Best HTPC Case Suggestions?

Hey,

I was wondering if anyone could give me any HTPC case suggestions.


A little info about what I am looking for if possible.

- A decent amount of room for a heatsink - Want to put an i5 or i7 K series in it so I'd like to overclock but nothing insane.
- suggestions for some I can use an all in one water cooling unit for and suggestions for some that I can do just air cooling

- NOT too thin, but not too big
- Nice looking
- Some suggestions with LCD display and some with not an LCD Display
- Enough room for the following

- 1 Video Card
- 2 hard drives - 1 SSD and 1 HDD
- 2 DVD Burner drives [can live with 1]

I DO know some of these run expensive. That's fine. You can show me $500 - $600 models but as always, cheaper is better.

If anyone can throw any suggestions at me, it would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks!! : )
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  1. in terms of your situation,i would recommend the coolermaster cosmos 2...if you like the price tag the cosmos 2,than look no further..it can even support the gigabyte g1 assassin!if u change your mind and start looking for the best,than its the caselabs sth10..best tower style chasis ever made for extreme watercooling...well there are much bigger cube style cases..but the best tower style case the sth10....

    hope it helps and good luck with your build:)
  2. oh darn it,i read htpx instead of htpc..sorry..my bad..:/
  3. probably silverstone cases as they make the best htpc cases...
  4. Quote:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mana-136-midgard-ii-phantom-410,3203.html toms reviewed cases-the best in market.

    why are you spending 600$ for just case????



    Thanks for but those aren't even HTPC cases. You can't compare apples to oranges. There are very good HTPC cases out there, that I do know.
  5. mukitbinazad said:
    probably silverstone cases as they make the best htpc cases...



    Hey, thanks. Yeah, I looked at Silverstone. Nice cases.

    I did also like this case - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8117/cst-783/Moneual_Moncaso_932_Multimedia_Home_Theater_Case_w_7_Touch_Screen_-_Black.html?tl=g1c10s25


    Moneual seems to make some nice cases in my opinion. : )
  6. ttechfs said:
    Hey, thanks. Yeah, I looked at Silverstone. Nice cases.

    I did also like this case - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8117/cst-783/Moneual_Moncaso_932_Multimedia_Home_Theater_Case_w_7_Touch_Screen_-_Black.html?tl=g1c10s25


    Moneual seems to make some nice cases in my opinion. : )


    have you bought that case?
    if not,i'd recommend this case..
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=161&area=en
    it doesnt have much airflow,the fans that are attached to it suck,you can re0place them with noctua 80mm fans..
    this case is probably the coolest htpc case..i mean a screen that you can use as a monitor!!
    as your budget is $600,if you are able to increase the budget a bit,you will get this wonderful case..there is a review of it on toms hw..check it out..
  7. ttechfs said:
    Hey,

    I was wondering if anyone could give me any HTPC case suggestions.


    A little info about what I am looking for if possible.

    - A decent amount of room for a heatsink - Want to put an i5 or i7 K series in it so I'd like to overclock but nothing insane.
    - suggestions for some I can use an all in one water cooling unit for and suggestions for some that I can do just air cooling

    - NOT too thin, but not too big
    - Nice looking
    - Some suggestions with LCD display and some with not an LCD Display
    - Enough room for the following

    - 1 Video Card
    - 2 hard drives - 1 SSD and 1 HDD
    - 2 DVD Burner drives [can live with 1]

    I DO know some of these run expensive. That's fine. You can show me $500 - $600 models but as always, cheaper is better.

    If anyone can throw any suggestions at me, it would be greatly appreciated.


    Thanks!! : )



    Pricey, but simply the best HTPC case in the world, how do i know? Because i have one in Black.

    http://www.origenae.com/en/htpc_s21t.htm







    Featuring an impressive 12.1 inch motorized TFT touch screen, removable motherboard tray, support for ten hard drives, no visible screws on the outside of a 5mm thick one-piece aluminium chassis panel, unrivalled hardware compatibility and a footprint depth of only 390mm, the S21T is possibly the craziest idea we have ever let go beyond the back-of-an-envelope concept stage, but after a year of literally blood, sweat, tears, sleepless weeks, Chinese delicacies (if you only knew) and the odd moment of divine inspiration, here it is... Combining style, innovation, and un-surpassed attention to detail, the S21T offers users the ultimate home theatre PC experience.

    - 12.1" motorized TFT touch screen display
    - 1920x1080 TFT resolution support
    - One piece 5mm aluminium front & sides
    - 1 x 120mm exhaust fan (pre-installed)
    - 2 x 90mm intake fan (pre-installed)
    - 1 x 120mm optional extractor module
    - Front media bay, usb hub, audio & firewire
    - Matched optical drive bezel
    - Removable motherboard tray
    - Rubber isolation hard drive screws
    - Supplied with IR310 Module
    - Supplied with IMON PAD
    - Support for up to 10 hard drives
    - Matching aluminium stylus
    - Dimensions: 435 x 220 x 390mm
    - Material: All Aluminium
    - Motherboard Support: ATX, MicroATX and miniITX
    - PSU Support: Full ATX
    - GPU Support: Full Size
    - Drive Bays: 10 x 3.5" and 1 x 5.25"
    - Front I/O Port: 2 x USB / 1 x FireWire / 2 x Audio / 1 x Card Reader
    - TFT Spec: 12." Screen @ 1920 x 1080 resolution
  8. Uther39 said:
    Pricey, but simply the best HTPC case in the world, how do i know? Because i have one in Black.

    http://www.origenae.com/en/htpc_s21t.htm

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/pimg/CA-014-OA_43967_350.jpg
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/pimg/CA-014-OA_43968_60.jpg
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/pimg/CA-014-OA_43969_350.jpg
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/pimg/CA-014-OA_43971_350.jpg
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/pimg/CA-014-OA_43972_350.jpg

    Featuring an impressive 12.1 inch motorized TFT touch screen, removable motherboard tray, support for ten hard drives, no visible screws on the outside of a 5mm thick one-piece aluminium chassis panel, unrivalled hardware compatibility and a footprint depth of only 390mm, the S21T is possibly the craziest idea we have ever let go beyond the back-of-an-envelope concept stage, but after a year of literally blood, sweat, tears, sleepless weeks, Chinese delicacies (if you only knew) and the odd moment of divine inspiration, here it is... Combining style, innovation, and un-surpassed attention to detail, the S21T offers users the ultimate home theatre PC experience.

    - 12.1" motorized TFT touch screen display
    - 1920x1080 TFT resolution support
    - One piece 5mm aluminium front & sides
    - 1 x 120mm exhaust fan (pre-installed)
    - 2 x 90mm intake fan (pre-installed)
    - 1 x 120mm optional extractor module
    - Front media bay, usb hub, audio & firewire
    - Matched optical drive bezel
    - Removable motherboard tray
    - Rubber isolation hard drive screws
    - Supplied with IR310 Module
    - Supplied with IMON PAD
    - Support for up to 10 hard drives
    - Matching aluminium stylus
    - Dimensions: 435 x 220 x 390mm
    - Material: All Aluminium
    - Motherboard Support: ATX, MicroATX and miniITX
    - PSU Support: Full ATX
    - GPU Support: Full Size
    - Drive Bays: 10 x 3.5" and 1 x 5.25"
    - Front I/O Port: 2 x USB / 1 x FireWire / 2 x Audio / 1 x Card Reader
    - TFT Spec: 12." Screen @ 1920 x 1080 resolution


    o.O....whoaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!..how much did it cost mate???!!!!
  9. I did two builds for customers using the Lian Li Black Aluminum PC-C60B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112335

    It has two 5.25 inch drive bays so it can accomodate two dvd burners.

    There is plenty of room for internal drives. I installed a solid state drive and a hard disk drive in each build.

    An extra tall tower style cpu heatsink such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 will not fit. However, in one of the builds there was plenty of room for the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler that comes with a 140mm fan:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608019

    If you are going to use a large power supply you would have to leave out the drive bay module closest to the psu. That still leaves you with two drive bay modules that can accomodate the two dvd burners, two solid state drives, and three hard drives.

    Here are links to technical reviews:

    http://www.kitguru.net/components/cases/zardon/lian-li-pc-c60-chassis-review/

    http://pro-clockers.com/cases/2026-lian-li-pc-c60-htpc-case.html
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