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Tom Brown
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Case selection

Post by Tom Brown » Sun May 30, 2010 9:00 pm

This might be more appropriate on another site, as HTPC case selection is a pretty generic topic. I'm posting here, however, because I like to run front ends that are as light as possible. Whenever the topic comes up on other sites, there's always mention of disk storage, massive cool, full height cards, etc. I don't need or want any of that.

I'll also mention that my interest is primarily in black cases. I run Denon and Yamaha HT gear and wish to match those components as closely as possible.

Here are my favorite cases.

Chieftec. I've never owned one but they look great.
- less than $200
- VFD
- remote
- no PSU
- standard component width
- 60mm rear fans :(
- extremely attractive with substantial looking aluminum face and metal construction

http://www.chieftec.com/hi-fi-series.html


Antec Fusion. Decent looking and priced fair at given the inclusion of VFD, remote, and PSU.
- $160
- VFD
- remote
- no PSU
- 120mm fans :)
- decent looking with brushed aluminum face and metal construction

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NzE4


nMedia 2000B. Decent looking and cheap.
- $90
- no VFD ($35~40 extra)
- no remote
- no psu
- 80mm fans? :)
- reasonable looking with aluminum face

http://www.nmediapc.com/HTPC2000Ba.htm

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Re: Case selection

Post by Tom Brown » Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:29 am

Let's also throw in the Lian Li PC-C32
- $160ish
- no VFD
- no remote
- no PSU
- standard component width
- 120mm fans :)
- reasonably attractive and substantial looking with alumium construction

http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/pr ... =64&g=spec

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Re: Case selection

Post by hak » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:05 am

http://www.mini-itx.com/projects.asp
has a mini pc, and if its small enough, you really could get a wrap of aluminium around the board and psu, with holes drilles to include faceplates for the connetors and the fan throuput of air.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv300VDiS2U
This is not my link.
It would be nice to be able to stick underneath/behind the monitor, so small may need to be thin instead.

But if businesses can fit pc's into a phone size box, like the nokia, then surely it can be possible to get something drawing less than 20w as a minimyth frontend.

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Re: Case selection

Post by Tom Brown » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:52 pm

It seems to me, getting a system running with less than 50 Watts is going to be difficult as long as we require a seperate CPU for codec offload. In my opinion, GPU accellerated codec is required for HD content.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2815

If VAAPI support for AMD ever becomes a reality in MiniMyth, we will be able to use Fusion to achieve the 20 Watt goal. That would allow for some wonderfully small cases, low power use, and cool running. I look forward to that day but it doesn't sound like that day will be here any time soon.

I only have one MiniMyth front end with a DVD drive. I don't believe I've ever used it. Between the DRM issues and just generally not bothering with DVDs anymore, I would be delighted with an ultra slim system (maybe 2"?) of standard audio width. Maybe even one of the new mini-Mac format PCs and forget about standard audio width. I really like my equipment stack to be uniform in width, though. lol! :mrgreen:

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