- Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 12:32
I have added some pictures of the final build here, not only the exterior, but also the resulting cable mess, but that is unavoidable with 30 SATA connections currently in use. If my plans for two extra SSD's and some extra HDD's materialize this will only get worse. The Tuning page still needs a lot of work so the early adopters of Win8 can profit from my remarks. See the details below:
The top bay is the 4-in-1 2.5" hot swap bay, next the multi-card reader with USB2, USB3 and eSATA, then two BD-R burners and then three 5-in-3 3.5" hot swap cages. A great way to fill those 13 5.25" bays for my purposes. The PSU side only contains 10 HDD's with room for 6 more disks, and of course the PSU and the four intake fans, the DemciFlex filter and the two outlet fans.
It does look like a Christmas tree, doesn't it? Should I cut the LED lights or leave them as they are?
But there is more going on inside. Look at the very limited space between the Noctua CPU cooler and the G.Skill heatsinks. It is a close fit.
Memory with even taller heat-sinks on them can be very troublesome, so keep that in mind when selecting memory modules in relation to the CPU cooler you intend to use. Even a huge chassis will not help here.
With 30 SATA devices connected now, 25 HDD's, 2 SSD's, 2 BD-RE's and an eSATA, it is hard to avoid a big red cable mess, which was aggravated by the rather stupid Corsair power cables. The molex cables have their connectors spaced apart by 10 cm, but for the Chenbro drive cages I needed 15 cm space between the connectors, so the simple solution was to use molex power splitters, but in increases the cable mess:
and what it looks like from a distance. As you can see the cooling is not hindered by all these cables and the CPU cooler has a pretty clean arflow, as do the exhaust fans for the drive cages.
Note the physical distance between the huge video card and the raid controller at the bottom. This makes the cooling a lot better. Lucky for me these blue led fans are not visible with the case under my desk.