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I need a cheap new ATX case.

I have 4 hard drives and 2 dvd drives. I need to add more hard drives but have no more room. I dont want to spend a lot and I already have a really nice PSU I got on sale 110 from 130 on newegg, so any case that comes with a psu is a waste. And all the full towers I see are >$70. Any ideas on some sort of ghetto riging? Or way to make my own case?

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Try local computer stores or shops for used cases

In reply to: I need a cheap new ATX case.

For most of my computers I use old cases from obsolete computers that were given to me or I got at a computer repair place in the form of a old computer with a slow mobo and slow processor. Some of these were fairly nice with plenty of room and either didn't cost me a dime or cost < $25. I just removed the old guts and put in the new. Just depends on how fancy a case you want, I guess.

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get creative with your bays

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There are many mid-tower and full-tower cases that meet your needs.

What you need:
Two external 5.25" bays (for your optical drives)
Four internal 3.25" bays

You don't necessarily need a case that has exactly those specifications. Think more creatively:

1. Any 5.25" external bay may be used for a 3.5" hard drive with an inexpensive adapter.

2. Any 3.5" external bay may be used for a 3.5" hard drive no adpater required.

Just make sure each hard drive is not crammed in between devices and has decent airflow over it. Excessive heat is one of the major enemies of electronic components.

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Thanks for the quick replies.

In reply to: get creative with your bays

That does give me the idea that perhaps instead of buying new I could look into old server cases people have.

I need at least 6 internal 3.5" drives. Since I am using both of my external ones.. one for a fan control setup and the other for a usb, firewire ect. thingy.

My current case cost me $25 online two years ago. Its ugly, mangled, has many holes I added later, dosens of stickers and has no face plater (took a rather nasty fall from a lan party).

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