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Old 01-05-2017, 04:57 AM   #1
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Default Fabricated rack mount packages - beneficial?

Hi guys,
I'm in the verge of buying a rack mount for my computer. Did few searches for that. Can someone suggest me the best brand and it's details. Rosewill, NORCO and CHENBRO are few of the brands which i have read about. Your suggestions will handy at this moment.
Will I receive a good rack mount case around $300?. Planning to buy it next week. My brother's friend who is staying in Ontario suggested me rack mount case providing service(Rack Mount | Sheet Metal Products - Bayview Metals Toronto) in Toronto. Heard of this? I would also like to have your suggestions and comments on this too.
Hoping to get an efficient and affordable rack.
Thanks in advance
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:32 AM   #2
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Default Re: Fabricated rack mount packages - beneficial?

I've done this before, I bought from a company called X-case

the reason I did it was the company that I worked for at the time had grown from a garage startup, and had a lot of important machines that were in desktop cases, it meant in the server room there was more shelf racking needed to put stuff in than space really allowed, and a mostly empty 42U coms rack with about 5 1U switches in it...

If you're gutting a regular desktop, then you will need to allow for full size vertical cards to be used (if you have any) and for that you need a 4U case.

if you're not using any expansion cards, then you can obviously use a smaller case.
(even down to 1U - I've seen small ATX boards in as little as 1U cases before (and they do work well)

If you're gutting a desktop that use non standard mounting holes, (like Dell) or a riser and horizontally mounted expansion cards. then a standard ATX case won't go it for you.

for an idea of price:
https://www.xcase.co.uk/collections/4u-rackmount-cases

they start on that site £35 for 1U £50 for 4U (you should not pay Tax on items exported from the UK)
£50 is $80 canadian... ($61 USD) (you're talking about buying through a friend in Canada I'm not sure where you are based)

$300 should get you a very good case, - that's a lot more than off the shelf prices, - but if you're talking about going to a custom fabricator, that's probably a fair price...
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