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    Cases for school computers

    Right, why is it so bloody hard to find decent cases?

    We have a simple requirement that is closest fit by the RM G series case.
    Small form factor. Desktop, with feet things if we want it on it's side.
    NO SHINY THINGS (bye bye, iCute)
    NO FLAPPY THINGS (bye bye nearly everyone else)
    USB and audio on the front.
    Reasonably sturdy (bye bye, Novatech's cheapness)
    Micro ATX.

    At £38 a pop, RM's cases are by far the best value we can find. However, it's RM. Surely someone out there can do something similar?
    Very fond of the cases Millennium use - Aopen H430A's. But they can't be sourced.

    Any recommendations for a case inc power supply for around that price market? It's damn annoying that "mini towers" can be had for a tenner a pop but these are rare as hell. Our next option is ITX, but it adds a bit to the cost and causes an interswaperability issue

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    Don't buy cheap cases - I have several scars on my hands to back that up.

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    We did say decent. The aopen's are reasonable. The RM G series I believe are Antec. Antec's nearest is £70.
    It's "only a few pounds" but when buying 70 it adds up rather quick. But RM have gotten back to us with something that's about to make us rip their arms clean off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    But RM have gotten back to us with something that's about to make us rip their arms clean off!
    I can send you some 'value' cases we bought which will do that for you.

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    Do HP sell cases? Quite like the cases for the dc7700 PCs...

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    Cases??? what you buying cases for??? you don't still build your own computers shirley???

    Si

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    Yes, we're building our own - the difference in cost (especially with SSD's dropping in price like flies) means we can buy 70 computers instead of 45. That's a huge difference. Many suppliers have tried but unless they can hit £280 delivered for:
    Micro ATX SFF containing i3 2120, 4GB DDR3, 120GB SSD, keyboard & mouse
    then it's off to the sin bin. We don't mind building them at all, in fact we're rather looking forward to it.

    Anyway, RM are doing the cases and PSUs for us at 30 quid a pop. Can't argue that!

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    Stones cases are quite nice - perhaps they will sell you some unbranded ones?

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    RM G-Series and Stone's SFF cases are the same.. the exact same design! They have a different fascia but even that uses the same size and clips and is interchangable. Have you asked Stone how much their cases/psus are?

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    Stone and Viglen cases are Chenbro OEM I think...

    Chenbro Micom Co., Ltd.

    Not sure if you could find a supplier who could get them for you?

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    Bad word found. Shiny.

    Didnt know Stone were chenbro, will take a look. We like the stone cases althoiugh obviously thinking of something very different as the G series are very different to the 1yr old stone kit we have in.

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    You could always buy used 2008 / 2009 / 2010 Mac Pro cases off of fleabay :P

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    @synaesthesia Have you had a chat with Matt over in Rushden? IIRC he and @vikpaw had custom boxes fabricated, which were toughened to be child-proof.

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    Can't imagine they'd be very cheap though? Don't need to be childproof, just smallish and tough. The RM's seem to fit the bill so for £30 we're going to be grabbing those.

    Won't be buying Mac cases though, @mac_shinobi - too big I like them, though! (although slightly went off them when an old G5 PPC was being back and forth to me to flash graphics cards for - lost weight that week!)

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