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A cheap NAS case - 8 x 3.5" HDD - cheaper the better...

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by Gimpymoo, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. Gimpymoo

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 31, 2005

    Posts: 14,322

    Location: Nottingham

    Cheapest I can get is £100 for the Silverstone CS380.

    Hotswap is not needed, no plans to play dosey-doh with the hard drives.

    Will be sat in corner, turned on and left so appearance is not a factor.

    Just needs to be able to fit in eight 3.5" HDD's with some appropiate fan cooling.

    CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP.

    Thanks.
     
  2. BongoHunter

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 14, 2014

    Posts: 948

    I did a cheap as possible build in the same chassis not to long ago which might help you out, though have upgraded recently to more Ram and extra SSDs: https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/threads/diy-nas-build.18816486/

    What OS are you planning to run and do you feel the need for ECC? This will impact price and relavence of the linked thread
     
  3. dholdi

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2010

    Posts: 1,043

    Location: Preston

    I used this case for my NAS.
    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/kolink-pitch-midi-tower-case-black-ca-014-kk.html
    I was pleasantly surprised by the quality for such a low price.
    My only gripe was despite it having 8 drive bays it only comes with 2 drive trays.
    This wasn't an issue for me as I only intended to fit 4 drives and the first case OC sent me had been crushed in transit.
    They sent me another and told me to bin the crushed one so I ended up with 4 trays.
     
  4. Gimpymoo

    Capodecina

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    Posts: 14,322

    Location: Nottingham

    That looks just the job but only 2 trays is a joke. They only look plastic, charge 60p more and give 6 more with the case.

    Do HDD's fit into the "slots" without the sleds?

    How are you supposed to use the other 6 positions?

    @BongoHunter I am just planning to put FreeNAS on it. The rest of the build I am fine with but was trying to save a few quid on the case.

    I do like the look of the CS380, the hotswap backplane is a nice feature but if I could save £50, I would gladly forego it.
     
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  5. jammir

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 11, 2007

    Posts: 889

    Location: London / Essex

    Last edited: Aug 2, 2018
  6. EssexBoy

    Gangster

    Joined: Jun 13, 2013

    Posts: 461

    Location: Essex/East London

    Can get 8 on a microserver gen 7 6 on sata 2 on usb if cheapest option is what you want.




    Very nice
     
  7. Gimpymoo

    Capodecina

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    Location: Nottingham

    Amazing find and a great mod you did there. Did you salvage more cages from another case?

    Oddly, I have an R5 for my main case so know how good it is and being able to hold 8 drives stock is an oddity nowadays it seems.

    Personally, I would prefer the R5 over the CS380. Other than the hotswap, I see no benefits of it above the R5 as the R5 is an almost perfect case in my opinion.

    Can I ask what SATA controllers you are using?
     
  8. jammir

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 11, 2007

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    Location: London / Essex

    Yeah got the other hdd cage from a friend who was doing a watercooled build and didnt need the cage. the sata controllers are old adaptec 51645 cards I have two in there as this box is connected upto a external JBOD with another 16 drives.
     
  9. Gimpymoo

    Capodecina

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    Posts: 14,322

    Location: Nottingham

    I can use the 5 drive cage from my main rig in the NAS so that would give me 10 so awesome :D

    Thanks for the heads up on the B-Grade. Such a bargain for a NAS case.

    Will hopefully come tomorrow, just hope has most of its bits and not a dented mess :D
     
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  10. jammir

    Hitman

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    Location: London / Essex

    I have had B-grades of overclockers before sometimes they are just open box and not even removed.
     
  11. Gimpymoo

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    Fingers crossed.

    Soo chuffed to get a second R5.

    I did consider moving my existing R5 to the NAS and getting a cheaper case for main rig but this ticks all the boxes.

    The thing is, the R5 is a SUPERB case, I love mine. Genuinely is a jack of all trades with few compromises, if any.
     
  12. Gimpymoo

    Capodecina

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    JACKPOT.

    Literally just seems to be "open box". Box with parts is unopened and no signs of scratches where mobo mounts would be.

    Will make a cracking NAS box, soo much room for Airflow with fans in the right places.