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Best desktop box for expansion

Post by toomanyquestions » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:27 pm

Are some manufactures better about providing the customer w/additional hd bays / mount points in a stock box (I prefer a two hd setup). Obviously I could build my own, but I'm not inclined to do so at this time.

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Re: Best desktop box for expansion

Post by kyphi » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:47 pm

Buying a finished product from a manufacturer will never satisfy your future requirements so there really are only two options for you:

1. Wait until you can overcome your current inertia and then build your own.
2. Check out the websites of computer parts resellers. The better ones will build a custom system for you with whatever components you have selected from their stock.
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Re: Best desktop box for expansion

Post by MartyMint » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:25 pm

Most desktop machines I've seen from Dell, HP etc...have at least 1 unused drive bay and sometimes an unused optical drive bay.

Unless they're super-small form factor machines...

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Re: Best desktop box for expansion

Post by toomanyquestions » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:52 pm

kyphi wrote: Check out the websites of computer parts resellers. The better ones will build a custom system for you with whatever components you have selected from their stock.
Do you recommend any particular web sites? What about buying a custom box/setup on ebay?

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Re: Best desktop box for expansion

Post by toomanyquestions » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:55 pm

MartyMint wrote:Most desktop machines I've seen from Dell, HP etc...have at least 1 unused drive bay and sometimes an unused optical drive bay.
So pretty standard among major players...

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Re: Best desktop box for expansion

Post by kyphi » Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:40 am

I am not in a position to "recommend" computer parts websites because these would vary according to where you live.
I can let you see what I mean though:
http://www.techbuy.com.au/
They will build a custom system for $40.00 (AUD). Add postage.
There are others.
ebay? - never!

The best option is still to assemble it yourself from quality components - it is really just an assembly job, all you need is a screwdriver and an anti-static wrist strap. Everything else comes with the components.
Of course if you want an after market cooler for your CPU then you will have to get a case with a cut-out to mount the cooler and you will probably want to use "Arctic Silver paste" between the cooler and the CPU, etc., etc., etc.
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