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Looking for a larger case that could serve as a portable media centre PC.


http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=BitFenix

•Dimensions (mm): 230 x 502 x 510 (W x D x H)

•Material: Steel, plastic

•Colour: Black

•Weight: 9.4kg

•Front Panel: Power and reset switches, 2 x USB 3, 2 x USB 2, stereo, mic, eSATA, lighting controls

•Drive Bays: 3 x internal 5.25in drive bays, 1x internal 5.25in drive bay, 7 x internal 3.5in drive bays

•Form factor(s): ATX, micro-ATX, Mini-ITX

•Cooling: 200mm roof fan mount (fan supplied), 200mm front fan mount (fan supplied), 120mm rear fan mount (fan not supplied)

•CPU cooler clearance: 174mm

•Graphics card dimensions supported: 293mm, 423mm with 3-bay drive caddy removed

•Extras: Tool-less drive bays, water-cooling grommets, fan LED control


There are different versions of the case, the standard Survivor and the Core version. The Core version that omits the fan LED control PCB, USB 3 ports and roof 200mm fan. There is also a third version which includes a rear 120mm exhaust fan.

The hard drive cage is partially removable to improve airflow.


I'll be providing a detailed review once I get it in hand as well as some hi res photos.



Edited by Robilar - 3/11/11 at 7:01am
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Just promise me you won't leave a rat's nest of your cabling like that 2nd photo.
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Cabling will be one of the things that I will put some effort into. Mind you, I'll be using a modular power supply which will help.

Had some very prompt responses from BitFenix support regarding availability of the case.
Edited by Robilar - 3/11/11 at 7:20am
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Please pay particular attention to build quality. I'm interested in their upcoming Shinobi which will be extremely competitively priced.
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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
Cabling will be one of the things that I will put some effort into. Mind you, I'll be using a modular power supply which will help.

Had some very prompt responses from BitFenix support regarding availability of the case.
That is good to hear that they responded quickly

Quote:
Originally Posted by anexanhume View Post
Please pay particular attention to build quality. I'm interested in their upcoming Shinobi which will be extremely competitively priced.
The Shinobi is a nice looking case, good features, great price but fitting any large heatsinks will be a problem anything over 158mm in height will not fit
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Here is a quick list of the hardware I will be installing (from one of my media pc's)

Intel i5 760
Asus P7H55-M Pro
G.Skill 2x2 GB Ripjaws
2 x 1 TB Western Digital Hard Drives
Optical Drive (ordered an LG Blue-ray drive)
XFX 5770
Enermax Liberty 500w 80+ Modular power supply (well, partly modular)
Corsair H50 mounted to rear 120 slot with push - pull config.

I will be testing it stock but also plan to mod as follows:

Remove bottom half of HDD cage array (by drilling out rivets). The two hard drives will go into the upper spare 5.25 bays via a couple of sets of adapters (Bitfenix includes one adapter with the case). The goal here is to provide unimpeded airflow from the only fan in the case. This is one area I see as a potential improvement for Bitfenix. It's nice that they allow the upper half of the cage to be removed but the lower half should also be removable (similar to Corsair 600T).

I will also be looking at the two stock, 200mm fans included. The bit-tech review indicated they were quite low CFM so it may very well warrant putting in a pair of more powerful fans (I have an Antec Bigboy 200mm and a couple of the Coolermaster 200mm stormforce fans that I will test to see if they fit).
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A 5770 for being a media center PC?

Seems overkill...
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Originally Posted by TheStealthyOne View Post
A 5770 for being a media center PC?

Seems overkill...
I got such a deal on it, it was hard to resist, $112 and included a free game coupon. The GTS450 I was going to buy was the same price and not as fast a card. Plus I sold the old card for $70.
Edited by Robilar - 3/13/11 at 10:38am
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Was thinking of replacing my haf 932 with one of the bitfenix cases. I just wish the full towers they have were sleeker but guess it will have to do.

Do you know if NCIX will be getting these in soon?
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