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HTPC Best HTPC case for full-size components?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by HandMadeAndroid, 4 Apr 2011.

  1. HandMadeAndroid

    HandMadeAndroid That's handy.

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    As the title suggests, I'm after a full size HTPC case. It must be able to accommodate a nvidia 460 graphics card that has a standard cooler. Advice appreciated, thank you :D
     
  2. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    Antec remote?
    Full ATX case. Around the size of a big AVR
     
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  3. HandMadeAndroid

    HandMadeAndroid That's handy.

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    hey cheers, the Antec Fusion Remote Max looks cool, shame about the knob though!
     
  4. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    Lian Li V350/V351/V352/V354
     
  5. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    13eightyfour Formerly Titanium Angel

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    Ive got an antec remote max sat doing nothing, its actually a great case, easy(ish) to keep cabling tidy and plenty of room inside.

    Its going to become the case for a backup PC now, mainly because its so big it doesnt fit in the cabinet under the TV, its way to deep.
     
  7. HandMadeAndroid

    HandMadeAndroid That's handy.

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    EEk glad I checked, It's going to be too deep, oh well back to the drawing board!
     
  8. 13eightyfour

    13eightyfour Formerly Titanium Angel

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    Yeah i didnt and stupidly assumed it would be the same depth as a hifi unit, it never sat right because the rear legs had to hang off the shelf at the rear, causing the whole unit to point at an upwards angle at the front :duh:
     
  9. HandMadeAndroid

    HandMadeAndroid That's handy.

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    I've looked and looked and they seem few and far between when it comes to accommodating a 11inch card, whilst fitting within standard media furniture.
     
  10. HandMadeAndroid

    HandMadeAndroid That's handy.

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    I believe I've found a solution. The silverstone LC20 can accept larger cards with the drive cage removed. :D
     
  11. chris66

    chris66 Minimodder

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    I used to house our HTPC in a Silverstone grandia case. These pics are over three years old, so it had an Intel C2D 6750 and 8800 GTX OC.
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    Since then I have changed it to a Lian Li A05-N case, and has a C2D 8600, AMD 5850 and 8GB ram with W7.
    After living with the Silverstone case, we realised that because it need 'blowing out' more often than standard equipment (SKY, amp etc), when it was pulled out, no matter how careful you try to be - and because of the weight of the unit, it scratched the base of whatever it sat on, regardless of the rubber feet. It ruined no less than two expensive units in the past three years. The Lian Li case does not look at all out of place, keeps the componants cooler, it is less noisy (although the original wasn't at all loud). In fact, it has now replaced the PS2 (because it has over 100 games installed), the BR player (as it has BR, and 200 films already on the 4TB worth of HDD's, and music centre (am I showing my age with that term!)

    All in all, I found a very small 'standard' case was the best compromise for a HTPC - easy to clean and maintain, easy to upgrade (don't have to 'hack' certain parts to get GPU's to fit) and looks great by the TV.
     
  12. Da_Rude_Baboon

    Da_Rude_Baboon What the?

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    What about the Silverstone FT-03? It's not a HTPC case bit its design and foot print is very similar to a subwoofer so it would sit next to a TV very nicely.
     
  13. HandMadeAndroid

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    Problem is , theres no space down the side of the unit, so it must fit in
     
  14. stuartwood89

    stuartwood89 Please... Just call me Stu.

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    Couldn't you move the rear feet forwards so that they didn't hang over the shelf? I'm only saying because I have this case, and I hope to use it under my TV.
     
  15. 13eightyfour

    13eightyfour Formerly Titanium Angel

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    Tbh i never actually checked that, it didnt stay for long because, before the TV unit used to sit flush to the wall, whereas with the case it was a few inches off the wall. Basically i was totally unhappy with it.

    I suppose you could move the feet forward, which would help with it sitting correct on your TV unit, but its still going to hang out the back or front, which may or may not bother you.

    Unless you have a deep TV unit?
     

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