I am in Canada and that puts me in a pickle as good deals on parts are really rare. I am expanding my lab storage and was looking for 3u 16bay but a 4u 24bay is fine too. The obvious options were supermicro 836 or 846 but with shipping from US it puts those around 850$ Cad which is a bit too steep for me. Currently the chassis is only going to be used as a jbod but I will be converting it into a white box build in the future. Sas backplane is necessary as it will be populated with used Seagate constellations from eBay. Any help is greatly appriciated
I read good things on Rosewell chassis and a fair few folk use those for home-lab usage. However, given that’s a US based company, you’re running into the same issues with shipping. Other options include, but not limited to, Dell, HP, IBM et all, probably best bought pre-owned. I’m sure there’s a local University or College upgrading their IT that might sell you one or more of their old servers.
The cheaper 4u NAS from Rosewills are from ODMs, so they are generic:
These guys sell from Alibaba/Aliexpress so you can check pricing there too.