gramaton cleric wrote:
stacker, you can so a whole lot, lower psu mount, lotta room. i think chumly was modding one if you look around here a bit
It WAS around here...sorry that I haven't put the pictures back up yet. I quit comcast and got a new server, but I'll get the pics back up in that "Painting" thread.
I will vote against both I guess. I love the stacker for what it is and not for anything I could add to it (aka: mod). There's really nothing to mod on it, but it does allow for plenty of room and space for a small family inside of one. The entire front plane is open and you can't add anything to it easily.
Many ask about the fans up front, so: there's no way to add fans without adding HD cages, and they're about $35 a pop. So...if you want to add 3 more fans, you need three 120mm fans ($50) and three cages ($105 plus S&H). To simply add three fans, it'll cost ya $155! Do you need them? No. This thing is NOT confined at all, and the need for fans due to this is almost nill. 120 over your HDD's, one 80mm blowhole, and one 120mm exhaust...that's all about any will need. If not, add the 80mm to the side and upgrade to the huge blower. If that won't cool ya, nothing will dudes.
Using two seperate boards in it so far has lead me to believe that I will never ever really need to turn on that blower. I have it, and I do turn it on, but I really can't find what's hot that the blower needs to cool. But, if it does arise at some point that I need better cooling, I'm ready.
There's PLENTY of room (which will be the recurring factor here) to do what ever. I had an unlimited choice on how to place the watercooling equipment, and on top of that, how to route the tubing. That was a first. It's worth noting here as well that the floor of the case isn't flat. There's a vent on the bottom too with a perferated screen hump. So, rule the floor out as any mounting place unless you're looking at removing the screen or stuffing it further forward into the drive area.
The largest down fall i can place on this thing is it's strongest plus...it's huge. Many will find that it isn't good sitting on their desk. I had it down by my right leg until I painted it, then it was proudly pearched atop my desk. But by doing so, I now stand to hit the CD eject buttons or place disks in them. I'm pondering moving them further south to avert all this, but with my wiring job*, it'll be a full day just moving everything down and getting it neat again.
*There'll be an update soon, I hope, on the drives. I have stealthed them about a month ago, but did it a bit different. I didn't like the "tilt-o-matic" method of having the cover taped on, and you press the cover to hit the eject button. Seemed sloppy to me. So...on the stacker's I/O bay up front, there's two little jacks for headphones or whatever. I left those, but turned them into momentary switches and hardwired it to my opticals. So, now I press the seamingly OEM mini-jacks and the stealthed tray pops out. Way cool I think! And leaving the monolithic look of the Stacker's front end clean. I'll get that up in the Modders' workshop once my connection situation is more stable. I'm not sure if I'm happy and may go back to comcast:p