Silverstone’s Crown CW03 HTPC Case
Silverstone has always created very high quality cases; they have created some of the most desired units in the industry with the TJ and LC series. Now they have introduced us to the royalty of the HTPC case line, with the Crown CW03.
Silverstone’s Crown CW03, the king of the HTPC cases
The Crown CW03 case comes in silver and black, so its color scheme should fit in with most home theater and A/V systems. This is to be a full featured HTPC case designed to house higher-end hardware, so it can perform up to the needs of the most demanding HTPC users. For this review, the silver version was tested.
Maybe I didn't read carefully enough, but I didn't see what the street price of this case is. Also, are there competitive alternatives worth considering?
I'm not here to shoot this article down, but I was hoping to see some of these issues addressed after reading 7 pages.
The CPU and GPU are probably overkill unless the person using this is an avid gamer.
You did not say much about the touchscreen and how it works with Vista's built-in Media Center software. You stated that the instructions say to set it up as the secondary display in an extended configuration. Does the touchscreen echo the information in Vista's MC? Or did you use iMedian?
As far as more on HTPC, check out Tom's other articles as there are several and this was just about this case. You can compare them there, same for the software as there are articles on that too. As for the cost of this case, they usually use the search engine to provide that but just google it and you will find prices running about $699. http://www.google.com/products?q=silverstone+CW03&rls=com.microsoft:*&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&um=1
niknik, I was going to do a Blu-Ray drive with some results of it but the Pioneer blu-ray software did not work, it said not a supported pioneer system and then the replacement did the same. I am investigating it further before I say any more but I think an HD HTPC system is a good idea.
I build a PVR on the KPC system like I reviewed, it works great, is quiet and I spent less than $400 on it