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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey guys, any recommendations on the best tower server pc case?

 

I was previously using an Antect Titan 650 server tower and I absolutely loved it! But I lost the hdd trays and decided to dump it because it was impossible to get the HDD's to fit properly with fans/

 

So then I decided buy a BitFenix Shinobi, thinking is was big enough but man was I wrong . . . . the case is packed when it's filled with 5 drives.

 

Any other budget recommendations? Something That can fit 6x3.5" and maybe 2x2.5" . . . standard ATX motherboard and PSU.


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The Phanteks Enthoo Pro Mid Tower Case would work with what you're looking for, the one I have linked comes in at around £70 exc VAT. I believe it fits 6, 3.5" and 7, 2.5". It also fits an ATX MOBO and has a 5 year warranty (because that's always nice). The link will have more information. Hope this help! :)

 

https://www.ebuyer.com/819527-phanteks-enthoo-pro-mid-tower-case-with-window-ph-es614p-bk?fo_c=951&fo_k=ef57fc7fdec9d42d0894264cf4d538dc&fo_s=webgains&wgu=267255_162949_15579194546634_891afcee43&wgexpiry=1565695454&utm_source=webgains&utm_siteid=162949


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Fractal Design Define R6. You can get additional hdd sleds from Amazon for 9 total hard drives in the front bays, and it has 2 SSD sleds on the back. 

You can get the black out edition which comes as all black and has a solid panel instead of a window. 

 

Also the Corsair Obsidian 750D. It's more expensive but it comes with 2 HDD cages (for 6 drives), you can add 2 more cages for a total of 12 drives quite easily. Then depending on what cards you put in it and how you do your routing you could actually go up to 6 cages for 18 drives.

Theres also 3 x 5.25" bays which you could potentially use to mount a hotswap cage for a further 5 drives.  Not including the 4 x 2.5" SSD sleds on the back


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Or Fractal Design Define XL V2 (really big tower, noise dampened, air filters, lots of drive bays)

 


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this supermicro looks pretty great for your task

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/brVBD3/supermicro-case-csegs5b000r


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31 minutes ago, Jarsky said:

Fractal Design Define R6. You can get additional hdd sleds from Amazon for 9 total hard drives in the front bays, and it has 2 SSD sleds on the back. 

Correction, you can get a total of (up to) 11 hard drive bays and (up to) 4 SSD's (with the purchase of additional HDD/SSD sleds as you noted)


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks for all of the suggestions and recommendations guys, appreciate it.

 

If my budget allows it, my first choice would be either the 750D or the Define R6 (although the Black Windowless version is hard to find in Ireland 😕). Also I am very fond of the 750D Airflow edition!

 

I see what I can squeeze out of my budget 🙂


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