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Reply 20 of 29, by Intel486dx33

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There are noticeable shipping delays going on right now.
My Amazon orders that I placed last week still have not shipped.
And shipped items are taking longer than usual to arrive because of delays in the carriers fleet.

Reply 21 of 29, by Srandista

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buckeye wrote on 2020-05-14, 13:21:

An optical drive is not a necessity with GOG/Steam available, but I may get a weird "fetish" and decide to install Crysis off a disc or watch a dvd.
Guess I'm just "oldschool" at heart!

Yeah, I mean, that is case clearly aimed at retro system in brand new case. For my main modern rig, I have a case without even 5.25" bay, and I'm fine with that.

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Reply 22 of 29, by bestemor

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Yes, the much coveted 5.25 bay has been a vital requirement in my latest searches as well.

After randomly* buying quality cases cheaply on sale (*:when there were really large discounts to be had) over the past decade, and now wanted to try to build something with them, I discovered that many were not quite suited for what I wanted, albeit very cheap (relatively) when I bought them, so no big loss.

But having gained a more specific knowlegde of what I actually would want to see in a computer case, I now suddenly found that the much 'needed' 5.25 bay was almost nowhere to be found, at least not if I wanted a full spacious tower with minimum 3x such bays.

After some research, I found a few models I liked, and that were not too costly, but finding them for sale proved nigh impossible.

So currently there seems to be 3 candidates that still are somewhat available.
In no particular order;
- the Fractal R2 XL has had good reviews
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Fractal-Design-Cas … Y1c18p/23261992
($166, strangely cheaper than the black one)
- then there is the Phanteks Enthoo Pro
https://www.phanteksusa.com/collections/cases … =31733951529015 (available in the US! at $89)
- and Corsair Obsidian 750D

I also really like the Cooler Master Storm Trooper, or even better the white version, but of course these are long gone from any retail channels by now.
http://us.coolermaster.com/product/Detail/cas … se/stryker.html

Of course, these are my very personal choices, and heavily influenced by the high number of external bays I want, while still enjoying a modern array of space and cooling options, so....

- Regardless, trying to be OT, I have sadly no idea where there might be some less known shops(online or otherwise) that sell old stock of the apparantly obsolete /EOL models in the US... 😐

Myself being located in Europe, it is hard to find anything older even here.

Seems like there was a 'golden age' of the big bays, starting to decline some 5-6 years ago, at least that is from when all the ('good') models I've looked at reviews for seem to hail, 2011-2014 or so.
Hence I've resorted to scouring local 'craigslist' for boxed/semi-new older models, which occationally actully pop up there.

Reply 23 of 29, by buckeye

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Yeah been checking Craiglist and Facebook marketplace, but so far the only cases I've seen are beat up and over priced.

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Reply 24 of 29, by bestemor

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Man, that Craigslist of yours is a sorry sight indeed.. heh.

Even combining the state of Alabama, we're talking a mere few hundreds items in the computer category (or I am not searching correctly?).

Here, in my country, which strangely happens to have almost exactly the same number of citizens as Alabama (!), I get almost 22.000 hits on our local/national version of 'craigslist'.

- In the computer/parts category ALONE. I might add... 😁
Hence it is somewhat easier to find stuff, even boxed & nearly unused cases of my preferred models occationally.

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Reply 26 of 29, by Errius

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This is why I have five Cooler Master Stackers (four STC-T01 and one RC-830). That's 57 5.25" bays.

“I like to dissect PCs. Don't you know I'm utterly insane?"

Reply 27 of 29, by Intel486dx33

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I hope they get rid of all these cheap cases and just build good quality cases.
It’s just as easy to build something of good quality as it is to build a bad design.

Reply 28 of 29, by badmojo

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Intel486dx33 wrote on 2020-05-19, 18:25:

It’s just as easy to build something of good quality as it is to build a bad design.

Now I've heard everything 🤨

Life? Don't talk to me about life.

Reply 29 of 29, by buckeye

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Well, patience always seems to pay off in the end. Found a Corsair Spec-01 on Ebay for less than 70 bucks shipping included.

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Foxconn Q45M E8400 Core2 Duo 3GB DDR2 800 BFG Geforce 7950GT 512MB X-Fi Xtreme Music 500W XP SP3
Intel SE440BX P3 450 256MB 40GB Voodoo 3000 16MB SB 32pnp 350W 98SE
MSI x570 Gaming Pro Carbon Ryzen 3700x 16GB DDR4 Zotac RTX 3070 8GB WD Black 1TB 650W