I am considering building a desktop for editing this summer. However, as the title says, there is one consideration I am having a rather difficult time meeting - finding a case condusive to moving around. As I am nearing the end of my college career and not 100% sure where I will end up at any given point in time, I was hoping to make a desktop that is as portable as possible. Originally, I was envisioning something maybe along the lines of a Mac Pro, with solid handles and a decent metal build. I have not had any luck in tracking down anything like this.
Does anybody here know where I can find a decently made large case with a design considerate of transporting around and a professional look? (hopefully available for a price that isn't more expensive than the insides cost!)
Any suggestions welcome, including off the wall ones. At this point I'm almost wondering if I could just buy a simple case and slap on some handles myself. Or am I missing the forest for the trees and simply obsessing over handles too much? It's been a while since I wrestled with a full size case, but maybe it's not as all bad as I remember.
The saga continues...
I'm close to giving up on finding a professional-looking PC case with handles and good cooling/space management. So, instead of trying to find a case with a handle, I may just have to figure out a more clever solution for making the desktop more portable, like making a bubblewrap case with straps I can use during transport.
I know the forum gets a ton of these, but people seem to be willing to help us newbies; so here's my current build list as of 5/5/12. If people could take a look at it and my concerns I would be grateful.
CPU and Cooling
Cooler Master Hyper 212 - (planning to OC CPU to 4.0 or so)
Artic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Power Supply and Case
Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower case - (old pick...seems like this one will probably be too small)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 RAM (x2 for a total of 16GB)
HDDs - so expensive now! Any word on when they'll start coming back down?
Crucial M4 64GB SATA III SSD - For OS and critical applications (Adobe Production Premium, Blender, possibly DAW and notation applications as well)
1 drive - Media, Projects
1 drive - Pagefile, Media Cache
1 drive - Previews, Exports
I would also like a 320 gig drive for non-critical applications (coretemp, backup software, other benchmarking/tweaking software, and, because I know I won't be able to resist, a couple games that currently don't run well on my laptop.) Good idea or waste of money?
I also need a large sized (2Tb perhaps?) drive for backups. Recommendations for affordable options and good backup software welcome.
*Naturally, I would prefer SATA II 6.0Gb/s drives, of course, but those seem to be hard to find in quality and price.
LG DVD burner black SATA - OEM - (does this mean I'll need to purchase a SATA cable?)
Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
I already have an uninterruptible power supply
Also have x4 Cooler Master 120mm case fans available to put into the system. (up to 3 of the fans can be used on a temperature based fan controller that I already have.)
With shipping this would come to around $1675. Add another $200-300 for the other hard-drives, a different case, and the other random bits of things that will cost money.
I really was hoping to build this system for $1500 or less, so if there are ways I could trim this down I'm willing to listen (lose the SSD or a HDD? lesser graphics card?) Otherwise I might just have to be really good about finding sales and stretch the wallet a bit.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this,
Check out Corsair's Carbide 400t case, or 500t and see what yout think. They are very classy and seem to be a good design for a pretty powerful and well cooled editing PC.
Regarding a handle for the top, someone I worked with last year had to move his PC from office to office and he simply mounted a handle on the top; it looked OK and worked great.
Regarding "webbing" to carry a PC, you can buy that too. As Harm said, Google "LAN party".