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Low profile HTPC case with lots of disks recomendation?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Can anyone recomend a good slim case that wont look out of place in a home theatre environment in a slot that may have been designed for a VCR etc.

 

A slim case for low profile pci-e cards and a micro atx motherboard would be ideal. Only I need to be able to take 5x 3.5 disks (ideally 6). I suppose for future expansion I should have room for an optical drive too.

 

For the last 2 years I've been using the insert out of the motherboard box, on a dining chair, but I'd like the chair back.

 

I'd be tempted to do a sleeper pc in a really old school vcr, or even beter, a betamax machine, but I really can't be bothered.

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Something like the norco rpc-250 might work? Micro atx, 2 front 5.25" bays for an odd, up to 6 3.5" bays, and short form pci slots all present.

It's a 2u short depth rackmount chassis.... only problem is that in the rackmount world 'short depth' is still like 2 feet long. Personally my approach was to put the compute in a NUC and the storage in a synology.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

That is indeed a good find, but the depth would be prohibitive, and i'm not sure that a case capable of taking a CEB motherboard is ideal. It is however the closest i've seen.

 

Separating storage and compute is a good plan, but the machine pulls double duty as a zfs based file server and HTPC, unfortunately i'm already comitted as far as that is concerned.

 

Perhapse using a basic htpc case, and either building or buying an esata solution for 4 x 3.5 disks could work...

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On 2/17/2019 at 6:41 PM, Thingomy said:

That is indeed a good find, but the depth would be prohibitive, and i'm not sure that a case capable of taking a CEB motherboard is ideal. It is however the closest i've seen.

 

Separating storage and compute is a good plan, but the machine pulls double duty as a zfs based file server and HTPC, unfortunately i'm already comitted as far as that is concerned.

 

Perhapse using a basic htpc case, and either building or buying an esata solution for 4 x 3.5 disks could work...

What about a NAS? 

 

Everything I'm finding is either mITX or not anywhere near "low profile"

https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Technology-Mini-ITX-Computer-DS380B/dp/B00IAELTAI?th=1

 

If oyu could relocate the 3.5" drives to an external enclosure, you can get pretty low profile mATX HTPC cases

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fsw323/silverstone-case-ml04b


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