Rec for fancy 5 1/4" bay panel?

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  1. dcproulx

    dcproulx Junior Member

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    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!

    Thanks!

    New Build:

    Case: Silverstone ML03
    PSU: Corsair CX430 "V2"
    MB: AsRock FM2A75 Pro 4
    CPU: A10-5800K or A8-5600K
    RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600
    Drives: ADATA AS510S3-120GM-C 120GB
    WD2002FAEX Black 2TB Sata2 Ser#WMAY01069199
    Other: LG GGC-H20L BLU-RAY/HD-DVD (via eSata, heh heh!)
    Belkin F5D8053 N Wireless Draft N 802.11N USB Adapter
     
  2. Auric

    Auric Diamond Member

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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.
     
  3. dcproulx

    dcproulx Junior Member

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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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    Insert_Nickname Platinum Member

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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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  6. dcproulx

    dcproulx Junior Member

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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.

    Thanks!
     
  7. dcproulx

    dcproulx Junior Member

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    This is getting close. Make it USB3 and programmable and I'd get it!