe I'm just ahead of my time...
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      #3
      I've actually been impressed with some of the industrial cases in recent years.

      Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
      I'm surprised that no case vendor has come out with an "Ikea" case that is shipped as a pile of flat pieces that are then assembled into a box by the customer.
      I've been expecting that since the whole "build it yourself" AT clone fad started.
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        #4
        There are cases for techs where all the parts are uncovered so you can work on the system powered up. I kind of like this case (used for my Netflix box).

        http://assets.coolermaster.com/globa...dimensions.jpg


        Has handles for easy moving, 2 external HD bays with easy removable trays, and the top comes off (has a huge fan for airflow) revealing the motherboard facing you so its easy to add or remove stuff.

        I kind of wonder where all the ATX bezels with the AT style keyboard hole connector went (I have one but have not seen one on ebay in ages). People would love to stick an AT board into a cheap surplus ATX case. They do have ATX to AT power supply power adapters all over the place.
        What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
        Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
        Boxed apps and games for the above systems
        Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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          #5
          I tend to use 4U rack-mount cases, even on a benchtop. Just stick some rubber feed on the bottom. Used ones are still pretty plentiful.
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            #6
            it could be cool to see some pictures of your custom vintage computers

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              #7
              It's hit and miss. Lian Li still makes good desktop cases, that's what I tend to buy for a full size build. I've got a HP Z420 workstation on my main dev bench at the moment, I like the case design well enough.

              I've got two no-name "gamer" cases that are waiting to go to the recycler. Pain to work on, poor airflow, sharp edges, and very thin metal. But, I remember trash cases from the 90's too, so I suspect it's just a matter of these being the cheap, gaudy, "gamer" crap that was on special on TigerDirect/Newegg/wherever when the previous owner built them up.
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                #8
                Originally posted by soviet9922 View Post
                it could be cool to see some pictures of your custom vintage computers
                It's all just a bunch of boxes of various dimensions and sizes. I've yet to see a PC in a sphere, although there have been personal computers with the brand name "Sphere".
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                  #9
                  I use a beige box from about 2001 for my modern computer I guess I'm not particular, though it is hard to find beige components to match it.

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                    #10
                    Matching colors can be a pain since most old beige drives are recycled by now. I just got used to black to be honest, my house is full of beige cased machines. Silver cases (or brushed aluminum) are the worst to match drives to.
                    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
                    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
                    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
                    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
                      Matching colors can be a pain since most old beige drives are recycled by now.
                      I wish somebody would "recycle" the word "recycle".

                      A big problem with CD/DVD drives is they seem to have a certain designated life span. A drive that has been sitting in a machine idling for 10 years or so is likely to act flaky under actual use. (Your mileage may vary, mine has sucked). So even if someone wants to re-sell an old drive, they are probably asking for trouble.

                      Modern computer cases?

                      - Too many blue LEDs!
                      - Ugly, hideous, nauseating, black cases.
                      - Crumple like a soda can if I even breath on them.
                      - Not enough external drive bays
                      - Too much dumb looking designer gaming junk
                      - Various random "nonsense" mis-features.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                        It's all just a bunch of boxes of various dimensions and sizes. I've yet to see a PC in a sphere, although there have been personal computers with the brand name "Sphere".
                        Zotac had a design that was close to spherical; https://www.pcper.com/news/General-T...X-01520-SFF-PC
                        Couple that with the incredibly expensive hard drive sphere https://www.superadrianme.com/techno...re-hard-drive/

                        Think pyramid power but without all the pointy bits that made the 70s so dangerous.

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                          #13
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J14wlWW57A4
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                            #14
                            That Zotac thing is interesting, but where do you put your coffee cup?

                            The point of the 10s and 20s should be to make the computer disappear, I think. I guess the tablets pretty much do that, but I like keyboards.
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                              #15
                              LCD iMacs pretty much ditched the computer box leaving you with a keyboard mouse and screen.
                              What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
                              Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
                              Boxed apps and games for the above systems
                              Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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