I'm not familiar with the P183, but from the looks of it, you could consider using:
Sorry it is only in Dutch, but you can gather that instead of 3 x 5.25" bays you end up with room for 5 x 3.5" swappable bays.
Thanks Harm, appreciate you finding that for me, but surely that either needs 5 SATA ports, or only offers SATA bandwidth to one drive at a time? Regardless, this won't fit my P183 as it only has 3x 5.25" bays and I need one of those for an optical drive.
To be honest I thought you'd suggest some hardware R(AID) array of some kind. Notice how vague I am, because I really have no idea what's out there! My idea of a caddy to hot-swap a SATA drive makes sense to me from a data storage perspective (i.e. I don't need all files immediately on hand), but I've read guidelines on disk setup that suggest once I get past 4 drives (which is where I am) then I ought to be considering an array of some kind.
According to what I read, the P183 has 4 x 5.25" bays, one of which is for your optical drive. That leaves the other three for the Chenbro drive cage. It allows ally the installed drives, if attached to the mobo, to be online at all times. It requires five SATA cables from the drive cage to the mobo, but you can exchange any of these five disks for another one as you want at all times. Just a simple matter of sliding out one disk and sliding in another.
Given your budget indications, I did not advise a raid controller, since that is stretching your budget even more, considering the cost of the drive cage. If you want to have a look at raid controllers, limit your search to LSI or Areca (the preferred one), but they are costly.
Good grief, my mistake - I have 3 free 5.25" bays! Can't see the top one from where I glanced at the case (don't ask, too many late nights working this week).
If I got this Chenbro cage, I could just use it with a new drive now and then later move all my drives into it. But I do think that the HD editing I'm doing now is already making my PC struggle and, from reading a lot of posts on here, some hardware RAID is ultimately going to be needed? That won't be compatible with hot swapping 5 drives in this cage, right? I'll need a standalone unit?
Could you advise on what budget I'd need for "the next step" in my video business?
The first four updates on your system, to improve performance are:
1. Overclock your system to say 4.0 GHz. See Adobe Forums: Overclocking the i7, a beginners guide This is free.
2. Tune your system. It says Vista, but also applies to Win7: Adobe Forums: Guide for installing and tuning a Vista...
3. Get a nVidia GTX 560 Ti or 570 video card to replace your ATI (You can use that in a new system too).
4. Increase memory to 24 GB.
After having taken these steps you can consider a dedicated raid controller, but they are not cheap. My favorite is the Areca ARC-1882iX-16, which is around € 850 here including 19% VAT. Given that cost, I would start with the video card and the memory. Also have a look at Adobe Forums: What PC to build? An update...