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First post, by Sunflux

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I really hate the tiny fans, poor airflow, and lack of wire routing options in era cases, and am looking to upgrade my P-II system to a fully modern ATX case with all of the above (so: 120mm or 140mm fans, wire routing behind motherboard tray, and lower power supply mount).

My catch is, I need to install a 5.25” floppy, a 3.5” floppy, and a CD drive. So that’s minimum 3 x 5.25” bays or 2 x 5.25” and 1 x 3.5”. Ideally I would actually like 4 or 5 bays so I can stick a second CD or maybe a Zip or Jaz drive in. Not concerned about color, but I prefer it not be ugly (AKA Rosewill) or unreasonably expensive, and a door to cover the bays might be nice since I’m going to have a kaleidoscope of drive colors.

But… right now in 2022, this seems unobtanium. I would love something like a Fractal Designs Define XL R2 with 4 full bays. Can’t find it. Maybe a Silverstone TJ04. Costs a fortune.

Closest I can find is a Phanteks Enthoo Pro with 3 bays. Pricey for me with shipping to Canada, but it’s all I can find. Can get the Enthoo Primo with 5 bays, but that thing’s honking huge.

Anyone have any knowledge of other cases that might fit the bill, even older ones on eBay?

(For reference, I have other old computers in Antec P180, P183, Sonata III and Sonata Designer cases, but I’m not really thrilled with using any of them. The system is currently housed in an Antec Performance II SX835II, but it only has 2 x 80mm case fans and tends to be rather echoey and a massive dust magnet.)

Reply 1 of 3, by Horun

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I like the Corsair Carbide 200R series, they have 3 X 5.25" external bays you can do what you want with...and a ton of fan add-on features.
Not pretty being all black but they work just fine and even have some variants that have see thru sides (UGH ! personally hate that, no one wants to see yer guts 🤣).
They are a bit hard to find in stock but next case will be another one of them. Just my opinion !

Hate posting a reply and then have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor.

Reply 2 of 3, by Sunflux

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That does look okay, and is definitely well priced… but the motherboard tray is recessed for some reason, and I’m pretty sure my “slightly wider than ATX” Asus P2B-LS isn’t going to fit. Most of the cases I’ve found may not officially support bigger than ATX, but they have flat trays that would allow it to mount anyways.

Might still pick one up for use with another system.

Reply 3 of 3, by svfn

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New cases only have 1 bay nowadays. Filter here for 3 bay cases but availability might be difficult: https://pcpartpicker.com/products/case/#H=1,1 … =-rating&page=1

I like the old CM 690 series, usually not hard to find used, front mesh for airflow and 3 bays.

https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/legacy-p … ts/cases/cm693/
https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/legacy-p … m-690-ii-ver-2/

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