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Looking to pick up a HTPC case for a building I'm starting in the New Year. System will be used for web browsing, HD video playback and light gaming and will be housed in our entertainment center so it has a couple of requirements.

- Dimensions not to exceed 17" x 16" x 6" (WDH)
- All or mostly black
- Under $150 CDN

We've got a Harmony 700 so the case doesn't need to come with a remote but it would be nice if it included an IR receiver.

These two have caught my eye so far:

- Antec Fusion HTPC - $145 (after pricematch) before tax

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- nMedia HTPC-1000B - $85 before tax

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Is the Antec worth more than half again as much as the nMedia? Are there other options that I don't know about? Will consider any reputable Canadian based etailer.
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post #2 of 11
The Antec probably has a higher build quality.

I have a Silverstone GD05 which I'm very happy with and I recommend considering... It's 17.3 x 5.9 x 12.8 inches though - hopefully that extra 0.3 won't rule it out?!

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post #3 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by frien;11756650 
The Antec probably has a higher build quality.

I have a Silverstone GD05 which I'm very happy with and I recommend considering... It's 17.3 x 5.9 x 12.8 inches though - hopefully that extra 0.3 won't rule it out?!

gd05b.jpg

I would recommend this, too since I'm using it for my HTPC/gaming rig. biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by frien;11756650 
gd05b.jpg

I like the Silverstone's simplicity and it's interior layout (and price) but I am curious about something. In the picture above there is a little hole to the right of the power and reset buttons that looks a sensor or hopefully an IR receiver. I can't find any mention of it on Silverstone's site or in reviews I've read.

Do either of you know what it is? An IR receiver would seal the deal for me.
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post #5 of 11
I just bought this Silverstone rebrand on ebay. Its pretty popular for the price and and it even comes with a Silverstone 220w PSU. Only issues with it is that the cooling isn't very good and it requires a PCI-E riser if you want to use a dedicated GPU. I am using onboard so it isn't a very big deal.
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Originally Posted by sexybastard;11806999 
I just bought this Silverstone rebrand on ebay. Its pretty popular for the price and and it even comes with a Silverstone 220w PSU. Only issues with it is that the cooling isn't very good and it requires a PCI-E riser if you want to use a dedicated GPU. I am using onboard so it isn't a very big deal.

What model silverstone is it ? Trying to find better pictures.

I currently have my eye on this case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163174&cm_re=silverstone_htpc-_-11-163-174-_-Product

But the one you linked might work too.
    
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Somenamehere;11807073 
What model silverstone is it ? Trying to find better pictures.

I currently have my eye on this case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163174&cm_re=silverstone_htpc-_-11-163-174-_-Product

But the one you linked might work too.

its the Silverstone LC02.

here are some threads regarding the exact ebay model

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1254417

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1529544
post #8 of 11
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I do like the look of the LC02 but I will be using a full-height GPU (old 8800GTX) and would like to avoid using the PCI-E riser card. Also, the case looks far from ideal for cooling and 220W would not nearly be enough for the GTX.

I love the look of the Antec Fusion (in the OP) but it's expensive. The Silverstone GD05 is also nice (good quality, better cooling, nice mix and match ability for the 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs) but lacks an IR receiver...
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by MCBrown.CA;11756557 
- Dimensions not to exceed 17" x 16" x 6" (WDH)

Are you taking into account cables coming out the back?
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Originally Posted by MCBrown.CA;11756557 
Is the Antec worth more than half again as much as the nMedia?

Not familiar with that nMedia, but Antec reuses the chassis in other products such as the NSK2480 that I use for my own HTPC. The Antec chassis uses really thick steel, has great ventilation and uses their soft translucent white grommets for HDD mounting (which IMO are the best grommets that come with any case).
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Originally Posted by MCBrown.CA;11820086 
I will be using a full-height GPU (old 8800GTX)

Uh oh. That card won't work in the Antec, likely won't work in the Silverstone GD04/GD05) and probably won't work in a lot of HTPC cases that aren't totally huge.

The reason for it not fitting the Antec is the length of the card (IIRC around 10.6") and the location of the PCIe power plugs. The Antec cases have the HDD bay next to the motherboard so the card will hit the bays. I don't think you can go more than just over 9" with the Antec.

Also, the PCIe power plugs are on top of the card and you won't be able to plug power in and still close the case lid. I have a GTS 250 in mine and I had to tear up the PCIe plug to make it fit - barely.

I'd suggest you sell that beast and get something that is more appropriate. If you just need the outputs with a bit of video acceleration, then get a nice low end card with HDMI. If you will be gaming, then get a GTS 450 or a GTX 460 (or maybe Radeon 6850). Those should fit - just make sure you look up photos of the card to make sure the PCIe plugs are pointed towards the end. I know GTX 460 were made both ways.
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post #10 of 11
My friend uses the Silverstone. It's glorious.
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