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Jimbob 16th January 2014, 16:52 Quote
Nice looking units, but IMO a HTPC should look more like a DVD Player or Hifi amp so it blends in with your other devices. One of my favourite looking units was the "Acer iDea 500" I bought a Moneual Moncaso case recently but I noticed they have pulled the plug on those now.

The big problem with HTPCs is that a persons requirements vary, I have very little storage on mine (120GB SSD) and 4 tuners, where others wmay want a large GPU for gaming use too.
bawjaws 16th January 2014, 17:12 Quote
Nice article. I think the case looks pretty interesting (although it is a bit on the large side) and the LCD screen looks really nice.

I see that the latest issue of CPC has a review of the case - are bit-tech planning on reviewing it too?
Meanmotion 16th January 2014, 17:32 Quote
bawjaws 16th January 2014, 18:12 Quote
Ah, somehow managed to miss that! Cheers.
runadumb 17th January 2014, 08:36 Quote
Its a nice case for sure but the SG04 looks good enough for me.
I looked up the review you linked to, any news on the new couch master?
Maki role 17th January 2014, 09:45 Quote
I hope they get round to making a smaller, slimmer version too. I understand that they then wouldn't be able to fit WC gear etc in, but I can imagine there are many out there who like their design but just can't fit something that large in the living room. I actually really like the design they chose, it's both bold, genuinely understated and elegant thanks to the mixture of curves, hard lines and excellent material choices. Aluminium has that great ability to look neutral in both modern and more period environments, unlike the standard black box look that Silverstone recently chose for their new HTPC case. That other one just looks like a VCR from the 90s, no way would I want it visible at all, which is a wasted opportunity to be honest.

This case looks pretty similar to many high end audio setups, which I quite like. Obviously it's not that exciting, but it's got a nice balance to it. A thinner profile option would be cool though, although I can see the appeal of just having one on show, if only there was enough space to do so.
SchizoFrog 17th January 2014, 09:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by runadumb
Its a nice case for sure but the SG04 looks good enough for me.
I looked up the review you linked to, any news on the new couch master?

The SG04? You mean the case that looks like a portable shredder? Each to their own I guess.

As for the case, I'm not a fan. It looks too much like an oversized cassette deck from long ago.
jrs77 17th January 2014, 10:17 Quote
If I'd be thinking about building a HTPC in such a big expensive case I'd probably go for the OrigenAE S21T, which has a built-in 12" touchscreen.

The case pretty much looks the same, besiides the TFT.
bawjaws 17th January 2014, 10:19 Quote
I'd actually love to see a smaller version of the LEET Reference case that was about the same height as a hifi amp. 22cm tall is far too big for most people, and although I get that having a really big case allows for a wider range of hardware and watercooling options, it's far too big for my taste. You could slim it down with a smaller LCD display, and a slot-loading optical drive (or better yet, no optical drive?)...
runadumb 17th January 2014, 10:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by runadumb
Its a nice case for sure but the SG04 looks good enough for me.
I looked up the review you linked to, any news on the new couch master?

The SG04? You mean the case that looks like a portable shredder? Each to their own I guess.

As for the case, I'm not a fan. It looks too much like an oversized cassette deck from long ago.

DOH! I meant the SG08
SchizoFrog 17th January 2014, 11:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by runadumb
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
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Originally Posted by runadumb
Its a nice case for sure but the SG04 looks good enough for me.
I looked up the review you linked to, any news on the new couch master?

The SG04? You mean the case that looks like a portable shredder? Each to their own I guess.

As for the case, I'm not a fan. It looks too much like an oversized cassette deck from long ago.

DOH! I meant the SG08

Ahh... That makes a lot more sense. :)
Nexxo 17th January 2014, 14:17 Quote
Watercooling for an HTPC? Overcomplicate much?

Personally I prefer my HTPCs lean: passively cooled, low power consumption. It is a device that should be able to run quietly, 24/7 with virtually no maintenance and small electricity bills.
jinq-sea 17th January 2014, 14:21 Quote
I thought that. You're a fellow HFX owner aren't you, Nexxo? For me, that's the pinnacle of a brilliant HTPC. I've got the Classic, and I love it. Had it for years, and it's had a number of systems in it!

EDIT: For those not in the know, one of these.
blackworx 17th January 2014, 20:42 Quote
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There are two major components which have to be covered to ensure a perfectly smooth living room computing experience: First, the proper hardware setup and second, the software configuration.

No sh*t, Sherlock!
Nexxo 17th January 2014, 22:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by jinq-sea
I thought that. You're a fellow HFX owner aren't you, Nexxo? For me, that's the pinnacle of a brilliant HTPC. I've got the Classic, and I love it. Had it for years, and it's had a number of systems in it!

EDIT: For those not in the know, one of these.

I am indeed. For me they're one of the few HTPC cases worth considering. Go passive or go home. ;)
jinq-sea 18th January 2014, 00:00 Quote
I recently rebuilt mine - I should do my build log really!
BlackRaven 27th January 2014, 18:33 Quote
These guys can cram a lot of kit in to that box. For example:
Processor:
AMD FX-9590,
5.0 GHz Turbo
, 8-Core CPU


CPU Liquid Cooling:
LEET™ Custom Liquid Cooling for CPU and graphics
cards, co-developed with Swiftech

Graphics Card:
2x AMD
Radeon R290X
in CrossFireX

GPU Liquid Cooling:
EK Water Blocks EK-FC R9-290X HP full-cover water
block with black fittings


Motherboard:
ASUS
Crosshair V Formula-Z
Motherboard, AMD 990FX
Chipset


Memory:
Kingston HyperX Beast
32 GB
2133 MHz Memory


Power Supply:
Seasonic Platinum
1000 Watt
Power Supply


LEET™ Custom Power Supply and Drive Cabling


Drive 1: SSD -
Kingston HyperX 3K
240 GB
Solid State Drive


Drive 2: SSDH
– WD Red Storage
16 TB
(4x 4.0 TB HDDs)


Tubing:
UV-reactive semi-transparent tubing (1/2 x
¾
) with white Ice Dragon
Nano Cooling fluid


Optical Drive:
Asus BW-12B1ST
Blu-ray
Rewriter
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