Originally Posted by TheSurroundGamr
Wow, this made me take a nice, long look at my current HTPC case. Could one use the bottom case as the HTPC case?
That would be a strange form-factor for an HTPC - at least if you're going to put it in a standard rack/stand. You'd be much better off doing what I plan to somewhere down the way and mod one out of an M8 pedestal. It's 15" X 8" X 20" (WXHXD) so it's still not perfect, since standard component width is between 16" and 19" (16" for consumer gear and 19" for professional) - but it's better than a 'media shoebox' IMO.
The back could be easily modded by simply replacing the back panel (2X140mm fan holes) with a IO back plate, 120mm hole and 3-5 slot openings (for mATX etc.) If you went ITX centered in the back you should still be able to get XT45's on either side of it and use the flex bay at the front - but PSU placement would still be problematic (unless you placed a small form factor PSU in between the MB and the flex bay) you'd probably still be able to fit a BR Drive in the top of the flex bay and single bay res/fan controller below that.
I keep knocking the idea around but in the back of my mind I keep thinking that Jim will drop a nice HTPC case on us some day! If it was 17"W X 8"H X 16"D and had a backplate for mATX/ITX and ATX standard PSU next to it I think there would still be room for 3X120 rads on each side... but even if you could only do 2X120's in front... and simple 120 fans only in the back positions... it would be a dream HTPC case!
Although, now that I think about it... if you used TWO S3 pedestals next to each other and connected them together... that might provide some interesting possibilities.
(MB could go in one, PSU in other and rads in the outsides of each. Then you would have more room for different components. You'd need to fabricate a top and bottom that would hold them both together but you could leave the middle side pieces out and use it for passing through tubing, wiring, etc.
2nd edit: Actually when I consider the dimensions of two S3 pedestals (20"+ wide) it would be better to just get a TX10 pedestal and use that... you'd have room for DAYS and could really put some monster rads in there with really, really slow fans for complete silence. Depth would kinda suck though.Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 4/16/13 at 2:40pm