Published on 26th November 2009 by
Originally Posted by Fod Manufacturers need to come up with some way of combating the ridiculous depth of these cases, possibly by stacking components over areas of the motherboard. I'd love for there to be an mATX case that actually properly stacks on top of my other hi fi gear. As it stands they just don't fit into most equipment racks.
Originally Posted by tron
In a 'true Home Theatre setup', there should not really be any distracting AV equipment at all located under, or anywhere near the screen. You wouldn't see it in a proper cinema theatre. I like to keep AV equipment as far away from the screen as possible.
Originally Posted by SlowMotionSuicideI recently got myself a GD04 from Silverstone. It has stealthed slot for full 5.25 optical drive (which sit on top of the mb, meaning only 70mm high or lower coolers can be used), room for full atx psu and 2 hdd's. It can also take full-lenght graphics cards, and has some decent cooling potential. Also, it features luscious 8.0mm aluminum front panel, but best of all its only 323 mm deep, meaning it sits nicely next to my amplifier. It's not too pricey either (had it for 90 â¬), the only downside i've found is the 3 included "silent fans" which are real screamers.
Originally Posted by crazyceoI setup a HTPC last year using the Antec Fusion case. My only pet hate has been the LED screen and the iMon software for it. Whether I've used XP MCE or Vista and now onto Win7 it's been a pain but still something I can live with. It has the Volume knob on the front and the IR receiver but can only use mATX which has not been a problem since pretty much all mobo makers release a mATX version of their best full ATX boards. The antec also allows full sized cards and looks great beneath the TV and Sky HD box. It comes with all the rubber grommits and padding to quite out any vibrating noise but also suffes from the lack of dust filters.
Originally Posted by GW42I've just bought the GD04 as well - it was the shallowest matx case I could find. Very happy with it, and not sure why for a HTPC (as opposed to HTPC/haming machine)
Originally Posted by BindibadgiThe new C50 is out now, maybe that's why. The UK team has one on the way for review but it's on a boat and will arrive October..
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