Xclio Nighthawk..... Anyone got one?

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  1. smitbret

    smitbret Diamond Member

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    Building a NAS and I just don't feel like springing for a Server Case to store movies. Ran across the Xclio Nighthawk and it seems to be a pretty decent budget choice if it fits a couple of criteria:

    1 - The Smart HDD Modular System.... are they just some HDD cages that are sitting in 5.25" bays? Can I remove them and just use a standard RAID cage or 5x3 in the bays?

    2 - Can you replace those stupid LED fans with unlit 120mm fans or are they proprietary?

    I would imagine that the answer to both is "Yes" but I wanted to be sure.
     
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    I don't quite see the point of buying a case and then replacing the fans because you want them less flashy. Why not buy a case with non-LED fans to begin with? Nighthawk seems to go for about $50 on newegg, for that price you can get a Corsair 200R.
     
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    I looked at that case and considered it, but the Xclio could potentially have room for 10 HDDs in 5x3 RAID cages, 4 additional 3.5" drives in the bottom bay and a 120mm fan in front of all 3 for cooling.

    The Corsair could do the 5x3 and I like the 4 side mounted 3.5" bays at the bottom, but the fan above the internal bays leads me to believe there wouldn't be any cooling on those lower drives.

    I just want a case that I can stack 6-10 drives into that will give me easy access and a quiet fan to push or pull air across the drives. The Corsair looked good, but the drive/fan setup didn't convince me.
     
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    Eureka Diamond Member

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    Actually, there seems to be 9 5.25 bays, so you could do three 5 in 3 bays if you wanted.

    Fractal Core 3000 might fit your needs too.
     
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    Slip a 2x3 in there and that Fractal Design 3000 is right what I'd be looking for.
     
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    Some options for you:

    7 internal + 1 external 3.5"

    Xigmatek Asgard Pro $40 +$10 shipping
    - toolless front-to-back drive bays
    - has one front fan, add another ($7)

    7 internal 3.5"

    Lian Li PC-A04B $100
    - drive bay orientation and position switching
    - aluminium construction
    - includes two front fans

    8 internal 3.5"

    NZXT Source 210 $40 +$6 shipping
    - front-to-back drive bays
    - lacks front fans, add 2x Silverstone 1200RPM $7 each

    NZXT Tempest 210 $45 +$10 shipping
    - toolless front-to-back drive bays
    - move rear fan to front, add one Silverstone $7
    - NZXT Source 210 Elite ($58 shipped) and Source 220 ($60 shipped) are similar

    Rosewill Line $50 ($40 AR)
    - front-to-back drive bays
    - includes two front fans

    8 internal + 1 external 3.5"

    Fractal Design Define R4 $90
    - sideways drive bays
    - superior quality and features, e.g. 140mm fans, dust filters, noise absorbing padding, fan controller
    - add one front fan e.g. Prolimatech 140mm $10
     
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    Eureka Diamond Member

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    What do you mean 2x3?

    http://www.fractal-design.com/img_prod/FD-CA-CORE-3000-BL_2X.jpg

    It's already got 6 hdd bays, add a 4 in 3 module in the 5.25" and you have 10.

    Source 210 is also a great budget case. I have one, it has 8 drive bays already and you can add a 4/5 in 3.

    And the case was $25 after rebates.
     
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    By 2x3 he probably means a 3-in-2 module
     
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    smitbret Diamond Member

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    Yeah, shouldn't have used my personal lingo. That's exactly what I meant.