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Edited by jalyst - 2/27/11 at 12:04am
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criteria as follows:
*accommodates ATX PSU & MB (ideally 8 slots, being ATX I won't get more than 7, right?)
*1x 5.25" bay for my BD combo drive
*1x 5.25" or ext. 3.5" bay for my smart-card reader OR a built-in reader that's easily removable (mustn't take the I/O ports with it!)
*4-5 (preferably 5) int./ext. 3.5" bays to accommodate my SSD's & HDD's
*1x display or option to add (nothing flash, just a small VFD or LCD)
*I/O: at least 2x USB2/3, 1x FW4/800 or eSATA, & typical audio/mic ports
*At least 1x 120mm fan holder or 2x 92mm holders
*Decent build quality... (generally the more aluminium & in less pieces, the better, nice finish to it etc)
*Nice aesthetics/design (something that looks at home with other AV components)
*Budget limit = approx. $700USD

Not imperative, but would be nice:
*accommodates WC kits smartly, so I can easily mount my 240mm rad externally.
*possible to add rack-mount ears, so that it mounts perfectly in a 482.60mm wide (19") rack.
*IR integrated into the LCD/VFD module (I have a USB transceiver that works well in Linux, but built into the case would be cool)
Edited by jalyst - 3/6/11 at 8:05am
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I just picked up a Lian Li V352 for my girlfriend. Awesome, awesome case. While it's not as small as some HTPC cases, it's looks are killer. And, I'm a huge fan of the side-mounted 5.25 bays. It only excepts MATX boards, but hey, that's all you need for an HTPC case, and it also comes with a 5.25-3.5 adapter for one of the bays.

You can also get these: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/83...tl=g43c241s612
in black or silver, which finishes off the look very well.

It has room for 4 HDD's, a standard PSU, 2 120mm fans, 1 92mm fan, and both are included. Also, a removable motherboard tray.
Edited by X-Nine - 2/27/11 at 12:09am
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Nah as explained I need ATX, I need the 7 slots.
Plus it's not really "Hi-Fi" in it's aesthetics/design, I'm sure the build quality is excellent but.
Thanks for the input though, it is appreciated!

If you know of anything more suitable or you have a fav. on my blanket list.
Please do let me know. Thanks again.
Edited by jalyst - 2/27/11 at 12:32am
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Off your blanket list, there's really just two options:

The Silverstone LC18
The Lian Li C33

Either of those would provide eloquent looks, great build quality and last a long time.
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Thanks Xnine
So based on my criteria, why do you feel they're a better option than the CW02?

Thanks again.
Edited by jalyst - 2/27/11 at 1:27am
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post #29 of 35
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I'm placing an order for the CW02 soon...
Just a capture or sound card to choose for the purposes of capturing HD (or near) audio.
Then what promises to be an epic build commences

Interesting part will be working out how/where to mount my 240mm rad + fans.
And how to convert the 2x 92mm intakes & cut a totally new 120mm vent elsewhere.
Thanks to those who took some time to offer their thoughts!

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Off your blanket list, there's really just two options:
The Silverstone LC18
The Lian Li C33
Either of those would provide eloquent looks, great build quality and last a long time.
Thanks Xnine
So based on my criteria, why do you feel they're a better option than the CW02?

Thanks again.
post #30 of 35
I just put together an HTPC with the nMediaPC HTPC-8000 case. It's pretty wicked.

Things don't get very hot inside, and I've got the rear exhaust fan unplugged right now. It's nice because it obviously looks awesome and it's quite a bit bigger than your standard HTPC case. It's drive mounting system inside doesn't allow a lot of clearance, but I've got a SilenX 80mm heatsink on it with plenty of room to spare. I think it can even fit a full ATX motherboard as well. I dig it for sure.
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