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Hey guys, I am planning on building my first HTPC. I would like to be able to game on it so I would need a discrete graphics card. I am just looking for part suggestions for a high processing power and build quality HTPC.
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I'd recommend a high end Silverstone case for your needs:

Lascala 13-E

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Then just put your typical gaming build type of stuff in there......i5 2500k, 7970?, etc.....

Definitely get an SSD for a snappy experience, and don't cheap out on your fans. If it's going to be on in your living room you need to get something that's quiet when at idle and movie watching, and anytime you're not gaming. Go to frozencpu and get some Noiseblocker fans in their appropriate size.

That is how i'd do a gaming HTPC.
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There is a newer version of the case suggested above, GD-06 with much better dimensions (especially the depth) and USB 3.0 ports, or the GD-05 is a great HTPC case two, minus the front panel cover and USB 3.0!

Whats your budget and what games are you wanting to play? Do you want storage on the build as well or do you plan to stream from a file server?

Provide some more details and you'll be able to get a good build suggested!
 
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Originally Posted by Dad2David View Post

There is a newer version of the case suggested above, GD-06 with much better dimensions (especially the depth) and USB 3.0 ports, or the GD-05 is a great HTPC case two, minus the front panel cover and USB 3.0!
Whats your budget and what games are you wanting to play? Do you want storage on the build as well or do you plan to stream from a file server?
Provide some more details and you'll be able to get a good build suggested!

I'd put up with not having the USB 3.0 ports on the actual case for the aesthetics of the Lascala. I've seen both in person and the Lascala looks much better to my eye. Nice curved brushed aluminum front, very minimalistic. The GD-06 with the ridiculous lock and big bright blue led looks bad IMO. You do need to remove the center HDD cage to get the big cards in the LC though.
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I'd put up with not having the USB 3.0 ports on the actual case for the aesthetics of the Lascala. I've seen both in person and the Lascala looks much better to my eye. Nice curved brushed aluminum front, very minimalistic. The GD-06 with the ridiculous lock and big bright blue led looks bad IMO. You do need to remove the center HDD cage to get the big cards in the LC though.

I would definitely recommend the GD-06 or GD-05 over the Lascala Series cases any day and that is because of more important things than looks:

1) Cooling: both the Grandia series cases have 3 x120mm fans included in the case which is much better cooling and much quieter than the 2x80 mm fans included in the Lascala case. Smaller fans either tend not to move much air or if they do then they are louder, so go for a case with a larger fan especially when its an HTPC, fan noise does matter!

2) Depth of the case: Always pay attention to this, most media consoles which is most probably where your HTPC would live are not very deep as most media equipment (AV Receivers, media players etc) are not very deep, so you want a case for an HTPC which would not be too different in dimensions than say an AV receiver. The GD-05 and GD-06 are both around 13" deep and the Lascala is around 18" deep, that 5 extra inches would be a big problem especially after the cables are plugged in at the back of it, I'm talking form experience and have had to replace cases after the build because the media console is not deep enough! A smaller footprint is always better for an HTPC! The case still houses 11" video cards and 70mm tall cpu coolers!

3) USB 3.0 front panel ports are always good to have especially now, that external HDD's with USB 3.0 is coming out, it would handy if you don't have to reach behind the case (especially if it is against the wall) every time you need copy or backup something!

4) Hot-swap drive bay's - well good that its there - gives you an option, if you swap out HDD's this is very handy. I don't so I'm neutral on that!

If you don't care about the USB 3.0 and the hot swap drive bays the GD-05 is cheaper and has everything else that the GD-06 has! But the Lascala does not have any of this. So on a one on one comparison the GD-06 wins hands down, the Lascala series is an older version and the Grandia series was built to overcome most of their short-comings while retaining what is good about them!

So if you don't appraise a computer case (or anything for that matter) just by looks (all 3 of them are good looking HTPC cases) then research on these before your spend money on the Lascala based on the above posters views! Here is a Newegg Comparison Table of all three!

But all this might be moot point if you already have a case smile.gif so please provide some more details of what kind of build you want?
 
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