to Select a Good Case for a Duplicator
are easily the most overlooked and under-estimated part of a system.
When it comes down to price and performance, a good case can make
a good system great. A good case can make a great deal of difference
with respect to both your system's performance and its lifetime.
It is going to be your most lasting computer investment.
people will really care what the case looks like. But let not
functionality be forsaken by outward appearances. A case is a
heat trap and cooling problems ultimately can affect everyone.
When selecting a case, consider the following factors:
The envirnoment you can give to a case will have a role in what
you get. If you place a large case in a very tight space, the
result will be bad air circulation. Hot components such as CPU
may burn and CD-R writer may fail.
inside: A case can be too small to fit all the components.
A case can also be too big. Large towers are often guilty here.
Without proper air circulation or side louvers, those drives you
place up in the top of the tower may be without proper cooling.
With today's drives getting faster and hotter, you need to be
concerned about heat disspation. If you are using cheap power
supply, do not think your power supply fan is going to help. If
you get a big tall case, make sure it has sufficient ventilation
supply: If a few dollars is not a concern. Get the biggest
you can get. With drive prices dropping, you will come to eat
that extra wattage up just by adding a couple of new drives, or
more. Under power situations are bad on performance, and you may
goes for years without realizing that your performance is being
drained because of a weak power supply. Make sure the power supply
has enough power leads as some of the big 300 watters do not have
How many fans can it hold, and how well is the case curt for circulation.
Are there air intakes in the front, back and side panel louvers?
Microboards' Inferno CD-R/DVD-R Duplication
Station has drive cooling air slots under each drives. This
aerodynamic design allows for constant air flow, controlling heat
buildup inside the duplicator and dramatically increases MTBF
ratings and overall system life. Also, if you are using extra
fans to pull a lot of air into your case, it will be better to
have a removable air filter in those locations where you are planning
to pull air in from the outside.
quality & finish: Do you need a tetanus shot just to touch
the case? Many cases out there are just crawling with metal splinters,
rough edges and razor sharp corners. Make sure your case has a
nice smooth finish to it. Cheap metal can cut your fingers.
Make sure that you can get to the mounting and screw holes on
the right side of your case without a crowbar. It will be very
inconvienent if you have to unscrew, pulling ribbon cable, and
wrestle out the whole drive part of the chassis just to take out