Why is it so hard to get a reply to this good and valid question? I've been asking it in different ways for weeks. Isn't anyone familiar with portable equipment here?
Possibly you are not getting any responses, because your query is not a "good or valid question" (even though you think that it is). You have a CEB form factor motherboard, 4x 4TB drives, and you want to shove it into a small portable case. Sounds to me kinda like, "I have a Hummer and I want to modify it so I can park in compact car spaces".
There are some really awesome mini and micro ATX builds out there. Maybe you should repurpose your CPU, RAM, etc. and go with a much smaller motherboard. Asus's Rampage IV Gene board is a micro ATX and would take your x79 CPU, but it only has 4 RAM slots (4x8GB = 32GB). Google micro ATX builds and check out micro ATX compatible cases at Newegg; you will find lots of good options that should fit in an airline wheeled carry-on.
The 4 Disk RAID is part of the system as it is now used for editing and sitting in a fairly large case. My question is ' how do I move this same. System into a smaller case? Which components will I most likely need to substitute for smaller, yet compatible parts? Motherboard is the main part of the system. I want to keep that.
I Was just hoping for some insight from anyone experienced with what I am doing. Of course there are obvious things like losing the drives. It's sort of a challenge. How small of a case can I shove this same system into?
i Already got my answers somewhere else - on a gaming site. Those kids are always reconfiguring to attend LAN parties.
I would thought it would all easily fit in a 4u case like the EYE4800 except for maybe the Cpu cooler.
Put it in a rolling rack and your good to go.
Actually, I just received my 4U case in the mail today and I'm afraid it won't do for me. The darn thing is huge! The 4U server chassis looks a lot smaller and thinner online than up close. The Livestream HD51 unit I'm trying to emulate is actually a 2U case. I'm going to have to learn the particulars about it because I got a low profile Noctua heat sink, but not short enough to fit in a 2U. Maybe a 3U. I don't imagine a CPU cooler to be that low profile. It would have to be about 3" tall max. Probably a stock cooler and I won't be able to overclock.
Anyway, I have to go do some more shopping