I’ve got a couple of decommissioned Lenovo C30s from work, and they’re surprisingly awesome machines. Dual socket Xeons, up to 256GB ECC DDR3, like 8 SATA ports, mSATA, dual GPU support, USB3, pretty good workstations for being free dumpster scores.
The issue is the cases suck. They are bad quality, bad design, bad in pretty much every way cause Lenovo tried to make them too compact to do anything with. Since I’m just gonna use one for personal stuff and I don’t really care about warranty, I was thinking of doing like Wendell did with that SuperMicro server board and cramming it into a normal ATX style case.
I am comfortable drilling/tapping holes, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have to do at least a few from what I’ve seen of the motherboard, but I would prefer not to do anything too crazy (looking to avoid “oh no, the motherboard is too long, time to angle grind off the hard drive cages”)
Can anyone recommend a case for this? The motherboard is about 14 inches long, but it is normal ATX height all the way across. The standoffs towards the IO shield seem to mostly line up, it’s the ones towards the front of the case that I will probably have to drill myself.
I’d like to spend $100 or less on this case, definitely cannot spend more than $150. I’m not planning on hardline water cooling or anything crazy, just want a decent case that I can toss a GPU and a couple hard drives/SSDs into.