Clearance issue with Corsair 350D + H105 and optical drive.

Hello everyone,

So I currently have a bit of a space issue.

I have the Corsair 350D micro atx case. I also have the H105 installed in the top. I currently have it orientated so that the tubes come down by the optical drives. This is because I will be getting a 980ti hybrid and will be mounting it in the rear 120mm fan position. If orientated the other way, the H105s tubes would not allow me to mount the hybrid's rad at the back and I do not wish to mount it in the front. I did have an optical drive installed that I had to remove when changing the H105's orientation. It is from this drive that I have observed that for a device to fit in either optical drive bay currently, it has to be = < 5 3/4 inches long. I spent a while looking into a bunch of optical drives (and even slim ones with adapters) but they all seem to be at least 6 inches long.

Being completely stumped I turn to you guys to see if you have any ideas on how to get this to work/what drive would fit. I really would like to keep everything compact and in my case so that I don't have the extra bulk of an external device.

If any optical drives do exist that would fit I would like them to be DVDRW or bluray.

I have linked a couple pictures of my computer so you can get an idea of the situation.


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Clarification Request
Odd. More than one ODD?

ODD = Optical Disc Drive.

It looks like the second from the top drive bay will be fine for an ODD. If you wanted more then a next size up case is best. In parting I don't stack 2 ODDs on top of each other because they tend to cook and die too fast.

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ODD will not fit in either bay

Sadly no. The second bay bends the tubes at a fairly sharp angle that I'm not entirely comfortable with. Also, the drive will not go in all the way due to the tubes. I just find it odd that CDs are only 4 5/8 inches in diameter but it seems like all optical drives are like 6 inches. I know they need room for all the moving parts inside but I thought there might be some model out there that managed to make them shorter...

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Looks like it could

On one system I had to let it hang out front until the next size up case arrived.

I'm not there but what if you rotate the cooler 180? So the tubs are at the rear?

-> There's another type drive I use sometimes. Laptop ODDs. Example.

I can't guess why the tiny case. I only use them when I'm making a NAS, router or other dedicate box.

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It doesn't.

The micro atx form factor is much more realistic than the behemoths that are mid or full tower cases. It's not really that small of a case. I just picked it up a few months ago as I needed something smaller that I could transport during college breaks at home. The ODD does not fit. I do not wish for it to hang out the front of my pc, unsecured, either. As for the 180 rotation, I explained in my initial question why this is not possible. I have looked into slim ODDs some but they all seem to need a 5.25 adapter that makes them just as long and bulky as a normal ODD.

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Looks possible
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Case specs

That case conforms to its build specs, it just wasn't intended for grand soup-up innards. You stuffed it and it exceeds what it was intended for. Alas, as pointed out to you if 2-CD drives, even that is outside of typical builds. Current new CD-drives follow a basic spec in size unless you get the dual or laptop versions. Of course, you can use an ext. USB type CD drive to regain or exit from this issue. As i see it, either shop for smaller fans or "mod" the case on your own and see where it leads. I'm certain there are yet other cases out there that may fit your needs, they're just too many variations now, so google for another vendor. I've seen what I call, bench or techie cases that nothing more than exposed shelf/rack/mounts for PC innards and such.
Here is an example, google for others:

tada -----Willy Happy

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