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I've currently got my HTPC housed in an old Mesh Matrix 500B case (1999, original home of a Slot 1 P3). It's beige, huge, and has no spot where I can put a fan (other than one of those ISA card holders/92mm fan hole that I broke)

To get it the way I would like it (new 5.25" and 3.5" covers, 120mm fan hole cut in the back, I/O shield for my MSI K8T Neo, fan holes in the side, painted black, sound dampening, front USBs), it will cost me about £30. Add that too the fact I'm currently doing my GCSEs and haven't got time to do half of this stuff.

I reckon it might be easier to get a new case that costs less than that inc. delivery.

It needs to be ATX, front USBs and audio (AC'97), black, and have at least 1 external 3.5" bay (intending to use the card reader from my sigrig, as that doesn't do video, which i don't need on the HTPC). I don't REALLY want to get a Coolermaster Elite 330, but if I have to, I will. No bright lights, this is a bedroom HTPC.

I don't want one that is too flimsy. I don't want to work on the case for 5 minutes and look like the world's best self-harmer. All I want is something cheap, nice looking that will do the job.

I have seen a used Thermaltake M9 for £29 inc postage. I am also incredibly tempted.
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post #2 of 21

If you want an ATX case that'll sit upright or lying down(for your HTPC), consider the

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I bought one to build my dad's main/HTPC computer, and he loves it.

$39 bucks shipped from Amazon here in the USA, dont know what'll cost overseas
Edited by cozmo5050 - 1/22/11 at 3:22am
    
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In my room, if I lay it sideways, I won't be able to open my bedroom door.

It's about £35 delivered over here, I had considered it, it does look quite nice.

EDIT: Lied, I can get it from Expansys for £28.99 with free delivery. Don't like the PSU placement, my PSU won't fit there I don't think :S

I'm torn between an Elite 310, that M9 and a cheap Casecom that will be crap but look reasonably stylish.
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Originally Posted by Markeh View Post
In my room, if I lay it sideways, I won't be able to open my bedroom door.

It's about £35 delivered over here, I had considered it, it does look quite nice.

EDIT: Lied, I can get it from Expansys for £28.99 with free delivery. Don't like the PSU placement, my PSU won't fit there I don't think :S

I'm torn between an Elite 310, that M9 and a cheap Casecom that will be crap but look reasonably stylish.
the elite 360 can fit a full atx psu in case youre still considering it
    
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post #5 of 21
I had an Elite 330 in my HTPC (before I realised it was a waste of a PC, and sold it ), and it's an awesome case for the money, you can even do some decent cable management with it, and it's quite well made.

Also, I got both the solid side panel, and windowed one with mine. Was a nice little surprise.
    
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post #6 of 21
If you can get a good price on them try the Elite 430, 335, or 334. Same build quality but the 430 has a blacked out interior while the 334 and 335 have a nicer looking front bezel than the 330. That chassis has excellent airflow so cooling is excellent even with lower powered and quieter fans.
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post #8 of 21
Might be worth having a look over the buying/selling forums, you might find something in there that fits what you need and you don't need any rep to buy.

I personally think that £30 for a decent case with good air flow is asking a lot (though that's not to say it isn't possible )
    
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Edited by Enigma8750 - 1/22/11 at 8:20pm
    
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post #10 of 21
HAF912 is an extremely good case, its also extremely cheap.
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