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Looking at a new server case ... 
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Post Looking at a new server case ...
Ever since JD showed off his Fractal Design "Define R3" server case, I've been seriously looking at that and its bigger brother, the Define XL.

JD's R3 for those that can't remember or are too lazy to look it up:

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And here's the XL Black Pearl:

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The quandary that I have myself in is that though I know the R3 would be all I need for my home server, I tend to think that bigger is better. :mrgreen:
This case would fit perfect under my work bench and the price is not bad at all. Newegg has it for $139.99 and its little brother is $109.99.
I'm not sure where the $30 difference is, but I tend not to care too much about that stuff when it comes to cases. I have bought some expensive cases in my time. :roll:

I have at least 8 hard drives that would call it their new home. I would swap the stock fans for some Noctua and Silverstone fans.

Rodney gives it a Kickass product review!!


Sooooo, boys and girls, which one should I get?

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Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:21 am
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Post Re: Looking at a new server case ...
Really up to you... I'm sure it's built in the exact same manner, just bigger.

Their fans are silent too, but just not a ton of airflow.

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Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:35 am
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Post Re: Looking at a new server case ...
Damn this thing looks awesome, almost makes me regret getting a harkoon nightfall for my future build :drool:

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Post Re: Looking at a new server case ...
Why not get something custom made??


Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:06 am
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Post Re: Looking at a new server case ...
Just looking at this case again I remember seeing a build and I thought it looked a little cramped Jeff??

I'm looking at another custom case again, I mean if its a server, you got to have a load of hard drives havent you?? :D Only problem is I dont know where I'm going to put it.. Damn thing is nearly 30" tall (750mm I think that works out to be) so it wont be fitting underneath my desks!! :(


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