Posted by bc8907 (+74) 10 years ago
Looking to slap together a media machine, and was wondering if anyone had seen any decent as well as sleek looking htpc cases around. Preferably under 80 bucks.
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Posted by bc8907 (+74) 10 years ago
Sorry. Forgot to mention it's a micro atx board. I frequent newegg a lot and I think most of their cases are overpriced. I was just trying to see if anybody had seen any specific deals recently that stuck out to them.
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4454) 10 years ago
Might be a little bigger than you're looking for, but the HTPC form factor has heat problems and I've done a few builds with this case:

http://www.newegg.com/Pro...6811164118

With the included power supply, you won't beat the price, and everything they have for power that fits the case is borderline garbage.

If you're willing to spend some bucks, these look pretty sweet:

http://www.amazon.com/Xtr...B004ZK8BP2

I'm a fan of XBMC and innards that don't spin.

[This message has been edited by Buck Showalter (8/22/2011)]
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Posted by bc8907 (+74) 10 years ago
With this build, I decided to try out amd's APUs to save on space and allow a little more air flow. So I'm looking for something kind of thin and almost blu-ray player like. I've also been staying away from included power supplies, because I've already got plenty and they're usually pretty low end and a waste of money.

That second one is pretty nice, but a little to much, in my opinion. I already got quad core apu and board off newegg for 200. I have the rest of the vitals lying around the house and was searching for a case to bring it all together.

[This message has been edited by bc8907 (8/22/2011)]
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Posted by Rick Kuchynka (+4457) 10 years ago
This is what I used for my Win7 htpc. I thought it was good quality for the money.

http://www.newegg.com/Pro...6811121100

I think it was $50 when I bought it, but free shipping on a case for this price is hard to beat. Power Supply is included. I don't think you'll find many small-form factor Matx cases that don't have power supplies though. Even if you have some spare power supplies laying around, if they're standard atx they won't fit.

I also wouldn't use it with a 6-core processor or high-end video card or anything. It's just too tight for that amount of heat, and I don't think the power supply would handle it. I think mine has a bargain-bin Radeon 4650 in it.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10013) 10 years ago
Oh, Mini-ITX is smaller.

Anyway, this Micro-ATX case kind of looks like it belongs in a media center:

http://www.newegg.com/Pro...6811163174 (no PS)

Here's a couple more with slightly different profiles:

http://www.newegg.com/Pro...6811204040 (no PS)

http://www.newegg.com/Pro...6811153068
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3718) 10 years ago
Not a fan of HTPC cases, although I do have one. If at all possible, I think it's better to use a regular case and hide it behind or within your home theater setup. You don't need to see it to use it.

[This message has been edited by Levi Forman (8/22/2011)]
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Posted by bc8907 (+74) 10 years ago
I really appreciate all the suggestions guys. I should be able to find a nice, pretty one out of all these.
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