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Long before, from the beginning, I wanted the X16 board without a case.

Because.... I already had one.  My old 386sx’s case, a 1U-sized (CORRECTION: 3U!)  “pizza box”, is one of the few relics I’ve kept from my distant past.  This beast, made of battleship-grade steel, has two 3.5” bays and a generous interior, quite sufficient for any version of the X16.  Or an X16 plus an X8.

And the X16 is totally so worthy of this case.

 

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I have an old pentium I big tower laying around... can be a fun case too^^

and there is room for some other things.... I mean... all the things 🙂

 

This is it! One case to rule them all! With 16x KVM switch, pi, x8,x16, c64,specci,mega65,pyra

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I truly liked the case design based on the S605, I think it nailed the "modern retro" theme pretty darn well.

That being said, I had already thought about how cool it would be to mount the hardware in something else, mainly becasue I am a system builder and have been for a very long time. I like to mod, I like to do it all myself, and my tastes change over time. This is why I would like it in kit form, or just an assembled board if we don't have a kit. I would like to build my own personal look around it. One great thing about using a standardized form factor, you have SO many options. Like classic beige! Or pull an LGR and go with something more original to appease my own personal retro desires.

😜

 

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For the first five years when I lived in China, I had the luxury of a home base at the family home in NE Ohio, where I was storing all my old stuff, including my old obsolete desktop PC's ... and they were old and obsolete and not working perfectly well when I had left for China.

But then, the family home had to get prepared to be sold, and one thing I did was gut the best of the two desktop PC's and send most of the innards to the electronic recycling, but kept the case.

The idea was, if I could every conceivably afford a CX16p, it would have to be the bare board without a case option.

So it's sitting somewhere in a storage shed in someone's backyard, and hopefully mice are not building a nest in the Power Supply.

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On 8/21/2021 at 5:24 PM, rje said:

My old 386sx’s case, a 1U sized “pizza box”, is one of the few relics I’ve kept from my distant past.  This beast, made of battleship-grade steel, has two 3.5” bays and a generous interior, quite sufficient for any version of the X16.  Or an X16 plus an X8.

If you get a chance, show us a picture! Even if it's still empty for now.  Would be cool to see.

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5 hours ago, John Chow Seymour said:

If you get a chance, show us a picture! Even if it's still empty for now.  Would be cool to see.

Here it is:

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I searched online and it's a lot like similar boxes for 386SX machines... this one for instance: th?id=OIP.4U9RhmLL3tk4gc_iq63YRwHaE4%26p

 

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3 hours ago, ZeroByte said:

Looks more like 3u to me....

Does it?  Well you may be right.

Oh yes, you're right.  1U is 1.75"?  Yeah, you're right.  

Shows you how much I know.

 

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52 minutes ago, Brad said:

A computer case made out of rolled steel? But think of the children!

Hence the mandatory verbal warning, "I am opening this computer case. This is an old fashioned case made of rolled steel, so children should clear the room!" ...

... which acts as a magnet for children to come around and see if anything interesting is going to happen.

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As I wrote in the announcement thread, I don't trust my brother, sister-in-law, or especially my eleven-year-old nephew with the soldiering iron needed to put chips on the motherboard and keep them there.  I'm going to have to commission a third party to assemble the board If I can't get it preassembled.  I'm probably going to go with this case, or this one, with the USB ports replaced by Super NES jacks by that third party.  (SilveStone doesn't seem to like people copy-pasting their photographic assets elsewhere.)

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I'm honestly somewhat torn between what tower or desktop...

While I like the look of slim sleek cases, I am also "under the hood" all the time on every build I have ever done, I don't see the X16 being any different. So I like cases with lots of room inside for mods. Also, it has to fit in my workspace. I have a feeling I will be going with an ATX full or mid-tower of some sort. Maybe even a glass side panel so I can see the hardware! Unless I find a desktop I really like.

I have pretty much abandoned my original retro look idea, and will probably be going with something more modern where I can add "retro style" to it on my own.

The search is still on!

Edit: I was actually looking at a case I have built in before, and liked it. The Rosewill Zircon T: https://www.ebay.com/itm/293431402500?epid=3034551967

I want a plastic front panel with at least 1x 5.25 bay, and with enough room behind the front panel I can add my own connections, LEDs, and toggle switches, and other I/O, and that case fits the bill. The only downside is the HDD/SSD tray at the bottom is not removable, so I would have to grind down the rivets to get it out. Not a big deal, but I don't need or want the tray in there. Plus, it will easily fit in my workspace, right next to my desk where my server sits now.

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