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Needed an excuse to build another PC so I played the HTPC card! ha.

Just thought Id share my small adventure!

I went with a Cooler Master Elite 360. I chose it mainly because it had pretty good/decent reviews, didnt look too big nor too small and the price fit my budget.

Overall I'd give the case a 3.5/5. Love that it can fit full PSU, has good amount of room to fit a decent GPU if you wanted to use it as a gaming rig (I threw a 5770 for a day). Mediocre cooling options, can be laid down in the horizontal position. What I didnt like was the cheap feel of the front ports (it feels like im going to push right through whenever I plug in a usb device.), the side panel doesnt seem to quite close perfectly for some reason and for anyone thinking about throwing a standard ATX mobo in there...the PSU will most likely be covering the SATA ports....

Anyway I got what I feel is a pretty decent HTPC rig going.
CM Elite 360
Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H
Athlon II X2 255
CM GeminII S
1TB Samsung F3
ASUS DVD Drive
Corsair CX430
ADATA 2x2GB 1600
Hauppauge 2250


I did the best cable management I could given the small amount of space to work with





No OC, Idle:



No OC, 100% Load for about 25-30min:



Edited by iamtwan - 3/31/11 at 11:50pm
    
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Looks nice. I have the same case. An ATX board fits just fine with no issues for me.
Cooling is not too bad if you get an 80mm intake fan for the "bottom" (left side when case laid horizontal) along with the 120mm on the "top".

The hard drive does get hot in the stock position (I had 3 HDD in mine for a while with an adapter).
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Looks nice. I have the same case. An ATX board fits just fine with no issues for me.
Cooling is not too bad if you get an 80mm intake fan for the "bottom" (left side when case laid horizontal) along with the 120mm on the "top".

The hard drive does get hot in the stock position (I had 3 HDD in mine for a while with an adapter).
Sweet. I had almost assumed a standard PSU would cover the sata ports on standard ATX since it nearly covers mine.

I just added 2 80mm fans in back for more exhaust, so ill look into one or move one to the front!
    
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Well, it does depend on the board, but even if the PSU is over the SATA plugs, a right angle plug should allow it to work. And putting the PSU in last could help also if you had an issue.

Funny thing though, your build is very similar to mine now (same case with a Gigabyte 785g DDR2 board, x2 250, 2 gigs DDR2, same PSU and tv tuner, similar HSF (Cooler Master Vortex 752), but I am using a 8600GT for video since I need S-video out).
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