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Old 6th October, 2002, 07:01 AM
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Looking for old school type case.

Remember those old AT towers that were of simple designs, where the panels were thick enough to stop bullets, and the whole thing was sturdy enough to use for a stepp-stool? You know, the ones that were so heavy you had to scoop up and tuck back in some of your anatomy after lifting them? I'm looking for something like that but new and in an ATX variety. Anyone know were I can get such a beast? I don't mind paying a bit more for the case and the shipping, I just want something ready to go that will survive Hiroshima type events.
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I got two that i use for supporting my desk I think surlyjoe has some~ and if im NOT lazy and build a desk support.... you could get these~ (pm me) or look at good will~
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Old 6th October, 2002, 07:51 AM
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I really want a brand new one of an ATX variety though . . .
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Old 6th October, 2002, 10:09 AM
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Dimm globalwin make a tank of a case, its massive! check out their website, you will see the one i mean pretty quickly i think..........
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Old 6th October, 2002, 02:38 PM
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Not sure if this is close, but the Chieftec cases (aka antec 1030) seem pretty dang sturdy to me. 1.0mm steel, and very heavy by today's standards. Newegg carries them.
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Hey~ the supermicro SC760A-300/SC760A-400  server chassies would work~ ive built servers in these things before and the cooling is GREAT~
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Old 6th October, 2002, 07:56 PM
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the ones I have are AT, but the "1030" type cases get my vote, although the supermicros are pretty tough, I think the toughest I ever saw was a PC Pwer&cooling full tower, like a tank!! but kinda pricey if I remember right
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I think that the Personal Mid-Tower from PC Power&Cooling fills the bill. They are tough puppies! Lots of spot welds, few rivets. They mount the traditional 2 80mms. This must be improved upon for an AMD box, IMHO.

They're $49 atm. No PS, of course. May I suggest the Silencer 400 model from PC P&C? The 350W Turbo-Cool is quite reasonable. 'Fraid that the 300W Turbo-Cool just doesn't cut it for AMD boxen--unless you're very careful with your components.

www.pcpowercooling.com . Their towers are said to suck, but the Personal Mid has nearly Mil-spec construction. I'll order another if I get much more po'd at this POS Enlight 7237.
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I'm afraid those of you suggesting the Antec/Chieftec and Supermicro/Addtronics, and even PC Powe&Cooling cases don't seem to know what kind of case I'm talking about.

I'm talking about cases made from 0.060"(16GA 1.5mm) cold rolled steel, held together with stainless steel pop-rivets. Yes, they really used to make some server towers that gosh darned heavy. It is a shame I can't find something comparable for today's ATX motherboards . . .
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I'll have to take out the one that I have here and post a pic of it. Then off to the classifieds it goes.
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i know someone who might be able to get you a seriously old school case (though you might have to put some holes in it)

ill pm you his email shortly i cant rember the website


(what he'll prolly have is some old scientific equip case or a reallly old comp case who knows... the guy has a whole warehouse of parts.... some older than him....)
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I have an old IBM AT server tower. Its sturdy as anything. It has a label saying "28 KG +" on it, lol. Needless to say, its not good for LAN parties. Hehe.

It has a nice 386DX and two BIG hard drives of about 40 MB each.

I think its along these lines you are looking, is it not Jeff? I'll go see if I can find anything like it that is ATX and NEW!
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I have an old IBM AT server tower. Its sturdy as anything. It has a label saying "28 KG +" on it, lol. Needless to say, its not good for LAN parties. Hehe.

It has a nice 386DX and two BIG hard drives of about 40 MB each.

I think its along these lines you are looking, is it not Jeff? I'll go see if I can find anything like it that is ATX and NEW!
MFM?!?!?!?! I WANTS MFM!


btw Jeff, why don't you convert an AT to an ATX? it's not really too hard?
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Make your own? :S
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Make your own? :S
All I've got is for metal is 4'x8'x0.180" and 4'x4'x1" aluminum plates, both are too thick.
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Can I ask exactly why you want something like this? Planning to shoot the case? Fire it out of a cannon or crash cars into it?
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Plan on tossing it out the car window . . .
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Ah that's ok then - as long as hte strength is put to good use
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I prefer the rivets over spot welds on a case, if you ever have to mod a spot welded case you have to take like a half inch drill to each spot, Whereas with the rivets, you can drill them out with a modest bit and either replace them or use bolts.

Hmmm when you're browsing cases maybe checking the shipping weights would give you a clue as to how sturdy they are.

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