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Old 11-02-2012, 12:23 PM   #1
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Default Rec for fancy 5 1/4" bay panel?

Hi, I'm going external on my optical drive since I hardly ever use it, and so I have a free 5 1/4" bay on my Silverstone ML03. I could use a card reader, but what's out there that might be fun and useful? Single bay only, too bad, but then I'm a power miser too so it's probably just as well.

If you have any comments/recs for my new build, I'd love to hear them!

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Old 11-02-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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Internal card readers are worse than internal ODD -inconvenient and subject to frequent changes in formats. The bay could be used for trayless drive swapping: single 3.5", or up to four 2.5", or even two 2.5" plus slim ODD.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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Well, I had one before and found it really handy for my camera and MP3 player cards, but I see your point. Still, I'm just looking to see if there are any wow gadgets for that bay. I already have an external HDD docking station.

What would be great for me is a secondary display where I could show time, temps, weather, #emails, etc., but there doesn't seem to be much out there at 5 1/4" and dual bay are quite expensive. But that's an idea of what would be exciting for me to have there, just seeing if anyone has seen anything fun like that.
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #4
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About the card reader, do you mean something like this...?

Internal card reader with built-in powered USB2 hub, 2x USB3 and ESATA...

Other then that your guess is as good as mine...
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:16 PM   #5
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Water pump with reservoir from Koolance.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:02 PM   #6
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Yeah, that reader looks interesting but doesn't seem to be available over on this side of the world. And the readers that are aren't as nice and mostly 3 1/2". I could get an adapter I suppose.

The reservoir is a bit much for me, but who knows, maybe in the future.

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Old 11-03-2012, 03:37 PM   #7
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This is getting close. Make it USB3 and programmable and I'd get it!
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