APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid 2010 BUDGET RANGE: $100ish for the case
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies, some gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Amazon only(I live in Hawaii, newegg shipping to here is outrageous) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferences
OVERCLOCKING: No CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Sharp 1080p TV
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm looking to build my first HTPC and having trouble finding a case. Ideally I'd like it be as small and quiet as possible. Though I think it's more important to me to have good airflow than it being quiet. It needs at least two slots for 3.5" HDDs. It would be nice to have a remote for it, but definitely not required.
So does anyone have a suggestion for a case? Or maybe change some of the parts I've already picked out? I've never actually used a HTPC case before so I don't know which ones are any good or not, it'd be nice to get some first hand advice. Thanks.
The 500GB WD drive is not a good choice since it uses 250GB platters. The Seagate 7200.12 series 500GB drive is considerably faster due to using a single 500GB platter and saves some money at the same time. You've got to love a win-win!
Just an FYI that case can hold just 2 HDDs. Great case though. I wish it fit in my rack when I bought it. It was just a little bit too wide. The grills for the twin 120mm fans on the side stick out just a bit and that was just a bit too much.
When you say "some gaming" how much are you talking? That board has really good integrated graphics for HD video so consider seeing how it works for you and add a video card later if you really find yourself wanting to run higher-end games. You could take the money you save and get a bigger HDD (since you'll be limited in space), a better CPU, etc. You'll also have better airflow. It won't do any serious gaming though.
Speaking of airflow, add in one of these if you're not going to be using any PCI slots. They are completely silent and really really work well to vent hot air.
If you want quiet, get rid of the noise maker 5770. You don't need it. The onboard video on the Gigabyte has UVD 2 and is good enough to handle video decoding (read the 785g roundup article on this site ). Go for a 45W Athlon II x2 235e or 240e and use a fanless thermalright ultima 90 heatsink to reduce noise even further. Get a WD green drive instead of black as they are much quieter and still provide good speed. Can't comment on HTPC cases. I'm not familiar with them.