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post #1 of 35
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Okay, back to this for the 1st time in yonks! This is a continuation from this thread.
It's focus is to pick 10 from the 30-odd I've sifted from hundreds of makes/models, using my criteria.

I will post that final list of 30 (give or take) very soon....
But 1st I want to get your thoughts on whether I've covered every major OEM:

3R System (few HTPC style cases, all look fairly crappy & don't meet basic requirements anyway)
Ahanix
Alutek

Antec ....... (nothing really except some decent rackmounts, fusion remote max discontinued it seems)
AOpen ..... (none for ATX mobo's, and all aesthetically sterile anyway)
Apevia ..... (the X-Master 500 range -avail. in 4 colours- meets all basic requirements, but it's just hideous)
Athenatech (utter crap, nothing suitable)
ATech Fab. (two beautiful cases, the 7000 in particular can be tweaked to fit all requirements, but it's extremely $)
BroadwayComCorp (utter crap, nothing suitable)
Chieftec .... (Hi-Fi series: HE-xx & HM-xx, in Europe only apparently)
Coolermaster (no desktop form-factor cases)
Fortunetec (seems to be a OrigenAE reseller not a case OEM, have some nice rackmounts & 19" racks/cabinets)
GMC ......... (none for ATX mobo's, & no standard format PSU's)
Lian Li
Moneual
nMedia
OrigenAE
Silverstone
Thermaltake (inc. their Luxa 2 range)
Vidabox.... (offers cases on their store, mostly Origen but one of their own brands too, alas no good)
Zalman

Any I've missed? Please let me know....
I've decided to forget about true rackmount enclosures...
I'll only look at enclosures with "rackmount-like" dimensions, but "HiFi aesthetics".
Thank-you.
post #2 of 35
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**EDIT**
Ah FFS this forum doesn't do tables....
Rather than post my list here, here it is at AVS
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post18733362

Thanks everyone!
Edited by jalyst - 1/27/11 at 9:46am
post #3 of 35
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*bump*
post #4 of 35
there is a HTPC section...........
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I know....
This thread is about about cases that just happen to have an A/V form-factor.
Have any experiences/knowledge to share?
post #6 of 35
i have lian li c50, nice, beautiful work of art.

what hardware are you packing in there? cube sff cases are great.

i also have a mac xserve rack mount.
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post #7 of 35
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Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
i have lian li c50, nice, beautiful work of art.

what hardware are you packing in there? cube sff cases are great.

i also have a mac xserve rack mount.
Thank-you for the constructive input.

Hey that case isn't too bad...
Must've come out since I first formulated my list 8mth ago.

I outlined my hardware (base stuff) & requirements here.
Any you'd pick from my most recent list?

Thanks again

*edit*
aw crap it doesn't take ATX MB & doesn't have 7 expansion slots.
Looked so massive I assumed it was fine...
Edited by jalyst - 1/22/11 at 8:45am
post #8 of 35
matx is a viable alternative, the asus rog gene series is def worth taking a look at.
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
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post #9 of 35
btw your hardware isnt really that extreme, where is this rig gonna be? if its in the living room then you gotta go lian li
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
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Force GT 120 & Seagate 1TB 7200 Lite-On Blu-ray combo 620 + 2x Akasa Viper Windows 7 HP 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 160 GB 5400rpm 
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post #10 of 35
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Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
matx is a viable alternative, the asus rog gene series is def worth taking a look at.
Thanks.
As outlined in my requirements, mATX is not an option.

Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
btw your hardware isnt really that extreme, where is this rig gonna be? if its in the living room then you gotta go lian li
I'm not aiming for "EXTREME"...
I'm not so sure that anything but Lian Li is unsuitable for the living room.
Besides that, it depends on much more than just the chassis selection.
Edited by jalyst - 1/23/11 at 3:21am
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