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What do you guys think of this mini-ITX HTPC case?

It's 9.4" x 8.0" x 3.1" (240mm x 204mm x 80mm). It can hold a 2.5" or 3.5" HDD, slot load DVD, has a 120W PSU and a window for an IR remote receiver. I think it looks pretty cool. It comes in black too but I could not find any pictures.
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I like it. Personally not crazy about slot loading drives.
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I like it a lot actually.
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Looks decent, but would have been more appealing to people (I think) if it at least has one expansion slot for a tuner.
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What do you guys think of this mini-ITX HTPC case?

It's 9.4" x 8.0" x 3.1" (240mm x 204mm x 80mm). It can hold a 2.5" or 3.5" HDD, slot load DVD, has a 120W PSU and a window for an IR remote receiver. I think it looks pretty cool. It comes in black too but I could not find any pictures.

You have a link to this?
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I like it. Personally not crazy about slot loading drives.

Me neither but it seems with ITX there's a choice:

Slot load: looks nice but slot load ODDs are expensive
Tray load: less expensive but then it's not hidden so you see the ODD face
No ODD: no expense, clean front, can't rip w/o external drive

For little clientop/bedroom HTPC kind of builds, I'd prefer the last one. But, for a bigger HTPC I'd still like a DVD drive so the wife/kids can pop in the latest DVD from RedBox w/o waiting for me to get home. But, then my main HTPC isn't ITX FF.

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You have a link to this?

I couldn't find any resellers so all there is was their B2B microsite on alibaba.com. The company name is Shezhen Iwill. I asked if they had any USA resellers and they don't.

 

 

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I like it a lot as well. I still like having a drive available since I'm not going to always rip everything. A black version would be nice as well.
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I like that case makers are starting to add a spot for you to add IR receivers.

There's a new nmedia case that has a space for the IR receiver too.
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Any news on new z77 ivy bridge boards?
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Here's a picture of my new baby. She's sporting an ASRock E-350, 4GB of RAM and 64GB SSD (parts total $193 thank you Black Friday and Open Box specials). It's running Windows 8 CP.

This case is really cool. I love the brushed black aluminum. It's not quite Lian-Li quality fit & finish but it's really nice. I've got some black plastic paint I am going to give that ODD cover a couple of coats. Things are running around 118F. I did notice you can actually fit a 60mm fan as long as it's a thin one in the bracket. There are two holes - one for 50mm and one for 60mm.

I am not sure how a ODD would fit in there with the way the 24-pin power cord is design with the built-in PSU. I will try though to see how it goes when I eventually get one.

I took a bunch of pix I'll have to post on my blog at some point. I think this might have been the quickest build ever. There was hardly anything to do.
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What do you guys think of this mini-ITX HTPC case?

It's 9.4" x 8.0" x 3.1" (240mm x 204mm x 80mm). It can hold a 2.5" or 3.5" HDD, slot load DVD, has a 120W PSU and a window for an IR remote receiver. I think it looks pretty cool. It comes in black too but I could not find any pictures.

Well, I haven't been too successful in the past ordering samples from China but I am giving it a try again. I think this time I know a bit better. They should be here in 7 days. Meanwhile, here are some more pictures. They'll come with a 120W DC-DC power board and a 84W AC adapter (nice one from Delta). I got the black with a blue/green LED. They do have a small "mediaCenter" logo in the lower right and the eject button is on the left but when it comes to samples they don't give you any choices. Hopefully, this is not a fool's errand. Notice the vent on the top! .
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How much did that unit go for?
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How much did that unit go for?

I had to order a full carton at the sample price which I negotiated with the reseller in China. I'll probably end up wanting to sell of some of the samples after I've played a bit. No idea how much. I'll post them in the HT Classifieds or you can leave a message in my blog where I posted the pictures.

 

 

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FYI I just built 2 systems based on the Shuttle XH61. i3-2120T, Crucial M4 SSD and Optiarc slot load DVD.

Great little case. Hard to beat price wise, considering the cost of ITX boards and PSUs.

Unlike other Shuttle cases I have tried this one is SILENT. Only con is the lack of a built in IR receiver.

Highly recommended.
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I pre-ordered a Lian Li PC-Q05B for $67 shipped about a month or so ago before provantage bumped the price to the real retail price of about $100. It's for the Intel DH61AG motherboard (thin itx). My goal is to see if I can fit a Ceton InfiniTV 4 into it. My PCIe riser card just arrived so I installed the Intel cooling solution to my DH61AG to see how it would all look, and if it's possible to fit into the PC-Q05 if I mod the case to accept a PCIe card.

Here's what it looks like without the case. I'm hoping the PC-Q05 is tall enough so the PCIe riser card fits inside. If that happens then put the tuner into it should be doable





Here's links to the case. It has some photos of it there. http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product...ndex=64&g=spec

If I angle the fan up slightly it will cool the tuner as well. And if not, at least there is airflow running underneath it. w/ he fan angled up, the tuners temp is a little less the 45°. it was about 61° using a PCIe ribbon cable w/ the tuner outside my previous case w/o any cooling

Here's a photo of the case setup as a demo. As you can see the support beam of the case is above the CPU heatsink, which gives hope that there is some room for the tuner like it is in my pics.

If the riser doesn't fit, then I'll try a PCIe ribbon cable extension I guess. If I'm forced to use the ribbon cable, I might try to mount the rear half of the card to the heatsink (which stays nice and cool).



edit: tuner temps stabilized at 41.8°C after playing for the last hour or so.
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47mm! Wow. That is thin! Very cool. Please keep the pics coming. I hope it all fits.

It's crazy that the silver is $59 and the black is $93.

 

 

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This is the next mini-ITX case I am bringing over to evaluate. It's a dead-ringer for the OrigenAE m10, even on the inside. It makes me wonder if it's the same manufacturer but just a rebadge or if it's a knock-off. The insides seem a little too alike for me to believe it's a knock-off. I see a lot of the same cases with difference faces showing up with different names.
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47mm! Wow. That is thin! Very cool. Please keep the pics coming. I hope it all fits.

It's crazy that the silver is $59 and the black is $93.

When I ordered the black one like the first day it popped up it was $59 too. A few days later it went up to $93. So if the silver is $53 they might bump it up when they notice or someone orders one.

I ordered mine a long time ago, and the case hasn't been released yet. I had to change my creditcard info with them because of fraud that happened while waiting. They didn't say anything about the price I got it for, so who knows if it's an error or just a one time listing for the 1st order.

I'll be sure to post pictures of my little project if the case ever ships lol
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These are "ultra-slim" desktop HPs that we've been deploying at work for a while.

They are business systems (Expensive, etc.), but I like the internal design and the fact that they have four USB ports on the front. Powered by an external brick. Techs at work claim Dell makes similar size , but with an internal power supply.

6.6 cm (2.6") high: I assume they will take a half-height PCIe-tuner:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/th/en...865.html?dnr=1
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FYI I just built 2 systems based on the Shuttle XH61. i3-2120T, Crucial M4 SSD and Optiarc slot load DVD.

Great little case. Hard to beat price wise, considering the cost of ITX boards and PSUs.

Unlike other Shuttle cases I have tried this one is SILENT. Only con is the lack of a built in IR receiver.

Highly recommended.

Politby, doesn't that shuttle come with it's own fan for the CPU? Best price I've found it for is $179 - you?

Thanks for the feedback on it, it looks like a winner!
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Politby, doesn't that shuttle come with it's own fan for the CPU? Best price I've found it for is $179 - you?

Thanks for the feedback on it, it looks like a winner!

Yes, comes with its own CPU cooler. Very similar to Intel stock HSF only with screw mounts not push pins.

More like ~$200 here in Sweden but still good compared to total cost of mobo, PSU, cooler and case for a separate parts build.

Only 3 cons:

- no expansion slot so no place for e.g. a tuner
- no place for internal IR receiver
- very bright power LED

Best barebone Shuttle ever made IMO.
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FYI I just built 2 systems based on the Shuttle XH61. i3-2120T, Crucial M4 SSD and Optiarc slot load DVD.

Great little case. Hard to beat price wise, considering the cost of ITX boards and PSUs.

Unlike other Shuttle cases I have tried this one is SILENT. Only con is the lack of a built in IR receiver.

Highly recommended.

By silent do you mean there is no fan and everything is cooled in a passive way? I have an Atom based Shuttle with hdmi which is passively cooled. Great little unit which is completely silent. It has a USB port in front and 4 in the back. Takes a 2.5" drive and even an optical if you want that. With an SSD and win7 it makes for an excellent XBMC unit. The only downside is you have to add an external receiver for an ir remote.

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... DH61AG ....

I had this MB with a i5-2400S working in a Morex T-3388 case and a Dynatron T459 fan. I also bought the intel HTS1155LP fan assembly but decided to get a passively cooled HDPlex H3 case. The MB didn't boot after I assemble it so I am waiting on a new MB at the moment.
http://www.hd-plex.com/h3-series/
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I had this MB with a i5-2400S working in a Morex T-3388 case and a Dynatron T459 fan. I also bought the intel HTS1155LP fan assembly but decided to get a passively cooled HDPlex H3 case. The MB didn't boot after I assemble it so I am waiting on a new MB at the moment.
http://www.hd-plex.com/h3-series/

What was the Dynatron T459 like? Suitable for HTPC?

 

 

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What was the Dynatron T459 like? Suitable for HTPC?

Its a special model made for a retailer here in Silicon Valley called Mitxpc. It is pretty thin and rated for 65W TDP and runs at about 1500rpm at 50deg CPU temperature and PWM. You can see it running in the attached picture. That's an i3-540 on a Zotac H55ITX MB.

I am using a Dynatron T666 with another 65W i5-2500S CPU. The case is a Lian Li PC-Q07. Because the MB is placed vertically in the case, the T666 is oriented to blow upward. This helped to avoid competing for air with the PS fan. This T666 is a lower rpm, lower airflow but quieter version of the T650.
http://www.dynatron-corp.com/en/prod...81&id=195&in=0

Some times I would place a piece of cardboard to partition airflow inside the case.
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By silent do you mean there is no fan and everything is cooled in a passive way? I have an Atom based Shuttle with hdmi which is passively cooled. Great little unit which is completely silent. It has a USB port in front and 4 in the back. Takes a 2.5" drive and even an optical if you want that. With an SSD and win7 it makes for an excellent XBMC unit. The only downside is you have to add an external receiver for an ir remote.

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No, the XH61 uses a fan on the CPU cooler. Guess I should have said "near silent" as I meant silent compared to the other Shuttles with their whining PSU fans
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I am using a Dynatron T666 with another 65W i5-2500S CPU. The case is a Lian Li PC-Q07. Because the MB is placed vertically in the case, the T666 is oriented to blow upward. This helped to avoid competing for air with the PS fan. This T666 is a lower rpm, lower airflow but quieter version of the T650.
http://www.dynatron-corp.com/en/prod...81&id=195&in=0...

This is a view inside the Lian Li PC-Q07 case. The Dynatron T666 (silver rectangle) is oriented to blow upward.

The PC-Q07 allows the PSU to be mounted two ways. This power supply is a Mad Dog (out of business) MD-400SCPS with modular cabling to reduce internal clutter with unused cables. This PSU also has selectable fan modes, high, temperature sensing and low. You can see the PSU housing end to the left before sliding in place. I did mount the PSU with fan facing inside instead of facing outside. The PSU in this case can be mounted the other way too. I am tempted to replace this PSU with a higher efficiency unit but most lower power PSU today don't have modular cabling. It seems consumer only pay higher price for modular designs when they get more power. But our HTPS wants lower power to be more efficient.

A 2.5in HDD can be seen mounted at the bottom. This is a WD 7200rpm 250GB single platter HDD which means it is as fast as a 500GB two platter drive with same areal density. All content is stored elsewhere on the network so this drive is just used to run the HTPC. The box at top is a Liteon Blu-Ray drive.

This setup works for most vertical Lian Li ITX case designs using full size ATX PSU.
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The PC-Q07 has been my go-to "office PC" case for a while now. You know what works wonderfully in a PC-Q08 or PC-Q07 (besides a picoPSU)? A SFX PSU with a SFX-to-ATX mounting adapter. Some SFX PSUs, if you get the retail package, come with the adapter plate. It takes up so much less room than an ATX PSU and you can still find 300-350W ones. I have a 300W FSP 80+ Bronze SFX PSU in my PC-Q08 home server. It makes an every bigger difference in the PC-Q07, it being smaller.

 

 

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I also been eyeing a 80+ Bronze SFX PSU. But I can't find a modular cable version. So my MD is tight but I only have the cables I need in the box.
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dksc318, what's the noise like on the Dynatron T459? How would it compare to the stock cooler or even one of the Gelid coolers (you mentioned in another thread you have used Gelid before). I assume at only 1500RPM it's not too loud?

 

 

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