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I'm upgrading my motherboard and have some spare parts lying around already, so I'm hoping this will be a cheap build

Currently plan on using:
A8-3850 2.9ghz
F1-A75v Pro MB
8Gigs Ram
I have a tuner laying around I will prob drop in.
May end up with Centon Cable Card tuner down the road
prob will need psu
Thinking of a H60 for ease of cooling.

Mainly used for XBMC and possibly a few emulators later down the road, software I'm not concerned about yet. This has been my main rig running xbmc perfectly fine in the past no issues.

I'm really looking for some case recommendations. on newegg the nMEDIAPC 6000 didn't get the best of reviews, but fits what I need and want. vs the Lian Li PC-60 was a bit more but atleast I know the name more.

Its going to be a house media server (atleast for the time being) so the internal HDD slots are a plus. I currently have 2x 2TB and will raid something to save family pictures and movies down the road. I would hope 4x hdd slots would suffice.

I would have to assume that there is a (site sponsored?) website that would have a better selection than newegg?

Any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed on cases and/or hardware.
Edited by Pilot143 - 11/30/12 at 2:10pm
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100% bitfenix prodigy:







5 HDD's, SSD's everywhere (there's spaces for SSD's on the side panel), matx size so it has better airflow than most itx cases (you can put a silent 230mm fan on the front), excellent build quality, several colors available, cheap price, many people have put water-cooling in it, hdd bays removable for extra airflow, all intakes dust filtered etc, glowing reviews, can fit the longest of graphics cards...

If you like the look of it, you can't go wrong thumb.gif If you do select this case, the max psu size is 140mm length, and an itx motherboard.

Then again I guess it doesn't fit the components you listed, anyway throwing it out there.
Edited by ilikebeer - 12/1/12 at 10:35am
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100% bitfenix prodigy:



5 HDD's, SSD's everywhere (there's spaces for SSD's on the side panel), matx size so it has better airflow than most itx cases (you can put a silent 230mm fan on the front), excellent build quality, several colors available, cheap price, many people have put water-cooling in it, hdd bays removable for extra airflow, all intakes dust filtered etc, glowing reviews, can fit the longest of graphics cards...
If you like the look of it, you can't go wrong thumb.gif If you do select this case, the max psu size is 140mm length, and an itx motherboard.
Then again I guess it doesn't fit the components you listed, anyway throwing it out there.

Most definitely not an HTPC case...lol.

Look at hte Silverstones, Grandia series, and I think nMedia makes some good ones too
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It's a htpc if you use it as a htpc...
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Those prodigy cases are hideous. lol
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i have the nmediapc 6000b

will fit full size ATX case and 6 HDD's, full size PSU, lots of room. only problem would be large video cards. my 5770 bare fit.

check my HTPC sig rig for a pic
 
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Thanks svtfmook! I was hoping somebody would hop on with that case... any regrets on it? How do you feel about the LCD display? Would you get it again?

I'm not overly worried about the video card side of it... I've got the A8 (3850? I think...) but its currently in a dual monitor setup surviving just fine... but cooling I'm slightly getting concerned about reaching 60C more as I'm doing that. Stock fans just never cut it.

and those prodigy cases are nice... but not next to my 60 LED... I would gladly use that for my daughters computer.
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i have an a6-3650 w/ a 6570 in dual graphics mode. no problems with heat on stock cooling. also, my apu is overclocked to 2.9 (112mhz). i have 2 120mm fans installed on the sides and 2 80mm fans in the rear. the top of the case is vented. heat has not been a problem for me, even when the kids play wii via dolphin on it for 2 hours straight (75-80% cpu useage almost constant). i would not suggest stacking other components on it though, epsecially cable boxes or anything else that gets hot. but the case has been stellar for me.

as far as the LCD, i bought that separate, however, the nmedia prolcd is not that supported by the more popular vfd contol software. i can get a lot of info displayed using the nmedia m.play software, time, rss, resource useage, network, email, custom messages, wmp info, etc, i cannot get any of the xbmc modules to work using lcd smartie.

would i do it again?
yes, even though the lcd doesn't display the 1 thing i wanted it to, it still displays a lot of info, it is highly customizable with the mplay software and it fills an otherwise empty spot on the front panel.

would i get this case again?
yes. it's cheap, it's big enough to house my hard drives and it still retains the media component look.
 
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Stock Windows 7 32 Bit Winbook 37" HDTV Lenovo n5902a / Logitech Harmony 650 / FLiRC 
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90GB Corsair Force Series 3 Western Digital Green 1TB Samsung F3 1TB Microcenter 64GB SSD 
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Samsung 18x SATA DVD Burner Corsair H100i 4 x Corsair AC120 fans 2 x Corsair SP120 fans 
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OCZ Agility 3 60GB Samsung 1.5TB WD 640GB Blue Microcenter 64GB SSD 
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Stock Windows 7 32 Bit Winbook 37" HDTV Lenovo n5902a / Logitech Harmony 650 / FLiRC 
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Well they'll probably make one in pink of you could paint it thumb.gif
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