I'm looking to build a computational grid that will be hosted in a
colocation facility but am having trouble finding a cheap case with
the proper dimensions or a "motherboard tray" that could be used
instead. The machines are barebone in the sense that all they need is
a motherboard w/onboard NIC, power supply, RAM, and adequate cooling.
No drives (e.g. CD/DVD, HDD, etc) whatsoever are needed, however I
need at least 400W of power.
The motherboards are standard ATX size (already know model along with
proc, ram, etc.) and will run decently hot as they will be running
overclocked processors. The chips run about 60deg cel. with 3rd party
heatsinks and fans so adequate air flow is a must; however, these
heatsinks are quite tall (testing both Thermalright SI-128 and Scythe
Ninja+) and might preclude using a motherboard tray.
The case needs to be 16" deep or less and not terribly expensive
(under $35-75 preferably). I'm currently testing this model but it is
too deep: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811147030.
Other than that, the other dimensions are fine on that case. I have no
need for hard drives so a case where the drive bays could easily be
removed would be fine. Unfortunately, due to overclocking requirements
a mATX motherboard cannot be used so please don't suggest such cases
unless they could somehow fit a standard ATX sized motherboard.